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Manager of Parks & Facilities

City of Shawnee Shawnee Full-Time
$72,000.00 - $90,000.00 / year
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The City of Shawnee Parks & Recreation Department is recruiting for a Manager of Parks & Facilities.  This senior leadership administrative position is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Parks Maintenance Division, and is under the general supervision of the Parks & Recreation Director. This includes fostering a positive working environment, encouraging high level performance, ensuring the safety of employees, and implementing coordinated efforts between divisions of the Parks and Recreation department, as well as other City departments and other agencies. Primary duties include developing, implementing and overseeing the execution of the work plan for the Parks Maintenance division; as well as training, developing and supervising employees. Work is generally performed within an office setting with occasional field work in support of staff.  The hiring range for this position is $72,000 - $90,000 (DOQ).

Supervisory and Employee Development. Directly supervises Park Supervisors as well as the Aquatics and Facilities Maintenance Specialist, and works closely with them to coordinate aquatics maintenance operations.  Delegates responsibilities to promote efficient operations and develop staff.  Oversees division staff including recruiting, interviewing, selecting, assigning, training and evaluating the work of employees.
Department and Division Goals.  Assists in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives and priorities. Responsible for the development and implementation of divisional goals and objectives. Seeks out grant opportunities and prepared the annual work plan.

Oversees Maintenance. Works with Parks Supervisors and Specialists to develop regular maintenance schedules in the following areas:  Parks and Grounds, Athletic Fields, Vehicle and Equipment, Aquatic Facilities, and Special Events.  Prioritizes and directs a schedule of work projects, and determines equipment, material, and personnel needs.

Operational Effectiveness. Develops, monitors and evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of division programs through Performance Measures and other tools available to the department. 

Community Interaction. Oversees the investigation of citizen complaints, and responds to inquiries from general public about the Parks Maintenance division.

Emergency Operations.  Directly supervises snow removal and ice control operations for all public parking lots, sidewalks and jogging trails, and participates when needed.  Coordinates Parks Maintenance staff in support of Public Works in ice and snow removal on streets.

Budgeting and Purchasing. Compiles information for and assists in the preparation of the annual division budget. Determines equipment and material needs.  Purchases authorized tools, equipment, and materials.

Boards, Community Involvement and Interdepartmental Activities. Attends Parks Board. Participates and serves as a representative of the department in local, regional and national initiatives such as MARC Bike/Ped Committee, JoCo Trails Committee, etc.

Safety and Risk Management. Responsible for ensuring the safety of parks and recreation facilities. Prepares divisional safety policies, ensures ample safety training, and develops a strong safety culture within the division. Ensures ADA guidelines are met with regard to City parks and facilities.

Project Management.  Works in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Director, Deputy Parks and Recreation Director and Parks Supervisors to plan annual and periodic work programs. 

Contracts.  Prepares and/or directs the preparation of contract documents.  Reviews submitted bids, retains contractors and oversees project construction by site visits and working with contractors.

Records Management. Ensures the development, maintenance and updating of files for Parks maintenance activities and programs.

Policies and Procedures Management. Identifies issues that require written guidelines. Researches issues and develops department or division policies in line with laws and professional trends. Ensures adherence to policies and procedures.

Other Duties. Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.

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Shawnee is named for the Shawnee Indians that were relocated here in the late 1820s. The westward push of white settlement had weakened and geographically divided the Shawnees by 1825 when the first of three treaties forced them to relocate to Kansas. Here they found an abundance of timber and free-flowing springs. Because the Shawnee wisely lined the springs with gum tree logs to keep them free of contaminating silt, the settlement was called Gum Springs.

In an 1825 treaty with the Indians, the U.S. government gave the Shawnee Indians 1,600,000 acres of land in eastern Kansas, including all of Johnson County, in exchange for their lands in Missouri. By 1854, a new treaty was negotiated, with the Indians selling back to the United States all of the land with the exception of 200,000 acres reserved for their homes, amounting to 200 acres for each member of the tribe. In 1854 the Kansas Territory was opened for settlement. The newly repossessed territory was sold by the government to the incoming home-seekers. Shawneetown (later shortened to Shawnee) was platted soon after in 1856.

One of the State's earliest towns, Shawnee was also the site of the first territorial legislature, and home to the first territorial governor. Located at the intersection of early military and territorial roads leading to the Santa Fe Trail, Shawnee also became the first county seat of Johnson County. In 1862, Shawnee found itself in the middle of Civil War border struggles. The town was virtually destroyed, when it was burned and looted by southern guerillas led by William Quantrill just months before his infamous raid on Lawrence. After the County offices moved to Olathe in 1866, Shawnee became a small farm market center. During the 1950's, the population began to grow as people began moving away from congested urban areas to the smaller outlying towns. People quickly discovered the merits of the City and the population has continued to grow ever since, more than tripling in the last three decades.

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