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Parks and Recreation Coordinator

Pay: $50,000 - $60,000

Job Type: Full Time

Department/Division: Parks Department


Scheduled to work 8-hour days, 40-hour hours per week, usually 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.   If events or meetings occur on weekends or evenings, hours of work are subject to change. FLSA Classification is non-exempt.


Subject to the administrative direction of the Director of Parks and Public Facilities and the City Manager, plans, directs, and administers park recreation programs and sports events; promotes the park facilities to the community; manages the Aquatic Zoo; approves purchases for recreation programs; prepares and maintains written records of program activities; supervises the development and implementation of recreation programs and activities; supervises and directs the work of recreation employees; supervises and directs the work of the Parks Secretary; and, organizes, coordinates, and oversees volunteers for Park programs.


  • Plans, directs, and administers all park recreation programs.
  • Develops plans and implements a wide variety of current and new recreational and instructional programs at park facilities for all age groups and interests – children, adults, & seniors.
  • Markets the Parks and Recreation programs, facilities, and amenities.
  • Schedules the use of park facilities – ball fields, soccer fields, community building, shelters, etc.
  • Supervises recreational employees, such as the Aquatic Zoo managers & pool personnel, concessionaires, umpires, clerical employees, etc.
  • Provides training and evaluates all recreational employees.
  • Purchases and stocks concessions for park-managed concession stands.
  • Purchases and maintains recreational equipment.
  • Oversees the operation of the municipal aquatic facility; develops and implements a pool facility maintenance program.
  • Oversees the renovation and maintenance of parks facilities.
  • Inspects physical facilities and develops plans for their replacement; schedules maintenance and use of facilities.
  • Studies and analyzes recreational needs and resources.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of recreation areas, facilities, and service.
  • Studies local conditions and develops immediate and long-range plans to meet recreation needs of all age groups.
  • Prepares and maintains records of recreational expenditures and activities.
  • Aids in the preparation of the budget and directs expenditure of funds.
  • Collaborates with Tourism.
  • Collaborates with Public Works.
  • Coordinates programs and projects with the Parks Director.
  • Prepares Parks and Recreation digital newsletter.
  • Recruits and organizes volunteers to assist with the park recreation programs.
  • Perform duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Facilities Management, Sports Management or similar fields is desired. Experience in event programming and/or Aquatics is preferred.    
  • Certified Pool Operator or ability to obtain certification.
  • Experience with desktop publishing, Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.


  • ·     Requires a minimum of two years responsible work experience in recreation or a related field.
  • ·     Knowledge of a wide variety of recreational programs.
  • ·      Requires ability to handle multi-tasking.
  • ·      Requires people management skills.
  • ·      Requires ability to organize duties and produce results in a timely manner.
  • ·      Requires excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • ·      Knowledge of the function, organization, and operation of City Government, preferred.
  • ·      Requires ability to successfully pass a background security and credit check.
  • ·      Requires extensive knowledge of modern office procedures and practices.
  • Valid Illinois Drivers License.


  • Requires ability to plan, direct and administer park recreation programs and activities.
  • Requires ability to effectively supervise the work of employees.
  • Evaluate and document employee performance. Issues oral and written warnings, leading to suspension and/or termination.
  • Requires ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, fellow employees, and the general public.
  • Requires ability to implement recreational programs for all age groups and to expand existing programs.
  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
  • Observes safety and security procedures.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations making proper judgments as to the correct course of action.
  • Requires ability to organize duties and produce results in a timely manner; consistently at work and on time.
  • Requires excellent communication skills, written and verbal.


  • Occasional walking, reaching, bending, and lifting or carrying object under 50 pounds.
  • Requires the ability to be exposed to outside weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Use written sources of information, e.g. read reports, procedural documentation, reference materials.
  • Perform detailed work requiring visual acuity.
  • Use non-verbal auditory sources of information, e.g., alarms & cell phones


  • Residency within the limits of Jefferson County is required of all City Employees.