Starting salary range is $78,769.60 To $86,646.56 Annually. Employees receive a merit increase each year as well as a 5% Time in Service bonus every three years of employment.
4 Year Degree
The City of Leawood, Kansas will be accepting applications for the Superintendent of Parks until October 17, 2022.
The Superintendent of Parks oversees the development, coordination and supervision of the operations of the parks maintenance division including horticulture management operations, athletic field/turf maintenance, aquatic center maintenance, parks facility maintenance, and overall parks maintenance. Coordinates activities with the recreation division and provides intensive administrative support to the Assistant Director and Director.
Essential Functions / Responsibilities
Oversees and directly supervisors the Parks Maintenance Department. Responsibilities include operation and maintenance of park areas, trails and facilities, greenways, landscape projects, tree trimming and care, construction projects and other park related improvements.
Oversees and ensures the proper maintenance of City-owned facilities, including, City parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, swimming pools, park buildings, right-of-way and green-way trails.
Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public about parks maintenance division operations, completes a follow-up in each situation as appropriate. Deals directly with citizens on non-routine issues not easily resolved by subordinates. Uses tact and professionalism in responding to inquiries and complaints.
Responsible for the overall coordination and dissemination of the Parks Maintenance Division annual Year-end Activity reports to the Assistant Director and Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts.
Responsible for preparing park maintenance and facility project specifications and contract documents. Participates in the Department's Capital Improvements Program preparation and implementation. Administers contracts and monitors work progress of major park & forestry improvement projects.
Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends within department policy, appropriate changes.
Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for park programs and services. Monitors and evaluates the quality, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department’s programs and services.
Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget to include revenue producing programs and opportunities; participates in forecasting the need for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies for direct programs; monitors and approves programming department expenditures.
Responsible for the hiring, training and development of full-time parks division personnel. Indirectly responsible for overseeing the hiring and onboarding of seasonal and part-time recreation staff.
Conducts employee performance appraisals, provides development opportunities and performance improvement needs, and handles disciplinary actions.
Attends, participates and represents City of Leawood Parks and Recreation at local and state professional group and association meetings.
Works with the Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts to ensure park facilities are in safe working conditions and maintenance issues are resolved on a timely basis.
Works with the Marketing and Administration Supervisor on the promotion of park programs, events and facilities.
Responsible for coordinating snow removal operations with the Public Works Superintendent.
Oversees the inventory, maintenance and replacement for all parks maintenance related equipment and supplies. Ensures review on an annual basis and updates budget, Capital Improvement Plan and Legal with any changes.
Recommends new and innovative programs and events for the Parks Maintenance division. Evaluates and makes necessary modifications to parks maintenance related programs, policies and procedures as needed.
Serves as liaison for the Parks and Recreation Department with various City departments. Initiates joint efforts to ensure cooperation and more efficient workflow.
Serves as staff support to the Director for the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. Meets and interacts frequently with the general public, elected officials, civic groups and other governmental agencies by giving advice or technical assistance on Parks Maintenance Division related matters. Attends and represents the department at various public functions and meetings.
Oversees implementation of special projects and preparation of analysis and reports of various department activities. Manages grant applications and awards. Assists Human Resources in the coordination and monitoring adherence to ADA with regard to all aquatic and recreational activities of the City.
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of parks maintenance services program development and implementation.
May act as the Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts in her/his absence.
Education, Training, and Certification Requirements
Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Park Management or related field.
Must have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in turf management, sports field management, park management or equivalent experience.
Must have a minimum three (3) years’ experience in a supervisory role.
Must have Certified Park and Recreation Designation (CPRP). A combination of experience, training and certifications may be substituted for the Certified Park and Recreating Designation as determined by the Parks, Recreation & Arts Director. In which case, the Certification will be required to achieve within 6 months of hire.
Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture or Kansas Association of Arborists, preferred.
Must have or be able to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record per the City’s drivers Use of Vehicles for City Business policy throughout employment with the City.
Leawood, Kansas, a suburban community in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, is located in Johnson County, approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, MO. It covers 14.7 square miles and resembles an elongated rectangle running north/south. Interstate-435 crosses through the City and is just north of the center of the community. The City is bordered on three sides by the cities of Overland Park and Prairie Village, Kansas and on the fourth by Kansas City, Missouri. The City’s land area is approximately 75% developed and growth is expected to continue in the future.