Parks and Recreation Director

Job Details

  • Job Function: Parks and Recreation Director
  • Salary: $65,919 - $95,417. Annual, DOE
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 2,700
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  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Aug 9 2019

Return completed application, resume and cover letter to the City of Seward Personnel Office via / Fax 907-224-3577


Job Title: Parks & Recreation Director

Range: 21.5-24.5 Salary: $31.69-$45.87/hr
Department: Parks & Recreation Approved by: Scott Meszaros
Reports to: City Manager/Assistant City Manager Date: July 31, 2019
Supervises: All positions in the department
Position: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

This position is responsible for the management and administration of recreational programming, municipal campground operations, park development and maintenance, and municipal parking management. Plans, promotes, organizes, and administers quality public recreation for the entire community under policies established by the public managing authority by performing the following duties or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs expenditure of department funds and special projects funds and keeps department records. Plans, implements, manages and evaluates recreational activities for the city including individual and team sports, youth activities, various clinics, contests, fun runs, special events, and classes.

Maintains the management oversight and provides evaluation of the operation, maintenance and improvements of the Teen & Youth Center, Teen Rec Room, municipal campgrounds, parks, trails and other recreation facilities and/or properties.

Manages the City’s several paid parking lots, including supervision, policy descriptions, bulk mailings, purchases of professional services and supplies, presenting at community input meetings, contracts supervision, cash handling and reporting, budgeting and oversight, etc... Also supervises parking permits sales and time restrictions in other parking areas. Prepares and manages capital budgets for parking revenue fund. Manages paid parking pay stations including programming, maintenance, installation, storage and security; maintains payment card industry compliance.

Coordinates recreation, leisure, educational, health and cultural activities, events and festivals with such entities as school districts, schools and colleges, clubs and non-profits, health care and mental health agencies, Chamber of Commerce groups, businesses, and service organizations, federal agencies and special interest groups.

Represents the City at public meetings and with public interest groups regarding parks and recreation and parking matters. Interprets recreation programs to the public and maintains cooperative planning and working relationships with allied public and volunteer agencies.

Coordinates with other City departments, contractors and consultants to develop and construct park and recreation facilities. Superintends acquisition, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of recreation facilities.

The scope of the outdoor parks program includes three softball fields, five playgrounds, five neighborhood parks, twelve municipal campgrounds, rustic hiking trails, picnic areas and pavilions and gazebos, tennis court, outdoor sports courts, a skate park, a bike park national historic trail, bike paths and boardwalks and pathway spurs, and city cemeteries.

Program areas include the Teen & Youth Center, the Teen Rec Room (“the Rec”) and “Sports & Rec,” through a community center-type activities in the AVTEC Student Services Center, public parks, public camping, , youth and adult sports leagues and tournaments, day camps, arts and crafts, and special events.

Trains, supervises, and evaluates all personnel of in all divisions and related projects or grant programs. Staff level consists of seven or eight full-time employees, up to 50 seasonal employees, numerous part-time, temporary employees and independent contractors.

Researches and applies for grants for projects such as: park or trail development, special sports camps, community art, bike safety, after school programs, safety concerns, educational programs, litter patrol and professional development, etc...

Serves as technical adviser to City Manager and as recreation consultant to the community.

Handles customer service complaints and responsible for training the department staff on customer service training.

Serves on City’s safety committee and recommends guidelines, policies and prevention or motivation tools for the organization. Reviews safety accidents within the organization. Leads department-wide safety committee meetings.

Serves as an integral member of the organization’s administration team to creatively solve city-wide problems.

Works with professional development organizations (such as ARPA and NRPA) to ensure staff development and department awareness in specific field technologies such as: At-Risk Youth, Asset Building models, Inclusive Recreation, prevention techniques, environmental concerns, software improvements for recreation management etc... Works with legislative committees to ensure that goals of the City are furthered.

Actively participates in organizational planning for Strategic Plans and Comprehensive Plans. Leads goal-setting for department five-year plans. Updates the Parks and Recreation Master Plan via community input. Provides input on other planning tools such as historic and transportation district or ad-hoc committee plans.

Works with social services and/or other agencies to refer participants to appropriate programs and offers and manages a youth scholarship fund for financially needing families.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Selection Factors:
These factors will be the basis for selecting the most qualified candidates to be interviewed. Candidates selected for employment must satisfactorily demonstrate possession of these factors during and after a prescribed probationary period for continued employment:

Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of parks and recreation programming including planning, direction, coordination and evaluation. Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends and developments in parks and recreation management and operations and pertinent legal issues and federal requirements. Knowledge of supervision and management principles and techniques: scheduling, monitoring, evaluating and goal setting for staff members. Ability to schedule and meet deadlines for project planning. Knowledge of marketing practices: writing, brochure layout, poster creation and marketing principles and techniques and internet use. Knowledge of the rules and regulations of a variety of athletic events, leagues and tournaments and the facility requirements for such programming. Knowledge of modern methods of campground management and operations. Knowledge of modern methods, techniques, materials, equipment and safety procedures used in parks maintenance. Knowledge of organizational skills required for hosting events or festivals.

Knowledge of paid parking practices and procedures. Knowledge of basic municipal code structure (city resolutions and ordinances) and federal ADA Codes to affect changes required with situational parking management.

Computer knowledge and software experience, including Microsoft Suite with proficiency in word and excel, Internet and desktop publishing. Ability to communicate effectively and deal with the public for information referral and in conflict situations. Knowledge of safety, liability and risk management. An understanding of ADA concepts and requirements. Ability to work varied schedules according to the season and event requirements.

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelors’ degree from a four-year college or university in parks and recreation or physical education or closely related field. Seven years of related experience with five years of experience in the administration of parks and/or recreation programs or public administration which included responsibility for staff supervision, budgeting, and fiscal control. An equivalent combination of education and related experience acceptable. Experience with municipal budgets and/or enterprise funds. Experience supervising and motivating large crews with varied schedules and duties.

Other Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles, objectives and practices of public recreation administration, governmental budgeting and financial control, management of capital improvement projects, municipal parking plans and traffic patterns and the promotion of tourism.

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid State of Alaska driver's license.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must by met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, walk and stand. The employee is frequently required to use hands to type, handle or feel objects, tools or supplies; and to occasionally stoop, stretch, climb, bend and lift, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Within the scope of the parks work, the employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move over 50 pounds with assistance from team members.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with occasional medium or high levels of sound in youth programs, special events or outdoor work sites. Ear protection may rarely be required.

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