This is professional administrative and technical work directing the operations of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry.
The Director will establish and administer strategic goals, objectives, and long-range planning for operations and programs within the department. The work involves responsibility for supervising all Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department activities, including the maintenance of parks, facilities, trees, and the golf course. The Director supervises departmental personnel through subordinates, and is responsible for making major decisions independently and for advising the City Manager and members of the Park Commission on desirable changes in departmental policies. The Director’s work is subject to general direction from and review by the City Manager.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Plans, organizes, directs, supervises, and reviews all operations and programs of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry; plans staff organization and assigns personnel.
Directs and evaluates subordinates; reviews operating and performance records and reports of departmental supervisors; prescribes and enforces departmental and City rules and regulations.
Develops positive relations and partnerships with the community; coordinates responses to citizen concerns and complaints; resolves issues; develops public understanding and participation in programs through public-relations activities; ensures the coordination of marketing efforts, and develops cooperative intergovernmental planning and working relationships.
Consults with engineers, architects, landscape designers, horticulturists, recreation, and other specialists on department problems, activities, and programs; participates in activities of professional organizations.
Prepares or directs the preparation of monthly and annual reports and special reports on department activities and operations; prepares, administers, and monitors the departmental budget.
Serves as a member of the City Manager’s management team.
Performs related work as required.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of modern principles, practices, and methods of parks and recreation administration, organization, and operations.
Thorough knowledge of the operating procedures of the department; thorough knowledge or ability to gain thorough knowledge of departmental authority and ordinances pertaining thereto.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration;
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage the performance and other personnel related matters of subordinate personnel.
Ability to develop, implement and monitor department budget and CIP;
Considerable knowledge of the technical and administrative phases of parks and golf course maintenance, recreation and forestry.
Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate Park Department operations to meet varying needs.
Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate recreation programs meeting the needs of a diverse community.
Ability to analyze operating records and reports in planning park and recreation activities and forestry operations.
Ability to communicate and work tactfully and effectively with associates, other public officials, and members of the public.
Ability to make decisions and develop policies and procedures relevant to parks, recreation and its facilities and events and forestry operations.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Interested applicants should submit a City of University City employment application, current resume, cover letter, and six references to: The City of University City Human Resources Department, 6801 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130. Employment applications may be downloaded from the City’s website @ Employment Opportunities.
The City of University City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Seven years of progressive managerial experience in parks & recreation administration and/or municipal government with at least five years at a supervisory level; Master's Degree or the equivalent combination of experience & Bachelor’s Degree with specialization in parks & recreation or public administration and Certification as a Parks and Recreation Professional preferred.
About City of University City, MO
Incorporated in 1906, University City is an inner-ring suburb of the St. Louis metropolitan area and true to its name, it is located adjacent to Washington University and other educational institutions. Historic homes and established neighborhoods add character to the community while newer condominiums and rebuilds bring a renewed atmosphere. Working with the Mayor and City Council, the City staff provides a large array of services such as public safety and cultural services to roughly 35,000 residents. The City boasts a large 255-acre park system including a golf course and other recreational facilities. Neighboring Forest Park hosted the Summer Olympics and World’s Fair, and now showcases a zoo, planetarium, and several museums.
The community enjoys an eclectic and vibrant cultural scene ranging from music to the arts.