Director of Parks & Rec


Fast growing, progressive community with well established and growing park system and recreation programs with combined budget of $550,000. Responsibilities include managing, budgeting, and coordinating programs and staff. Desired qualifications include bachelor’s degree in recreation or leisure science and 5 years experience or related combination of education and experience. Salary range up to $60,000 w/excellent benefits. Resume to Town Administrator, 2000 Municipal Drive, Neenah, WI 54956.




Town of Menasha

Position Description







Director of Parks and Recreation

Pay Grade:



September 24, 2001

Reports To:

Town Administrator


Purpose of Position

The purpose of this position is to direct, manage and supervise the operation and maintenance of all Town Parks and recreation facilities and programs.  The work is performed under the direction of the Town Administrator.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


·         Plans and oversees the maintenance of all Town parks and recreation facilities.  Coordinates reconstruction of buildings; designs plans for shelters and buildings.

·         Oversees recreation programs and activities of the Recreation Supervisor.  Oversees scheduling for park shelters, activities and other functions.

·         Supervises department personnel; selects new employees; provides instruction and training; plans, coordinates, assigns and reviews work activities; maintains standards; approves leave; acts on problems; evaluates performance and determines outcomes.

·         Develops and recommends budgets and capital improvements for parks, facilities and programs including landscaping, building repair and maintenance, equipment and supplies; oversees and approves all expenditures.  Researches and prepares grant applications; administers grants.

·         Coordinates the five-year Park Plan.

·         Prepares specifications for buildings, materials, equipment and supplies; prepares requests for bids; purchases all department equipment.

·         Coordinates outside sporting events and agreements.

·         Proofs and submits time cards and invoices.

·         Responds to inquiries and complaints; provides information, investigates and resolves complaints.

·         Attends meetings and training seminars.

·         Writes articles for the Town newsletter.

·         Recommends Revisions to Town ordinances.

·         Submits insurance claims.

·         Coordinates Park Commission Meetings


Additional Tasks and Responsibilities


While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.



·         Assists with trade shows.

·         Transports equipment and supplies.

·         Maintains availability on call to perform snow plowing for the Street Department.

·         Performs other related functions as assigned or required.


Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


Bachelor’s degree in Recreation or Leisure Science with five years of supervisory/management experience in Parks and Recreation or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.  Position requires possession of a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.



Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication


·         Requires the ability to perform mid to upper-level data analysis including the ability to coordinate, strategize, systematize and correlate, using discretion in determining time, place and/or sequence of operations within an organizational framework. Requires the ability to implement decisions based on such data, and oversee the execution of these decisions.


·         Ability to manage and direct a group of workers, including the ability to provide counseling and mediation. Ability to persuade, convince and train others. Ability to advise and interpret regarding the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.


·         Requires the ability to utilize a variety of reference, descriptive and/or advisory data and information such as architectural drawings, personnel policies, production reports, training reports, electrical and plumbing diagrams, financial statements, technical operating manuals, statutes, procedures, guidelines and non-routine correspondence.


·         Requires the ability to communicate orally and in writing with the Park Commission, all Park department personnel, Town Board, Town Administrator and the public.



Mathematical Ability


·         Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; and to calculate percentages and decimals.


Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability


·         Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems such as supervision, managing, leading, teaching, directing, planning, coordinating and controlling. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.


·         Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control and planning of an entire program or multiple programs.


Physical Requirements


·         Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustment on equipment, machinery and tools such as a computer and other office machines, a vehicle, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.


·         Requires the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing coordinated movements such as typing.


·         Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of objects weighing five to ten pounds.


·         Requires the ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes and sounds associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.


Environmental Adaptability


·         Ability to work under generally safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature and noise extremes, odors, chemicals, wetness or dust may cause discomfort and poses a limited risk of injury.


The Town of Menasha is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.



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