*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.
NATURE OF WORK:
This position is administrative and technical work involving the management of a recreation center and ice arena facility, including other recreation programs throughout the community. Work includes planning, organizing, scheduling, promoting, maintaining and coordinating all program and activities at the center and other program sites. In addition, the preparation and maintenance of the program budgets, operating records and reports. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and under the general administrative direction of the Director or designee.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):
Plans, organizes and coordinates a diversified City-wide recreation facility, which includes: figure skating; hockey; public skating; pre-school; after school and recreational programs for all age groups.
Plans and coordinates with administrative staff a public relations program to promote all center activities.
Selects, directs, supervises, assigns, and evaluates work of subordinate program supervisors and professional staff; recommends staffing levels and personnel change actions that are assigned to the Center and assigned responsibilities.
Conducts or supervises preparation of program reports.
Works with the Director in implementing program policy related to the centers, as well as reviewing and suggesting new policies for Board(s) approval.
Meets with special interest groups in relation to their involvement with the facilities.
Serves as the employee liaison to the advisory board or support groups of the centers, including the ability to work with a variety of public and private special interest groups.
Ensures monies collected at the facility are accounted for and handled appropriately.
Coordinates the use of the ice-arena/center in coordination of maximum programs and revenues.
Prepares specifications for new equipment and material and to recommend items for purchase.
Assists in developing recommendations for improvements to policies and procedures.
Prepares annual program budgets; analyzes and evaluates costs; coordinates program purchasing requirements; reviews and monitors budget appropriations.
Researches and drafts proposals and reports.
Works closely with the Director and Facilities Management in providing necessary information to coordinate the related building maintenance.
Initiates, develops, and maintains a safety program with emphasis on emergency first aid procedures, treatment, and the proper reporting of accidents and injuries.
Establishes expectations, assists in setting goals, and provides employee performance feedback on an ongoing basis.
Performs related duties as needed/or assigned.
Must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation and Park Administration or a substantially similar area. Certification as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.
Must possess five (5) or more years of work experience managing a community recreation center including management of staff, operations, and facilities. Work experience at an ice skating facility is preferred. Experience with recreation software (RecTrac) is preferred.
Must possess four (4) or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
Must possess current First Aid/CPR certifications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities in the following areas:
Knowledge of the philosophy principles and practices of public recreation.
Knowledge of the social and economic characteristics of community served; especially as such characteristics must be applied to a successful program of services for the center.
Ability to select, assign, train and supervise the work of employees engaged in the center, as well as engaging volunteers as applicable.
Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time, some of which may have conflicting deadlines and/or priorities.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other staff and the general public.
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of community recreation center programming, operations and maintenance.
Knowledge of ice rinks including, but not limited to, categories of competitive and recreational skating, hockey, speed skating, broomball and instructional programs
Knowledge of requirements and practices of running a safe and successful licensed childcare facility.
Ability to plan, evaluate, organize and direct an adequate well-rounded program of services adapted to community preferences and needs.
Excellent verbal and written community skills, including presentation skills.
Working knowledge of theory, techniques, and applications of municipal management.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of “clients” and staff throughout the city and outside the organization.
Ability to learn, understand and incorporate city ordinances, rules, regulations and procedures into daily activities.
Ability to prepare work assignments, summaries, and reports.
Ability to converse in theory, principle, and methods of effective and persuasive speaking, voice, and diction, and phonetics, and discussions and debates.
Ability to work on multiple projects at one time, some of which may have conflicting deadlines and/or priorities.
Ability to identify problems and develop, propose and implement solutions.
Ability to facilitate meetings and lead special project teams.
Ability to read, understand, and interpret manuals, ordinances, policies, and memos, letters, reports, financial reports and legal documents.
Ability to speak before audiences with poise, voice control and confidence, using proper grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the audience.
Self-motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable.
Innovative, creative, resourceful and independent thinking.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
The position is typical of an office setting. The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 50 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions, protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes.
Under the general direction of the Director or designee, work is performed with independence. Works with other division and department staff at all levels, and with necessary resources in other departments and divisions. Work is assigned through specific projects assigned by the Director or designee, and through general goals and objectives set by the Director and overall City management, providing research and analysis necessary to meet goals and objectives. The employee is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing support, administrative services, and program activities. As well as provide support for budgeting, programming, personnel and information systems functions. In addition to the development and implementation of procedures for operating guidelines, supervises professional and clerical and custodial employees. Supervision is provided by the Director or designee, and performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, 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 goals and this classification standard. Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to managing staff, problem solving abilities, customer service, written and verbal communication skills, and performance in accordance with the 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.
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)
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.