Under the executive appointment of the Mayor, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation provides general oversight, direction, and year-round programing of all activities within the Parks and Recreation Department. Management is done through both direct City Administration and agreements with community organizations and licensed concessioners.
The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing diverse, innovative recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of residents and visitors. The department provides services through 11 recreation centers, 4 golf courses, 3 cemeteries, 2 seasonal marinas, a swimming pool, splash pad and outdoor amphitheaters. The department also oversees programing and events at over 300 parks, over 160 playgrounds, 140 athletic fields, totaling 5,000 acres including specialized facilities as the Historic Fort Wayne, and Hart Plaza. The Deputy Director is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting year-round organized programs at all seasonal locations.
MAJOR JOB DUTIES:
Serves as the single point of contact between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office.
Maintains a master plan that is consistent with the vision, mission and goals of the Mayor and provides a clear vision of how the parks and recreation programs should grow in the future to meet the needs of City of Detroit residents and their families.
Provides direction to the department’s leadership staff by setting goals and holding them accountable in reaching their objectives through the use of departmental metrics.
Establishes and implements operational policies, goals, and objectives for the department and ensures that public recreational programs are carried out according to federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Analyzes relevant data including, but not limited to, statistics, cost and work reports to evaluate efficiency; develops plans and procedures to increase efficiency.
Interacts with a variety of governmental, private sector and community groups to identify opportunities for public/private partnerships and alternative sources of funding to address City recreational needs.
Builds community awareness of the City Parks and Recreation Centers while developing alliances with public, private and community partnerships.
Interfaces with other City agencies to ensure that programs and activities are consistently aligned with other related City priorities and to ensure efficient and seamless provision of overlapping City services.
Manages contracts with consultants, vendors and contractors related to the operations of facilities, parks, and athletic fields.
Prepares the annual departmental budget; determines resources needed and financial requests; develops financial analytics, strategies and performance metrics to meet goals; monitors the financial operations for the department.
When appropriate seeks additional capital and alternative funding for park projects and initiatives through local, state and federal grants and foundations.
Collaborates with other departments on planning and designing capital improvement projects.
Represents the department and the City in local and state-wide forums; makes presentation before various advisory committees, legislative, regulatory and community groups.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints; recommend appropriate action to resolve complaints.
Bachelor’s degree with specialization in public administration, business administration, business management, education administration, physical education or other potentially recreation related field.
Five to ten years of high-level managerial experience in the coordination, management, budgeting, staffing and operation of large-scale year-round recreation and parks agencies, preferably in a municipal environment.
Must have experience with strategic planning, centered on continuous improvement.
Parks and Recreation Professional or Executive Certification Preferred.
Note: At the discretion of the Mayor, the education requirement may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Internal Number: 2017301013856
About City of Detroit
SUMMARY:The City of Detroit with the leadership of Mayor Duggan is undergoing a resurgence, improving the public services and bringing more businesses and opportunities to the City. Providing an infrastructure that is conducive to families is extremely important for current and future citizens. The parks and recreation system plays an intricate part of this infrastructure by providing places for the citizens of Detroit to take their families, to relax and enjoy the beauty their many locations have to offer. The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing diverse, innovative recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of residents and visitors. The department provides services through 11 recreation centers, 4 golf courses, 3 cemeteries, 2 seasonal marinas, a swimming pool, splash pad and an outdoor amphitheater. The department also oversees programming and events at over 300 parks, totaling 5,000 acres including specialized facilities such as the Historic Fort Wayne, and Hart Plaza. The Director is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting year-round organized programs at all locations.