Serves as the department head for the Districts' Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department. Performs a variety of complex professional and administrative work in leading and managing the Districts' parks, open space, and recreation services functions.
Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the General Manager of the Metro District.
Directly supervises section managers in parks, park planning and construction, open space, recreation services, mansion and administration. Oversees all department employees and contractors through various managers and supervisors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manages and supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
Provides professional advice to managers and supervisors; makes presentations to staff, boards, civic groups, and the general public.
Communicates official plans, policies, and procedures to staff and the general public.
Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Reviews community development plans and coordinates future District facilities and improvements with developers and other agencies/organizations.
Coordinates the master planning for all new parks, recreation and open space facilities.
Coordinates and/or undertakes the development or update of the District’s Park Master Plan.
Works with Finance Department to update all Park, Recreation and Open Space Department projects in the Facilities Plan and Three Year Phasing Plan.
Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.
Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; performs or assists subordinates in performing duties; adjusts errors and complaints.
Prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.
Plans, coordinates, and directs a diversified year-round, District-wide parks program including the management of various fields, parks, open space areas and mansion.
Coordinates recreation programs with the parks programs, other departments, and outside organizations such as the Douglas County School District, and various community-based organizations.
Reviews program areas, implements changes or new programs to meet recreation needs of the community; develops, maintains, and implements a current parks, open space, and recreations services master plan.
Develops and implements policies, procedures, and standards for efficient and effective operations and maintenance of department operations. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures.
Prepares and administers budgets for the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department.
Prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operating records.
Prepares cost estimates to plan and provide for improvements in the park facilities; oversees construction projects and park improvements.
Serves as the department's primary liaison with other departments as well as state, local, and other public officials.
Answers letters of inquiry and talks with visitors; addresses public and civic organizations, which will inform the public of policies, procedures, and the availability of facilities for public use.
Oversees planning for parks, trails, and all of the amenities that would be necessary for the proper construction and maintenance of these facilities.
Serves as part of the Metro District’s Leadership Team with other department heads and the General Manager.
Serves as a member of various District employee committees, as assigned.
Assists staff in the performance of their duties as required.
DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
(A) Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation, landscape architecture or a closely related field including course work in organization and administration,
(B) Eight years of progressively responsible experience in the parks, recreation, and open space field.
(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of parks, recreation and open space programs; thorough knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive park, recreation and open space program; extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of maintenance, construction, and use of public buildings and park facilities; considerable knowledge of community recreation needs and resources; working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, organization, development, and supervision.
(B) Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment;
(C) Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive community parks recreation and open space program; ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records; ability to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public.
Valid state driver's license or ability to obtain one.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Personal computer, including word processing software; calculator; copy and fax machine; phone; mobile or portable radio; automobile.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the 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 frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the 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 occasionally works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately noisy when in the field.
Generally works between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work schedule will vary depending on weather conditions, projects, events, programs, meetings, and staffing levels, and will include evening and weekend hours.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.