Offering big-city amenities along with small-town hospitality, Iowa City has it all. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest in east central Iowa, it has long served as a hub for culture, education, variety, and fun. The City enjoys an extensive parks and recreation system that includes nearly 1,000 acres of prairie, wetlands and forested areas with almost every Iowa City resident living within ½ mile of public open space areas. Iowa City also features a vibrant, walkable downtown, and in 2008 was designated as the first UNESCO City of Literature in North America, one of only two designated cities in the United States to hold this honor. Numerous professional publications consistently rank Iowa City as a highly favorable place to do business, a vibrant center for arts and culture, and a great place to retire.
Iowa City is the home of the University of Iowa with Hawkeye athletics being a regional draw for college sports enthusiasts. Our community also offers excellent healthcare facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Hospital, and the Iowa VA Medical Center. Additionally, the City is the location of numerous private employers such as American College Testing, Pearson, Procter & Gamble, Oral B, and many other smaller business and manufacturing firms.
The City’s fiscal year 2019 operating and capital budget totals $167.6 million. The primary revenue sources are property taxes, hotel/motel taxes, user fees, permits and licenses, and franchise fees. Iowa City has received a Moody’s Aaa credit rating for more than 40 years and has been recognized for its efforts in budget preparation and comprehensive annual financial reporting.
Our diverse and welcoming community, located along the banks of the Iowa River and south of the Coralville Reservoir, is home to more than 74,000 people, and is easily accessible via Interstate 80 and the Avenue of the Saints. Iowa City is situated in Johnson County, with a population of 142,000, and serves as county seat. Approximately 26 miles north is Cedar Rapids, serving a metropolitan area of 175,000. Several small rural towns are located throughout Johnson County. Iowa City also neighbors two bustling suburban communities, Coralville and North Liberty.
Iowa City is governed by a mayor and six council members elected to four-year overlapping terms, with four at-large members and three from districts. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney for indefinite terms. Other staff appointments throughout 11 City Departments are the responsibility of the City Manager.
Recreation Superintendent Position
The Recreation Superintendent organizes, directs, provides vision, and supervises the City-sponsored special events, recreation facilities and recreation programming while ensuring that the diverse population of Iowa City is welcomed and well-served through recreation staff and services that reflect and enhance community identity and participation. The position directly supervises six full-time and up to twenty-five part-time, hourly customer service employees, is indirectly responsible for approximately 400-600 hourly employees, prepares and administers the annual budget for the division and actively works with community groups and partners to extend resources and reach of City services.
The Challenge and Opportunity
The Recreation Superintendent will have the opportunity to lead programs and services that are catalysts for community engagement and inclusion of a diverse community. An emphasis will be to add new community special events and outreach to underserved populations. The 2017 Iowa City Parks Master Plan includes a vision that all children in Iowa City will learn how to swim, learn how to bicycle safely and have opportunities to learn a variety of sport and outdoor recreation skills. In addition, the plan calls for recreation programming to support community efforts in S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Once a very traditional recreation division, the Iowa City Recreation Division has a challenge to move towards innovation in program mix and service delivery.
Performs budgetary responsibilities including preparing, documenting, amending and monitoring of division budget; oversees contract administration; writes grant applications; recommends program fees and charges. Responsible for cash management and deposits from recreation facilities and programs.
Is the public face and leader of the Recreation Division. Represents division to outside agencies and general public; monitors department branding and communications; monitors activities and relationships of outside organizations and other City departments with division; coordinates all use of recreation facilities by City programs and community groups.
Supervises production and dissemination of division program brochures, social media and other branding/marketing channels.
Interviews and selects recreation staff; trains and supervises selected employees; conducts performance appraisals; approves division personnel actions; takes disciplinary action as needed; recommends wage scales. Responsible for all on-boarding paperwork and background checks. Hires, trains, and directly supervises hourly customer service staff for recreation centers and at City Park Pool.
Provides input regarding facility maintenance needs and capital projects.
Develops, maintains and coordinates policies for operation of division.
Listens and responds to complaints, suggestions and ideas from the general public regarding division activities. Actively engages with users and participants to assess needs and concerns.
Attends meetings of and provides information to Park & Recreation Commission. Functions as liaison to youth sports organizations on monthly basis.
May perform as acting Parks & Recreation Director in his/her absence. Available during evenings and weekends to respond to Recreation program and facility needs.
Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Encourages outreach and support to diverse Iowa City population through selection of staff, event and program creation and marketing
Bachelor's degree in recreation administration or related field from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body required. A minimum of five years of responsible supervisory experience in community recreation required. Must become Certified Parks and Recreation Professional within one year of hire. Valid driver's license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass background check.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary schedule. Starting salary to be negotiated. Range of $74,068.80 - $114,212.80
Medical insurance. Provided for employees through Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Employees contribute $60 per month for single coverage and $100 per month for family coverage.
Dental insurance. The City provides dental insurance for employees through Delta Dental. Employees have the option of purchasing family dental coverage.
Section 125 Plan. The City offers premium conversion and medical spending account, and dependent care spending accounts through a pre-tax Section 125 plan.
Life Insurance. The City provides life insurance coverage in an amount equal to annual salary.
Supplemental Life Insurance. Employees may purchase supplemental life insurance for themselves and their dependents.
Sick Leave. City employees accrue sick leave at the rate of one day per month, up to a total of 1440 hours.
Vacation. City employees accrue vacation at a rate of one day per month for the first five years of employment. Accrual rates increase every five years.
Holidays. City employees receive 11 holidays and one personal day each year.
Longevity Pay. Longevity pay of $325 annually is paid following five years of service. Longevity pay increases in five-year increments.
Deferred Compensation. Employees may voluntarily join a deferred compensation program which includes a post-tax Roth IRA option administered by the City.
Pension Plan. Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System.
Application and Selection Process
City of Iowa City online application, resume and cover letter must be submitted by September 7, 2018. The online application can be accessed at www.icgov.org/jobs.
Questions regarding this recruitment process may be directed to:
City of Iowa City
410 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-356-5020 or email email@example.com
The City of Iowa City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is subject to the Iowa Smokefree A
About City of Iowa City
Employing approximately 600 permanent employees and 400 temporary and seasonal employees, the City of Iowa City provides a full range of services including police and fire protection, construction and maintenance of roads, streets and infrastructure, inspection and licensing functions, solid waste collection and recycling services which include the operation of a landfill serving all of Johnson County, a municipal airport, library, recreational activities and cultural events. The City owns and operates its water supply and distribution system and sewage collection and treatment system with secondary treatment also provided. The City operates a municipal off-street and on-street parking system in the downtown area. The City also operates a transit system. The City of Iowa City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering competitive wages and an excellent benefits package for eligible positions."