The City Parks and Recreation Director performs a variety of professional, managerial and executive duties related to planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the delivery of public recreation programs, activities, and facilities including, but not limited to, City parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pool, special event venues, golf courses, zoo and cemeteries.
The Director works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Mayor and City Council.
The Director provides general guidance and direction to Department Superintendents, Managers and Supervisors responsible for Parks and Recreation daily operations; provides general supervision to administrative clerical staff. The department currently employs approximately 130 full-time and 300 seasonal and part-time staff.
Evaluate City parks and recreational priorities, needs and demands; determine programs, activities, and facilities necessary to meet public interests and desires; plan, organize, and coordinate for the implementation of all recreational activities and facilities; and seek to provide quality year-round recreational opportunities for the citizens of Idaho Falls.
Develop and promote public awareness and support for recreational programs and facilities; respond to requests for information from the general public; meet with various representatives from recreational businesses, user groups, clubs and organizations; provide information to the media to promote awareness of recreational programs and events.
Monitor use of City parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pool, special event venues, golf courses, zoo, and cemeteries to ensure program or facility goals are achieved; modify and evaluate goals and objectives to meet the changes in public attitudes in recreational activities and programs.
Recommend land acquisition and manages department capital projects--construction and/or improvements..
Review annual budget requests and prepare annual Departmental/Divisions appropriations and personnel budgets; monitor Departmental/Divisions expenditures to insure conformity to established fiscal programs and goals; research and prepare applications for grants and other alternative funding sources; receive, manage and account for all funds received from grants, user fees and other sources.
Evaluate employee performance and make decisions regarding personnel actions such as hiring, promotion, advancement, discipline, dismissal, discharge, and suspension; evaluate parks and recreation facilities and inspect facilities and programs for public and employee safety. Performs program contract management.
Coordinate with federal, state, municipal, county, and school district officials as well as citizen committees, interest groups, and members of the public concerning recreation grants, program emphasis, and priorities; investigate public complaints and criticism and takes corrective action where applicable.
Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of objectives and principles of public recreation; facilities and equipment needed to carry out a broad scale recreational program; program development related to a wide spectrum of recreation activities; park design and grounds development; interpersonal communication skills; large-scale budget preparation and principles of sound fiscal management; principles of supervision; funding sources and grant opportunities. Considerable knowledge of human behavior psychology and mental hygiene as applied to various recreational interest groups.
Skill in the art of diplomacy and creative problem solving.
Ability to evaluate program effectiveness and personnel efficiency without personal prejudice; ability to coordinate the delivery of recreational programs to satisfy the desires of all age groups; ability to develop effective working relationships with federal, state, and local officials, subordinates, and the public; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to exercise sound judgment and generate workable solutions in problem situations.
Must possess a valid Idaho State Driver's License or obtain such within six (6) months of employment. Must be or become a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).