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The newly founded Hamtramck Parks Conservancy (HPC) is seeking a Senior Manager, Facilities, Park and Recreation Services.

About Hamtramck Parks Conservancy Under the CEO and Board’s leadership, the HPC was created to operate, improve and provide for equitable access to recreational facilities within the City and School District of Hamtramck.

The Conservancy seeks to promote the creation, operation and maintenance of green spaces, recreational grounds and facilities for public use and provide health, education and welfare opportunities to the communities served by those spaces. The City of Hamtramck and Hamtramck Public Schools – as shared owners of the site – have partnered with key stakeholders, the Detroit City Futbol Club and Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, to develop a detailed plan for the Hamtramck Recreation District.

A Collective Vision

There is an urgent need for green space and recreational facilities in the City of Hamtramck: it has among the least number of acres of parkland per capita in the United States. Access to parks and nature is key to well-being, yet Hamtramck’s lack of resources makes it a challenge to improve park amenities. The HPC will address this challenge with a sustainable operating budget and transformative capital improvements as described in the visionary Hamtramck Recreation District Plan. The first initiative is to revitalize Veterans Parks and PlayFair into an outstanding community asset and be fully responsible for the park’s operation.

The new collaborative vision for the Hamtramck Recreation District (HRD) will accomplish the goals put forward by the community:

  1. Create a Destination;
  2. Build Community;
  3. Strengthen Hamtramck’s Identity;
  4. Establish Financial Sustainability;
  5. Expand Physical Activity;
  6. Celebrate History;
  7. Build Community Pride;
  8. Be Accessible;
  9. Be Long-Lasting

The new plan creates destinations and activities for everyone, with elements such as park neighborhoods, gathering spaces, children’s play areas, sports fields, trails, and gardens. The District includes Keyworth Stadium, where the DCFC soccer team now plays, the Historic Hamtramck Stadium, which was once home to the Negro National League Detroit Stars and is one of five remaining Negro League stadiums in the nation. The plan builds the future of the Recreation District around the site’s rich and layered history. The transformation of the district over time will enrich the lives of all those who visit and use the park spaces and will enhance the identity of Hamtramck as a place that honors history and values equity, diversity, family, physical activity, and leisure.

The Opportunity

The HPC is at an exciting moment in our history as we seek a highly skilled individual to serve as our first ever Senior Manager, Facilities, Programs and Recreation Services. We are searching for a candidate who is a positive detail-oriented, team player, and proactive problem-solver capable of supporting HPC’s long-term organizational mission and vision.

Reporting to the HPC Executive Director & CEO (ED) the Senior Manager is responsible for providing both strategic management and day-to-day operational oversight for programs and maintenance of park and recreational facilities that have a significant impact on the quality of life and economic vitality in Hamtramck.

The Senior Manager will lead the parks facility and maintenance teams, and create mission-driven, dynamic wellness and sports/fitness opportunities, public events, arts/cultural offerings, and park and recreation opportunities for a diverse community audience.

In addition, the Senior Manager will be a champion of the HPC mission, and show commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to the role that public space can play in creating healthy, safe and dynamic outcomes in the community. The individual in this role will be a positive ambassador managing a 1 full-time to part-time staff member, a part-time Parks/Rec Coordinator, and up to 5 seasonal grounds maintenance staff, and will play the lead role in hiring for these positions.

Responsibilities include:

Routine and complex work with park planning, green space management, park forestry, capital improvement projects, park and facility maintenance, recreational programming, vendor selection and RFP/MOU management, support of construction activities, budgeting, staff supervision and development, and support HPC Ambassador (volunteer) program activities.

Overseeing and managing park maintenance plans, surveillance and security/safety, cleanups, restoration and overall beautification projects to ensure upkeep for daily public use, sporting/recreation activities, rentals and special events.

This individual will identify park grounds concerns and opportunities, conduct/schedule walk-thru tours with stakeholders as required, regularly assess and monitor the needs of the HRD, oversee way-finding and signage installation, and recommend Park improvements, necessary repairs, and other facilities and grounds maintenance projects to support ongoing strategic planning.

The successful candidate will be expected to continuously demonstrate professionalism, interpersonal skills, integrity, confidentiality, and judgment to create trust in a multicultural, diverse and positive inclusive environment, as well as transparent organizational culture.

Provide staffing and support to the HPC organization and Director, Philanthropy and External Relations in the development and execution of fundraising activities, Ambassador cultivation activities, and/or public events held on HRD grounds and/or other facilities.

Assist HPC ED with strategic planning, resource identification, creation/revision/oversight of HRD visitor and rental policies, and HPC Board management, including attending board meetings, note taking and distribution of relative materials and reports, meeting scheduling and committee/board communication.

Qualifications

Must possess strong interpersonal, oral and written communication; and management skills with ability to maintain collaborative relationships with local officials, community organizations, advisory boards, schools, and city staff.

Ability to support the HPC and ED in cultivating a strong working relationship with key stakeholders including, but not limited to the HPC Board, Friends of Historic Hamtramck, DCFC, City of Hamtramck, Hamtramck Public Schools, and philanthropic and corporate partners.

Proven conflict resolution and project management skills with the ability to schedule and set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability and allocate HPC resources appropriately as directed.

Ability to be proactively self-directed and work independently as well in a small team environment.

Demonstrated understanding and working knowledge of safety/security protocols and procedures for community and public spaces.

10-years experience in Facilities Management, Parks, Construction, Recreation Management, Leisure Facilities Management, Field or Ground Maintenance, Commercial Recreation, Public Safety, Public Administration, and/or a related field required; Minimum of Bachelors degree in related field preferred.

10-years experience supervising others, required

5-years Outdoor Recreation and/or facility management experience, to include management and upkeep of public recreation equipment, preferred.

5-years experience in parks and recreation management, preferred. Ability to work outdoors in variant weather conditions, lift up to 50 pounds, and physically able traverse/navigate HPC grounds regularly as required (with/without accommodation).

Bilingual in Arabic, Bengali, Pakistani, and/or Polish, a plus.

The HPC, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education, training, background, and work experience.

Hours/Schedule

Flexible full-time schedule; on-call after hours, early mornings, holidays, evenings and weekends, as required.

Work Location:

Remote Office, Hamtramck City Hall Offices, as needed/required.

Alternate Works Sites: Veterans Park/HRD Grounds, as required.

Compensation

Starting Salary $40,000-45,000, there are no vision, health, retirement benefits offered at this time. Professional Development/Training The HPC is a dynamic developing organization committed to offering all members of its growing team professional development, mentoring, and training opportunities to enhance personal learning and professional skills.

Application

Please send cover letter and resume to executivedirector@hamtramckparks.com

As an organization operating in Michigan’s most diverse community, we actively encourage individuals who are underrepresented on the basis of race, ethnicity, income, and sexual orientation, as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply.

The Hamtramck Parks Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, height, marital or veteran status or the presence of medical conditions or disability. Michigan and Federal laws require employers to make accommodations to persons with a disability if the disability can be accommodated within certain guidelines, and the individual can perform the essential job duties with or without such accommodation. Persons with a disability may request an accommodation of their disability by notifying the Hamtramck Park Conservancy at:

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