*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.
Under the direction of the Recreation Manager and/or designee, this position is primarily responsible for assisting in the development, delivery and evaluation of the entire Lakefront operations before, during, and after the season.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):
Primarily responsible for the supervision and administration of the Dempster St. Launch Facility operation, including the storage racks and launch passes.
Primarily responsible for the supervision and administration of the Church St. Boat Ramp operation, including the season launch passes.
Primarily responsible for preparing bi-weekly payroll for Lakefront staff.
Enforces rules pertaining to the overall health and safety of the residents.
Reports any unsafe conditions to the Recreation Manager or to 311.
Attends trainings and conferences to enhance personal development and gain more knowledge, if applicable and approved.
Attends department and other meetings as required.
Assists in recruiting, interviewing, recommending, training, supervising, and evaluating staff and volunteers.
Assists in collecting and verifying the accuracy and completeness of hire paperwork for seasonal Lakefront staff.
Assists in directing and coordinating daily activities of staff involved in the delivery of Lakefront operations, city services and programs.
Assists in monitoring and maintaining daily cash handling procedures to ensure that revenue is collected and deposited correctly.
Assists in preparing and/or obtaining contractual agreements from outside service providers.
Answers questions from 311, customer phone calls, emails, questions, comments, and concerns.
Assists with developing, executing, implementing, and adhering to annual budget, strategic and operational plan for the department.
Assists with developing, preparing, monitoring and evaluating program offerings including scheduling program sites, establishing program descriptions and monitoring program progress.
Assists with preparing specifications for new equipment and material and to recommend items for purchase.
Assists with conducting research to stay current on recreation program development and management.
May assist with other non-Lakefront department operations/programs during the winter months
Must possess a high school diploma, GED, or higher and must possess five (5) or more years of work experience in aquatic recreation and two (2) or more years of work experience in a supervisory capacity. Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation, Recreation Administration, or substantially similar area is preferred.
Prior work experience in an open water aquatic facility preferred.
Must possess a valid lifeguard certification, from a nationally recognized institution, within the previous 2 years and must maintain it as a condition of employment.
Must possess a current CPR/AED/First Aid and lifeguarding instructor certifications, from a nationally recognized institution, or acquire one within 6 months of employment and must maintain them as a condition of employment.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
Must possess a valid boating safety certification from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or acquire one within 30 days of employment and must maintain it as a condition of employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Ability to work during busiest operational times, which will include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Ability to work overtime hours, if necessary, to support the Lakefront operations.
Thorough knowledge of lakefront operations and general recreational programming.
Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure; to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions; to compute ratio, rate, and percent; to draw and interpret bar graphs; to perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.
Ability to perform budget analysis for trends and expenditure predictions.
Ability to read manuals (safety, instructional, etc.), professional and technical journals, financial reports, legal documents, newspapers, and encyclopedias.
Ability to prepare work assignments, research issues, summaries, letters and memorandum, and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
Ability to give verbal direction to subordinates, communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors, and to speak extemporaneously on a variety of subjects.
Ability to use a variety of computer software applications related to the work, including general word processing and spreadsheets.
Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with diverse groups of people and to recognize situations which need de-escalation.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Requires the ability to see, hear, and speak and project voice at an audible level in an active outdoor environment.
Must be able to lift more than 50 pounds.
Must possess good color and depth perception.
Comfortable swimming in open water and possibly being immersed in cold water for a period of time.
The worker is subject to inside work approximately 50% of the time and subject to outdoor environmental conditions approximately 50% of the time, no effective protection from the weather conditions or temperature changes. The worker performs tasks outdoors related to recreation programs. Weather can be hot in the summer, etc., while in the fall and spring can be cold.
Under the general direction of a Recreation Manager or designee, work is performed with minimal instruction or supervision, therefore incumbent must be self-motivated and capable of initiating and developing tasks on a regular basis. Work is assigned through the Recreation Manager and Lakefront Coordinator, including the Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation, through specific projects assigned, and through general goals and objectives set by the Director and overall City management. The employee is responsible for prioritizing problems or situations and/or research and analyze specific data. Performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status report’s, conferences and meetings. Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to the specific project assigned. Work is evaluated annually with respect to programming initiatives, problem-solving ability, customer service, research and analytical skill, written and verbal communication skills, and performance in accordance with this classification standard.
The employee has regular and frequent contact with division and department employees and other City employees as well as regular contact with community residents and representatives; and members of the public and representatives of other agencies, including elected officials.
To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date of February 28, 2021.
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-866-5095 (TTY).
About City of Evanston
Evanston is located just north of Chicago, Evanston is diverse in many ways, much to the delight of its visitors and residents (population 75,000). Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities, as well as a successful public school system. Evanston is also home to the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.The Evanston Recreation Division's facilities include three community centers, a senior center, five public swimming beaches, plus a dog park and a dog beach. The Parks/Forestry and Recreation Department operates the Evanston Ecology Center and the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
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