Carroll, population 9,904 is seeking a motivated, creative and visionary leader to be the next Parks and Recreation Director. Carroll is a small community located in west central Iowa, approximately an hour and a half northwest of Des Moines. Carroll is a full service community and commercial hub for the region. It has the advantage of all the resources of major metropolitan areas while living and working in this progressive, growing community. The Parks and Recreation Director manages a total of 13 full-time employees and approximately 107 part-time/seasonal staff. The annual operating budget is approximately $2.5 Million. To learn more about Carroll and the position profile, visit their website https://www.cityofcarroll.com/employment.
The Parks and Recreational Director is responsible for preforming a wide variety of activities related to the development and maintenance of park facilities, recreation center, sports complexes, swimming pool, golf course, cemetery and other related recreational facilities; manage, direct, supervise, and coordinate various recreation programs and special events for the Community including the maintenance of parks and related facilities; plan, direct, and supervise the work of full-/part-time staff and volunteers; manage the Department Budget; provide staff support to the City Council, City Boards, Commissions and Committees; facilitate use of all City and School District athletic resources to community sports organizations; Implements said programs and activities in all phases of the department within parameters set forth by local, state, and federal authorities; coordinate assigned activities with other City Departments, outside organizations, and the general public; provide highly-responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general direction from the City Manager.
Exercises direct supervision over Supervisory, Professional, Clerical, and part-time staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following duties are normal for this position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Assumes management responsibility for all services and activities of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Assumes management responsibility for the maintenance of all parks and related facilities.
Establishes and maintains effective and collaborative work and employee relationships within the department, other departments of the City, other jurisdictions and agencies and the general public.
Coordinates, oversees, and develops long-term plans for all park facilities, equipment, and maintenance of all said facilities.
Promotes the programs and projects of the Parks and Recreation Department, works with the media, makes presentation to the City Council, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Advisory Board, organizations, and the general public.
Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements recreation activities, seasonal activities, and special events throughout the parks system. Oversees seasonal activities of paid and volunteer recreation service personnel in various programs and facilities, swimming pool operations, leisure services, and related recreational programs for young adults, adults and senior citizens.
Recruits, interviews, recommends hiring, trains, evaluates and recommends salary for staff and volunteer employees.
Assigns work duties to staff; monitors work to assure proper completion; monitors job performance and provides guidance and assistance as required; works closely with staff when projects are in process and resolve problems as they occur.
Prepares and submits an annual departmental budget to the City Manager for the programs administered and controlled; prepares daily work schedules, payroll records and expenditure reports in accordance with established policy and procedures.
Sets agenda, organizes, prepares reports, and attends meetings of the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Advisory Board; prepares departmental reports for City Council and other various Boards and Committees; attends city department head, council and related meetings to provide and obtain information which impacts agency activities.
Communicates, advises and discusses with the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Advisory Board plans for programming, capital improvement projects, annual budget, purchase of capital equipment, and evaluation of existing programs and policies.
Conducts regular checks of all activities at program sites, facilities, and work sites to monitor staff and assist with problem resolution.
Reviews and responds individually or with designated staff to daily operational and maintenance requirements for effective program administration.
Maintains close contact with school officials, chamber, and community groups regarding program offerings and coordination of services.
Confers with various representatives within the community regarding the development and implementation of specific programs; assists in various civic activities designed to provide financial support for ongoing and/or new programs.
Purchases equipment and supplies necessary to operate various facilities subject to city policies.
Prepares and distributes department press releases, newsletters, and informational brochures, including publication of the bi-annual Activity Guide.
Prepares and submits Department annual reports.
Seeks and completes grant applications for various department projects.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Graduation from a recognized four (4) year college or university with a degree or major course work in park, recreation or closely relation administrative or professional curriculum or in place of a degree, 8+ years of relevant experience. Three (3) years of supervisory/administrative experience in the management of a parks/recreation program substituting completion of a Master’s Degree in Parks/Recreation Administration for one (1) year of required supervisory/administrative experience.
Confidential materials such as a cover letter, resume, salary history, and five (5) professional references should be sent to:
Elizabeth Hansen, Midwest Municipal Consulting LLC
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with the first review on August 6, 2021.
Additional Salary Information: •Holidays (10.5), Vacation & Medical Leave
•Health and Life Insurance.
About City of Carroll, Iowa
About Carroll. Carroll is the 43rd largest city in the state of Iowa, located in Carroll County with an approximate population of 9,904 and covers 5.73 square miles. The city’s proximity to Sioux City, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan areas is approximately an hour and forty-five minute drive. Neighboring cities include Jefferson and Denison. Carroll is unique because it serves as the commercial hub for the region. Carroll enjoys quality recreational options, such as parks, a lake, trails, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The business community is diversified, not dependent upon any one economic sector, and employees are skilled and educated workers. Carroll has been recognized by USA Today as one of America’s 50 best cities to live for low crime, low unemployment, and great recreational opportunities. Carroll has housing stock that ranges from a starter home to the million-dollar mansion.