The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge,(BREC), in the state of Louisiana, is seeking a talented professional to lead its nationally accredited and award-winning park system. The Superintendent has full accountability to the Commission for fulfilling BREC’s established mission goals and objectives. This is a high-profile position responsible for the development, direction, operation and administration of all BREC parks, facilities, operations, recreation programs and leisure services throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
Responsibilities also include providing direction to multiple departments including Zoo, Planning and Engineering, Park Operations, Finance, Golf, Human Resources, Recreation/Programs and Special Facilities, Information Technology, and Communications. In conjunction with department heads/facility managers, makes daily decisions related to operations. Interacts regularly with staff, business partners, the general public, volunteers and with nine (9) members of the Recreation and Park Commission.
The Superintendent is responsible for developing strong sustainable relationships with community stakeholders and political leaders, providing leadership and building a team to deliver quality recreation programs parish-wide and executing plans to achieve objectives following BREC’s Strategic Plan.
The Superintendent has a vital role in interacting with the community to market the organization and its goals. He/she must be a positive ambassador for BREC and engage community support through programs such as Imagine Your Parks2 and community support for continuation of operating taxes.
Key qualifications for this position include technical competence at a detailed level, a visionary and inclusive style, exceptional communications and presentation skills, highly developed management and administrative ability, and personal/professional integrity of the highest order. The selected candidate must have a demonstrable passion for parks and recreation and the capacity to engage the staff and community. The Superintendent must have the initiative and leadership skills to effectively implement the Imagine Your Parks2 and related plans.
Visit www.brec.org for more details about the organization. BREC is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer.
The successful candidate must possess Certification as a Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)and professional membership with a state recreation parks association. Candidates should possess a minimum of ten years progressively responsible executive management leadership experience with a demonstrated track record of professional achievement. At least six years experience in municipal parks and recreation administration is required, ideally in a comparable or larger system of similar complexity to BREC.
The following are also essential functions and requirements for the position:
• Extensive knowledge of modern administrative practices related to parks, recreation and leisure, as well as extensive knowledge of philosophy & principles of public parks & recreation services.
• Visionary leadership, with experience in leading change, enhancing visibility and developing alliances to build a consensus among many diverse stakeholders.
• Experience in budget and municipal finance management with the ability to interpret and justify operational and capital budget proposals to the Commission and to the general public.
• Experience in administration, policy development, and community development including the ability to lead the workforce to achieve mission, vision and objectives is also required.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, managerial, presentation and judgment skills with a proven track record of establishing effective working relationships with co-workers, employees, community leaders and the general public; collaborate with diverse constituent groups & audiences to achieve the mission.
• Competency in capital improvements management including legal aspects, contracts, real estate, development and construction decisions is another requirement.
• Effective communications, orally & in writing, and must be skilled in consensus building.
•Effective in coaching, mentoring, change agent, character example, groups and group processes, and public service motivation exemplar.
• Possess business acumen, be results driven, and decisive.
• Possess strong conflict resolution skills with the ability to analyze and evaluate complex operational and administrative problems, and develop or implement corrective action to resolve problems
• Can establish and communicate a shared vision that moves the organization to improved service, facilities and programs.
• Can make recommendations and implements commission management policies and procedures involving all operations upon approval and direction from the Commission.
• Assumes responsibility for allocated resources (i.e. administration of budgets, personnel and other).
• Able to provide effective leadership and direction in the administration of the entire BREC operation including public relations, information services, forecasting and planning (reviewing and updating 10-year master plan annually), directing formulation and updating goals and objectives consistent with the mission.
• Ability to interprets the philosophy and objectives of public parks, recreation and leisure services.
• Can create a cohesive and well-trained staff that works closely to achieve BREC’s mission and goals by providing necessary staff supervision and technical advice.
• Has planned and directed tax election campaigns.
• Experience building alliances and partnerships with other agencies, volunteers and associates to build visibility while achieving mutual goals and objectives.
• Proven ability to research and evaluate new and existing programs, services, special events, facilities, park areas, and community trends; analyze organization and community needs and issues; interpret program results and performance outcome measures and make logical recommendations based on findings.
• Can plan, develop and conduct staff in-service training on how to evaluate programs, services and facilities.
• Ability to continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of system methods, procedures and programs; establish and implement opportunities for improvement to ensure successful operation of the agency programs and services.
• Must attend meetings of the BREC Commission, Community, Advisory Committees, as well as professional conferences, as a representative of the agency.
• Working 5 days per week a minimum of 8 hours per day, as well as evening and weekend hours as required. The Superintendent is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week in the event of an emergency.
Additional requirements of this position include, but are not limited to:
• A dedicated, passion for parks and recreation and services. • Consistency and honesty when collaborating with the Commission, the staff and the general public. • Ability to demonstrate a high level of concern for the public’s quality of life. • A positive approach, self-confidence and a sense of humor. • A person who is adept at consensus building. • An approachable, friendly, non-confrontational style that is inclusive and open to respecting input from others. • Ability to create a spirit of teamwork, develop and motivate staff, hold all subordinates accountable, and delegate responsibilities when appropriate. • Outstanding technical competence, with the concurrent ability to communicate to the Commission, staff and public issues in a concise and clear manner.
• A willingness to appropriately confront issues and make tough recommendations and decisions. • An active level of involvement in professional parks and recreation organizations and a willingness to maintain a high level of professional networking to remain on the cutting edge of leisure services and park operations. • Ability to work comfortably within a diverse community in a straightforward, fair and ethical manner without promoting an agenda of their own. • Personal and professional integrity of the highest order, demonstrated in both the candidates public and private life. • Patience and even-handedness with citizens and the Commission members.
The award winning Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge is a separate municipal agency. The organization is most commonly referred to as BREC and was created by State Legislative Act 95. BREC maintains 180+ neighborhood and community parks that feature a wide variety of quality facilities with family-oriented leisure activities for all ages and population groups. It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.
This independent agency must be self-supporting. For that purpose, BREC sponsors our own tax elections. Money for financing land purchases, construction of facilities, maintenance, and the operation of many varied programs is obtained from property taxes voted by the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish and from income from facilities, concessions and programs in the form of fees and charges. Other funds come from local governmental agencies and the federal government. BREC is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana and does not operate under the City-Parish Government.
The Commission Board is composed of nine members, six of whom are appointed by the Metro Counc...il, two rotate each year, to serve a three-year term; and three of whom are ex-officio members, hese being the Mayor-President or his/her appointee, a member of the School Board and a member of the City-Parish Planning Commission. Commission members receive no compensation
for their services, but accept their appointments in the interest of civic betterment.
BREC has a staff of more than 400 full-time and 600–800 part-time and seasonal employees. The annual General Fund, which funds operating expenses averages about $55M with BREC’s total budget, including construction funding, totaling about $90M. BREC parks and recreational facilities attracted more than nine million visitors last year.
BREC is also recognized as one of the premier parks and recreation organizations in the country, receiving National Gold Medal Awards and the National Association of Counties outstanding organizational awards.
BREC maintains 180+ neighborhood and community parks, 64 recreation centers, 3 stadiums, a theatre, an equestrian center, a Zoo, historic properties, special facilities and therapeutic programs that feature a wide variety of family-oriented leisure activities for all ages and population groups.
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