The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department manages with integrity and professionalism to provide, all people, quality recreation and leisure opportunities. We Make It Better! Our Parks and Recreation services include Administration, Parks Operations, Cemeteries, Forestry, Sports Facilities, Recreation, Aquatics, and Arts. Our Parks system offers a premier regional park and riverfront park comprising more than 250 acres, 35 developed and five undeveloped parks; we are home to the National Junior College World Series and the Grand Junction Rockies, and provide recreational opportunities on 21 miles of riverfront, urban trails, and many acres of open space.
Staffing for the department consists of 52 full-time and approximately 250 seasonal and part-time staff. Our department has been recognized as a Gold Medal Recipient-exceeding the highest level of service, as determined by the National Recreation and Parks Association.
The Parks & Recreation Director is part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to develop and carry out the goals of the organization.
Plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Parks & Recreation Department including recreation and community services programs.
Recommend, develop and implement short and long range strategic direction to align the department with the vision and goals of the City; provide high-level strategic analysis and advice to the City Manager and City Council on park, recreation, open space and other matters concerning the Parks and Recreation Department and the community.
Provide leadership and direction to managers and staff members to ensure the continued development and management of an efficient organization. Establish effective decision making processes that achieve goals and objectives.
Engage the public in active participation in Parks and Recreation programs and build community support and partnerships with schools, civic associations, sports associations, nonprofits and other stakeholders.
Represent the City in various capacities, including preparing and presenting agenda items to the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission and negotiating with potential developers for public land dedication.
Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Parks & Recreation Department's work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget to include general fund expenditures, conservation trust fund and capital funds with an emphasis on strategic goals and service delivery to the citizens; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Explain, justify and defend department programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues; respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Represent the Parks & Recreation Department to other departments, elected officials and outside agencies; respond to complex questions, complaints and requests for information; meet with citizen groups, neighborhood associations, state and federal officials and various adult and youth sports organizations to address department related issues.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of parks and recreation administration.
Oversee and provide input into research and applications for grants. Solicit donations for special parks and recreation programs.
Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible parks and recreation program development experience including three (3) years of management and administrative responsibility.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, parks and recreation management, or a related field. A Master's degree in business administration, public administration, or related field is preferred.
Strong overall leadership skills including management, strategic planning, financial and resource planning/management.
Effective interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, good judgment, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and a commitment to public service.
Strengths in written and oral communication on a variety of complex and or controversial topics.
Ability to manage multiple projects and thrive in a high-performance organization.
The pay range for this position is $125,000 - $140,000.
The City offers an excellent benefit package including:
Several health insurance plan options.
Employer-paid dental and life insurance.
Attractive 401(a) retirement plan and access to other deferred compensation plans.
Generous Paid Time Off Program
Leave program supplemented by short and long-term disability programs.
For additional information about the City of Grand Junction and employee benefits, visit //www.gjcity.org.