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Just Ask Jan: What Is My Role?

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dear Jan,


I supervise an ongoing long term project and am responsible for the end result.
The members on the team come from different departments and report to different supervisors.

When issues come up, I sometimes find myself questioning my next step.

I am looking for some tips as to what to address, what to let go of and when to potentially talk to their direct supervisor.




What is my role?



Hi there 'What is my Role?'

I hereby empower YOU, well, someone else did first and I second that! Your role is the supervisor, you were selected to lead the project, you are responsible for the results.  You set the responsibilities, the timelines, the check –ins, the deadlines and most importantly the expectations. If you do this and leave room for team building and bonding and accept respectful input and the team members don’t follow through, it’s on them, not you.

I think that instead of questioning yourself, you should question the members of your team if they don’t produce results. Hold them accountable, how many chances do they get? That’s your role too; you decide, and if they don’t meet the mark, then you go to their supervisor and ask for a replacement from that department.  No need for guilt, no need for questioning your abilities, move on, and don’t forget to recognize all the team members who do the work and get it done.  

Step by step, everyone shares in the glory, and the end result should be a fabulous party!





Jan Wirtz is the Recreation Superintendent at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.  With her years of history comes sage career advice for park and recreation professionals at any level in their career.

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