APRD is seeking a highly qualified Assistant Director that is ready for the challenge of working for one of the top parks and recreation agencies in the country.
We are looking for an experienced executive with a documented track record of success in enterprise management, entrepreneurial innovation, continuous improvement through data analytics and metrics, community building and best practices. The need is for a unique individual that has strong technical skills to achieve specific performance goals relative to cost recovery and efficiency of resource allocation while also having the ability to assess and respond proactively to changing demographics and resulting programmatic demands.
The Assistant Director will be responsible for planning, organizing, and managing all activities within their designated division. The desirable candidate will be an innovative and strategic manager who is a demonstrated leader and has considerable experience in fundraising and marketing. Private industry or non-profit experience is a plus.
The Assistant Director should be able to effectively lead and motivate staff, analyze and evaluate programs, policies and operational needs, establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with staff, City Council, Boards, community groups, diverse interest groups and the public, analyze programs and develop effective and realistic solutions, policy alternatives and recommendations and have the ability to implement and facilitate organizational change.
The Assistant Director needs to be flexible, adaptable, visionary and committed to enhancing the overall wellbeing of Arlington’s residents and visitors, with a heart for the community.
Through coordination with the Department Senior Management team, Enterprise Programs Division managers and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board ensure management and leadership of the Enterprise Programs Division in a manner consistent with best practices; City Council priorities, and department business plans. Develop consensus for goals and objectives and obtain their assistance with implementing these goals and objectives; provide leadership in choosing which tasks to undertake to achieve the goals and objectives and assigns priorities to those tasks.
Support inclusive strategic planning and ensure planning decisions are used in setting annual program goals; promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, cooperation, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common organizational vision.
Serve as staff support to the Director providing regular updates and recommendations.
Optimize the park performance fund goals relative to cost recovery of programs and services.
Obtain and manage contributions, sponsorships, contracts, grants, and in-kind donations to support division projects and services.
Ensure the preparation and management of the annual division budget, quarterly budget updates and maintains rigorous accountability for division finances based on city financial policy and procedure.
Partnerships, Communications and Community Outreach
Assure professional relationships with community stakeholders, elected and appointed officials, non-profit and other governmental organizations that share a stake in the departmental mission.
Represent the APRD at appropriate public functions and make effective public presentations. Establish and maintain contact with key individuals in both the public and private sectors.
Ensure strong communication with community partners including the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Arlington CVB, Arlington, Kennedale and Mansfield school districts, The YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and UTA.
New Product Development
Research emerging programmatic trends and apply those to the department’s business plan.
Research demographic trends in the city and respond with program and/or business model changes to address these trends.
Ability to provide operational direction for Performance Fund facilities and programming. Ability to analyze and measure the effectiveness of facilities and resources with respect to long and short-range objectives. Ability to supervise auditing functions focused on compliance with standardized operational practices and procedures.
Ability to direct and supervise the performance of a diverse team of service unit managers over human resources, budgeting, auditing, and revenue based programming and facility management. Ability to lead organizational learning and improvement based on the establishment, tracking, and interpretation of performance measures.
Ability to prepare strategic, business and work plans on customer requirements and priorities to serve the needs of a demographically diverse community. Ability to communicate plans and resource priorities to staff and community stakeholders.
Ability to prepare and track complex budgets accurately reflecting organizational needs and priorities. Ability to prepare new program feasibility and financial reports to justify and support service unit programs and operations.
Ability to manage and audit payroll processes and procedures, and serve as a liaison with Human Resources on employee selection, retention, and development issues.
About City of Arlington, Parks and Recreation
ARLINGTONPARKS & RECREATIONThe City of Arlington (pop. 373,698) is seeking an innovative and results oriented leaders.ARLINGTON, TEXASLocated in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Arlington is a full-service city supported by a total budget of $431 million and a full-time staff of 2,477. With a land area of approximately 100 square miles, Arlington is easily accessible by highway, rail and air. The City of Arlington offers superior, affordable housing; an outstanding park and linear trail system; educational excellence in our local schools (served by four Independent School Districts: Arlington, Kennedale, Mansfield, Hurst/Euless/Bedford), the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, and is home to the University of Texas at Arlington. Arlington has a diverse local economy evidenced by our major employers; General Motors, Texas Health Resources, AmeriCredit, Siemens, Lear, Aetna and Chase Bank. Arlington is a regional destination for retail shopping as well. The City’s Entertainment District hosts premiere attractions including amusement parks, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and AT&T Stadium, drawing over 14 million visitors a year. In close proximity to DFW Airport, Dallas and Fort... Worth, residents have access to world-class orchestras, theaters, and some of the finest museums in the world, all within a 30 minute drive. To learn more about the City of Arlington, visit the City’s website at Arlington-TX.gov. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENTThe Arlington Parks and Recreation Department manages an outstanding park and trails system that includes 94 parks, 82 sports fields, 49 playgrounds and 56 miles of trails. Major facilities include:• Five recreation centers; including two senior centers • Two new recreation centers under design and one new Active Adult center approved• Elzie Odom Athletic Center • Meadowbrook and Bob Duncan Center (event/rental facilities) • Six outdoor pools and the Hugh Smith Indoor Pool • Arlington Tennis Center (26 outdoor courts) • Four golf courses; three 18-hole and one 9-hole • River Legacy Parks • River Legacy Living Science Center • Lake Arlington and new Lakehouse The system includes a 1,200 acre floodplain forest and nine miles of trail known as River Legacy Parks. This premiere park is part of the long-term vision for a 75 mile wide Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex trail system, and is home to the Living Science Center. The Parks and Recreation budget responsibility includes a General Fund budget appropriation of $17 million and a Performance Fund appropriation of over $13 million. The capital program includes park bonds, gas revenue, park fees and grants, and totals approximately $5 million annually. The department currently has 181 authorized full-time positions, and typically employs as many as 700 part-time and seasonal positions each year.