SUMMARY:The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is responsible for the management and administration of the City’s parks, recreation, and urban forestry operations, including acquisition, development, and maintenance of parks, open spaces, facilities, and resources. The incumbent is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive leisure services and programs to meet the varied needs and interests of the community. The position reports directly to the Mayor, and serves as a member of the City’s department head team.
Consults with, and serves as staff liaison to, Parks and Recreation Commission and Forestation Committee for the formulation of policies and procedures, establishment of goals and objectives, and provision of services to the public.
Plans, organizes, and manages the scope and direction of overall Departmental operations and services.
Establishes and advocates philosophy, vision, and mission with corresponding administrative plans, goals, and objectives.
Directs the acquisition, design, development and maintenance of parkland, open space, facilities, and resources.
Analyzes the effectiveness of Department services; studies conditions, needs, and trends and prepares, recommends, or updates short term and/or long range plans accordingly.
Maintains systematic, complete, and accurate records of Department programs, activities, services, equipment, and personnel.
Establishes and supervises an effective administrative organization for operation of the Department and adjusts staff organizational relationships and work assignments as necessary to accomplish required scope of services.
Directs the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, evaluation and discipline of Department staff.
Develops job descriptions and maintains personnel records as necessary.
Plans and manages the financial aspects of the Department including the annual budget, capital improvements, grants, contracts, and special projects.
Reviews and approves payrolls, purchases, contracts and other financial obligations of the Department.
Promotes and maintains positive Departmental public relations and image with other City Departments and staff, external groups and organizations, and community in general.
Consults and/or confers with independent recreation groups and organizations, and other community and special interests groups relative to Department services and overall community-wide recreation activities and opportunities.
Administers/supervises City's urban deer and mosquito abatement programs.
Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and related legislation.
Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or other suitable major. Master's Degree preferred.
Eight (8) years of progressively responsible parks and recreation management experience, preferably in the public sector, with at least five (5) years of supervisory experience.
Three (3) years parks/facilities development, maintenance, and management experience.
Strong leadership, management, communication, and human relations skills required.
Equivalent combinations of training and experience will be considered.
This is an open recruitment. Applications will be accepted through SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019. This deadline may be extended to meet the needs of the City.
The City of Brookfield is a residential community of choice located 15 miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Celebrating its 65th year in 2019, the community was first settled in 1836 and incorporated in 1954. Besides many fine residential properties and estates, the community is a center of commerce and the site of corporate headquarters, financial institutions and a variety of both large and smaller business enterprises. The City of Brookfield also possesses one of the largest school districts in the State, serving approximately 7,000 students. The current population of Brookfield is approximately 38,000 with an estimated daytime population of 80,000.
“Located in the heart of southeastern Wisconsin, the City of Brookfield is a community of choice for families and businesses and a premier sustainable place to live, work, shop, and play.”
The City of Brookfield is a full-service municipality that includes multi-community water and wastewater
facilities. The City is governed by a Mayor elected at large and a fourteen-member (14) Common Council, two each elected from among seven (7) aldermanic districts. The Mayor serves as the City’s chief executive... officer, responsible for administering the day-to-day affairs of the City, providing leadership and direction to the City’s management staff. The Common Council, through standing committees, provides policy oversight of City activities, services, and programs. While, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry reports directly to the Mayor, program oversight is also provided by the Brookfield Parks and Recreation Commission.
The City of Brookfield’s mission is delineated in its Comprehensive Plan which outlines both short-term initiatives and long-term strategic goals. Current principle components of our mission are encouraging an effective land use pattern; striving to be the housing location of choice with safe neighborhoods with character and vitality; promoting a strong commercial and jobs center supplying valuable products and services; providing vibrant parks and being careful stewards of natural resources through sustainability; being known for outstanding schools and lifetime learning to ensure a modern workforce; maintaining special places and our unique heritage; supporting modern transportation options; embracing regionalism; and, finally, providing exceptional municipal services at reasonable costs.