Established: 1/06
Revised: 12/07
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 01



Under administrative direction of the County Administrator, to plan, develop, promote and manage the Department of Business and Community Services; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Business and Community Services provides programs and services to County residents and businesses through the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), Library Services, Parks and Property Resources, Business and Economic Development, Library Network and Veterans Services divisions.

The Director, Business and Community Services is responsible for planning, managing, directing and integrating programs and operations of a comprehensive, County-wide recreation and economic development program and the acquisition, development and maintenance of County parks and forests. The incumbent reports to the County Administrator and receives direction from the Board of County Commissioners and public advisory boards regarding park system development, construction and maintenance.

The Director, Business and Community Services is a member of the County's executive management team and is responsible for fulfilling department objectives as established by the Board of County Commissioners. The incumbent develops and implements Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities and provides administrative direction to division directors and managers.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops and implements new and revised policies; establishes goals, standards and objectives; oversees the preparation of the divisions’ annual program plans; ensures provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules and regulations.
  2. Participates in regional and state organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate intergovernmental programs; meets with citizens and business representatives to discuss specific issues or hear appeals; prepares and delivers oral presentations to the Board of County Commissioners, advisory boards, local government bodies and civic groups regarding Department programs and projects.
  3. Hires and directs department management staff; prepares performance evaluations; administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.
  4. Directs the development of annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to County budget committee and Board of County Commissioners; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures; researches alternative funding sources including preparing and/or approving grant proposals and bond issues; prioritizes expenditures for services and capital improvement projects based on master plan goals; negotiates intergovernmental agreements for land and facilities.
  5. Directs the evaluation and management of concessions, services and construction projects including district capital improvement projects; oversees the acquisition of land for park and recreation facility development; determines parks projects and programs to be contracted to outside providers; reviews contract specifications and negotiates contracts, lease and other agreements; monitors project expenses to ensure completion within budget; reviews and approves work order changes; authorizes payment to contractors.
  6. Directs the development and implementation of programs for park operations and maintenance, forest management, property management, library services, business services and economic development; evaluates program effectiveness and implements necessary changes.
  7. Promotes department activities and programs with business associations, citizen groups and the public; evaluates and responds to complaints of employees, citizens and other government agencies.


Comprehensive knowledge of: Principles, methods and techniques of public administration, personnel management and budgeting; participative management theories; department functions in park/forest planning, acquisition, development and management, urban park, aquatic and recreation management, economic development and library services.

Thorough knowledge of: Applicable federal, state and local statues and regulations; funding sources and financing methods; labor relations procedures and collective bargaining practices; federal, state and local government operating methods and procedures; techniques of mediation, negotiation and public relations; principles and techniques of contract preparation, negotiation and administration; principles and practices of project/construction management and engineering/architectural terms applicable to capital improvement projects.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; review contracts for compliance with County policies and legal requirements; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public; understand, interpret and apply Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations relevant to Department policies and procedures; train, direct, evaluate and supervise management, professional and technical personnel in multi-disciplinary team activities.


Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.