The employee is responsible for leadership of the Parks and Recreation Department. He/she plans, assigns and directs the work of personnel engaged in the maintenance and care of the City parks, park facilities and athletic fields, aquatic facilities and programming, recreational programming, special events and performs related work as required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Plans, assigns, directs and evaluates the work of parks, recreation, aquatic and athletic personnel and the operation and maintenance of recreation facilities and equipment. The Director has hiring and employee discipline responsibilities.
Directs and monitors the repair, maintenance, and beautification of all parks, open spaces, and recreational facilities.
Implements and manages plans and policy documents including the Waterloo Park Master Plan and the City-wide Park Improvement Plan.
Assists other departments, including Main Street and Denison Public Library, in planning and staffing special events and activities
Prepares and manages the annual budget for the department
Meets with civic and other groups and gives talks or aid in planning and organizing programs.
Establishes and coordinates recreational activities and programs for the Senior Citizen Center.
Creates and maintains policies and standard operating procedures for departmental services and functions.
Manages contracts for recreational programming, facility and grounds maintenance, and other contracted services as necessary.
Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: •Must have a Bachelor’s degree in recreation, administration or a related field of study. •Must have valid driver’s license. •Must have driving record sufficient for coverage by City’s liability insurance carrier. •Five (5) years’ experience in the management of parks and or recreational programming or an equivalent combination of education and experience. •Considerable knowledge of:?Recreation activities in the community and ability to coordinate these into a program for all ages and interests. ?Facilities and equipment needed in a recreation program. ?Design and construction of recreational facilities. ?Building and grounds maintenance standards and practices. •Skill in communicating orally and in writing to give and receive information from directors or other personnel. •Skill in the preparation and management of operating and capital budgets. •Skill in establishing and administering departmental policies and procedures in line with best practices as established by the NRPA. ABILITY TO: •The employee performs many tasks which require the use of personal judgement and decision-making based on knowledge gained from experience. •The employee accomplishes routine assignments without supervisory direction. The employee consults the supervisor regarding unusual, sensitive or controversial matters. He/she resolves routine and non-routine problems by referring to policies or procedures and applying his/her judgment. The employee’s work is reviewed when problems arise or at the employee’s request. •The employee confers with vendors in person, by mail and by telephone; maintains contact with citizens, with employees in his/her work unit and with employees in other departments; with members of City Council and the Mayor; with local leaders and/or representatives of special interest groups and with representatives of the media. •The employee confers with employees in his/her department and with employees in other departments to give and receive information on schedules, priorities, operating problems and department or City policy; He/she confers with members of City Council and the City Manager to give and receive information, to receive approval for projects to defend or explain departmental actions or recommendations; he/she confers with people employed outside of the City to conduct interviews for employment and/or to discuss recreational projects; he/she confers with vendors and suppliers for price information and information on their product, equipment or service, with representatives of the media and with local leaders and/or their representatives to give and receive information on projects and programs and to defend or explain departmental policies, procedures or activities. •Ability to plan, assign, coordinate and supervise maintenance activities. •Skill in communicating orally and in writing to give and receive information to resolve problems and/or in writing reports. WORKING CONDITIONS: •Long periods of sitting and using computer •Intermittent periods of standing and walking •Constant talking, listening, concentrating, judgment and writing abilities •Must be able to attend evening meetings that may go long into the night, availability to work weekends and odd hours when needed.