Director of Community Services for the Town of East Greenwich
The Town is seeking a professional department head to join the Town staff in the role of Community Services Director. This position will oversee the Town's Parks and Grounds, Recreation, Senior Services and Harbor programs. This person should be familiar with and be prepared to implement in the community, national standards for all parks, recreation and senior programs that today are at the forefront of the profession. The preferred candidate should be prepared to meet the education and experience qualifications, and illustrate a commitment to the profession and community. This will require a candidate with a broad knowledge and understanding of key concepts within the parks, recreation, senior services and harbor fields that can be applied to and improve upon our existing program offerings and in meeting the community's quality of life expectations.
The Town of East Greenwich is an affluent, growing, suburban community on the border of a metropolitan area in central Rhode Island. Located about 15 miles south of the City of Providence, 23 miles north of Newport, 20 miles north of South County beaches and 5 mile South of Green Airport, it is primarily a single-family residential community with one of the highest median family incomes in the State, with vibrant Main St. and an excellent school system. East Greenwich is a desirable community in which to live.
Not only does the Town encompass a relatively small and manageable area (16 square miles), but it also has a rich heritage with rural agricultural estates dating to the mid-eighteenth century, and an urban historic district fronting on Narragansett Bay with Greenwich Cove. The historic district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2010, the Federal Census placed the population at 13,146 which was an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. Formed as Greenwich in 1677 and up until 1854 it was one of the five capitals for Rhode Island. The General Assembly, when meeting in East Greenwich, used the local Courthouse, which today is the Town Hall.
The Town operates under a Home Rule Charter adopted in 1972 providing for a Council. Town Manager form of government with a five-member Town Council headed by a Council President. All legislative powers of the Town are vested in the Town Council by the Charter. The members of the Town Council are elected at-large for a term of two years. The Town Manager is appointed by a majority vote of the Town Council for an indefinite term. The Town Manager is the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of government. The Town Manager is responsible for the administration of all departments, offices and agencies except as otherwise provided in the Charter or by State law.
· Responsible for the development, management and implementation of comprehensive community-wide parks, recreation and senior service programs;
· Supervises all recreation activities and the operation of Town recreation facilities, waterfront and parks; plans, coordinates and directs a diversified year-round parks and recreation program including the management of various athletic fields, parks and open spaces and select public buildings;
· Develops departmental policy, managing, directing and coordinating directly or through others the department staff, scheduling programs and facilities;
· Represents the community in related intergovernmental and interagency matters;
· Develops with staff the annual operating budgets, revenue plans and capital improvements program;
· Develops, presents, manages and implements the department’s fiscal plan, annual operating and capital budgets; fiscal plan may include funds from the Town, other government agencies and private sources; ensures compliance with licensing/certification and funding regulations;
· Develops and implements policies, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of department operations. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures;
· Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training, evaluate employee performance, work with employees to correct deficiencies; Directs the employment of a of seasonal employees in addition to regular full-time staff to accomplish department objectives;
· Promotes interest in Town programs through correspondence, public speaking, the media and appropriate marketing programs;
· Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes; prepares departmental reports for the Town Manager and Town Council;
· Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for professionalism, exactness and conformance to policies and procedures;
· Plans and coordinates fund raising activities in furtherance of the development of park and athletic facilities and recreation programs;
· Prepares cost estimates to plan and provide for improvements in the park and athletic facilities; oversees construction projects and park/playground improvements;
· Reviews program areas, implements changes or new programs to meet recreational needs of the community; develops, work to develop, maintain and implement a current parks and recreation master plan;
· Performs all other related tasks as assigned by the Town Manager or as determined by the needs of the department.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation administration, public/business administration or a related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the administration of parks and recreation/senior programs and facilities, three (3) of which were in a supervisory capacity, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Master’s degree is preferred.
Certification at the Professional level (CPRP) with the National Recreation and Park Association or have the ability to qualify within 1 year of employment is preferred.
The position information can be obtained on the Towns web site at: http://ri-eastgreenwich.civicplus.com/Jobs.aspx.
The Town of South Kingstown is seeking an experienced recreation professional to join the Parks and Recreation team as the next Recreation Superintendent. The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to serving the needs of the community by providing enriching recreation experiences and quality facilities, and the Department is responsible for managing South Kingstown’s public parkland and recreation facilities and offering of a wide variety of activities and programming for the community. The Recreation Division plans and coordinates over 500 classes, programs, and events annually, with choices for all age groups and interests - arts, music, sports, fitness, community education, seasonal fun, and so much more. Through creativity and forward-thinking, the Recreation Division strives to offer a diverse, year round programming calendar for the entire community, with a mix of new programming and favorites like the Summer Concert Series, Discovery Camp, and the annual Fourth of July Celebration at Old Mountain Field.
The highly visible position of Recreation Superintendent reports to the Leisure Services Director, and is a member of the Town’s management team. The Recreation Superintendent is responsible for leading the overall operations of the Recreation Division and plans, directs, manages, and oversees all personnel, activities, and operations of the Recreation Division, which also includes the Town Beach at Matunuck and the Stepping Stone Preschool Program. The Recreation Superintendent develops and manages a year-round calendar of recreational programs and events; assists with planning and coordination of community wide special events and parades; prepares the Parks and Recreation Department’s seasonal program brochures; manages community outreach, promotional marketing, and digital media for the Department; oversees the scheduling and reservations for indoor recreation facility space; and works closely with the Personnel Division to recruit, hire, and train a variety of part time and seasonal staff to support the Division’s programming. Duties include administrative, supervisory, and professional work; preparation and management of the Division’s annual operating budget; procurement of goods and services including preparation of bid specs; preparation of work schedule and shift staffing; and supervision of all Division staff. The Recreation Superintendent also supports the Friends of South Kingstown Parks and Recreation; manages the Parks and Recreation Department Scholarship Program; and helps provide guidance to Town Administration and municipal boards and commissions, including the Recreation Commission.
This position requires someone with enthusiasm and a passion for recreation, exceptional people skills, and considerable knowledge of modern parks and recreation administration, programs, and facilities management. To be considered, applicants must possess a proven track record of sound administrative, financial, supervisory, and general management skills; experience in planning and management of recreation programming and events; have the ability to provide leadership in training and supervising staff; have knowledge of cash handling, invoicing, and reconciliation procedures; knowledge of office management procedures, practices, and systems; a demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, stay organized, and exercise independent judgement in decision making and carrying out responsibilities; excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with the public, fellow employees, Town officials, and other agencies in a courteous manner. Applicants must possess strong computer skills, including word processing, excel, database management, as well as online recreation software applications for program registration, facility rental and scheduling, and social media; experience with Rec Pro and MUNIS preferred. This position is considered essential, and must be available for all shifts, and during storms, weather, and other emergency events.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in recreation administration or a related field, and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible full time experience in management of parks and recreation programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Supervisory experience preferred. Professional Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is preferred upon hire, and is required to be obtained within one year of employment. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and background investigation is required.
This full time position has a salary associated with Non-Union Grade 13 starting at $78,197 and includes a comprehensive benefit package as detailed within the Town’s Non-Union Employee Benefit Summary. To apply, please submit your application, cover letter, and resume to email@example.com or by mail to the Personnel Administrator, Town Hall, 180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879. Applications are available for download on the Town’s website www.southkingstownri.com. Application materials will be accepted through Wednesday November 18th, 2020.