The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is accepting applications for the position of Facilities and Grounds Manager. This position plans, directs, and manages the service operations, budget and personnel of the parks division. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude to allow professional judgment to be exercised in providing leadership and making decisions. Reports to the Executive Director.
The successful candidate must be a mature and highly capable individual and must demonstrate superb skills in team leadership and motivation. He/She must have excellent communication (both verbal and written), customer service, organization, and project management skills. The position requires a smart, dynamic, resourceful, reliable, highly motivated, self-starter who is pro-active, able to develop new protocols and procedures, and respond to unexpected challenges, oftentimes with limited outside guidance. The successful candidate will, at all times, maintain a keen awareness of the professional environment and ensure that all staff feel that they are working in a positive workplace and being treated in a fair, respectful and supportive manner by their colleagues and management. In order to succeed, the Facilities and Grounds Manager is expected to fully engage with visitors and staff and assume a personal sense of ownership and pride in Park and Facility operations.
This position will require some weekend availability due to sports tournaments and special events.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assists the Director in managing the operations and direction for the Parks department within the context of strategic goals and objectives.
Assists the Director in developing and maintaining policies and regulations pertaining to parks and recreation; ensures compliance with all local, state and federal regulations and laws governing agency activities.
Manages and monitors a variety of operations to ensure success and implementation of division objectives.
Directs personnel and activities related to the operation of the Parks and Maintenance Division.
Develops, oversees and assists with the implementation of long-range goals and strategies addressing the need for recreation facilities, and plans for the establishment of the facilities.
Prepares, implements, and administers budgets for areas of responsibility; monitors program purchases for adherence to approved budget guidelines; prepares documentation for RFP’s; reviews, analyzes, and makes recommendations for RFP awards.
Attends public meetings (boards, commissions, City Council, neighborhood groups, etc.) and professional conferences as a representative of the agency. Identifies and responds to community concerns consistent with established policies.
Assists the Executive Director in administering and overseeing service contracts, facility use/management agreements, and other similar documents pertinent to the operation of a authority park system.
Oversees the daily operations of facilities, ensuring compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, regulations and standards of quality and safety.
Supervises the work of subordinate staff and volunteers. Supervisory duties include scheduling; instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems, and recommending employee discipline, discharge, and salary increases.
Receives and responds to public/participant inquiries, concerns and complaints.
Keeps abreast of trends and issues in public recreation by reading professional publications and attending conferences, workshops, professional meetings, etc.
Makes annual budget recommendations for the Parks Divsion. Develops plan(s) for purchasing and replacement of capital equipment.
Supervises the maintenance of parks and facilities; inspects equipment and facilities on a regular basis; takes appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all citizens and staff that utilize agency property and facilities.
Oversees preventative maintenance process on Authority's vehicles and equipment.
Responsible for overseeing application of facility enhancement/maintenance chemicals (ie. herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, etc.) to turf grass in parks and sports complexes.
Implementing year round turf management program for all sports fields.
Initiates action on projects and operational procedures that result in improvements, efficiencies, effectiveness and/or enhancements to the Authorities services.
Supervises construction, repair, and maintenance of recreation/park areas, equipment, and facilities.
Promotes and ensures proper employee training and compliance with Authority safety program and departmental safety procedures; ensures that all equipment, materials, and work conditions are adequately maintained to prevent accidents.
Responsible for ongoing implementation and updating of the Park’s Emergency Plan of Action; Maintenance Manuals, and Operations Staff Safety Training.
Creates and oversees necessary on the job training programs and offerings.
Prepares periodic staffing and facility budgets.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assists subordinates, other divisions/departments, and other agencies in the planning, set-up and execution of special events; serves on various City, County and ommunity committees as appropriate.
Conducts various research and other special projects as assigned.
Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Parks Administration, Turfgrass Management or related field, plus 7 years of progressively responsible upper management level experience in public parks, professional/university sports facilities setting or a related field. Advanced knowledge of agronomy and environmental turfgrass management practices including pest, disease and weed management. Past experience managing at least 12+ full -time employees and numerous part time employees a plus. Excellent computer skills, including solid experience in working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Valid US driver’s license is required.
APPLICANTS MUST MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED.
A cover letter, resume and references must be emailed to Executive Director George Page at email@example.com OR mailed to George Page, Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority, 1901 North Forrest Street, P.O. Box 1746, Valdosta, GA 31603. The application can be obtained on the Authority website at (www.vlpra.com)
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority is a member of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMEBS) Retirement System.
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority is a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug screen, criminal history background investigation, credit check and a driver’s license verification will be conducted.
About Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority
Valdosta-Lowndes County is the business, cultural, educational, medical, leisure, and retail hub for eleven South Georgia and North Florida counties. Valdosta, Georgia's tenth largest city, and Lowndes County are quickly becoming the fastest growing area in Georgia and is home to Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta State University, and two Regional Medical Centers.
The community's dedication to ...maintaining its level of growth, without compromising quality of life, makes Valdosta-Lowndes County a "City Without Limits - Region of Opportunity" and most recently ESPN's TitleTown USA.