Duties and Responsibilities: Plans, directs, and coordinates the public recreational services provided for the citizens; evaluates and identifies present and future community needs; establishes priorities; formulates long and short range parks and recreation plans; researches, develops, and implements new strategies for innovative and better service. Supervises professional, administrative, and maintenance personnel; interviews and hires personnel; plans, schedules, and assigns work; ensures workers are instructed in correct methods and procedures and trained in safe operation of equipment; monitors and inspects work in progress to ensure continuity and timely completion of work; reviews and evaluates employee performance. Plans, allocates, and monitors time, people, equipment, and other resources for the City to ensure efficient organization and operation, satisfactory work quality, safety, and timely completion of work; ensures all work is performed in conformance with appropriate standards and specifications. Meets with division heads to review and evaluate existing services and programs, plan and implement new services and programs, and review status of existing work. Meets with the public to respond to questions and resolve problems concerning the City's parks and recreational services; performs public relations work within the community and state. Maintains awareness of federal and state regulations as they apply to various areas within the Parks and Recreation department; implements new policies and procedures as needed. Prepares and presents annual operating and capital budget and administers funds for the department; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budget; prepares specifications, secures bids, and makes capital purchases. Keeps City Manager and City Council informed of department's activities and problems; attends City Council meetings and other committee meetings as needed. Supervises the planning design and construction of capital improvements for parks and recreation facilities. Supervises the preparation of or prepares reports, papers, and other documents appropriate to the department. Represents the City at meetings and through correspondence with county, state, federal agencies. Represents the City at various functions such as making presentations at civic and business associations and meeting with influential persons within the community, developers, officials, citizens, and representatives of the press to establish goodwill and resolve/respond to issues. Formulates and directs the issuance of information to the news media regarding policies, programs, and other matters. Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications. Performs other related duties as required.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works primarily in an office environment; however, time is spent outside (approximately 10% to 15% of the time) exposed to temperature extremes, dirt, dust, noise, etc.
Education and Experience: Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation, Public Works Administration, or related field. Five or more years progressively complex and responsible parks and/or recreation administration work experience including three years of supervisory and management experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Licenses and Certifications: Must possess or acquire a valid state driver’s license and possess a satisfactory motor vehicle record. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional preferred. Knowledge: Management theory, practice and administration. Supervisory methods and techniques. Parks and recreation administration practices and methodologies. Facilities and equipment needed in the operation of a parks and recreation system. Public administration and management. Skills:Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, delegating, and reviewing work. Supervising, motivating, and evaluating staff to obtain effective results. Communicating both orally and in writing. An advanced level of interpersonal skills necessary in order to provide effective leadership to subordinate personnel as well as to develop cooperative working relationships with employees, senior management, elected officials, and vendors supplying goods or services to the jurisdiction.
Mental and Physical Abilities: Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. A very high level of analytical skills necessary in order to develop and implement department mission, goals and procedures; determine needs for capital expenditures, personnel and operating budgets; and prepare special reports or analyses for jurisdiction or outside agencies. Significant ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail in reviewing, preparing and presenting budgets, reading and writing reports, or representing departments at in-house or outside public meetings. Mental/visual effort required due to sustained periods of concentration, working under pressure of deadlines, and continual interruptions in concentration from staff and/or the public requiring assistance. Additional Information: Selected applicant must pass a background investigation and drug screen.