The City of Ballwin, Missouri is seeking an innovative and experienced leader to serve as our Parks and Recreation Director after the retirement of the long-serving incumbent. The successful candidate will bring the technical skills and knowledge in the areas of parks and facilities management and recreation programming, but also the emotional intelligence, leadership qualities and team skills necessary to advance the City’s values and vision for our community. This position is responsible for organizing and directing activities of a full-service Parks and Recreation Department.
The Parks and Recreation Director reports directly to the City Administrator and is responsible for providing leadership to all of the divisions of the Parks and Recreation Department. This position is responsible for a department budget of $4.7 million. The successful candidate must work cooperatively with other department directors and as part of a senior management team.
The successful candidate should have an extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern parks and recreation programs; equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive park and recreation program, funding of parks capital projects, programs and operations; the principles and practices of maintenance, construction and use of public buildings and park facilities; and community recreation needs and resources. The Director should have effective public relation skills and the ability to build relationships with community groups, employees, City officials, private businesses, and other levels of government.
The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in parks and recreation management or administration, public administration or closely related field and seven years of progressively responsible experience in parks and recreation services; or a master’s degree in the fields listed above and five years progressively responsible experience will be accepted as equivalent.
The starting salary is $85,150 dependent on qualifications and demeanor. Please apply on the City’s website at www.ballwin.mo.us
Deadline to apply is February 12, 2019.
Additional Salary Information: Health, Dental, Life, MO LAGERS Pension (L12) and Paid Leave Benefits
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About City of Ballwin, Missouri
Ballwin is a unique name for a city. In fact, it is the only city in the United States with its spelling (Ballwin, not Baldwin). But it’s not just the name that makes this city special. Located in the heart of prestigious West St. Louis County, Ballwin is a community of more than 30,000 residents. Ballwin is the fifth largest city in St. Louis County which has a population of more than 1 million people.
Ballwin was founded in 1837 by John and Mary Bray Ball. The town was originally recorded as "Ballshow", but two days later Ball amended the recorded plat to be named Ballwin. No one knows for sure why the name was changed, but one of John Ball's great-grandsons says it was the result of a rivalry with a neighboring city and Ball wanted to “win out” in reputation and growth.
Many years later, the community could argue Ballwin is doing just that. Ballwin was named the #1 suburb in the St. Louis region in 2017 and 2018 according to WalletHub; in the top 20 safest cities in the state in 2017 and 2018; #8 on the list of Best Cities to Live in Missouri in 2018 by Homesnacks; the 6th best place to raise a family in Missouri by niche.com in 2017; and ranked in the 94 percentile fo...r best small cities in America.
Ballwin offers a wide range of quality of life amenities. Two state-of-the-art recreational facilities, The Pointe at Ballwin Commons Community Center and North Pointe Family Aquatic Center, provide exceptional opportunities for family fun, leisure time, and personal fitness. Ballwin’s municipal golf course is recognized as the best public nine-hole facility in the area and played host to a USGA Senior Qualifier in 2018.
Beautiful Vlasis Park is the crown jewel of the City’s parks system and covers 31 acres featuring a baseball diamond, tennis courts, ponds, pavilions, volleyball courts, and an array of outdoor and recreational elements. The park is home to the annual Ballwin Days festival featuring activities for the entire family including carnival rides, fireworks, live entertainment and the Ballwin Days 5K and 1 Mile Run. While Ballwin offers lots of family fun, residents are also never far from the city action in St. Louis. A thirty minute drive brings you to all the well-known St. Louis attractions including the arch, the St. Louis Zoo, the science center, Busch Stadium and more.
Perhaps the biggest draw for families moving to Ballwin is access to high quality education. Ballwin is served by two high-performing, AAA rated school districts. The Rockwood and Parkway School Districts serve students from Pre K through grade 12 and both have earned local, state and national awards and accreditations including the Missouri Gold Star and National Blue Ribbon. Several major universities and colleges are located nearby including Washington University, St. Louis University, Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri Baptist University, Webster University, St. Louis Community College, Lindenwood University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The City of Ballwin operates under a Mayor-Alderman-City Administrator form of government. The Mayor and eight Aldermen make up the governing body and serve two-year terms. The Mayor is elected at large, and two Aldermen are elected from each of four wards. The City Administrator is the chief administrative official of the City and is responsible to the Mayor and Alderman for the day-to-day operations of the organization. The City Administrator is designated by ordinance to retain authority for all personnel decisions.
The City has 137 employees organized into four departments including Administration, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works. Administration encompasses legislation, public relations, occupancy/building permits and inspections, code enforcement, planning, zoning, licensing, finance, human resources, and municipal court. The City has a 2018 operating budget of $19.3 million. There has been no municipal property tax since 1987, and City services are financed primarily by sales tax, utility gross receipts taxes, and recreational revenues. Real estate taxes are collected by St. Louis County, the area school districts, and other governmental agencies. The utility tax rate is 7% and the sales tax rate is 8.613%.
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