Recreation Manager

Salary: $75,487 – $107,484 annually (DOQ)
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, some Holidays and Weekends
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Please print ALL linked documents below and return to our office in person or mail to:

Human Resources, 201 West Gray Bldg C, Norman, OK 73069

Employment Application

Supplemental Questionnaire

EEO Survey

Waiver and Release

Inclusion Statement


Education and Experience:  Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Recreation or Parks, or related field.  Four to five years progressively responsible experience in area of specialization including two years supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications: Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record. Certified Parks and Recreation Profession (CPRP) certification preferred. 

Knowledge:  Management theory and supervisory methods and techniques.  Parks and recreation administration practices and methodologies.  Current technologies and methods used in area of recreation.  Occupational hazards and safety rules and regulations.

Skills:  Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing work.  Supervising, motivating, and evaluating staff to obtain effective results and meet established time frames.  Communicating both orally and in writing.  Interpersonal skills necessary to provide effective leadership to subordinates, maintain a variety of internal and external contacts, and work cooperatively with superior and subordinate staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Supervises professional, maintenance, and administrative personnel; interviews and hires personnel; plans, schedules, and assigns work; ensures workers are instructed in correct methods and procedures and trained in safe operation of equipment; reviews and evaluates employee performance; takes disciplinary action when necessary.  Supervises and participates in the planning of long and short range goals related to the division; develops, implements, monitors policies and procedures; develops new programs and schedules; establish project priorities.  Plans, allocates, and monitors time, people, equipment, and other resources for the City to ensure efficient organization and operation, satisfactory work quality, safety, and timely completion of work; ensures all work is performed in conformance with appropriate standards and specifications.  Prepares and presents annual and capital budget for division; administers funds for division; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budget.   Researches and develops specifications; prepares bids; meets with vendors to evaluate products and services; recommends and requisitions equipment and supplies.  Approves contracted services; monitors and ensures contract compliance.  Meets with the public to respond to questions and resolve problems concerning the division; investigates, documents, and resolves complaints.  Ensures workers maintain a safe work area, follow safety rules and safe work practices.  Provides information, advice, feedback, or assistance to supervisors within the division to refine work outputs or resolve problems; interprets and explains safety rules and regulations and department policies and procedures. Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with other City divisions and departments, outside vendors, and general public contacted in the course of work; assists other divisions/departments as needed.  Supervises the preparation of or prepares reports, papers, and other documents appropriate to the department; maintains and updates records and manuals.  Keeps Director informed of division’s activities and problems; provides technical advise to Director in area of recreation.  Presents exhibits and recommendations to various committees; commissions, and groups.  Represents the City at meetings and through correspondence with county, state, federal, and other agencies.  Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.  Performs other related duties as required.

Working Conditions: Works primarily in an office environment; however, time is spent outside (approximately 15% to 25% of the time) exposed to temperature extremes, dirt, dust, noise, etc.  On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.  Work also includes attending special events that may take place on Holidays and/or weekends.

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Analytical skills necessary to evaluate delivery of services critically, responds to deficiencies by identifying and implementing appropriate corrective actions, develop and administer sound policies, procedures and budgets, and oversee the work of others.  Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, and lifting and carrying light objects approximately (5-10%) of work time.  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. 

Additional Information: Selected applicant must pass background investigation and drug screen.  

Parks and Recreation