CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
DEPUTY RECREATION COMMISSIONER
This is managerial level recreation work directing the Programs division of the Recreation Department. The employee in this class is responsible for recreation program development and implementation and for directing departmental response to public demand for expanded and innovative recreation programs and services. Work includes establishing goals and objectives for the division and participating in the formulation and implementation of department policy. Establishing, maintaining and improving relationships with employees, community groups, the business community, other city officials, contractors and the general public are important aspects of the work.
The employee reports to the Recreation Commissioner.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)
- The employee must direct all operations of the Recreations Department's Program division.
- The employee must report to the Recreation Commissioner.
- One position will be allocated to this class.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Plans, organizes, coordinates, reviews, evaluates, and directs the implementation of programs providing recreational services to the general public; directs, through subordinate supervisors, the administration of such programs as recreation centers, playgrounds, ice rinks, swimming pools and other specialized facilities and activities on a district or city-wide basis; develops, interprets, and implements policies and procedures relating to recreation programs; plans means of service delivery; determines staffing needed to provide adequate programming throughout the City; directs, through a subordinate manager, the operation of a large summer camp; develops multi-year plan for the direction of overall recreational programming for the City; provides direction and technical advice and assistance to athletic
organizations and volunteer organizations in their recreational/athletic pursuits; oversees their compliance with department procedures.
- Works with representatives of the business community, non-profit organizations, professional sports teams, and colleges and universities to secure support for department programs; participates with other department personnel in developing fundraising proposals and projects; establishes working relationships with volunteer support organizations; oversees the work of advisory councils in providing programming, volunteer support and fee classes; works with a variety of community organizations and individuals to develop, revise and implement recreation programs designed to meet the needs of specific communities and recreation facilities.
- Analyzes division organizational structure, staff responsibilities and staff response to demands for recreation programs and services; revises existing programs and services and develops new programs and services to meet changing demands; develops and implements initiatives intended to change and improve employees' provision of service to, and interaction with the public; assigns and rotates staff as determined appropriate; communicates department policy and philosophy concerning provision of service and relationship with the public to division employees; participates in, and leads interdivisional teams formed to develop programs, policies and solutions to specific problems.
- Works with representatives of other city departments to develop and implement interdepartmental programs and services; defines recreation program role in improving overall quality of life in the city; defines role of recreation program in a variety of health, education and public safety initiatives; defines recreation program role in developing solution to societal problems; secures provision of services from other city departments.
- Prepares divisional budget; determines staffing requirements; develops divisional organizational structure; meets with union representatives regarding contractual obligations and union grievances; reviews divisional disciplinary actions.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles and practices of administrative organization and management and their application in solving a variety of operational and administrative problems.
- administrative and managerial practices, policies and procedures as applied to the implementation, operation, and coordination of activities within a large recreational agency.
- the philosophy, objectives, methods, facilities and equipment of organized recreation on a large and varied scale.
- recreation programming on a city-wide basis to meet the needs of varied groups and community interests.
- recognized service and civic community groups and of their objectives and programs.
- the principles and practices used in organizing community groups and securing their involvement and support for recreation programs.
- the structure and functions of city departments and their relationship to achieving program goals.
- the funding requirements and organizational objectives of private corporations and foundations that may provide financial assistance to the department.
- the principles, practices and techniques used in attracting, organizing and developing volunteer groups.
- the organization, program planning and scheduling of volunteer and community groups involved in recreation activities at conventional and functionally-developed recreational facilities.
- the principles, theories and practices of providing recreation services as a consumer good.
- the theories and practices used to change and improve employee performance.
- the principles and practices of contract negotiation, administration, and control.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- problem solving among organizational levels to achieve mutual objectives.
- securing the support and cooperation of other city departments.
- evaluating the effectiveness of administrative and operational functions and in implementing changes to provide for effective and efficient operations.
- effectively delegating assignments in consideration of organization structure and staff abilities.
- plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate the overall operations of the operation division.
- communicate department philosophy and operational strategies to employees.
- develop and increase employee commitment to desired results and outcomes.
- analyze and evaluate complex organizational, administrative, and managerial problems and to develop new or alternative strategies to achieve goals and objectives.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of governmental agencies, community groups, civic and athletic organizations, associates, the business community, non-profit foundations, volunteers, schools and universities, professional sports teams, and the public.
- enlist the cooperation of officials to implement policy and procedural changes.
- present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
- exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting policies and procedures consistent with overall policies and objectives.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 2/1995.)
Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university.
- GENERAL EXPERIENCE:
Eight years of administrative recreation experience.
- SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:
Four years of management level experience directing, through subordinate supervisors, a major segment of the City's overall recreation program.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department that has included the education and specific experience described above.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: EP29
Class Established: 4/1987
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC - 2/1995 ; Ad Board - 5/1995
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 9D19