The City of Cedar Rapids has an opening for the position of Parks and Recreation Director. This position offers an exciting career opportunity managing one of the largest park and recreations systems in the state. The Department has received national attention for sustainability initiatives and recreational programming. See brochure at www.mercergroupinc.com
The Parks and Recreation Department is broken down into four divisions: Recreation; Parks; Golf; and Forestry. Seventy-eight regular employees and over 300 seasonal employees work in the department. The Cedar Rapids Parks, Waterways & Recreation Commission acts as an advisory commission to the City and makes recommendations for the enhancement and promotion of parks and recreation activities, facilities and programs. A newly created Parks Foundation serves to support projects and programs of the Department. The Parks and Recreation Director is one of eight directors that report to the City Manager.
Located in east central Iowa along the banks of the Cedar River, the river has played major role in the composition of Cedar Rapids from the very beginning. Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa with a population of 128,000 residents and the population of the metropolitan area over 260,000. The City ranked among the top ten Best Affordable Places to live the past two years. The economy is thriving thanks in part to the 10,000+ businesses including almost 300 manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies.
The starting salary for the new Parks & Recreation Director will be market competitive, depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. The City will provide an excellent fringe benefit package to the successful candidate. Reasonable relocation expenses will be provided.
This is a confidential process that will be handled accordingly throughout. Candidates should be aware that references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.
Confidential cover letters, resumes and salary history should be sent to James Mercer, The Mercer Group, Inc., 1000 Cordova Place #726, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Voice: 505.466.9500; Fax: 505.466.1274. E-Mail: email@example.com; Website: www.mercergroupinc.com
First review of candidates will occur on October 6, 2017. Following a process, resumes will be screened by The Mercer Group and interviews with candidates of interest are expected to be held in Cedar Rapids in late October or early November, 2017. EOE
The Parks and Recreation Director must have a Bachelor’s Degree in recreation management, park management or related field from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree preferred. Extensive experience in Parks and Recreation administration and management, National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) recognized certified Park and Recreation Professional is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: market competitive depending on experience and qualifications