Superintendent of Recreation

DeKalb Park District   DeKalb, IL   Full-time     Education
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Posted on May 22, 2021

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, diversified and innovative menu of recreation programs that engages and meets the needs of the community.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Executive Director

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Oversees the recreation, athletic and aquatic programs and special events as well as the operation of the recreation facilities. Directly supervises the Athletic Coordinator(s), Recreation Supervisor, and Recreation Office Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties and responsibilities listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a full and exhaustive listing of all the duties and responsibilities of this position. 1. Responsible for planning, organizing, supervising and evaluating recreation programs, activities, events, facilities and procedures. 2. Responsible for developing new and innovative programs/events that are relevant to the community and promote engagement with our customers. 3. Actively seeks feedback from the public to ensure continuous improvement in District programs, events and services. 4. Takes a lead role in community events and committees, including but not limited to Live Healthy DeKalb County, 4th Street Family Fair, National Night Out, Kitefest, Community Expo, and STEMfest. 5. Maintains and builds relationships with other community organizations including the school district, city and NIU. 6. Supervises and supports District sponsored community/special events including Movies in the Park, 4th of July at Hopkins Park, Poolapalooza, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Dive-in-Movies, Daddy Daughter Date Night, Mother-Son Event, Family Campout, Easter Egg Hunt; Howl-o-Ween, Breakfast with Santa, Clean the Kish, and Polarpalooza. 7. Responsible for the overall operations of the Recreation Department, including but not limited to: budget preparation and monitoring financial performance; facility management\supervision; hiring, new employee orientation, training, supervision, and performance reviews of departmental personnel; ensuring District’s internal controls for cash handling are followed; scheduling and timesheet approval; and purchasing of facility supplies. 8. Review and analyze revenue, expenses, participation, admission and registration reports and make effective adjustments to operations as necessary to achieve District objectives for effective and efficient operations. 9. Prepare and issue recreation department reports and attend meetings as requested by the Executive Director. 10. Communicates formally and informally with Recreation staff on a regular basis to insure efficient administration and operation of the Recreation Department and its activities. 11. Promotes a positive image for the District by ensuring the District’s Customer Service Practices and Procedures are followed by staff and responding to inquiries and complaints in a timely and professional manner. 12. Incorporate risk management practices in the implementation of programs and facility operations. Completes reports, documentation and District wide assessments. Complies with overall District risk management goals and objectives. 13. Work cooperatively in a team environment with the Executive Director, District Superintendents and staff in the allocation of staffing, fiscal, material and equipment resources to maximize the benefit of the park district. 14. Communicates on a regular basis with the Executive Director to ensure he/she is informed regarding all areas of responsibilities. 15. Responsible for the District’s sponsorship program, including evaluating sponsorship needs and seeking sponsorships and maintaining District relationship with sponsor businesses and organizations. 16. Identify and seek grants and other funding sources to support financing of District projects and objectives. 17. Other duties as assigned.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES: 1. Attend Park Board meetings and reports on area of responsibility. 3. Participate in community groups and committees that relate to areas of responsibility 4. Serve on internal agency committees or project teams with other park district employees for the benefit of the entire park district. 5. Attend conferences, seminars and educational sessions and participates in professional associations as they pertain to area of responsibility.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Education and Experience: A. Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation or related field. B. Three (3) - five (5) years experience as a Superintendent of Recreation or as a senior manager at a park district. C. CPRP certified or willingness to obtain certification. D. Certified Pool Operator (desired) E. Lifeguard Instructor Trainer (desired) 2. Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: A. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. B. Understanding of managing the operations of a multiple facility Recreation department. B. Proven skills in developing and implementing successful new programs and events. C. Knowledge of community-based recreation and aquatic facilities. C. Ability to solicit public input for evaluating community interest in programs and events. D. A basic understanding of financial information/reports and budgeting. Ability to analyze financial information to evaluate if a program is financially viable. E. Ability to deploy District personnel and resources effectively and efficiently in operating the Recreation Department and District programs and events. F. Possess effective leadership, management and supervisory skills. G. Ability to exhibit good problem-solving skills and judgment in making informed decisions.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 1. Possession of a valid driver’s license. 2. Must have or obtain certification in First Aid, CPR and AED. 3. Evenings, weekends and holiday hours are frequently required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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 drive, stand, walk, climb stairs, see, hear and speak. The position requires substantial time on the phone, sitting in front of a computer and sitting at a desk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. by themselves or 50lbs with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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 may occasionally work near open water and near pipes, pumps, heaters, air conditioners, and other equipment associated with a mechanical room of a pool facility or community center. The employee is occasionally exposed to diatomatious earth, chlorine gas, caustic soda, muriatic acid and other chemicals or cleaning agents associated with an aquatic facility or community center. The position is exposed to a variation in temperature and inclement weather. The employee may occasionally be exposed to loud noises such as music or crowds.

SELECTION GUIDELINES: Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview, reference and background 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.