Grand Prairie, Texas has a population of over 200,640 and is the 16th largest city in Texas. The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is dedicated to “creating a GRAND lifestyle” and features world class parks and facilities, a wide array of exciting program opportunities, and numerous special events throughout the year. This “world class service” department is a two-time National Gold Medal Winner with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) for both 2008 and 2017 and also CAPRA Accredited through the NRPA.
One of the unique gems of the department is The Epic. The Epic is a 120,000-square-foot fitness, arts, and entertainment facility, featuring multi-purpose courts with built-in seating, a grand atrium with high-tech library, theater, recording studio, large fitness center, second floor track and unique adventure track, artist studio, culinary arts room, performing arts theater, youth game room, indoor lap and resistance pool, and an outdoor amphitheater.
The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is seeking a creative, innovative, and charismatic individual with exceptional leadership skills and a passion for the “Disney style” customer service to be the new General Manager of The Epic. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Operations, the General Manager creates the “magic” by planning, organizing, and directing the programs, operations, and administration of The Epic staff. This position supervises over 100 employees, monitors budget expenditures, coordinates, initiates, and maintains effective relationships with its members, guests, civic groups, contractors, and the community. This position is responsible for being the “face of The Epic,” marketing and promoting the facility, developing short-term and long-term goals to obtain maximum cost recovery, and working with third-party management agents and/or businesses to ensure operational and financial goals of The Epic are achieved.
Candidates shall have a bachelor’s Degree in either Parks and Recreation, Hospitality Management, Business, Marketing, or a related field of work. In lieu of a degree, an additional 3 years of relevant work experience is acceptable. Candidates must also have a minimum of three years of experience within a related field, as well as a minimum of two years of supervisory or management experience in a recreation, resort, or fitness center. Experience working with a multicultural staff and community preferred. Preferred licenses and certifications include Disney Institute Graduate, Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Pool and Spa Operator (CPO) or Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager (CHRM), or Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP).
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