Director of Parks and Recreation - Oakland County, MI

GovHR USA c/o Oakland County, MI
Pontiac, MI 48341
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $123,626 To $165,647
Per Year    
Employment Type
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Job Description

Oakland County, MI (pop. 1,251,000) County Seat: Pontiac, MI / Position Office: Waterford, MI. Oakland County is located in southeast Michigan, immediately north of Detroit. With a population of 1.2 million and covering over 900 square miles, Oakland County offers cosmopolitan urban centers, lakefront living, historic town centers, and natural country settings within close proximity of an array of employment opportunities. Providing the diversity of choice vital to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and high quality of life: 38,000 businesses, 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries, call Oakland County home. The county blends the State’s most robust economy with an unmatched quality of life. This diversity makes Oakland County unique and competitive. Oakland County’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) is $100 billion, which represents 23% of the state of Michigan’s total GDP.

The County is governed by a 21-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected by district for a two-year term, and an elected County Executive, David Coulter, who serves as the executive officer and oversees the activities of the County. The Parks and Recreation Commission was established by Public Act 261 of 1965 to oversee the County’s park resources. The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission is a 10-member body that include appointments from the Board of Commissioners and statutory appointed individuals. These include: three county commissioners, four citizen members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, the county Executive, the Water Resources Commissioner, and the Road Commission for Oakland County. The Director of Parks and Recreation is appointed by the Parks and Recreation Commission, with the consent of the Board of Commissioners, and serves at the pleasure of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Oakland County Parks system includes nearly 80 miles of trails, 14 parks, comprises nearly 7,000 acres including passive/active land an several bodies of water, and hosts more than 2 million visitors annually. Recreation, leisure and learning opportunities are available at two nature centers, three dog parks, five golf courses, two waterparks, two campgrounds and the Oakland County Farmers Market, offering fresh produce year-round from local farmers. The County’s newest park, an innovative off-road vehicle (ORV) park, opened in September 2020. The ORV park is an innovative partnership between the Oakland County Parks and Recreation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. During 2019, an estimated 1.9 million people visited the County parks or participated in its recreation programs. The Oakland County Parks and Recreation 5-year Master plan (2018-2022) guides the County’s parks and recreation policies.

The Director of Parks and Recreation functions as the chief executive officer over the parks system and provides strategic and professional policy advice to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Director oversees a staff of approximately 76 full-time and over 650 seasonal/part-time employees. The 2021 budget for the department is approximately $28 million.

This position will advance the County's parks, trails, active and passive recreation, environmental, healthy living, and other community engagement interests. In addition to managing the activities of the County parks system, the Director serves as a key facilitator to engage external partners, including the local municipalities and other multijurisdictional parks systems, to comprehensively meet the diverse recreational needs of all County residents. An important early responsibility of the position will be to engage all stakeholders to develop a new 5-year Master plan for parks and recreation.

Desirable Experience:

  • Possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major pertaining to Parks Administration, Public Administration, Recreation Administration, Parks and Recreation Resources, Business Administration, or closely related field.
  • Have had at least six (6) years of full-time experience in an administrative capacity with major responsibility for budget planning and presentation, program and policy development and implementation and staffing decisions.
  • Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's or chauffeur's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience in general overall parks and recreation operations, accounting, personnel, and budgets.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with administrators, employees, and the public.
  • Ability and skill in communicating with community groups, organizations, officials, and general public about parks and recreation programs.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work performed by staff.
  • Ability to present oral and written financial, operational, and other types of reports to stakeholders, interested groups, and individuals.
  • Ability to act efficiently during difficult and emergency situations requiring immediate decision-making in accordance with Parks and Recreation Commission objectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of diverse managerial experience, including at least four (4) years’ experience as chief executive or operational officer for an organization similar in complexity as the Oakland County Parks and Recreation department.

Salary range is $123,636 to $165,647 DOQE.

Apply online at with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references. Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240

Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by June 3, 2021.


GovHR USA c/o Oakland County, MI
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