The Town of Zionsville, IN, a progressive, growing community of over 25,000 people known for its quality of life and village atmosphere and located immediately northwest of Indianapolis, has a park system with over 20 separate parks with over 500 acres of parkland and a professional staff engaged in recreational programming and maintaining and improving the parks and park facilities. Working within the policies, budgets, and directives established by the Board of Park & Recreation (the “Board”), and compliant with Indiana Code 36-10-3, the Superintendent of Parks & Recreation (the “Superintendent”) is the senior paid staff executive responsible for all operations of the Department of Parks & Recreation (the “Department”).
Duties and responsibilities
The Superintendent reports directly to the Board and also is as a member of the Mayor’s departmental staff. Exercising appropriate discretion, the Superintendent’s functional duties include:
General administration and supervision
Management, coordination and execution of recreational programs and activities, including those at the Zion Nature Center and Zionsville Golf Course
Management of maintenance of parks and park facilities
Management of habitat/ecosystems in parks
Acquisition and construction of new parks and park facilities
Procurement and maintenance of Department capital equipment
Preparation of both an annual budget and, in conjunction with the Board, long-range strategic plans
The position involves direct execution of technical duties, requiring approximately 25% of work time, such as the following:
Monitor status of parks and park facilities and habitat through periodic on-site inspections
Plan and conduct or assist in the conduct of education and recreation programs
Communicate effectively with the public and promote effectively the Department through written and verbal means
Identify and apply for available local, state and federal grants to help fund departmental projects
The position requires a variety of administrative and management duties to carry out departmental operation plans. These duties will require approximately 75% of work time, and are defined as planning, leading, organizing, and controlling activities such as the following:
Hire, train and supervise departmental employees
Plan and manage maintenance programs
Plan and manage recreation programs
Plan and manage capital improvement projects
Prepare in coordination with the Board and Town Administration the annual departmental budget for the Department
Administer the departmental budget; prepare departmental claims
Maintain records, prepare reports, including annual report to Board and Board meeting minutes
Coordinate efforts of citizen volunteer groups
Secure and manage state, local and federal grants benefitting the Department
This position requires the ability to work outdoors in a variety of natural terrains and weather conditions. The position will require some weekend work, evening hours, and increased workload and schedule from March through November.
This position requires a demonstrated knowledge of (i) management/leadership theory; (ii) management of governmental departmental or similar budgets; (iii) recreation program development and management; (iv) ecological concepts and principles and ecosystem development and support; and (v) park and park facility maintenance best practices. The position requires demonstrated abilities to interact with and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, to a wide range of constituents. Experience negotiating service agreements and/or land use arrangements will be considered a plus.
The Superintendent must be self-motivated; have the ability to work independently within budget limits; have the management ability to plan, organize, lead, and control all aspects of Department operations; have the ability to lead, develop, supervise and evaluate departmental employees; use effective team work and networking skills in working with Board members, Town Administration officials, employees, contractors, and citizens. The position requires sufficient computer skills to facilitate presentation preparation and delivery and basic spreadsheet preparation and use.
Educational Qualifications include:
BS or BA in park-related disciplines such a park management, recreation, or ecology; or comparable post-graduate degree or certifications
Relevant advanced degree or certifications preferred
Minimum five (5) years of parks and recreation experience
About Zionsville Parks & Recreation
Full-Time park Maintenance Tech-II
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