Plans, directs, organizes, and administers the City’s parks programs, including special events and other activities. Coordinates the maintenance and improvements of leisure facilities. Participates in the long-range planning of parks and recreational facilities and guides plan development. Updates boards and commissions on the status of programs and facilities, as appropriate. Supervises staff with responsibility for employment-related decisions or recommendations that include hiring, disciplining, training, and evaluating performance.
II. Listing of Individual Duties and Responsibilities
Essential duties and responsibilities include those listed below and may be supplemented, as necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Other duties may also be assigned, as indicated below.
1. Plans, develops, organizes, implements, and evaluates parks and recreation programs, including special events and other related activities.
2. Coordinates the maintenance and improvements of leisure facilities including the IH Clubhouse and Senior Center, including assessments and inspections for safety, maintenance, and renovation purposes.
3. Develops and implements the departmental operating budget and monitors costs to maintain budget integrity.
4. Updates the Parks Board on the status of parks and recreation programs and facilities on a regular basis and coordinates activities with the board, as appropriate.
5. Procures funding for recreation and parks facilities and programs from a variety of sources, including grants, donations and fund-raising activities.
6. Supervises staff with responsibility for employment-related decisions or recommendations that include hiring, disciplining, training, and evaluating performance.
7. Hires employees under contracts with the City and monitors activities for contract compliance.
8. Coordinates activities and trains volunteers, staff, officials, instructors, and other personnel associated with recreation and parks programs.
9. Recruits volunteers for recreation and parks programs, special events, fund-raising, and other activities.
10. Seeks public input on parks and recreational facilities, programs, and associated activities.
11. Coordinates activities and communicates with other departments and agencies that affect the community’s recreation and parks programs.
12. Stays up-to-date in the field of parks and recreation administration.
13. Performs other duties as assigned.
III. Minimum Knowledge and Training Required
Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years related experience. Three (3) years supervisory experience. Computer skills to include: Word, Excel, e-mail (Microsoft Outlook preferred), and Internet. Effective communication (oral and written) and public relations skills. Ability to interact with tact and diplomacy. Ability to write grant applications and reports. Ability to make presentations to a broad range of participants. Valid driver’s license from state of residence. Ability to plan and expedite recreational programs and activities for all age groups. General construction knowledge of leisure facilities. Ability to hire, train and supervise staff. Must have C.P.R.P. certification or obtain it within 12 months.
IV. Environmental Conditions
The following environmental conditions are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
The majority of the work is performed inside under normal office conditions and the remainder is spent outside (e.g. sports fields, parks) under varying conditions or at external facilities (e.g. gymnasiums, classrooms). Mobility to and from various work areas and external facilities is required. Talking and hearing are necessary in communicating with others. The office work involves movements that include sitting, standing, stooping, and reaching. Work at external facilities may involve repetitious bending, reaching, standing, and stooping. Moderate lifting is required. The noise level is normal for an office work environment and varies when working outside or at external facilities. Effective vision (near and far) is required. Evening hours and weekend work may be required.
About City of Lakeland Tennessee
History of Lakeland
While today the City of Lakeland is primarily known as a residential community with beautiful lake-front properties and tree-canopied roads, the area that eventually became the town was originally founded in the 1960s as “Lake Land”, the amusement park. The park, centered around the man-made Garner Lake, consisted of thrill rides, a steamboat ride, a train ride, a fully lighted drag strip, and a skyride from the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Years after the amusement park closed, the basic route of the train ride’s tracks became what is today known as Huff Puff Road.
The City of Lakeland is located in northeast Shelby County, within the metropolitan area of Memphis. Comprised of 17.62 square miles of land area, the city features a number of lakes, ponds, creeks, parks and other recreational sites that enhance the quality of life for residents of the area.
Today Lakeland is a forward-thinking community that pleasantly combines a rural atmosphere with urban amenities.
Demographics of the Lakeland Area
Number of Households: 2,496
Family Households: 1,896 (76%)
Non-Family Households: 600 (24%)
Median Househo...ld Income: $79,202
Median House or Condo Value: $263,836
Median Contract Rent: $1,026
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Residents below the poverty level: 2.3%
Median Resident Age: 37