Recreation Manager - Licensed Preschool & Camps

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-788926
    • Job Location: Centennial , CO
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 09, 2021
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Recreation Manager - Licensed Preschool & Camps

(Full Time, Exempt)

Salary: $57,600 - $73,380 per year

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Recreation, this position is responsible for the overall oversight and coordination of comprehensive childcare programs including licensed summer and school break day camps, year-round preschool and other various youth programs across multiple facilities. Responsible to ensure compliance and maintenance of appropriate certifications and licensures as required by the State and Department of Human Services.

Essential Duties:

  • Plan, coordinate and lead the daily operations and staff in childcare and youth programs at a variety of SSPRD facilities.
  • Ensure all licenses, certifications, staff and participant files, and inspections are up to date and on file, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulatory agencies such as Colorado Department of Human Services, TriCounty Health, local Fire Departments, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Serve as program staff including, but not limited to Camp Director, Preschool Director and instructor based on current staffing needs.
  • Expand current program offerings to include additional locations and services to meet budget goals and community needs.
  • Work cooperatively with various District divisions, such as facilities, registration, administration and communications to ensure successful programs and a positive customer experience.
  • Enforce high operation and risk management standards through combination of staff training, adequate procedures, enforcement and regular review.
  • Respond appropriately to program related emergencies such as evacuations, medical emergencies, suspicious behavior, etc. Includes performing first aid as trained, completing incident and accident reports, and following up accordingly to district and state procedures in a timely manner. Correct or inform supervisor of any hazards; complete routine walkthroughs of program areas.
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training, and work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Provide a high level of customer service both internally and externally, including maintaining professional and timely communication through effective verbal and written methods.
  • Prepare and monitor budgets, managing revenues and expenditures. Including interpreting and generating various financial reports. May prepare purchase orders, RFP’s, journal transfers, profit/loss reports, fee increase proposals and invoice requests.
  • Prepare and manage registration systems for programs including class creation, various reports and communication. Encourage participants to register for future sessions and programs through various marketing efforts and promoting a positive image to the public.
  • Maintain records and generate reports as directed, including but not limited to attendance reports, program reports, payroll documentation, incident/accident reports and personnel evaluations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with several vendors, outside user groups and community partners as it relates to areas of supervision.
  • Purchase and maintain inventory for the program and facility equipment.
  • Determine community needs by evaluating programs and activities; makes recommendations for improvement and future development, and implements changes.
  • Develop capital improvement plans and oversee approved projects within areas of supervision; working collaboratively with a variety of District staff to ensure successful and timely completion.
  • Plan and organize special events. May include oversight of volunteers, soliciting vendors, partners and donations.
  • Attend program, department, district and community meetings and trainings, as well as potentially serve on a variety of committees.
  • Assist with a variety of District and community-wide special events.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of recreational services.
  • Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • An Associate's Degree Degree in Elementary Education, Human Services, Recreation Administration or other related field required. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in licensed childcare program management including personnel supervision. Supervisory experience is required.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Must meet appropriate Large Childcare Center Director requirements/qualifications and provide all documentation as required by the State of Colorado’s Department of Human Services within 30 days of hire.
  • Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions and Medical Administration or the ability to obtain such certifications within 30 days of hire.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check including Colorado Bureau of Investigations and TRAILS/Central Registry criminal record review as required by the Colorado Department of Social Services within five (5) working days of employment.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or the ability to obtain upon hire and maintain an acceptable driving record.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent communication, customer service and problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to supervise, coach and evaluate numerous staff on safety, instruction techniques, equipment use, problem solving, and customer service and industry trends.
  • Must have significant knowledge of planning and organization of childcare programming; recreation and its application; safety and emergency first-aid procedures; program management; customer service principles; and budget management.
  • Must be proficient in childcare licensing standards to ensure compliance.
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (including Excel, Word, Outlook and Publisher).
  • Must be willing to work a varied work schedule which may include some evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and vendors in a professional manner.

Material and Equipment Used :

To successfully perform the required job duties, this position regularly uses a phone, computer with a variety of software systems, printer, fax and other common office equipment. This position also regularly uses and operates first-aid supplies and equipment. This position is required to drive a motor vehicle to various District and off site facilities.

Working Environment :

This position requires work in a variety of settings including working indoors and outdoors subject to variable weather conditions, ecosystems, and landscape. Regularly works with children in busy recreation facility environment subject to continuous interruptions and loud background noises.

Physical Requirements :

Stand, walk, and sit for long periods of time. Handles and operates objects and equipment, reaches outward and above shoulder to carry, pull, push or lift up to 20 lbs. May need to pick up children. May occasionally climb, crawl, squat, knee and lift up to 40 lbs. and carry, pull, push or lift 60 lbs. or more with or without assistance. The employee must be able to see close up and at a distance with vision acuity and the ability to adjust focus allowing a broad field of vision. The employee must communicate clearly and effectively, must understand and be understood.

This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work environment and physical demands.

Employee Benefits & Perks at South Suburban

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave and holidays
  • District paid life insurance and long term disability
  • FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools
  • Discounts on recreation classes and golf
  • Opportunities for training and promotion from within
  • To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit package, please visit

About Us

Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational services and programs.

We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.