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Recreation Coordinator (Outdoor Recreation)

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Recreation Coordinator (Outdoor Recreation)
City of Durham Parks & Recreation

Position Description

Work, Serve, Thrive.  With the City of Durham  Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

A nationally accredited team of passionate professionals devoted to building better lives and a better community through the power of parks and recreation. Our talented team at Durham Parks and Recreation is devoted to community service and provides a diverse range of programs, services, opportunities, and experiences while being united through our core pillars of creating equitable economic impacts; advancing conservation; rejuvenating health and wellness; enhancing quality of life and sustaining social equity. 

Hiring Range:   $54,017.00 - $58,472.00
Work Day/Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  / Monday - Friday
                               Some evenings and weekends required

This position is devoted to providing outdoor recreation and education programming and activities and management of recreational facilities. Serves as the formal supervisor of recreation services, outdoor programs, workshops and events, overseeing Recreation Specialists and part-time staff. Decision-making involves assisting the Recreation Operations Supervisor in developing, implementing, and supervising a range of recreation programs and services. 


  • Supervises outdoor recreation and related program and events; develops program or event plans and schedules; assesses community needs through surveys and other tools; supervises staff and volunteers, including planning, assigning, and evaluating work; evaluates programs and makes modifications; audits recreation facility operations and updates operating policies and procedures; and monitors program or facility expenditures. 

  • Supervises facility usage and scheduling operations; ensures facility safety and cleanliness; assesses program and event needs and facility capacity; monitors supply inventories and ensures adequacy; identifies and contracts with vendors, gathering quotes and bids, ordering supplies, and ensuring that procurement activities comply with City policies and procedures.

  • Prepares, reviews, processes, and/or maintains reports, records, work orders, and other documentation; processes rental contracts; maintains databases; processes invoices, payments, purchase orders and deposits; enters, compiles, and reconciles data; prepares information reports; and proofs work for accuracy and completeness.

  • Oversees program and/or facility customer service; responds to and resolves escalated customer service issue; responds to inquiries, concerns, and complaints from residents, contractors, vendors, community groups, City departments, and/or external agencies; and facilitates and promotes programs and events.

  • Developing, implementing, and promoting recreation programs, planning program logistics, organizing program schedules, and purchasing equipment.

  • Preparing recreational program plans, reports, and related documentation.

  • Inspecting program or event sites and performing related quality assurance duties.

  • Serving on committees, attending meetings and performing community outreach and engagement.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

Associate’s degree in recreation, leisure services, or related field.
Four years of recreation program and/or facility management experience.
Supervisory or lead experience.
A valid Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification with Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto Injector Certification within the first six months of employment.
Valid, unrestricted, North Carolina - Class C driver's license ""or"" if you currently have another states driver's license, must be willing and able to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire.

Additional Preferred Skills

Available to work on weekends, evenings, overnight trips and some holidays.
Comfortable working in outdoor settings that include being on or over water and in high places. 
Comfortable working with anxious or agitated clients/customers.
$54,017.00 - $58,472.00/year
Job Type
Full Time Experienced
Durham, North Carolina United States
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