Position Summary: Under limited supervision of the Community Services Director, provides direction and operational management of the parks and recreation system, to include planning and organizing workflow, initiating and implementing operating policies and procedures, personnel and budget management, project planning, scheduling and management, and record maintenance. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below. This is not an all- inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: •Develops a strategic plan for parks and recreation. Establishes, implements, and communicates goals, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with strategic plan. •Supervises personnel including work allocation and prioritization, training, performance evaluation and management; motivates employees to achieve high performance, creates and fosters a team-oriented and collaborative work environment. •Directs the development and execution of the strategic operating goals and objectives; oversees the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of programs, policies, procedures, goals, budgets, systems and processes. •Assists with the development and expansion of programs, facilities, parks and open space, such as the aquatic center, golf course, ice rink, stables, medians and landscaping cemetery, etc. that are important to the community. •Plans and administers the annual budget, oversees capital expenditures, and authorizes expenditures in accordance with budget. •Plans and implements projects; develops and establishes deadlines, goals, objectives, workflow and operational procedures. •Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports. •Prepares designs and permit applications for park improvements. Manages design and construction service contracts from scoping through selection and execution phases. •Gathers, analyzes and evaluates usage of facilities and program attendance. •Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies; meets with public to gain and share information regarding parks’ needs, uses and designs. •Acts a department liaison to the Inter-department Review Committee (IDRC) for all County-wide projects and planning and zoning issues. •Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the parks and recreation division. •Oversees the coordination and organization of special promotional activities for the recreation division. •Identifies needs for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects based on citizen input and Parks Master Plan. Prepares CIP project plans designs, and specification. Presents CIP plans to Capital Improvements Program Oversight Committee and the County Council. Oversees the design, development, and installation of CIP projects improvements, renovations, and repairs. May function as Project Manager in directing a wide range of parks construction, maintenance, and improvements projects. •Coordinates and cooperates with other County departments and divisions in regard to operational needs, special projects, and emergency conditions. •Serves as staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board, orienting and informing Board members on recreation, parks, and open space issues and activities, ensuring compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Contributes to the county’s effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; implementing directives. •May function as Community Services Director in the absence of the Community Services Director. •Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations. •Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. •Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required. •Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: •Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements. •Knowledge of all facets of recreation operations. •Knowledge of horticultural, arboricultural, turf management, park design, and landscape design. •Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures. •Knowledge of the principles and practices of management, of the structure and processes of government, of management support functions. •Knowledge of buildings, facilities and the development of parks maintenance and design standards, work control and quality control processes. •Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions. •Knowledge of methods and procedures in preparing master site plans, detailed park plans, and park design layouts for park and recreation •Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations. •Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment. •Skill in customer/client relationships, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees and the general public. •Skill in budget preparation and administration. •Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports. •Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned employees and volunteers. •Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations. •Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. •Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. •Skill in employee development and performance management. •Skill in writing grant applications and project administration. •Skill in conducting project management. •Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. •Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. •Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels. •Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. •Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and the ability to make effective presentations. •Ability to interpret and evaluate client informational needs and to determine appropriate alternative solutions. •Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. •Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures. •Ability to make decisions and exercise independent judgment. •Ability to prepare reports; to edit, organize and present clearly and concisely, oral and written reports of findings and recommendations. •Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit and stand; have manual and finger dexterity; stoop, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, and climb stairs. The employee is occasionally required to crawl, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, balance, push/pull, and carry. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level and in outside environments with moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, chemicals and/or loud noises. Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, and requires following basic safety precautions. Work may be stressful at times.
Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance. Employees are required to:
•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance; •Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment; •Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner; •Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and, •Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.
Minimum Qualifications: •Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Park Planning and Design, Public or Business Administration or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related work experience. •Eight years’ experience in management of recreational facilities and programs or public parks or private sector grounds maintenance or any combination. •Four years’ supervisory experience across all years of job related experience. •Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation. •Must possess or have ability to obtain within thirty days of employment and must maintain Community CPR, First Aid and AED certifications.
Preferred Qualifications: •Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Park Planning and Design or related field, Public or Business Administration or related field. •Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) through the National Recreation and Parks Association National Playground Safety Institute •Certified Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) through the National Recreation and Parks Association •Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Professional Recreation Executive (CPRE) through the National Recreation and Parks Association. •Public sector experience. •Valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Internal Number: 19067
About Los Alamos County
Apply online at www.losalamosnm.us or by calling (505) 662-8040 if you have any questions regarding the position.If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or services to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505) 662-8040 at the time of application. Some documents can be provided in accessible formats. Contac Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.Selection Procedure:The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER