City of University City
  • 16-Jul-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • University City, MO, USA
  • $47,597
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement, FSA, Vacation and Sick Leave, plus much more

The purpose of this position is to create, plan, staff, budget, execute, and review general, cultural & arts, and senior recreation programs, classes and special events. The position will also serve as the department's inclusion coordinator, which will lead all inclusion efforts for the department and participants to include planning, training, implementation and establishing best practices. Work is performed under the direction of the Deputy Director of Recreation, and indirectly to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. Direct subordinants may include Recreation Specialist, Recreation Program Supervisors and Leaders, Child Care Assistants, Day Camp Director, Senior Coordinator, contractors and volunteers.


  • Oversees, plans and executes general programs and special events for senior, youth and adults.
  • Develops new programs and special events; program descriptions, oversees and evaluates contracted programs and personnel.
  • Serves as inclusion coordinator for the department. Evaluate and implement ADA regulations and guidelines as they relate to programs, activities and special events; Ensure the inclusion of patrons and adapts activities to the needs of participants; Oversees development, implementation and evaluations of staff training and professional development in inclusion.
  • Oversees Department Communications and Marketing. Performs marketing for the facility and associated programs. Creates flyers, posters, PR opportunities and social media posts to promote the Department.
  • Builds, fosters and maintains relationships with partners and community-based organizations as a means to cultivate inclusion in programs and special events within the community.
  • Assists with planning division activities, supervision of staff and the budget to achieve division and departmental goals.
  • Assigns, trains, directs, and evaluates the work of programming staff; makes recommendation on employment, retention, promotion, demotions and other personnel actions.
  • Certifies departmental staff in First Aid/AED/CPR.
  • Acts as a managing supervisor; supervises part-time staff; answers phone calls and questions; interacts with patrons, problem-solving issues that arise.
  • Monitors facilities and staff and serves as Manager on Duty (MOD) when needed.
  • Assists in the supervision of recreation center, community center, pool and related staff.
  • Ensures a safe environment for staff and patrons.
  • Participates in the identification and formulation of the division's program goals and objectives and ensures the goals and objectives are met.
  • Assists in the coordination and cooperation from a network of departments and agencies providing input to the various programs for a wide variety of the division.
  • Assists in developing, and meeting annual objectives, goals and vision for the Recreation Division; recommends policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Assists in the development and implementation and administers policies, programs, procedures, fees and schedules for recreational activities, services and facilities.
  • Makes oral and written presentations on division activities and proposed programs to various community organizations and boards.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence. Assists in identifying staffing and resources needs of recreation division operations.
  • Assists in coordinating and oversight of the management of agreements with numerous community organizations. Facilitates and resolves citizen complaints.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various divisions, departments, organizations, and the community.
  • Coordinates with Parks Maintenance Division to identify and schedule maintenance needs for programs and special events held outdoors within a park or other City property etc.
  • Coordinates with Recreation Supervisor Sports, Health & Fitness to identify and schedule facility and maintenance needs for programs and special events held at athletic facilities.
  • Coordinates with Recreation Supervisor - Facilities to identify and schedule facility and maintenance needs for programs and special events held at Centennial Commons, Heman Park Community Center, or the Heman Park Pool.
  • May serves as liaison to the Senior Commission.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Budgeting principles, practices and procedures
  • Supervisory principles, practices and procedures
  • Principles and practices of inclusion coordination and management
  • Parks and recreation program planning and development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RecTrac and Microsoft Office.
  • Computer operations and applications, including word processing and spreadsheets
  • Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department
  • Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, as well as complex mathematical operations
  • General functions and operations of municipal government


  • Apply supervisory techniques to practical situations
  • Manage a section budget
  • Develop bid specifications
  • Effectively manage personnel, equipment and supplies to maximize departmental efficiency
  • Determine work needed from visual inspections
  • Express and implement ideas on technical subjects clearly and concisely
  • Compile data, analyze information and draw conclusions
  • Plan for future parks and recreation improvements and city facilities needs
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, employees, and officials of other governmental bodies
  • Meet and work with the general public
  • Complete detailed work accurately
  • Work effectively with a wide range of people
  • Meet specified deadlines
  • Prioritize daily workflow
  • Work as a team member with other employees
  • Communicate effectively with others, both oral and written
  • Work autonomously when necessary
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions
  • Deal with others in a professional manner
  • Maintain professional composure in heated situations
  • Develop, implement and follow departmental and City policies and procedures
  • Knowledgeable of current trends, resources, legislation, and funding sources
  • Creative and proactive, yet politically sensitive
  • Possess a strong customer service orientation
  • Be a team player


  • Ability to educate decision makers; and advocate for the health, wellness, and enjoyment of the community.
  • Ability to work extended hours, weekdays, weeknights, weekends, and/or holidays as needed.
  • Ability to be flexible and hands-on, pitching in wherever needed.
  • Demonstrated success in working with a diverse population while maintaining a focus on customer service and customer engagement.
  • Ability to build and manage a cohesive, high performing team.
  • Ability to collaborate with fellow employees and to troubleshoot issues.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent customer service skills and maintain composure in high pressure situations.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.


  • A Bachelor's degree in Parks & Recreation Management, with three (3) years of directly related full-time recreation experience, with one (1) year at a supervisory level.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or obtain within one (1) year of hire.
  • A valid Driver's License and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance policy.
  • CPR and AED certifications within six (6) months of hire.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor certification within six (6) months of hire.
  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional Certificate within one (1) year of hire.
  • ServSafe certification desired.
  • ADA Coordinator Training (ACTCP) certificate desired.
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