Director of Recreation


Van Buren Township, MI

Van Buren Township

<p><strong>Human Resources instrumentally progresses the Township culturally and competitively to create a modern form of municipal government by developing expert knowledge of HR trends. From four-day work&nbsp;<span class="bx-messenger-ajax bx-messenger-ajax-black" data-entity="date" data-messageid="139446" data-ts="1675951200">weeks</span>&nbsp;(4DWW&rsquo;s) to mitigating unconscious bias in employment decisions and talent practices, we create redefining engagement. Always fostering a diverse representation and inclusive environment within our teams promoting true equality.</strong></p>

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Entry Level Full Time


Overview: <p class="p1">Under the general supervision of the Director of Community Service, or his/her designee, the position is the administrative department head directing the activities of the Van Buren Recreation Department and Van Buren Community Center (VBC). As Director, the employee provides direction and establishes goals for the management of the Recreation Department within Van Buren Township. Significant emphasis is placed on the day-to-day operations of the VBC and providing quality recreation programming to the community. Although general direction is received from the Director of Community Services, or his/her designee, the duties and responsibilities require considerable independent judgment and initiative. Interacts in a consistently pleasant and helpful manner with fellow employees, visitors and residents of the Charter Township of Van Buren and demonstrates the highest standards of internal and external customer service.<br /><br /></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Excellent Employer Paid Benefit Package </strong></span></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Healthy Habits- Free Community Center Benefits</li> <li class="li1">The Blues of Michigan Medical/Dental</li> <li class="li1">Vision</li> <li class="li1">Defined Contribution (12%) Vested after First Contribution</li> <li class="li1">Short Term and Long Term Disability</li> <li class="li1">Life Insurance $100,000</li> <li class="li1">Generous Time Off Banks</li> <li class="li1">Education Tuition Assistance Plan</li> <li class="li1">HCSP of $2500 annually (After 2080 hours of employment)</li> </ul>
Responsibilities: <p class="p1">An Employee in this position may be called upon to perform any or all of the following essential job functions, duties, and responsibilities. The following describes the general nature and level of work to be performed and is not construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed in this position:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span>Responsible for overseeing all recreational programming (regular and special events<em>) </em>and assisting with the facilities management of the Recreation Department and the VBC. This will include cooperative coordination with other Township Departments and staff.</li> <li class="li1">Assessing community needs, resource availability and program development within the goals and directives as may be established by the Township Board.</li> <li class="li1">Directly supervises one full-time Recreation Programmer and part-time staff.</li> <li class="li1">Responsible for the hiring, discipline and termination of full-time, part-time and seasonal employees and shall provide supervision of employees as required.</li> <li class="li1">Assists in the development of long-range community needs assessment as directed.</li> <li class="li1">Research data on various Community Service projects with necessary follow-up and sustain the Township&rsquo;s emphasis on recreational activities.</li> <li class="li1">Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to insure ADA compliance.</li> <li class="li1">Serve as staff liaison with committees/commissions as assigned.</li> <li class="li1">Prepare specifications, initiate competitive bidding, and administer contracts as assigned.</li> <li class="li1">Risk management and liability control for the assigned area of responsibility.</li> <li class="li1">Assists the Director of Community Services in the preparation of the annual budget requests, annual budget and budget monitoring throughout the fiscal year. Ensures department compliance with established Township policies and procedures for all financial transactions and budget expenditures.</li> <li class="li1">Keeps abreast of professional developments, trends, methods, techniques, legal issues, and other current events through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate.</li> <li class="li1">Attend meetings of the Township Board, committees and commissions as required.</li> <li class="li1">Building use coordination and monitoring.</li> <li class="li1">Interface with Township officials, department directors, various governmental agencies, employees and the public, as it relates to assigned areas of responsibility.</li> <li class="li1">Maintain a working knowledge of the various regulations, contracts, permits, and requirements relating to the management of the Department's employees. Including, but not limited to, OSHA, ADA, Right-to-Know and AFSCME.</li> <li class="li1">Development and implementation of department-wide policies and procedures.</li> <li class="li1">Coordination with outside recreational partners.</li> <li class="li1">Assist in setting goals and priorities for long- and short-term planning.</li> <li class="li1">Effective dispute resolution as necessary.</li> <li class="li1">Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor</li> <li class="li1">Researches, recommends and prepares grant applications and ensures compliance with grant requirements and reporting.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p class="p1">The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions, duties and responsibilities of the position.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">A Bachelor&rsquo;s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in recreation administration, recreation &amp; leisure services, public administration or a related field.</li> <li class="li1">Minimum of two (2) years&rsquo; experience in the recreation field.</li> <li class="li1">First Aid and CPR certification desired.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to work long hours, weekends and evenings.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to be a member of MRPA and/or other similar professional organization.</li> <li class="li1">Experience in managing full-time and part-time employees</li> <li class="li1">Knowledge of equipment and facility maintenance</li> <li class="li1">Must have verbal communication skills to deal effectively with township consultants, vendors, various department heads, other township staff at all levels and residents who occasionally may be upset, frustrated and/or lacking in knowledge of the Township's procedures.</li> <li class="li1">Must be Skilled in effective oral and written presentations.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to plan, organize, schedule, supervise and complete work assignments on a timely basis in an environment where interruptions may occur; requires analytical skill as well as ability to comprehend, interpret and process detailed information and data.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to comprehend complex issues and identify alternative solutions and prepare appropriate recommendations.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to effectively communicate and exercise a high degree of diplomacy in contentious or confrontational situations.</li> <li class="li1">Planning, organizing, assigning, supervising and inspecting the work of professional, technical and support staff.</li> <li class="li1">Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, other Township departments, other governmental agencies, advisory committee members, elected officials and the public.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to critically assess situations, solve problems, and work effectively within deadlines and changes in work priorities. Ability to recognize and handle stress.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to use a variety of technologies including computers and related software, telephones, facsimile machines, radios and other similar type equipment.</li> <li class="li1">Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages and area.</li> <li class="li1">A valid Michigan Vehicle Operator's License.</li> </ul> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"><strong>Physical Abilities and Work Environment</strong></span></p> <p class="p4">The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.</p> <p class="p5"><span class="s2"><strong>Environment</strong></span>: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; when visiting parks or construction sites the incumbent may be required to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces, be exposed to all weather conditions, dust and pollen, and mechanical hazards such as construction equipment; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside Township boundaries to attend meetings.</p> <p class="p5"><span class="s2"><strong>Physical</strong></span>: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a custodial setting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate large floor care equipment requiring repetitive hand movement, kneeling, stretching and fine coordination including ascending and descending a ladder; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.</p> <p class="p5"><span class="s2"><strong>Vision</strong></span>: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. <span class="s2"><strong>Hearing:</strong></span> Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.</p>