The City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department (CRPD) is seeking an inclusive and engaging individual to lead and direct CRPD Recreation Services. This is a highly responsible leadership professional position in charge of the administration and operation of the Recreation Services divisions. The Recreation and Parks Assistant Director provides vision and direction and is directly responsible for planning, development, execution and evaluation of facilities, programs and services.
The Assistant Director will oversee key functions of the department that are integral to further the Columbus Recreation and Parks Departments (CRPD) mission. Reporting directly to the Recreation and Parks Director, the Assistant Director will be responsible for overseeing the following sections: 29 Community Centers, Therapeutic Recreation, Aquatics, Cultural Arts, Youth & Adult Sports and Special Events.
The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for Recreations Services’ standard of performance through carrying out policy, directing fiscal and personnel operations, delivering quality programs and services, advocating for inclusion and diversity, maintaining health and safety requirements, and ensuring community development and accessibility and connection to our communities and residents.
Additionally this position will be responsible for short and long range recreation planning, budgeting, programming, staff development and supervision, and fostering and maintaining positive relations with the public and partner agencies; providing oversight of recreation facilities, programs, and services to include master planning, rules, signage, and volunteer programs; directing and administering the development of the Department including policy and decision making, vendor contract negotiations and administration, and improvements to promote community involvement and enhance the quality of life for residents of Columbus.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate must demonstrate an unquestionable sense of integrity, honesty and commitment to the City and place high value on teamwork with other department heads. They must be personable, have the ability to lead and guide staff, be a good listener who consistently works well with staff throughout all levels of the organization, and be relied upon to serve as a mentor for professional development. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Recreation Administration or a closely related field, and at least five years of progressive recreation management experience with a minimum of three years’ experience in upper management, preferably for a municipality. A Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is preferred.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Assists the Recreation and Parks Director in the establishment of the Section’s objectives and goals
Reviews and/or assists in the preparation of the general fund and Capital Improvement requests
Budgets, and Represents the Director at various conferences and public, staff and City meetings; makes speeches and presentations at these conferences and meetings.
Meets with community groups and other interested parties for the purpose of exchanging information regarding recreation interests, needs, and available and future programming
Oversees and coordinates all recreation and related programs within the department including community recreation, playgrounds, outdoor education, special populations, aquatics, senior recreation, adult and youth sports, and regional and local special events, programs and activities.
May serve as acting Director in the absence of the Director.
Possession of a bachelor's degree and five (5) years of management experience in parks, recreation, cultural or performing arts, natural resources, or closely related field. Substitution: A master's degree in business administration, public administration, or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the objectives, principles, policies, practices and problems of Recreation and Parks Administration; considerable knowledge of governmental accounting procedures; considerable knowledge of the methods used to control operating costs and efficiencies; general knowledge of the purposes, functions, and policies, organizational structure, operating needs and governing laws and regulations of City government; general knowledge of program and project planning and management; ability to review, analyze and evaluate data objectively and make appropriate recommendations; ability to supervise others; ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, subordinates and City officials; ability to write and speak effectively; ability to prepare comprehensive and technical reports; skill in planning, coordinating and evaluating various recreational and park programs; skill in public speaking.
Welcome to your Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. What we do is essential to the overall well-being of our residents. In addition to just being fun, our parks, programs and services give all of us a chance to improve our physical and mental health, to develop our youth, to focus on our environment, and to make a positive economic impact on our city.