Summary: Under limited supervision, assists the Director in the management of the Parks & Recreation Department (P&R) through effective planning, staff management and resource allocation; manages P&R programs to enhance the physical, social and cultural quality of life for the community; manages daily operations, plans and coordinates projects and programs and assists in planning and developing departmental goals, strategic direction, programs and activities.
Assists in directing Parks & Recreation (P&R) Department operations; exercises independent judgment within broad policy guidelines; evaluates and analyzes issues, and recommends and implements solutions; provides leadership, direction, and guidance in P&R program management.
Provides advice and counsel to Director; assists with planning, directing, reviewing, and evaluating P&R programs, and work performed; verifies all P&R facilities are safe, and provide a variety of leisure and recreation opportunities to enrich the quality of life for community residents and guests.
Manages division and program managers; coaches and trains staff, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects, monitors work, develops staff skills, and evaluates performance; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload, resource allocation, budgets, technical issues, quality standards, policies, services, and community issues.
Evaluates progress toward achieving P&R goals and objectives; evaluates staffing levels, resource availability, and service demands, and recommends resource allocations to optimize budgeted funds.
Reviews, approves, and develops reports, technical documents, and public communications.
Reviews and approves operational data and activity reports; identifies infrastructure needs, service demands, and resource availability; develops recommendations and plans to improve operational effectiveness, including use of facilities, new equipment and technology, and changing community needs.
Monitors operations to identify and resolve problems; effectively communicates operational and technical issues; assures all operational, legal, technical, and financial issues are properly addressed and resolved; interprets and explains federal and state rules and regulations; verifies Department’s activities are in compliance with all laws, regulations, and quality and safety standards.
Coordinates communications and operations between advisory boards, regional organizations, and state and federal agencies; coordinates projects and events, and develops special funding opportunities.
Supports the departmental operations with regular and timely attendance.
Must have and maintain a cell phone for City use to hold this position.
Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:
Bachelor's Degree in Parks & Recreation, Business or Public Administration or related field.
Five years of public sector Parks & Recreation program management experience, three of those in a supervisory capacity.
License and certification requirements: Must possess a Texas State Driver's License. Specific technical training and certifications may be required.