Town of Cary, NC
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DOWNTOWN CARY PARK GENERAL MANAGER
at Town of Cary, NC
The Town of Cary is excited to announce an opening for the position of General Manager for the future Downtown Cary Park. The town is seeking a mission-focused, financially astute, innovative leader who embodies the core values of the Town. The ideal candidate is a cause-driven leader with competencies in fiscal management, fundraising, building relationships, leading operations and inspiring people. At the Town of Cary, our employees work together to change lives through exceptional programs and service. With a OneCary approach, we strategically work together within the Town and with our community partners to ensure that Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources contribute to Cary's overall quality of life. Cary's Town Council recently approved the $50 million master plan for the 7-acre Downtown Cary Park. Designed by the Office of James Burnett, the Town's long-term goal is for the Downtown Cary Park to achieve eventual national recognition. The park is expected to be completed by 2022 and the Town is seeking to hire the General Manager now to have an active role in the design of the park.
There has been a refocus of energy within Cary's downtown core. The Downtown Cary Park will build upon current momentum to further create an inviting, exciting and fun destination in the heart of Cary. The Downtown Park has been designed to have a transformative impact on Cary, particularly Cary's Downtown. The Park is designed to strengthen Cary's identity, unify and energize the Downtown and to leverage economic investment in the community. A key feature of the Downtown Cary Park will be the high level and engaging programs. The goal is to generate activity in the Park that will energize the Downtown.
The General Manager is an independent position and requires a high level of responsibility and decision-making. The incoming General Manager will possess a strong business sense coupled with outstanding interpersonal skills and a desire to become actively involved in our community. The General Manager will be expected to take a hands-on approach by having a prominent presence while leading the daily operations of the Park. The General Manager will emphasize high employee performance standards, and generate excitement and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers, in order to create loyalty and commitment among these groups. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.
- Typical Tasks
Serves as the face and the spokesperson for the Downtown Cary Park;
Negotiates contracts and agreements with event organizers, hosts, managers and agents;
Serves as chief of "quality control" for the Downtown Cary Park;
Maintain, improve and grow consistent programs, as well as fostering partnerships;
Collaborates with program staff at the Cary Arts Center, The Cary, The Page-Walker Arts & History Center and Herb Young Community Center to develop and implement programs for the Downtown Cary Park;
Prepares and administers Downtown Cary Park budget and monitors expenditures;
Manages leases of food and beverage facilities to be located within the park;
Creates marketing plans and materials to promote the Downtown Cary Park. Oversees website, e-mail newsletter, social media and all communication in coordination with the Town's;
Coordinates the development of the annual operating calendar, activity schedules, projections for attendance and/or revenue;
Directs the development and administers the execution of operating and financial plans and documents; to include, operating revenue and expense budgets; capital expense plans and budgets;
Provides for control of day-to-day operations; assuring the coordination of plans, programs and events; conducts post-event operational and financial review and analysis;
Evaluates facility practices and recommends improvements to better reflect the needs of the facility, and/or to improve the efficiency and safety of operations, in compliance with policies and procedures;
Aggressively promotes the use of the facility to maximize its utilization;
Demonstrates leadership skills while creating an energetic, fun work environment to retain employees and volunteers;
Writes proposals for grants to support the Downtown Cary Park programs; works to secure additional funding, in-kind donations and services from civic and business groups;
Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs all activities and personnel engaged in maintaining and operating the Downtown Cary Park;
Establishes employee goals and performs regular evaluations regarding facility programmers;
Maintains strong relationships with Town staff, civic leaders, community partners and sponsors;
Represents the town through memberships in professional arts groups and organizations;
Performs other job-related tasks as required.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Flexibility, comfort with uncertainty, and the ability to adapt to a fast-paced, rapidly growing and innovative Town; ability to establish program standards and objectives; ability to implement large-scale public programs; ability to adhere to program standards and objectives; ability to plan and supervise the work of others; ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town business and community officials, groups, employees and the general public; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to prepare and maintain records.
- Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation and parks administration, art education, public administration, business, and/or arts administration, and considerable experience in organizing and supervising public recreational and cultural programs.
Requires five years' experience in a senior management role or related experience at a comparable organization with direct supervision of multiple levels of staff and employees.
Fundraising experience including annual and capital campaigns, sponsorships, event rentals and grants, required.
Possession of valid appropriate driver's license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.
Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.
Master's degree in a related/appropriate discipline.
Certification as a Parks and Recreation Professional