Aquatics, Arts & Cultural Resources, Recreation, Recreation Programming
The City of Wichita Park and Recreation will manage many important capital projects in the next ten years. A total of $22 million will be invested between 2018 and 2024 to implement the Aquatics Master Plan. Preparations are being made for improvements to develop Crystal Prairie Lake as a regional attraction. Naftzger Park will be improved in 2017 and 2018 using $1.5 million in resources from the West Bank TIF District. Initial improvements to Crystal Prairie Park will be made from 2017 to 2024 at a cost of $10.5 million. In total, there are 16 projects that will be managed by Park and Recreation in the 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Program, which will cost an estimated $49.2 million over the ten-year period.
The Superintendent of Recreation directs all activities and staff of the Recreation Division. The Recreation Superintendent plans, promotes, organizes, and administers public recreation activities, programs, services, special events, amenities and facilities for the City of Wichita, including OJ Watson Park, nine (9) recreation centers, multi-use sports fields, trails, community centers, pools and many other assets. The Recreation Superintendent is a member of the department executive team and reports to the Director of Parks and Recreation. The Recreation Superintendent is responsible for strategic planning for the future growth of parks and recreation and facilities, establishing master plans and design guidelines, and ensuring maintenance of the existing amenities. The Recreation Superintendent is responsible for criteria related to the CAPRA accreditation and will mentor and guide staff in executing and developing the principles of the CAPRA accreditation document.
The department has transformed and is becoming a community leading organization
The department values working to address community issues such as health and wellness, social equity, and environmental education
The department is creating the need and use of more technology and data driven decisions
The department is active in community engagement at the neighborhood level and with Council and other community leaders
The department has an impact on the community to include city pride, economic impact and creating a diverse and active community
The department using interactive marketing approach and uses many media outlets to educate and reach our community
The department is creating opportunities for social change and enhancing the quality of life in Wichita
The department is more than Parks & Recreation we are the community!
The ideal candidate will be a visionary and high performing leader with passion who can constructively guide the Department in strategic planning and growth by building on the substantial strengths of staff and community support. The candidate will be resourceful and innovative, yet pragmatic and analytical, knowing that you are accountable for delivering on time and within budget. The candidate will be excellent at communicating a vision and a plan, and know how to get others excited about executing them. It is not enough to have a vision, the candidate must lead others to accomplish the department’s goals.
This will require a creative and service-oriented recreation professional who brings outstanding leadership and skills to provide programs and services that promote recreational programs, activities, sports activities, leisure activities, special events, entertainment, and health and wellness activities within the entire Wichita community under the general supervision of the Director of Parks and Recreation and partnerships with community stakeholders. Performance is monitored and measured through conferences, meetings, reports, observations, customer feedback and review of program measures.
A minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible experience in recreation management, programming and administration will be required. Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) required, or ability to obtain within 6 months is preferred. In addition, the qualified candidate will bring the following skills, experience and behavior:
Values – understanding and demonstration of the values of the City of Wichita.
Partnerships and Sustainability – Demonstrated history of building strong business, association and organization partnerships to increase use of parks and recreation services.
Vision – Provide an exciting vision and energy to lead the department to implementation of the short-term and long-term strategic plan for Parks and Recreation.
Strategic Planning – Be adept at identifying changes coming to the industry and provide advanced planning to best serve our citizens. This will include preparing recommendations on facility operational needs and policy planning to maintain safety and well-being of all participants who utilize our services.
Budget/Finance – Is creative and ethical in managing budgets, leveraging limited resources, and working effectively with Park and Recreation partners to maximize complex partnerships with a departmental system.
Communication and Collaboration – Skilled collaborator who easily builds collaborations among the Park and Recreation department, other city departments and Park and Recreation partners. An excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff and Council. Developing trust among citizens and partners will be critical.
Image and Marketing / or / Technology - Use of technology, social media, and “outside the box” thinking to market parks and recreation in new ways will be essential and will include marketing and branding to promote the benefits of recreation services,
Leadership and Management – An empowering leader equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees. Coaches, trains, and motivates and mentors staff; manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures performance of the division and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary. Promotes a positive work environment and uses a collaborative problem-solving approach and is skilled at fostering high-performing and high-morale teams.
Teamwork – Ability to create working partnerships with multiple city departments.
Operations – Knowledgeable in park and recreation operations including, scheduling, safety, federal and state regulations.
Regulation, Compliance and Safety - Demonstrated working knowledge in park and recreation safety, risk management practices and emergency procedures relating to participating safety, behavior management is required.
A bachelor’s degree in parks management, recreation, leisure services, business or public administration or a similar field and three (3) years of supervisory or administrative experience in the conduct of recreation activities is preferred; a Master’s degree is a plus. The City may consider a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position. This position requires a principled leader who values accountability while holding realistic and fair expectations of self and others. Personal traits required include, honesty, integrity, leadership, cooperation and partnership building.
Wichita, the largest city in Kansas,population 389,965, is the county seat ofSedgwick County; the population in theMetropolitan Statistical Area is 644,672.1As of May 2017, the City’s total land areawas approximately 164.3 square miles.Wichita’s employment includes a broad mixof business types, with a sizable base ofrelatively high paying manufacturing jobs.A list of Wichita’s major private employ...ersinclude Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Via ChristiHealth, Textron, Inc., Bombardier Learjet,Koch Industries Inc., Wesley Medical Center,Dillons Food Stores, Cargill Meat Solutions,and Johnson Controls. The City of Wichitais also among the large employer list withapproximately 3,000 employees.