Jennifer Assmann has been named as JCPRD’s next administration manager.
“Jennifer has been heavily involved with JCPRD administrative functions and improvements over the last five years,” said JCPRD Executive Director Jeff Stewart. “Her technical skills, understanding of JCPRD services and functions, and approach to providing service is a perfect fit for serving as JCPRD’s administration manager. Her leadership, talents, creativity, ideas, and genuine care for and support of others will greatly benefit JCPRD and the community.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve been the ‘go to’ person for my organization, division, or department, and I hope to continue that in my new role,” she said. “There are so many great employees across JCPRD doing wonderful things, and I am here to support them in any way I can.”
Assmann has served as senior administrative assistant for the Administrative Services Division since August 2017. On March 21, she will step into a position previously held by Jo Ann Courtney, who is retiring effective March 18 after more than 36 years with JCPRD (See related story).
As administration manager, Assmann will manage the administration department, providing direction and assistance with JCPRD’s administrative functions and processes. She will work with division superintendents and division senior administrative assistants on a wide-range of JCPRD operations and strategic planning initiatives. She will also communicate with the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners to support their governance of JCPRD and will be the project lead for major JCPRD objectives, such as CAPRA accreditation and management of JCPRD policies and procedures.
“There is a lot of overlap in the administration manager position and my current position, and it felt like a natural step,” Assmann said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to use my skills district-wide rather than just within the Administrative Services Division.”
“I plan to evaluate our current processes and identify inefficiencies and areas for improvement,” she said when asked about her goals for the position. “Half the battle for new employees is just knowing where to look for information. Between the network drives, InsideJCPRD (intranet), (Microsoft™) Teams, etc. it can all be a little overwhelming.”
She identified managing growth and change as the biggest challenge facing the administrative division.
“COVID has obviously had an impact on the work we do,” she said. “Additionally, JCPRD has seen the departure of some long-tenured employees and there are a lot of new faces within the ASV division. I think the newness of staff can also be a strength. Each new staff member brings fresh ideas and new ways of thinking.”
Assmann holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washburn University with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business management. For about six months immediately after graduating, Assmann worked as a seasonal employee in JCPRD’s park division. From November 2011 to August 2017, she worked as a civic center coordinator for the city of Shawnee.