About the Position: The City of Grand Junction is seeking an Events Recreation Coordinator in our Parks and Recreation Department. This position supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for providing recreation programs and special events within the Parks and Recreation Department. The Events Recreation Coordinator will work directly with Parks facility staff to plan and implement special and sporting events, including sports user groups such as Fire FC, Grand Valley Youth Football League, the institutions of School District 51 and Colorado Mesa University.
About Parks and Recreation: The Department is under the larger City of Grand Junction umbrella, which is a home-rule municipality. Our extensive system includes 45 parks, 25 playgrounds, 24 park shelters, 5 indoor recreation facilities including the Orchard Mesa Pool, Lincoln Park Hospitality Suite, the Bookcliff Activity Center, Lincoln Park Barn, and the Senior Recreation Center, and a multitude of outdoor facilities which include the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool, 2 City Cemeteries, Amphitheater at Las Colonias and the Lincoln Park Stadium Sports Complex. Additional information about the Parks and Recreation Department can be found within our seasonal activity guide (gjpr.org/seasonalguide).
This recruitment is happening at a very exciting time, as the City of Grand Junction recently adopted a Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan in January of 2021. This led to an election on April 6, 2021, where dedicated funding was secured on taxation from sales of cannabis. The PROS Plan is the blueprint for the future of the parks and recreation system, and a dedicated source of funding for implementation is now in place. The selected candidate will be centrally involved in helping us continue to maximize the quality and quantity of services for the citizens and visitors of Grand Junction, to build the community and improve the quality of life on the Western Slope.
What We Offer:
We know that a healthy and happy workforce is a thriving workforce, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that supports quality work-life balance including 31 days of paid annual leave, health insurance options, employer-matched retirement, a City employee health clinic, wellness program, and an Employee Assistance Program. Of equal importance, we offer an opportunity to serve the community you love and live in. Our employees find their work rewarding and fulfilling, knowing that their day job makes a positive impact.
Our Culture: At the City of Grand Junction, we lead the way with continuous improvement, collaborative partnerships, and exemplary service. Our core values are demonstrated by our willingness to challenge the status quo, ability to work together using all areas of expertise to achieve a common goal, and commitment to fulfilling the needs of our community through thoughtful interactions. We are searching for professionals who share our values to join our organization.
Explore the Area: Grand Junction, Colorado is the gateway to the mountains and canyonlands of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Centrally located between Denver, CO (250 miles east) and Salt Lake City, UT (270 miles west), Grand Junction is surrounded by 1.2 million acres of public land. Residents enjoy world-class whitewater rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowboarding, and exploring mountain bike and hiking trails through the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa National Forest. Grand Junction has a robust downtown and hosts multiple art, music, food, and market events annually. With a population of over 150,000 in Mesa County (65,000 within the City limits) we have many of the big town amenities without the big town stresses such as traffic and trail congestion. With an average of 245 days of sunshine, Grand Junction is the perfect place to work and play. See Visit Grand Junctionfor videos and information about our community. https://youtu.be/cs5FHADGrFY
What You'll Do:
Supervise, assign, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing recreation programs and special events within the Parks and Recreation Department
Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of assigned staff; participate in the selection of assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
Organize, coordinate, implement and supervise the day-to-day operations of assigned recreational programs and special events; establish schedules and methods for providing recreation events; verify and validate expenses and payroll; maintain facility calendars; submit reports as required.
Working with the Leisure Services Representatives, schedule usage of recreational facilities for special events and sporting events; provide information and assistance to users of facilities; monitor, inspect and secure recreation facilities; schedule maintenance. Work directly with Parks staff to ensure all facility maintenance, preparation, and staff are organized and prepared to host special events and sporting events.
Act as the point of contact for all booked special events within our Parks and Recreation system.
Promote and coordinate specific activities within a recreation program or special event; prepare program event and facility marketing material including news releases, flyers, schedules of events, pamphlets and brochures.
Serve as a liaison to supervisory staff, parks staff, employees, the general public, program participants, concession contractors, sport official associations, league sanctioning agencies, the media, commissions and advisory groups, and other groups; attend all assigned trainings, meetings and special committees; represent the recreation programs and special events and provide professional advice related to recreational special events as needed.
Prepare, monitor and track program budget; locate, write and track grants related to assigned programs; submit budget requests; prepare and submit supply and material requests as needed.
What We're Looking For:
Two (2) years of experience in the coordination or implementation of recreational programs.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in recreation administration, leisure studies or a related field.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid CPR/First Aid certificate.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is desirable.
Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
At the City of Grand Junction, we proudly operate as an Equal Opportunity Employer, purposely building an inclusive workforce representative of various cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We believe in respect for all and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and/or genetic information.
If you have questions or need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact our Human Resources office at 970.244.1512.
About City of Grand Junction
The City of Grand Junction workforce consists of more than 1,000 employees in various departments who are committed to delivering the highest quality of service to the local community. If you are looking for a meaningful job or career opportunity where you will be valued as an employee, come join us.
Our Core Values
At the City of Grand Junction, we are leading the way with:
Working together to be the best by challenging the status quo.
We work together using all areas of expertise to achieve a common goal.
We excel at fulfilling the needs of our community through thoughtful interactions.