The Milwaukee Public Schools Department of Recreation and Community Services is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and energetic individual to develop multifaceted, recreation enrichment programs for the Milwaukee community. A key responsibility of this position involves connecting with Milwaukee residents, community organizations, businesses, schools, and local law enforcement to develop, implement, and supervise community recreation programs and services. This includes youth and adult enrichment classes, youth sports activities, special events, and adult fitness programs.
The ideal candidate seeks to understand community needs, interests, and gaps in programming to develop a robust schedule of recreation enrichment activities for children, youth, adults and seniors at assigned community centers.
Develops and manages recreation enrichment programs and special events.
Works to incorporate new and innovative activities into programming based on industry trends and community needs to keep participation at optimal levels.
Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates part-time staff and instructors assigned to Community Centers.
Conducts regular site visits (evenings and weekends) to monitor programs and to provide feedback and support to part-time staff.
Evaluates the effectiveness of existing recreation enrichment programs, and updates program content to assure that it is current and relevant to community needs.
Completes necessary paperwork including payroll, attendance, and seasonal reports.
Prepares an annual budget and tracks expenditures ensuring budget limitations are followed.
Assists in preparing and coordinating promotional materials for program activities.
Studies and analyzes the recreational needs and resources of the community.
Arranges for the purchase of necessary equipment, supplies and materials.
Monitors and accounts for program revenue and expenses of assigned Community Center programs.
Coordinates facility scheduling and maintenance to ensure the appropriate amount of space is reserved and buildings are in acceptable condition for program activities.
Establishes partnerships with other MPS departments, schools, governmental units, and community-based organizations and agencies to develop quality recreation programs throughout the district.
Assists with Recreation Department activities as needed.
Serves on various community or Department committees as required and/or assigned.
Supports the Milwaukee Public Schools and Recreation Department Strategic Plans.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required from an accredited college or university in parks, recreation, and tourism management; community sports management; kinesiology; or related field.
Minimum of one (1) year of full-time, or equivalent, professional work experience in recreation program development for a diverse community.
Knowledge of the history and philosophy of leisure, program planning and facility management, and event management and leadership fundamentals.
Valid driver's license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle (upon appointment must obtain a valid Wisconsin driver's license). Properly insured personal vehicle for job-related travel.
About Milwaukee Public Schools Department of Recreation and Community Services
Milwaukee Recreation (the Milwaukee Public Schools Department of Recreation & Community Services) serves to strengthen and extend the bond between public education and the community. Founded in 1911 by legislation that was reportedly the first of its kind to assign a local public school system the responsibility for conducting recreation programs, Milwaukee Recreation has maintained a leadership p...osition throughout its history. Multiple use of public school facilities for community services, especially in the evenings, has earned Milwaukee Recreation the distinction of being recognized nationally as the "City of the Lighted Schoolhouse."Milwaukee Recreation enriches the lives of Milwaukee's youth, adults, and families through many innovative programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students during non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents.Milwaukee Recreation's mission is to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages and abilities.Milwaukee Recreation personnel include over 40 full-time program & clerical staff, plus approximately 2,500 part-time employees hired annually as instructors, leaders, field attendants, umpires and referees. Over 100 schools and community locations are programmed on an annual basis to serve the Milwaukee community.