The Town of Fountain Hills (http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/) has an excellent full-time job opportunity available as a Recreation Program Coordinator. This position reports to the Recreation Manager. The fundamental reason for this position is to provide professional recreational programming for the Town of Fountain Hills. This is accomplished by planning, organizing, coordinating and supervising a wide variety of recreation programs, sports programs and special events. Will also assist peers in programs and events. Non-traditional work hours are required including nights, weekends, early mornings and holidays.
Examples of Duties:
Plan, organize, implement and evaluate recreation programs; create and monitor budgets; incorporate new developments in the filed of recreation as needed.
Coordinate programs and events and work with Tourism in designing fliers, writing news releases, brochures and survey instruments; attracting sponsors, locating equipment and entertainment, and complying with policy requirements.
Provide administrative support by answering phones, interacting with the public, ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment, and drafting letters to participants and sponsors.
Responsible for overseeing all program activity at designated locations such as parks, school facilities and other public facilities. Includes setting up facilities and area for special events, and any related tasks to ensure success of programs.
Train, motivate, evaluate and work as a team with contracted and part-time staff for events, and programs.
Collaborate with school districts, non-profit groups, citizens and other departments to promote programs and activities.
Work requires the ability to read and interpret manuals, rules, contracts, purchase orders, and professional publications.
Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and percentages.
Work requires ability to write forms, letters, sponsorships, fliers, receipts, equipment bids, purchase requisitions and reports.
May require functioning as a lead worker while performing own responsibilities, and includes overseeing work quantity, training, instructing, and scheduling work for part-time staff and volunteers.
Work involves decision making within established standard practices and procedures. Professional judgment and analytical skills required to determine appropriate course of action.
The incumbents in this position contact with others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the Town, which may be involved with decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the Town who may belong to professional and peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with department heads, customers, brokers and sales representatives.
Applications may be filled out on line at http://www.fh.az.gov/
Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Recreation, Leisure Studies, or closely related field.
Minimum of two years experience in professional recreation work, including programming and coordinating recreational activities is required. Full time municipal recreation programming experience is preferred. Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule to include occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.
Possess a valid Arizona Driver's License with a minimum of two years driving experience with a good driving record; Basic First Aid and CPR/AED Certification required or ability to obtain within first six months of employment. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) status preferred.
Equivalent combinations of experience and training that meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted.
Non-traditional work hours are required including nights, weekends, early mornings, and holidays.
The Town of Fountain Hills is a master planned community established in 1970 by McCulloch Properties (now MCO Properties, Inc.). Prior to 1970 the area was a cattle ranch and was part of one of the largest land and cattle holdings in Arizona. The land was purchased by Robert McCulloch in the late 1960s and the community designed by Charles Wood, Jr. (designer of Disneyland in southern California)....
One of the community's most valuable assets is its natural beauty. Incredible views and natural desert terrain provide for a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and golf. In fact, Fountain Hills contains some of the more challenging and picturesque golf courses in the State of Arizona.
The centerpiece of Fountain Hills is our beautiful fountain; one of the world's tallest man-made fountains. It serves as a focal point for the community and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The fountain was built in 1970 by Robert McCulloch the year before reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, another of McCulloch's projects. The fountain sprays water for about 15 minutes every hour at the top of the hour. The plume rises from a concrete water lily sculpture in the center of a large man-made lake.
The fountain, driven by three 600 horsepower (450kW) turbine pumps, sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute though an 18-inch nozzle. With all three pumps and under ideal conditions, the fountain reaches 560 feet (170m) in height, though in normal operation only two of the pumps are used, with a fountain height of around 300 feet (91m). When built, it was the world's tallest fountain and held that record for over a decade.
Fountain Hills is home to nearly 100 pieces of publicly displayed artwork throughout its downtown and at public buildings. Art is a significant part of the Town's heritage. The eight fountains along the Avenue of the Fountains were the beginning of the public art collection.
Located on 12,996 acres of land, Fountain Hills is surrounded by the 3,500-foot McDowell Mountains and Scottsdale on the west, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on the east, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community on the south and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park on the north. Bronze sculptures and fountains with Community Profile themes ranging from the whimsical to the serious dot the streets and adorn the public buildings, plazas and parks. The collection also contains a wide variety of other art types and media, including paintings, stone, photography and metals. Residents and visitors are invited to wander the streets or take the "Art Walk" guided tour.
The elevation is 1,520 feet at the fountain, 3,000 feet on Golden Eagle Boulevard, and is 500 feet above Phoenix.
Over the past 22 years Fountain Hills has grown from 10,190 residents to a town of 22,489 in 2010. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) estimates that the population of Fountain Hills will continue to grow to a build-out population of between 30,000 and 35,000. Although the rate of growth has slowed due to the economy, the Town continues to attract residents who are building large custom homes to take advantage of the scenic vistas surrounding our mountain community.
Many local as well as national businesses provide excellent goods and services for residents and visitors.
The Town offers a wide range of living accommodations; from small condominium complexes to large custom homes. Fountain Hills also offers recreational, cultural and retirement programs that address the needs and lifestyles of active families as well as older adults.
Fountain Hills Unified School District #98 has three excelling schools: McDowell Mountain Elementary School for Kindergarten-2nd grade, Fountain Hills Middle School for grades 3-8, and Fountain Hills High School for grades 9-12. There is a Charter School, which has all grades up through 8th grade.
The Town of Fountain Hills Land Use Analysis and Statistical report 2010 shows that the community consists primarily of 6,674 residential acres (51%); 3,960 acres (30%) of open space, golf-courses and parks; and 2,658 acres (20%) of remaining developable land. Fountain Hills has a total of 290 acres (2%) that are zoned commercial, 209 acres of which are developed and 81 acres of which are undeveloped. The Town has a total of 36 acres (.2%) that is zoned industrial, 34 acres of which are developed and two acres of which are undeveloped.
Based on abundant open space and playground equipment available for public use, Fountain Hills was designated in both 2010 and 2011 as a "Playful City USA".
In 2006, Fountain Hills was named by Phoenix Magazine as the best place to live in the Valley of the Sun and was cited as "a welcome oasis on the outskirts of a metropolis." The magazine measured the quality of life in 22 Valley communities, including the statistical analysis of each community's population, income, home price, crime rate, miles to Sky Harbor Airport, and square feet of retail. The criteria used by the magazine in this ranking are similar to the priorities established in the Town's Strategic Plan. The volunteer spirit and high level of involvement of the citizens and business representatives were highlighted.
Fountain Hills has also earned a top accolade from the magazine, Business Week. In its February 2009 edition, the magazine named Fountain Hills the "Best Affordable Suburb" in all of Arizona. They evaluated suburbs on a variety of factors but weighted affordability most heavily. They also considered lifestyle (short commutes, clean air, low crime, good weather, and green space), the quality of schools, and the strength of the local economy. None of the places evaluated had populations of more than 60,000 or less than 5,000. Only one suburb per state was selected.
Fountain Hills' low population density is a major reason it is such a desirable place to live. Unlike other regions of the Valley one can dine, play, and commute, without congestion.