The Recreation Manager will direct, manage, supervise and coordinate assigned activities, and evaluate recreation programs at one or more recreation centers as well as to inspect and supervise work inside the recreation facility and around the park property. This individual performs professional work in the administration and operation of the recreation facility and programs to include communicating and networking with other departments, outside agencies and the public.
Education Required: Graduation from an accredited 4 year college or university; Preferred: Master's degree from an accredited college or university
Area of Study (Major): Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field
Certification(s) Required: Professional membership with LRPA and NRPA and First Aid, CPR/AED certification within 30 days of hire; Preferred: CPRP or comparable certification through NRPA
License(s) Required: Valid LA driver's license
Years Relevant Work Experience: 2 years experience in field of recreation Preferred: 5 or more years related experience.
Other: Knowledge of municipal recreation management principles and procedures; Knowledge of planning, scheduling, administering and evaluating the effectiveness of recreation programs; Knowledge of basic math/financial reports/budgeting; Knowledge of and skill in the use of various software applications such as Outlook, Microsoft Office Suites, RecTrac, MainTrac, and AS400; Strong interpersonal skills & ability to relate to others in a positive manner; Creative programming skills with the ability to assist in developing programs for diverse populations; Strong ability to relate effectively with people of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds; Public relations skills and public speaking ability; Ability to multi task is essential.
Assists with program evaluation needs, the design of evaluation plans and tools, and operates within timelines to meet the project needs
Reviews and evaluates BREC-sponsored recreational activities to ensure effectiveness, high quality programs, cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction
Directs evaluation ideas and concerns from public and other Recreation Managers to supervisor
Assists in the implementation of evaluation projects conducted within recreation centers, on park property, and at events
Collects outcome data from program supervisors and compiles into reports
Assists recreation staff in general recreation programming evaluation
Communicates any data management concerns to Program Coordinator and Assistant Director
Administers operation of the center(s), schedules facility staff, maintains supplies and equipment, and ensures proper maintenance of property, reporting problems to Regional Assistant Director
Hires, supervises, and trains staff on BREC policies and procedures
Supervises all programs conducted within recreation centers and on park property
Communicates program concerns to Program Coordinator and facility and park property concerns to Regional Assistant Director
Directs program ideas from public to Program Coordinator including program objectives
Assists Program Coordinator in promotion of programs throughout the serviced community
Supervises and assists with special events and group activities as directed by the Regional Assistant Director
Maintains financial records and completes weekly and monthly reports of all activities relevant to assigned facilities
Regularly communicates with groups, civic associations, community leaders and businesses within serviced community
Coordinates requirements of program/facility with effected BREC departments
Assists Program Coordinator with supervision and evaluation of program quality and content at each facility
Other duties as assigned by supervisor
BREC is the agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish with a system that has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in south Louisiana. This includes a state-of-the-art observatory, swamp nature center located in the urban core, equestrian park, Zoo, performing arts theatre, arboretum, botanical garden, a water park with the only surfing simulator in the state, golf courses throughout the parish and an expansive 30,000-foot concrete extreme sports park. Throughout its history, BREC has taken seriously its responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life for all citizens. Since 2004, BREC has constructed community parks, dog parks, a family-sized Aquatics Center, a growing trails system, fishing ponds, larger playgrounds and procured two mobile recreation units to serve play deserts in the area.