Parks Coordinator

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Job summary:
Hiring Range: $47,853 – $59,247
Salary Range: $47,853 – $70,641

Performs intermediate professional work managing the operations and maintenance of the Town’s parks, outdoor recreation program planning, parks facility reservations and special projects.

An employee in this class plans, organizes, and manages the operations and maintenance of the various Town parks, playgrounds and open spaces. Work involves considerable planning and scheduling of outdoor recreation programs and activities and contact with participants, volunteers and staff. The employee modifies existing outdoor recreational programs in concert with the requested needs of the community; supervises part-time and volunteer staff as well as participants; publicizes program activities; coordinates activities with staff and organizations external to the Town; and supervises the successful implementation of such programs. Employee is responsible for developing and administering the division budget and maintaining the safety of the parks, playgrounds and facilities. Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules and policies. Employee is subject to hazards in parks and recreation including working in both inside and outside environments and in extreme temperatures, and noise. Duties may also expose the employee to human body fluids and the work is covered by the OSHA requirements for blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Parks and Recreation Director and is evaluated in terms of program effectiveness and through observation and discussions surrounding public acceptance.

Essential functions:
• Manages the operation of multiple park facilities; oversees the maintenance and care of park facilities; performs regularly scheduled park and playground inspections
• Plans, organizes, and promotes outdoor recreation activities for various age groups; arranges schedules, locations, and personnel to staff such activities
• Designs and implements new recreation programs at park facilities; collaborates with other Parks and Recreation staff to design and deliver outdoor events and programs
• Arranges logistics and schedules and supervises part-time, temporary and volunteer staff; provides training, ensures safety and provides performance coaching and evaluation; assists with summer camp programs as needed
• Oversees the process of park facility rentals; assesses potential renters and evaluates impact on facilities; supervises the registration of participants for various programs and events; maintains various records of events
• Monitors and assures safety and clean and neat appearance of parks and associated facilities; gives directions to staff for preparation of center for activities; coordinatesmaintenance and repair needs with Town staff
• Prepares and administers division budget for park facilities; manages expenditures; purchases materials and maintains inventory of equipment and supply needs.
• Suggests improvements for parks; plans and develops park projects; writes grants; administers grant projects
• Coordinates park maintenance projects with the Public Works Department
• Partners with other organizations to design and deliver outdoor events and programs; provides necessary liaison with other public and private groups and agencies
• Prepares and maintains records and reports as needed
• Performs related duties as required

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Considerable knowledge of philosophy, principles, practices, and methods of parks and recreation and leisure administration
• Considerable knowledge of techniques used to plan, market and evaluate events
• Considerable knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in the field of parks and recreation activities
• Knowledge of standard resources, materials, and facilities utilized in a parks and recreation program.
• Knowledge of the application of information technology and social media to parks and recreation programming, marketing and records management
• Knowledge of the equipment and techniques necessary to successfully oversee park facilities
• Knowledge of Town personnel, budgeting and purchasing policies and procedures
• Knowledge of first aid methods and necessary safety precautions to be used in recreation work
• Ability to effectively plan and execute a year-round program of recreational activities, considering the proper timing of activities
• Ability to plan and coordinate the work of temporary, volunteer, and paid workers
• Ability to express ideas effectively and communicate effectively in oral and written forms
• Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, citizens, employees, supervisors, and participants

Physical requirements:
• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions
• Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds amount of force frequently; and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects
• Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer terminal, utilize measuring devices, operate a motor vehicle, and inspect work of others

Desirable education and experience:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in recreation management or related field and some experience working in parks and recreation programming and facilities management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special requirements:
• Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license
• Certified as a Playground Safety Inspector