Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.
OUR CORE VALUES These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community: •Innovation •Excellence •Equity •Inclusiveness •Sustainability •Accountability •Safety •Fun
POSITION INFORMATION Under the direction of an assigned Recreation Manager, this position is responsible for all aspects of the assigned program(s), including business plans, marketing, budgets, and staffing, in accordance with the Mission Led Comprehensive Plan and Strategic Master Plan. This position will also be involved with general department and district leadership functions and community outreach activities.
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:
Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
Observe applicable safety requirements, use safety equipment provided, implement appropriate safety practices at all times and report immediately any unsafe working conditions or hazards.
Create and revise all business plans associated with the assigned program(s). Ensure the linkage and alignment of business plans with the Mission Led Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Parks and Program Services Plan.
Supervise all activities of the assigned program(s), which includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings; ensures compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, rules and/or standards.
Provide a culture which encourages employee development and practices effective leadership by empowering staff to make decisions. Recruit, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; direct and coordinate staff training.
Implement Program(s) responsibilities within the Strategic Parks and Program Services Plan and Mission Led Comprehensive Plan; establish and report on the program(s) work plan, benchmarks and performance measurement objectives.
Assess community needs and develop a variety of recreational, cultural, and educational programs/services and assure appropriate program interpretation for the general public; develop and implement a plan to inform education and communicate the benefits of parks and recreation to the Tacoma community.
Develop and prepare biennial budget for assigned programs(s); review, approve and submit the recommended program budgets for assigned units to Manager or Director; create cost centers and incorporate outcome measures; analyze and review financial and outcome data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
Participate in special projects, a variety of hearings, task forces, meetings, committees, and/or training sessions. Represent the department on multiple cross-departmental committees and work groups.
Communicate with other administrators, District personnel and outside organizations to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts and exchange information; communicate with Board of Park Commissioners via the Director of Recreation and Executive Director regarding issue related to District operations; serve as departmental liaison to government agencies.
Create and work with external partners to enhance program delivery and maximize the use of resources.
Identify and work with fund development office to help secure alternative funding through other city, state, federal, and other governmental agencies and grantors.
Participate in the administration and leadership of the overall department and district.
Prepare and deliver oral presentations related to assigned programs, activities and operations to the general public and special interest groups. Recommend policy and procedure changes to assist in program operation or as assigned as district wide policy review.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in recreation program administration or related field preferred.
Experience with engaging marginalized communities and/ or work with DEI preferred.
At least five (5) years increasing supervisory experience in related field.
Experience with creating and managing partnerships relating to recreation programming required.
About Metro Parks Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma was created in 1907 as a municipal corporation to manage park, recreation and zoological services and facilities for the citizens of Tacoma, Dash Point and Browns Point, Washington. Governed by an elected five-member board of park commissioners, Metro Parks Tacoma maintains and cares for more than 100 parks and open spaces in the Tacoma area including Point Defiance Park with its Zoo and Aquarium, Boathouse Marina, and Fort Nisqually; Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, WA; W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory; Meadow Park Golf Course; and Ruston Way waterfront parks including Les Davis Pier.Metro Parks Tacoma includes approximately 247 full-time employees and 600-800 part-time/seasonal employees. Career full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, life and state retirement benefits and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.