Director of Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Job Description

The City of West Union, IA (population 2,486) is accepting application for a fulltime Parks and Recreation Director.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, creates, supervises and coordinates all Parks and Recreation activities for the city.  Develops and coordinates recreation programs based upon community interests and needs.  Interviews, Hires, and supervises staff at the aquatic center. Organize, advertise, and implement the Learn-To-Swim program.  Must possess a minimum Associates degree in community recreation, physical education, health or education and experience in Parks and Recreation Administration and Management. Plus 4 years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in the field of Parks and Recreation.  Bachelor’s degree preferred. Please provide cover letter, resume and references online below. or mail to West Union Parks and Recreation, PO Box 151, West Union IA  52175, or email to wuparkandrec@gmail.com.  Full job description along with any questions can be answered at Parks and Recreation at 563-380-8496.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with the first review set for September 13, 2021.

West Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer



DEFINITION:  The Recreation Director creates, supervises and coordinates all Parks and Recreation activities for the city.  Develops and coordinates recreation programs based upon community interests and needs.

SALARY: $35,000 - $38,000 depending on experience.

POSITION OBJECTIVE:  To provide leadership, organization, and supervision for day-to-day operations of the West Union Parks and Recreation Department and works closely with city employees.


  • Minimum Associates degree from an accredited college or university in community recreation, physical education, health, or education and experience in Parks and Recreation Administration and Management. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 4 plus years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in the field of Parks and Recreation.


  • Management, staff development and effective discipline techniques
  • Interpersonal relations and conflict resolution in regard to public contact and staff supervision
  • Fiscal policy control, accounting and time management
  • Fundraising experience helpful
  • Must be creative, enthusiastic, and resourceful
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.



  • Responsible for planning developing, implementing and evaluation of youth, adult, and special event programs
  • Maintains accurate records, prepares monthly and other reports and provides recommendations
  • Handles marketing, public relations, and volunteer recruiting and recognition
  • Attends all parks and Recreation Board Meetings and functions as Board Secretary.
  • Selects, trains and evaluates part-time recreation program staff and pool manager
  • Maintains accurate public records and helps maintain facilities in cooperation with city employees
  • Schedules activities and events in cooperation with the school district and civic groups
  • Prepares program Public Service Announcements, ads, flyers, and announcements, and makes public presentations to schools and community organizations as needed.
  • Prepares appropriate reports for Parks and Recreation Board Meetings
  • Prepares and administers budget. This includes proposals for the new fiscal year, capital replacement improvement items and any budget amendment request during the year.
  • Assures property, facilities, and equipment are maintained in good condition and repair.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new equipment, materials and procedures.
  • Maintains the Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page including the Calendar of Events and Activities
  • Studies and reviews need for new facilities or improvements as needed.
  • Attends professional conferences and meetings as required.
  • Plans and researches new events and programs to meet public needs
  • Requisition of equipment and supplies
  • Prepare manuals and be knowledgeable of rules and regulation for all sports conducted by the department
  • Provide opportunities for part-time staff development.
  • Screen select, train supervise and recognize program volunteers


  • Must know how to swim. Lifeguard certification preferred.
  • Interviews, hires staff, delegates work assignments and reviews job performance
  • Prepare operation and lifeguard manuals
  • Organize, advertise, and implement the Learn-To-Swim program
  • Maintain and order equipment
  • Review safety procedures
  • Order chemicals
  • Comply with Department of Public Health and Federal policies
  • Work closely with staff to provide a safe, hospitable, clean facility



  • Must be Certified Pool Operator, or be able to obtain within 60 days of employment.
  • Must have a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable.
  • Must be willing to work some nights and weekends as needed to provide for programming
  • Must have Adult, Child, Infant CPR, AED, First Aid and maintain certification

Personal Information

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Applicant Certification

I certify that all of the information I have submitted on this application is true and complete, and I understand that if any false or misleading information, omissions or misrepresentations are discovered, my application may be rejected, and if I am employed, my employment may be terminated at any time.

I understand that the City of West Union may, in its sole discretion, conduct or have conducted by an individual or entity of its choice, a criminal background history and driving record search on all employees. I also understand that if I am hired, I will be required to provide proof of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States and that federal immigration laws require me to complete an I-9 Form in this regard.

If hired, I agree to conform to City of West Union’s rules and regulations, and I understand that these rules and/or the employee handbook do not form a contract of employment either expressed or implied, and I agree that my employment and compensation can be terminated, with or without cause and with or without notice, at any time, at either my or City of West Union’s option. I also understand and agree that the terms and conditions of my employment may be changed, with or without cause and with or without notice, at any time by the City of West Union.

I expressly authorize, without reservation, the City of West Union, its representatives, employees, or agents to contact and obtain information from all references (personal and professional), employers, public agencies, licensing authorities and educational institutions and to otherwise verify the accuracy of all information provided by me in this application, resume, or job interview.

I hereby waive any and all rights and claims I may have regarding the City of West Union, its agents, employees or representatives, for seeking, gathering and using truthful and non-defamatory information, in a lawful manner, in the employment process and all other persons, corporations or organizations for furnishing such information about me.

The City of West Union does not tolerate unlawful discrimination in its employment practices. No question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excluding an applicant from consideration for employment on the basis of his or her sex, race, color, religion, national origin, genetic information, citizenship, age, disability, or any other protected status under the applicable federal, state, or local law. The City of West Union likewise does not tolerate harassment based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, age, disability, or any other protected status and takes all complaints of harassment seriously. All complaints will be investigated promptly and thoroughly.

I understand that this application remains current for thirty (30) days. At the conclusion of that time, if I have not heard from the employer and still wish to be considered for employment, it will be necessary for me to reapply and fill out a new employment application.

I agree that my electronic signature on this application is binding and enforceable, as if I had signed a paper copy. I acknowledge and agree that by submitting this electronic signature, I waive all rights to dispute the validity of my signature on this application.


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