Employment

Full Time Positions

Park Director - Saluda Shoals Park

General Description: Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is continuing to build a solid foundation of trusted leadership, a strong management team and continued sound fiscal stewardship through innovative strategies, continuous process improvement, and a focus on performance excellence. The candidate for this position must possess the experience and knowledge of the essential job duties, as well as possess strong leadership and strategic planning competencies.

Plans, coordinates and directs the operation of Saluda Shoals Park. A priority for this position will be directing the implementation of a newly developed soccer/tournament facility, tennis courts, and extended river access and trails as well as meeting short and long term strategic objectives for the entire 400 acre park. Additionally, this position will lead, plan, coordinate and direct park operations and recreational programming; this includes active and passive park use, natural areas, an environmental education center, a conference and meeting facility, recreation facilities, trails, programs and special events. The ideal candidate will possess a combination of excellent interpersonal skills, creative problem solving ability, strong strategic planning skills and strong business and leadership skills.

Essential Job Functions:

Prepares, presents and administers an operating budget of approximately $2 million.

Plans and directs the parks and recreation department within budgetary limitations and in consideration of requests, displayed interests and full utilization of available facilities; develops, recommends and implements departmental policies, procedures, regulations and work priorities.

Recruit and recommend for approval hiring of new staff; responsible for assignment and evaluation of employees in the department.

Directs and develops long- and short range plans for department operations and capital improvements. Prepares annual budget request for submission to Superintendent of Recreation and Executive Director. Manages adopted department budget.

Develops safety rules and regulations.

Organizes and directs through subordinates comprehensive environmental and education programs, arts and recreational programs, and athletic facilities and tournaments for all age groups of the community; organizes and directs through subordinates a meeting and conference facility.

Provides support in the coordination of activities with other local, state, federal and private agencies or organizations involved with recreation.

Works closely with the Superintendent of Operations on the operation and maintenance of various facilities within the park; including, but not limited to wetlands and natural preserves, open space, athletic fields, meeting/conference facility, education center, administrative office, playgrounds, recreational facilities and cultural arts facilities.

Works closely with Superintendent of Operations and Executive Director on the planning and development of new site facilities, including park areas, playgrounds, and recreational buildings.

Meets with civic, social and other special interest groups to establish community partnerships. Represents the agency on boards and committees and attends various meetings and functions to present, explain and promote agency programs and initiatives.

Initiates and directs departmental grant activities in coordination with the administrative office for various department facilities and programs. Works closely with Superintendent of Operations on major and minor capital improvement projects.

Maintains effective communication throughout the department, with the public and with the management team. Works closely with the Saluda Shoals Park Foundation, a private 501 (c) 3 charitable organization established to benefit Saluda Shoals Park and environmental education, to develop fundraising activities and events that benefit the park and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission residents.

Works closely with local, regional and national organizations to attract large-scale sporting and recreational events to Irmo and Chapin communities. Coordinates fundraising efforts on behalf of the department with support from staff, volunteers and Saluda Shoals Park Foundation.

Provides effective communication through written memos, email and meetings. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures. Prepares periodic reports to Superintendent of Recreation, Executive Director and Commission; makes presentations on departmental matters as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of a Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources System. Ability to plan, develop, and administer a comprehensive recreation program, including active and passive programs. Knowledge of local government financial management practices, concerning budget development, presentation, administration, and purchasing, as related to parks, recreation, tournaments, meeting facilities and environmental education. Knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel management, including recruitment, evaluation and discipline. Familiarity with the protection and management of environmental resources and the impact of facilities, maintenance practices, and programs on the environment. Familiarity with facilities site planning and construction practices, and building ground maintenance protocols. General knowledge of contract law as related to construction contracting, facility lease agreements, and natural resources regulations. Familiarity with risk management issues concerning facility usage, and occupational safety. Ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral forms, in a formal and informal environment. Possess effective supervisory and leadership skills. Possess highly developed public relations skills.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Executive Director, management team, staff, business partners, public officials, other governmental agencies, and the public. Ability to set a vision for the future. Ability to build a strong leadership team that is capable of implementing the vision and goals of the agency and community. Ability to analyze and solve administrative problems. Ability to prepare and analyze operating procedures and administrative reports. Ability to represent the Commission in public speaking events. Must be an effective change agent driven to inspire and implement change with excellent customer service, leadership, and communication skills. Ability to maintain an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountability. Ability to anticipate work to be done and initiate proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Minimum Requirements:

PHYSICAL SKILLS: Ability to communicate effectively using speaking, hearing, writing, and vision skills.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism administration or related field. Three to five years of experience in organized recreation programming and management and one or more years of experience in natural resources/environmental education based programs; three to five years of experience in highly responsible leadership and supervisory capacity, preferably experience in both Parks and Recreation related positions. Verifiable history of progressive responsibilities and assignments.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: Must possess a valid driver’s license. Certification as a Certified Leisure Professional or Certified Parks and Recreation Professional or equivalent is preferred.

Part Time Positions

Senior Services Position

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is currently hiring an enthusiastic and dependable part time senior service staff member working with older adults at our Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  This position is responsible for implementing programs, daily activities, which may include exercise, arts/crafts, education, holiday events, trips, speakers, and snacks.  Additionally, this employee is responsible for paperwork related to reports completed for Federal and State Funding.  Schedule includes 15-20 hours per week. Current salary range: $8.00 - $12.00.  Strong people skills, initiative skills, and office and record keeping skills preferred. Please apply online at www.icrc.net/employment-application or email to jstrauss@icrc.net.

Front Desk Staff – Crooked Creek Park and Seven Oaks Park

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable staff for part-time front desk staff at Crooked Creek and Seven Oaks Parks. Responsibilities include assisting receptionist with daily activities including a variety of duties in support of effective and efficient park operations.  Greets and assists office/park visitors; receives, screens and routes incoming calls in a courteous manner; collects, receipts and enters fees and other payments for deposit into computer software or as directed.

Experience in administrative, customer service or retail industries. Approximately 20-25 hours per week.  Salary range is $7.35 - $11.00 per hour depending on experience.  Please send resume and cover letter to 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC  29212, or email to jstrauss@icrc.net or apply online at www.icrc.net/employment-application.

Afterschool Safari Camp

(Seven Oaks Park, Crooked Creek Park, Oak Pointe Elementary and Ballentine Elementary)

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking fun and dependable staff for its afterschool programs in the Irmo and Chapin areas.  Must be available Mon - Fri, 2-6 P.M.  Experience in childcare, education or recreation preferred.  $7.35-$11.00 per hour based on experience.  Please apply at Crooked Creek Park, Saluda Shoals Park or Seven Oaks Park.  Resumes may be mailed to Afterschool Coordinator, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or email jstrauss@icrc.net or apply online at www.icrc.net/employment-application.

Bus Drivers

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is currently hiring part-time bus drivers to transport children to Seven Oaks Park afterschool program during the 2014-2015 academic year. Approx. 10-15 hours a week. Competitive wages. Candidates are required to have a current CDL. Please apply at Seven Oaks Park, Crooked Creek Park or Saluda Shoals Park. Resumes can be mailed to Julie Strauss, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC, 29212 or emailed to jstrauss@icrc.net.

Therapeutic Recreation Part-time Staff (Seven Oaks Park)

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable staff for its Therapeutic Recreation program at Seven Oaks Park.  Staff will be part of an evening program that focuses on life skills management and education for adults with disabilities. Must be available Tues-Thurs, 3:30-8:30 P.M. Must have South Carolina Driver’s License and be comfortable driving an agency vehicle. Experience with people with mental and/or physical disabilities, special education or recreation is preferred. Competitive salaries. Please apply at Crooked Creek Park, Saluda Shoals Park or Seven Oaks Park. Resumes may be mailed to Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or email jokeefe@icrc.net.

Therapeutic Recreation Afterschool Counselor (Crooked Creek Park)

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable staff for its Afternoon Adventures program at Crooked Creek Park.  Must be available Mon-Fri, 2:30-6:30 P.M and some half days and in-service days.  Experience with people with mental and/or physical disabilities, special education or recreation is preferred.  Salary range: $8.25-$10.00 per hour. If you are interested, please notify Jordan O’Keefe at (803)213-1194 or email jokeefe@icrc.net.

Recreational Attendant (Saluda Shoals Park)

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable staff for part-time recreational attendant positions at Saluda Shoals Park. Responsibilities include: safety of park visitors, knowledgeable of various recreational opportunities within the park, the ability to teach responsible use of various equipment; handles sales of various recreational activities (canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, challenge course, horseback riding, splash pad), good cash handling & record keeping skills, strong people skills. Must be reliable and able to work evenings and weekends. Competitive salaries. Send resume or application to 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or send by email to jstrauss@icrc.net.

 

Contract Opportunities

Fishing Camp Instructor

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking an independent contractor to provide instruction for youth fishing camps during the summer. Instructors must have a high level of enthusiasm and professionalism; instruct individuals of all ages and skill levels; and willingness to have fun with students in a safe learning environment. Camps are scheduled for Seven Oaks Park/Irmo (August 4-8) and Crooked Creek Park/Chapin (June 9-13, July 14-19, July 28-August 1, and August 11-15). If you are interested, please notify Dena Long at (803)772-3336 or email dlong@icrc.net.

Certified Fitness Instructors

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking an independent contractor at Seven Oaks Park to design personal training programs for clients and monitor client training sessions. Trainers must have a high level of enthusiasm, instruct individuals of all ages and skill levels, maintain a high level of professionalism and be a certified fitness instructor. If you are interested, please notify Dena Long at (803)772-3336 or email dlong@icrc.net.

Music Instructors

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking an independent contractor to provide piano and/or guitar lessons for students at our Seven Oaks Park facility in Columbia, SC. Instructors must have a high level of enthusiasm; instruct individuals of all ages in piano lessons and maintain a high level of professionalism and willingness to have fun with students in a safe learning environment. If you are interested, please notify Dena Long at (803)772-3336 or email dlong@icrc.net.

Athletic Officials

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is actively seeking umpires for our baseball program. We are reviewing contract opportunities with new umpires, experienced umpires, and returning umpires. Apart from the monetary benefit, umpiring provides a fun way to stay fit and healthy while participating in community sports. Umpiring suits all ages and actively encourages males and females to join the team...we’d love to hear from you.  As part of your contract, ICRC will offer umpire training. If interested, please contact Ashley Smith at 213.2012 or email at asmith@icrc.net.