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City of Council Bluffs: Seeking Recreation & Events Manager

With Who:  City of Council Bluffs

Location:  Council Bluffs, IA

Type of Employment:  Full-time

Position Summary:  An employee in this class is responsible for planning, promoting, implementing, and supervising all special event and outdoor recreation programs and services, including but not limited to: coordination of all Parks and Recreation special events, outdoor recreation programming, Tom Hanafan Park programming, select facility rentals, and equipment rentals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Works with the Director and community partners to establish priorities, goals, and objectives
  • Evaluates programs, activities, and services provided
  • Ensures employees are held to City’s safety, security, and loss control standards
  • Manages Youth Sports Program
  • Creates a positive experience for staff and patrons through professional and courteous behavior and effective problem solving resolution
  • Identifies operational changes needed to achieve service, revenue generation, and cost containment goals
  • Develops operational, educational, recreation, and programming strategies for Tom Hanafan Park and other City parks including but not limited to Bayliss, Vincent Bluff, and the Recreation Complex
  • Serves as the liaison for community outreach projects and special events
  • Establishes appropriate fee schedules and staff procedures
  • Evaluates activities, programs, and sites for participation and effectiveness
  • Meets with outside groups and guide staff; attends meetings; and identifies needs, resources, and work with local, State, and Federal agencies and Associations to develop goals and outdoor recreation strategic plan
  • Develops and evaluates program costs and revenues as assigned
  • Develops, implements, and updates facility safety standards and customer service standards
  • Professionally responds to inquiries, questions, and complaints from participants
  • Responds to emergencies involving participants and staff
  • Communicates professionally and effectively and works cooperatively with all Department staff, other departments, agencies, and the general public
  • Supervises the implementation and compliance of policies and procedures
  • Provides onsite supervision and program leadership as needed
  • Participates and collaborates with other federal, regional, state, and local educational/non-profit agencies, districts, and programs to promote and coordinate offerings and negotiate and/or administer contractual agreements for services/facilities
  • Works with staff and the Communications Officer to develop and administer on-going marketing plans and strategies to effectively promote programs and activities of the Department
  • Directs and participates in the development, review, and evaluation of programs offered to ensure that program services meet community needs
  • Implements, monitors, and reviews service delivery processes
  • Ensures departmental program services are in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines
  • Prepares/recommends annual department budget and monthly budget projections
  • Monitors expenditures and revenues to remain within established budgetary constraints
  • Monitors subsidy levels
  • Makes necessary adjustments to programs and services to meet the City’s goals and objectives
  • Oversees department supply and material purchasing
  • Authorizes repairs or services within authorized spending limits
  • Actively pursues alternative revenue-generating opportunities for the Department in conjunction with the Director
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Directly supervises the Recreation & Events Coordinator and some seasonal employees within the Parks & Recreation Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 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.

Educations and/or Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related area of study
  • Master’s Degree, desirable
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of supervisory experience
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  

  • First Aid and CPR/AED

Physical Demands:  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and see, talk, and hear.
  • The employee must be able to occasionally lift and work with up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The employee must be able to frequently lift and work with up to ten (10) pounds.
  • The employee must be able to continuously lift and work with up to five (5) pounds.
  • Work is primarily performed in an office environment but may have exposure to adverse weather conditions related to outdoor recreation events.

Other Skills and Abilities:  

  • Knowledge of adult softball rules and regulations for Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and/or other organizations
  • Ability to establish tournament and league play for youth and adult sports
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite of software
  • Technical aptitude with registration software such as Team Sideline, CiviRec, etc.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating and planning large-scale, community, and creative events
  • Strong organization skills with exceptional attention to detail while managing multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating recreational programs
  • Particular knowledge related to outdoor recreation and historic educational program design desired
  • Knowledge of grant writing and sponsorship recruitment
  • Maintain appropriate records and prepare accurate reports
  • Exercise good judgment, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Work independently with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff, volunteers, participants, community groups, and the public
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts, length of shifts, and days of the week as events/programs require

Salary:  $61,466.54

Application Deadline:  December 13, 2019

Apply (or see more job posting information):  Submit your application today!  City of Council Bluffs Job Application

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