The Hamilton County Parks & Recreation Department is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Director of Parks & Recreation.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
This postion is responsible for department personnel, including interviewing applicants and hiring of administrative personnel, full-time staff planning/ corrective instruction, seeing that staff performance is evaluated and signing off on evaluations, maintaining discipline, resolving problems, and communicating and administering personnel programs, setting overall tone and personality of department.
Oversees/manages all park operations, ensuring compliance with federal/state/local environmental, safety, and health regulations, and department policies and procedures.
Overall responsible for/monitoring cleaning/clearing and maintenance of all park facilities, and maintenance and repair of park furnishings and equipment, ensuring maintenance of detailed records as required.
Administers department budget, including regularly reviewing fund account balances, approving expenditures, and ensuring cost-effective operations.
Oversees and assists with preparation and presentation of reports at monthly Park Board meetings.
Oversees planning/research for minor capital projects, and plans/researches major capital projects.
Secures funding for all capital projects. Including bonds, budget, additional appropriations, private funding, public-private partnerships, public and private foundations, and securing and maintaining donors.
Frequently works with Park Board and County Attorney on legal issues as needed, such as contracts, agreements, land acquisition, and lawsuits, including writing first drafts of contracts and initial comments on contracts and legal documents.
Researches and negotiates with potential land acquisition opportunities.
Frequently prepares and makes public speaking presentations as requested, and frequently represents department on committees as appropriate.
Prepares and submits annual department budget, including projecting costs, submitting prescribed forms, and justifying to County Council as required.
Continuously develops/reviews short- and long-term goals and objectives, including planning programs, activities, capital improvement and maintenance projects. Periodically writes and submits grant applications, and ensures compliance with funding source requirements upon award.
Periodically responds to questions and complaints from the public, including providing information, explaining policies and rules, and resolving problems.
Serves on 24-hour call for emergencies.
Performs related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Baccalaureate Degree in park and recreation administration, leisure services management, outdoor recreation, or related area, with relevant experience in park management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
As a condition of employment, this position may require residency at an on-site Hamilton County Park facility as established and directed by the Hamilton County Park Board.
Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of department policies and procedures and applicable federal/state/local regulations, such as Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Indiana State Department of Health, OSHA, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of principles and practices of park management, including building, grounds and equipment maintenance, capital improvements, and recreation programming.
Ability to follow and ensure compliance with all employer/department personnel policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.
Ability to supervise/direct department personnel, including interviewing, hiring, delegating work assignments, providing training, evaluating performance, maintaining discipline, and resolving problems.
Ability to prepare and administer annual department budget and related grants, maintain detailed records, and prepare reports as required.
Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, Park Board, other County and local park and planning departments, regulating/funding agencies, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities.
Ability to properly operate various office equipment, such as computer, printer, calculator, copier, fax machine, pager, cellular telephone, telephone, and engineer's scale.
Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions, and appropriately respond to constructive criticism.
Ability to work alone and work with others in a team environment with minimum supervision, and maintain appropriate, respectful interrelationships with co-workers.
Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including occasional encounters with irate/hostile persons.
Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information/records according to state requirements.
Ability to work on several tasks at the same time, often under time pressure, and complete duties effectively amidst frequent distractions and interruptions.
Ability to serve on 24-hour call and respond swiftly, rationally and decisively to emergency situations. Ability to regularly work extended and/or evening hours, occasionally work weekend hours, and occasionally travel out of town for meetings/conferences, sometimes overnight.
Possession of a valid Indiana driver's license and demonstrated safe driving record.
About Hamilton County Parks & Recreation Department
The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department exists to serve the leisure and recreation needs of its residents and tourists, and to enhance the quality of life in the county. We strive to preserve and provide high-quality, passive parks and facilities, to offer natural resource education and services, and to be recognized as a leader and resource for our community and its citizens in the pursuit of living an environmentally responsible lifestyle.