Recreation Superintendent
City of Idaho Falls, ID - Idaho Falls, ID

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The City of Idaho Falls is accepting applications for the position of Recreation Superintendent. The position is responsible for developing and administering a comprehensive recreation program for people of all ages and abilities, including the effective use of a wide variety of recreational facilities and equipment. Performs a variety of administrative and supervisory duties related to planning, organizing, directing, and scheduling the City’s comprehensive recreation pro

grams and facilities, including all sports, aquatics, ice rink, and special events operations and does other related work as required.


The employee functions with a wide latitude of technical and administrative discretion and works under the supervision, direction and guidance of the Director of the Parks and Recreation Division.


May exercise supervision over Custodian(s) and Clerks/Receptionist, Recreation Supervisor(s), Aquatics Manager(s), Athletic and Program staff, and other staff as assigned.


The employee in this single position class exercises general supervision over the operations of the Recreation Division, including Aquatics and Ice Rink operations.

The Superintendent of Recreation has considerable latitude for independent discretion in carrying out the policy decisions and departmental goals set forth by the Director of the Division of Parks & Recreation.

Essential Functions:

Plans, manages, directs and coordinates major recreational programs and special events, classes and facilities and monitors and evaluates annual participation levels in recreation programs and classes.

Assists in developing, establishing, implementing, monitoring and meeting annual objectives, goals and vision for the Parks and Recreation Division; recommends policies and procedures to Director; communicates and enforces City ordinances and department policies.

Provides technical insight and recommendations related to determining operating and development policies, goals and objectives; receives directives, formulates implementation options and strategies; conducts research, converts strategies to action plans; evaluates departmental needs and formulates plans to meet needs in all areas of responsibility, recreation facilities and program operations.

Prepares annually assigned program budget areas for Director review; monitors and controls budget expenditures; develops contingency budgets; and prepares and interprets budget reports; oversees the collection and proper accounting of user fees.

Maintains contact and works collaboratively with a wide range of community members and leaders; school districts and staff regarding coordination of programs and services; investigates City complaints and ensures follow up by appropriate City staff.

Performs division-wide work in the planning, writing and coordination of grants, donations and sponsorships; prepares, submits and monitors grants to create new and enhance existing programs.

Determines cost of services for all program areas; Oversees the administration of the Special Events, Fields and Facility Permit process and formulates rules and regulations governing the use of park facilities for recreation and special events and recommends the amount of fees to be charged for the use of special facilities to the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Develops and administers customer surveys and completes program evaluation for all department activities; recommends program changes to Director; develops and presents long range master planning and capital expenditure proposals.

Oversees aquatics program and facility operations; coordinates as needed with Aquatics Manager(s) and communicates executive interests, observations and objectives regarding aquatics recreation for the community; facilitates the development of strategic plans related to aquatic programming.

Supervises human resource functions of the Department including training, scheduling, hiring, written evaluations, discipline, and recognition; keeps abreast of new developments in the field of recreation through regular training and professional development.

Directs the development of league schedules and appointment of referees, umpires and other officials; Recommends the employment of recreation program staff, including instructors, officials, umpires and others to the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Directs reservations for all Parks and Recreation Department including recreation center, gymnasium, picnic rental area, aquatic center, ice rink, activity center, ball fields, etc.;

Cultivates community partnerships; works with community organizations to coordinate needs for events, activities, programs, services, or accomplishments as needed.

Organizes, plans, designs and distributes comprehensive recreation, park and special event seasonal guides, flyers, email correspondence, social media and other marketing and advertising as needed. Performs related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

1. Education and Experience : A. Graduation from college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Park and Recreation Management, Business Management or related Municipal Recreation field; AND B. Six (6) years of experience in a supervisory capacity in an organized recreational setting; in program planning with a full range of program development and management experience, including grant preparation OR C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities : Considerable knowledge of theories, principles, procedures, standards, practices, information sources and trends in the field of recreation and leisure activity programs. Principles and practices of needs assessment, program implementation and program evaluation; Knowledge of Program Management Software, principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of public records. Principles and practices of effective supervision, training and performance evaluation. Principles and practices of sound business communication. Statistical and research methodology and techniques; Principles of public relations and excellent customer service; Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. Modern office procedures, methods and computer knowledge. Intricacies of recreation planning and the use of alternate funding sources. The methods and techniques of developing and operating city recreation and community education programs including creative and independent programming and application; office management, fiscal management and budget development; various recreation activities which target all segments of the community from youth to senior citizen; general office maintenance and practices; business and technical writing; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; principles of management, supervision and employee motivation; legal environment related to safety and risk management practices and principles; grantsmanship; policies and procedures of the division. Safety management practices applicable to supervising participants and staff in diverse recreational actives. Community resources and potential funding/sponsorship sources; marketing and public relations practices and techniques. Types, uses and maintenance of specialized equipment, materials and supplies utilized in recreation programs.

Ability to carry on multi-recreational programs; ability to manage large multi-purpose recreation centers; ability to evaluate program and personnel effectiveness and efficiency without partiality; ability to generate genuine rapport with all age groups; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to develop effective working relationships with Supervisors, State and Local Agency Personnel, fellow workers, community interest groups, and the public.

3. Special Qualifications : Must possess a valid Idaho driver’s license;Certified Parks & Recreation Professional Preferred, CPRP