WE GOT ENGAGED!: Tips for Communicating Effectively with Your Part-Time Workforce

This session will focus on tackling the challenges of effectively communicating with large numbers of part-time employees in an efficient manner that encourages collaboration, mentorship, cross-training and employee development. Attendees will learn about the benefits of creating a part-time advisory council, embracing the unique talents found in a diverse department, while exposing the part-time workforce to the varied and wide-ranging careers that can be found under the parks and recreation umbrella. Interactive discussion topics will include lessons learned from an array of communication and efficiency barriers, best practices suggestions for managing today's part-time employee, and tips for how to prepare for the future of increased service demands balanced with staffing challenges.

Learning Objectives
Following this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate with diverse and spread-out part-time staff complements.
  2. Create a productive part-time leadership council.
  3. Become more efficient with time and resources while building morale and improving employee relations.


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Adam Blackmore

Recreation Superintendent

City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation

Adam is the Recreation Superintendent with the City of Henderson Department of Public Works, Parks & Recreation in Henderson, Nevada. In this role he oversees all Recreation Division operations including aquatic operations of 10 facilities, outdoor recreation, city special events, youth and adult programming, senior services and recreation center operations for 8 centers. The position manages 65 full-time employees and 500-1,000 part-time staff depending on the season.  He previously served as the President of the Nevada Recreation and Park Society and was on the Southern Nevada Children’s Drowning Prevention Coalition Board of Directors. Blackmore has been in the recreation industry for 12 years working in both the public and private sectors, respectively. Current certifications include National Recreation & Park Association Certified Parks & Recreation Executive (CPRE) and National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator. Previously he held the positions of Director of Water Resort Operations with CoCo Key Water Resorts and Assistant Aquatics Manager for Plainfield, IN Parks and Recreation. Blackmore received his Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from Indiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Missouri Western State University. He has presented at the National Recreation & Park Association Congress on multiple occasions, the World Waterpark Association Symposium, Association of Aquatics Professionals Conference and the Nevada Recreation and Park Society annual conference.

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