Parks and Recreation Director

Date Posted: 03/30/2021

Department: Parks and Recreation

Compensation: $62,676 - $92,112

Hours: Full-time

Deadline: 04/30/2021

Position Objectives

McDowell County is seeking a dynamic leader for the McDowell County Parks & Recreation Department.  The new director will be tasked with leading the department through a time of transition and growth. 


The department is currently responsible for the management of five baseball/softball complexes, two swimming pools, and a multi-purpose center that includes a gymnasium.  The department is also responsible for the organization and oversight of a youth baseball/softball program and a youth basketball program.  In addition to the existing recreational offerings, the department is growing to include trails and greenways, as well as a public shooting range (opening fall 2021), and a campground/day-use area on Lake James (opening fall 2022). 


The new director will be responsible for continuing the facility and programming improvements that are underway, as well as establishing the new operations at the shooting range and the campground.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Minimum Requirements

Special Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Physical Demands and Working Environment:


Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in recreation administration, public administration, physical education, or related field, and 10 years of experience in the field with five years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Local government experience preferred.


Benefited after 90 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance

Sick, vacation, and holiday pay

Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


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