The City of Bartow - Parks Recreation Cultural Arts Director
The City of Bartow is operated by a Council-Manager form of government. Bartow is administered and managed by a City Manager. The five-person elected city commission is the community’s legislative and policymaking body. The council also focuses on the community’s goals, major projects and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement and financing, city and strategic planning.
The City Manager is hired by and reports directly to the five elected government City Commissioners, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Bartow has a workforce of almost 300, and an annual budget of $158M. All department heads or department supervisors, the Clerk’s office and the Assistant City Manager report directly to the City Manager.
Bartow is a “full-service” city providing police, fire, utilities, solid waste, roads and drainage, building permitting and inspections, planning, parks and recreation, library, cemetery and multiple support functions. The current population is just over 20,000.
Bartow’s quality of life can be measured by any number of social and economic factors. We believe and encourage our residents to get involved and be a part of guiding our community with an innovative forward - thinking spirit: compassionate, diverse and visionary.
PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL ARTS DIRECTOR
Performs highly responsible administrative and professional work directing Library,
Parks and Recreation operations and staff.
Essential Job Functions:
Plans, directs, promotes and continually monitors assigned division functions and personnel. Administers and oversees all aspects of the City’s library, cultural arts, parks, recreation and cemeteries.
Identifies respective unit and program goals and direction; works closely with subordinates and peers to implement objectives; and ensures undertakings are accomplished in accordance with prescribed priorities, time limitations and funding conditions.
Produces highly professional work involved with the operation and management of a progressive recreation and cultural organization.
Oversees parks, recreation, athletics, library, golf course, cemeteries, and city building maintenance, developing, managing and advancing the City’scommitment to recreation and cultural activities.
Reports directly to the City Manager and/or Assistant City Manager, and works in concert with City employees, leadership, and community stakeholders to determine desired service provisions, engage and motivate employees and provide strong leadership within the community.
Promotes the City of Bartow’s goal to establish equity as a shared value and operating principle: promoting diversity; fostering an inclusive environment where employees and citizens feel a sense of belonging; cultivating a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness; and proactively seeking to connect diverse ideas in different ways to achieve common goals.
Supervises and routinely reviews program and staff activities through written reports and personal observation ensuring all program, activity and relevant records and reports are thoroughly and accurately prepared and maintained.
Develops assigned division budgets; prepares budgets, evaluates the need for and recommends the addition of new personnel, material and equipment; exercises control over expenditures.
Performs research and analytical studies; reviews internal operations, and recommends and initiates methods to improve efficiencies and service quality.
Develops policy and administrative rules and regulations governing personnel, standards of performance, operating procedures and other activities, and reviews and ensures adherence to established policies.
Facilitates policy making and team building activities, and advises senior management on policy and routine operational matters.
Exercises analytical, written, verbal and computer application skills to create
formal presentations; prepares and presents clear and concise information reports.
Maintains professional and effective relationships with city officials and the general public. Conducts and attends a variety of meetings and conferences.
Note: This is not intended to serve as an all-inclusive list of essential job functions; the performance of other essential functions may be required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Vast knowledge of all facets of public administration, parks and recreation administration, and modern management principles and practices.
Skilled leadership abilities as a team player, effective negotiator and decision maker with sound judgment possessing skill and desire to interact in an open, positive, participatory manner incorporating the interests of all.
Planning, organization, direction and evaluation of diverse, complex programs and related activities.
Preparation, presentation and maintenance of reports, time and cost estimates, budgets and related records.
Ability to analyze complex managerial and administrative problems, formulate and mediate solutions, and take independent unilateral action when warranted.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow staff, City officials, residents and business and various community groups.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to consistently demonstrate skill and leadership.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelors degree in Recreation & Leisure Administration, Leisure Sciences,
Business Administration, Public Administration or closely related field, from an accredited college or university; a Master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.
Certified Park and Recreation Professional or Certified Park and Recreation
Executive designation desired. Ideal candidate will have at least five and preferably ten years of increasingly responsible experience in an Assistant Director and/or Director Level position within a similar or larger size organization.
Possession of a valid Florida drivers’ license and a good driving record as determined by the City of Bartow. The absence of non-prescribed controlled
substances in the applicant’s system will be verified through a screening process administered by a laboratory approved by the City of Bartow.
Physical and Environmental Factors:
Must have the physical ability, strength, and flexibility to perform the job functions in the work environment. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.
The salary range is $92,252 to $124,070; the starting salary is negotiable, depending on qualifications. Also offered is a comprehensive package of a full range of leave benefits, health and life insurance, and a defined benefit pension plan featuring six-year vesting.
* Deferred Compensation Plan
* Dental Insurance (Employee Pays)
* Direct Deposit
* Educational (Assistance reimbursement -Prior Approval)
* Employee Assistance Program
* Family Medical Leave
* Funeral Leave
* Health Insurance (Employee Cost-Dependent Coverage)
* Holidays (11 Days)
* Jury Duty Leave
* Life Insurance
* Pension Plan
* Personal Leave
* Retiree Health Insurance/Death Benefit
* Section 125 Plan
* Short-Term Disability/AD&D
* Sick Leave Benefits
* Vacation Benefits
How to Apply:
Click here for the link Online Application -https://www.cityofbartow.net/careers
Send cover letter and resume by April 10, 2023, to:
Deanna S. Gibson
Human Resources Director
City of Bartow
450 North Wilson Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830 firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information regarding the City, visit www.cityofbartow.net
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $92,252.00 - $124,070.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Retirement plan
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday
People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply
- Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)
Work Location: In person