The Executive Director of Parks and Recreation, is responsible for providing guidance, direction and coordination of department operations including oversight of the department in its entirety, community programs, construction and maintenance, supervision of personnel and budget administration. A primary goal of this position is to market Starkville as a sports tourism destination and increase economic activity for the City and its businesses by creating and facilitating large, multi-day, youth sports tournaments, various events, and entertainment offerings to attract large numbers of visitors to the City.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Direct and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities for the City and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Supervise all department operations including recreation services, volunteer services and facility/park construction and maintenance.
Prepare, writes and administers various grant applications to support capital projects and other department initiatives. Assist with long range planning, capital projects.
Serve as the staff representative to the Mayor and Board of Alderman.
Ensure that the department operates efficiently and effectively in its day-to-day business, enhancing collaboration across the department, the City and the community.
Coordinate and provides guidance to other managers, supervisors, and project leaders and acts as technical advisor on studies, projects and problem resolution teams.
Plan for future work programs, determine the nature and scope of projects and will make staff assignments.
Act on behalf of the City at selected management, community or regional meetings dealing with parks and recreation matters.
Assist in planning and preparing the department budget; attends meetings (department and board meeting) and makes budget presentations; monitors the department budget according to established procedures.
Concentrate on raising the profile of the City of Starkville as a premier sports destination by aggressively marketing the City's existing resources and targeting sporting events that will generate a positive economic impact for the City of Starkville.
Develop strong relationships with chamber members (lodging, restaurants, attractions, etc.)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of principles, practices, regulations and techniques related to parks and recreation operations and administration.
Thorough knowledge of personnel and program management principles and practices, including administration, supervision and training of personnel.
Knowledge of state and local laws and procedures relating to municipal government services and the role parks and recreation takes in delivery of those services.
Knowledge of policies, rules and other risk management regulations governing the conduct and safety of parks and recreation programs and facilities.
Knowledge of personal computers and the software necessary to perform job duties.
Skill in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting the consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of department goals.
Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other government agencies.
Ability to exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in choosing approaches, methods, and resources to solve problems and achieve results within the framework established by the Director.
Ability to take an active role in community relations and the willingness to devote time to establish a positive and responsible presence in the community.
Ability to formulate and implement a sound, progressive parks and recreation system and sustain operations for a variety of activities without regular direction.
Ability/experience working with a diverse staff by leading, guiding and directing the staff to ensure the best performance consistent with good customer service and management principles.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in both small and large groups, and in formal and informal settings.
Ability to deal effectively with professionals and the public using tact and diplomacy.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed primarily in office and meeting room settings with some fieldwork required. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Fieldwork will expose the employee to occasional inclement weather, loud noises, moving vehicles and machines, and dust and mud. Fieldwork may require protective clothing including helmet, gloves, goggles, and safety shoes.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, open and move paper and plans, and reach with hands and arms, hear and talk as part of both office and field work. The fieldwork may also include limited walking on a variety of surfaces and negotiating obstacles within structures and construction sites, climbing ladders, crawling in confined areas, bending, and stooping. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds. Employee must be able to drive a City vehicle. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Good driving record, ability to drive a City vehicle and possession of a valid State Driver’s license.
The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific job duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.
Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of continuing employment.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Public or Park Administration, Park Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field. Five years of progressively responsible experience in park and recreation management with policy, supervisory and budgetary experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to fulfill the duties of this position. Recreation and Parks Association Certification is preferable.
A Master’s Degree in Recreation, Public or Park Administration, Park Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field. Experience as an Assistant Director or a comparable position in an organization of a comparable size.
About City of Starkville
Starkville, Mississippi’s College Town! Located in Oktibbeha County and home to Mississippi State University. Starkville, is sure to provide a fun and unique atmosphere. Although a small town, our relaxed atmosphere is complemented with a strong sense of social equity and cultural diversity.