The Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) is a nationally accredited park and recreation agency located in Richland County, South Carolina. A special purpose district, the Commission was incorporated in June 1960 under the laws of the State of South Carolina by Act 873 for the establishment of what was known at the time as the Rural Recreation District in Richland County which is defined as the entire unincorporated areas of Richland County. The RCRC is governed by a seven-member board that is appointed by the legislature and serve a term of five years with staggered terms. The general duties of the Board of Commissioners are: to enact resolutions and ordinances for the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Richland County; to plan for future public needs; and to provide necessary services to safeguard the well-being and safety of the citizens.
The RCRC owns and operates over 40 facilities around Richland County. Covering more than 700 square miles, the facilities are located near neighborhoods and communities. The RCRC also has several neighborhood parks that have playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, and picnic shelters. Additionally, the RCRC operates an 18-hole public golf course that also hosts special golf events. The RCRC is primarily funded through county property taxes, with the exception of LinRick Golf Course, which is funded through fees and services generated at the golf course. Property taxes and all recreation bonds are approved through the County Council.
In 2006, the RCRC became the first and only recreation agency in South Carolina to be nationally accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies. In 2016, the RCRC was re-accredited and is one of approximately 165 accredited parks and recreation agencies in the US and one of only three nationally accredited agencies in South Carolina. This recognition was RCRC’s second re-accreditation, a process which must be passed every five years.
The RCRC is dedicated to enriching lives and connecting communities through diverse recreational opportunities while striving to be recognized as a leader in park management and the delivery of quality recreation programs in order to better promote health and improve the quality of life in Richland County. The RCRC provides the community with a number of athletic, recreation, afterschool, and aquatic programs as well as camps and additional services. The RCRC is the primary provider of sports and outdoor recreation to county patrons and offers competitive leagues, tournaments, and instruction along with coaching, classes, and clinics.
For additional information about the Richland County Recreation Commission, please visit www.richlandcountyrecreation.com.
The Executive Director is hired by, and reports directly to, the RCRC Board. Reporting to the Executive Director is the Chief of Staff. Positions reporting to the Chief of Staff, and comprising the agency leadership team, include the Division Heads of: Community Relations; Facility Operations; Financial Operations; Human Resources; Property Management; and Safety and Security. The agency has approximately 160 full-time employees and 200 part-time and seasonal employees.
The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Operating Officer for the RCRC. The ED provides leadership and management for all employees, programs, and activities of the RCRC consistent with the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the agency. The ED is expected to carry out these leadership responsibilities in a fiscally prudent and responsible manner thus enabling the agency to provide an appropriate level of service and activities to the citizens of Richland County.
Specific duties will include but not necessarily be limited to:
- Direct, organize, administer, and supervise the operation of the entire agency including: finance, human resources, programming, master planning, budgeting, and funding.
- Plan and direct the activities of the RCRC, which includes Recreation Services and Programs, Physical Education Programs, Community Parks, and Community Services.
- Lead in a manner consistent with recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining good employees; evaluate all direct reports and approve/oversee agency staffing.
- Recommend policy changes to the Commission Board; interpret, clarify, and administer agency policies, procedures, and regulations with all staff and the public.
- Preference for at least five years of progressively responsible administrative and management experience in a recreation, physical education, park, community service, athletic, and/or appropriate programming work environment.
- Preference for a demonstrated familiarity with the basic operation of a state, county, or city recreation agency.
- Leadership ability; ability to establish and accomplish goals and objectives while working effectively as a team leader and team member.
- Self-starter; able to work independently to lead a team toward the accomplishment of the agency’s mission and goals.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Previous experience at director level in a state, county, or city agency or as a head in a large department is desirable.
- Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree is required with a preference for a degree in public or business administration, recreation, parks management, physical education, sports management, or a related field.
- Master’s degree in the disciplines listed above is preferred.
- Equivalent combination of training and experience which, as determined by the Board of Commissioners, may provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a base salary and competitive benefits package.
It is the policy of the Richland County Recreation Commission to provide equal opportunity employment to all persons and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or age. This policy applies to and is a basic part of every aspect of the County’s personnel policy and practices in the employment, development, advancement and treatment of employees. The Richland County Recreation Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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