City of Carter Lake   Carter Lake, IA   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 15, 2024

NATURE OF WORK:  The Carter Lake Community Center is owned and operated by the City of Carter Lake.  This facility features a full-size gymnasium, walking track, kitchen, Senior Center, community room, fitness room, and office.  The purpose of the Community Center Director is to manage all aspects of the facility as well as the city sponsored Parks and Recreation and Senior Center activities for the City of Carter Lake.  


  • Preferred a minimum of bachelor’s degree but not required.
  • Five years management in public recreation, elder services, or closely related field.
  • One to two years’ experience working in a community recreation facility desired. Experience managing large scale events/programs in a community setting
  • Ability to multitask and provide courteous customer service to the public.


  • General knowledge of business, management, finance accounting, including budgeting activities.
  • General knowledge and experience in planning, prioritizing, and organizing a complex workload.
  • Excellent public relation and communication skills.
  • Ability to balance collective user base while including the entire community.
  • Extensive knowledge of operation procedures of recreation programs/activities.
  • Knowledge of fitness and recreational equipment associated with related activities.
  • Ability to communicate and teach recreational and leisure programs for all age groups.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, the public, news media, and other departments and agencies.
  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer, including word processing, copy and electronic viewing devices, phone and various other technology.
  • Knowledge of basic first aid, safety protocol, mandatory reporter requirements.
  • Must posses a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must be available to work flexible hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays.


  • Develops and monitors the Community Center’s annual budget, tracks expenses and revenues generated by the facility.
  • Collects all facility fees and maintains accurate financial records.
  • Directs Parks and Recreation Coordinator in all duties, including coordination of activities, fitness programs, tournaments and all events within the facility or City owned recreational facilities.
  • Directs Senior Center Coordinator in all duties, including coordination of Senior Center events, meals, promotions, memberships and activities.
  • Solicitation, review and administration of contracts for memberships, recreational activities, and facility rentals.
  • Oversees daily operations of the facility including hiring, training, discipline and evaluation of personnel.
  • Provides administrative support by answering questions, maintaining correspondence with other departments, interfaces with community groups and actively promotes the facility throughout the community through speaking assignments, guest appearances and media.
  • Ensures the facility is properly maintained and all public spaces are kept safe, organized, and contribute to the welcoming atmosphere for the community.
  • Coordinates building rentals and approves all building rental requests in line with the outlined policies and facility availability.
  • Meets regularly with the Community Center Board to revise facility policies, accept suggestions and program/activity recommendations.
  • Maintains facility safety for assigned staff and members of the community using the building.
  • Attend, or delegate attendance, to relevant community engagement meetings through the City.



  • Position requires excessive walking, running, as well as some moderate lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Work is performed primarily in a city community center or related facility. Some activities may be performed outdoors, where incumbents are exposed to varying temperatures, but seldom in inclement weather.  Conditions may necessitate working in or around ice and snow.


  • All Community Center Staff


  • $45,000 - $60,000

City of Carter Lake

950 E. Locust Street
Carter Lake , IA