Director of Recreation and Community Services - Vacancy ID: 208145

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Vacancy Details

Director of Recreation and Community Services
Shorewood School District


Laurie Burgos

Position Details

Competitive; commensurate with experience
Full Time

The Shorewood School DIstrict is seeking an innovative community programming leader for the position of Director of Recreation and Community Services. Located in Shorewood Wisconsin, along Lake Michigan and just north of the City of Milwaukee, the District serves more than 1900 students in two elementary schools, an intermediate school, a high school that also includes a charter school program, and a diverse community.



The Director of Recreation and Community Services will leads the District’s robust educational enrichment, arts, recreational sports and fitness programs for children, families and adults. Our school campuses are hubs for the entire community, and the Director is key to ensuring that our programs and services are responsive to the changing needs of our patrons, maximize our resources, and enhance the quality of life for District students, staff and families as well as Shorewood residents.

The Director must be a strategic thinker with a record of success managing operations, resources, staff, and volunteers; a creative problem-solver and collaborator; and a hands-on leader, ensuring that the Recreation and Community Services team and other staff have the support and guidance needed to fulfill the District’s education and community services mission.


  • Maintains confidentiality and unquestionable integrity; 

  • Directs the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of our comprehensive community recreation program, including financial analyses, and provides reports and recommendations to District leaders and colleagues about new opportunities and challenges;

  • Partners with the Director of Business Services to monitor the Department’s day-to-day financial operations and develop and manage the annual operating budget of the Department; 

  • Establishes and maintains Operational Expectations for the Recreation and Community Services Department, and provides annual reports;

  • Oversees facilities usage for programs, working with District staff, the Village of Shorewood, community agencies, and organizations;

  • Administers personnel procedures and policies in accordance with the District’s employee handbooks, appendices and policies; 

  • Markets and communicates utilizing various publications and media to promote programs and services; 

  • Enforces the District Facility Usage Policy and Guidelines, and drafts policy to address emerging issues;

  • Plans and facilitates staff meetings and professional development activities;

  • Performs personnel functions including: hire, supervise, evaluate and coach direct report staff for full time, part time and seasonal employees; 

  • Maintains knowledge of personnel supervision principles, labor laws and practices.

  • Participates in professional development, continuing education and professional organizations;

  • All other duties that may be assigned, in a manner that will meet the standards established by the Superintendent and/or the Board of Education.


Note: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position. 


  • Must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Must be able to earn trust and confidence from their coworkers and be able to take personal accountability;

  • Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions;

  • Must demonstrate strong convictions and support for the District and Department’s mission, vision, and goals;

  • Ability to work positively, effectively, and ethically with the community, students, parents, and District personnel;

  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all District requirements as well as Board and District policies and guidelines;

  • Work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends) to meet program needs. 


  • 2 Recreation Supervisors 

  • 1 Fitness Center Manager 

  • 2 Administrative Assistants 

  • 4 Preschool Teachers/Assistants 

  • Seasonal Employees 


  • Superintendent

  • District Administrative Leaders and School Principals

  • Recreation and Community Services Advisory Committee 

  • Village government, including the Village Manager, Department of Public Works and Senior Resource Center

  • Community service organizations, clubs and other organizations



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration or a related field required;

  • Master’s Degree in Recreation or Business Administration or a related field preferred;

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification through the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA) or be willing to obtain within 12 months of employment;

  • Certification in First Aid and CPR with AED; 

  • Must be able to work independently as well as within a team;

  • Experience in a school district setting, and knowledge of school finance and Fund 80 resources management, is desirable;

  • 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience within a recreation or community education department; and

  • Knowledge of current laws and trends in community education and recreation.



The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities. 


While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach, carry, push and or pull with hands and arms; and lift up to 20 pounds. Occasionally, an employee may need to physically intervene with disruptive students with the least amount of force necessary. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Generally the job requires a significant degree of walking or standing. 


While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information, and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex problems; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with school district staff, parents, students, the public and others encountered in the course of work, some of whom may be dissatisfied or verbally abusive/offensive individuals. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. Employees work in a setting typical of a general public school and may occasionally work outside in unfavorable weather conditions. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations. The noise level is moderate with varying levels throughout the day. 


In accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local law, the Shorewood School District does not discriminate against any District employee or applicant for employment in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits and other aspects of employment on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, transgender status (including gender expression, gender identity and gender nonconformity), or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, citizenship status, arrest or conviction record, military service, use or nonuse of a lawful product off school premises during non-working hours, declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious or political matters, or any other reason prohibited by state or federal law. As used in this policy, the term discriminate includes harassment on the basis of any of the foregoing factors. 

Subject to and in accordance with applicable federal, state, and/or local law, reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified individuals with a disability, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship to the District. The District accommodates the religious practices of an employee to the extent required by law. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Chief of Staff, Carrie Wettstein, at (414) 963-6901or


Candidate Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts & Licenses/Certifications