The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District (District) is located in and around the City of Camarillo, approximately 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Camarillo is a thriving community with a population of about 66,000 that takes pride in its quality of life. The District is seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative and forward thinking professional to serve as the next Recreation Services Manager who succeeds in a fast-paced, highly demanding, yet rewarding work environment. Responsibilities include all functions and operations related to the District's diverse recreation program, including planning; development and implementation of programs; originating, carrying out, reviewing and interpreting, and coordinating District policies.
A key element of the District's culture is based on open communication. As a key member of the District's management staff, the Recreation Manager will work closely with the District's General Manager, District Board members, peer department heads, recreation staff and members of the community.
The successful candidate is analytical, innovative and creative, adept at prioritizing projects and tasks, and provides clear day-to-day direction for operations while managing Recreation projects. Exceptional candidates will also possess the business and professional acumen to pursue delivery of a top class recreation department through partnerships, both internally and with outside agencies and community groups. This position requires a deep commitment to the success of the Recreation and Park District, and a passion for providing exceptional public service while providing responsive, helpful and informative assistance to the District's staff and members of the community. Becoming the next Recreation Manager is a unique opportunity to lead an established, resourceful and dedicated department in an innovative and thriving community.
The Recreation Manager is the senior management level class responsible for all functions and operations related to recreation program planning, development and implementation. The Recreation Manager is responsible for originating, carrying out, reviewing, interpreting and coordinating policies. The incumbent plans, supervises and evaluates the work of teams responsible for supporting the District's recreational program operations. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of General Manager in that the latter has overall responsibility for administering the District's operations.
Departmental operations are coordinated with the activities of other District departments and are developed within the framework of District policies, finances and the District's Strategic Plan. The Recreation Manager has primary responsibility for dealing with difficult matters involving departmental programs, including interpretation of related laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations, and for ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal law. The position requires a demonstrated ability to work closely with other departments as well as outside agencies and working successfully with staff, management, citizens, planning groups, neighborhood associations, development corporations, Board level committees and other organizations and individuals to provide comprehensive recreation services for the residence. Receives administrative direction from the General Manager.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Thorough to comprehensive knowledge of: common office practices; current recreation trends; principles of supervision, employee motivation, training and performance evaluation.
Working knowledge of: social and advocacy programs, services, and activities within the recreation field; laws and regulations governing recreation programs.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret periodicals related to area of expertise, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, correspondence, procedure manuals or articles. Ability to effectively communicate, present information in oral and written form, and respond to questions from managers and the general public; interpret and explain pertinent District policies and procedures.
Ability to: assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget; develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations; coordinate, organize, implement, and publicize recreation and leisure time activities and specialized events.
Knowledge and experience with materials, methods, practices, and equipment in relation to recreation programs.
Knowledge and principles of supervision, employee motivation, training and performance evaluation.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in recreation, physical education, leisure studies, sociology, gerontology, communications, health care profession, or related field with minimum of four (4) years of progressive experience in recreation, including a minimum five (5) years of comprehensive recreation programming experience at a level equivalent to recreation supervisor, including four (4) years of supervisory and administrative responsibility, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of related social and advocacy programs, services, and activities within the recreation field. May require specialized knowledge within department assigned, including laws/regulations governing recreation programs. Certification as Parks and Recreation Professional is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: BENEFITS: Annual Merit increases based on performance, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) 2% @ 62 (unless qualify as a Classic Employee) with an employee contribution required, employees also contribute towards Social Security, Health, Dental, and Vision coverage. Vacation, Sick Leave, 80 hours of Management Leave, and 12 Holidays are provided. Employer paid Life Insurance Policy, Short/Long Term Disability, and AD&D policy. A voluntary Deferred Compensation 457 Plan is available to employees for additional tax deferred retirement savings.
About Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District
Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District (PVRPD) was established in January 1962 as an independent special district under the State Public Resource Code. It has grown exponentially with the community spanning a 45 square mile area to include the City of Camarillo and the surrounding communities, including California State University Channel Islands campus.
PVRPD provides services through i...ts 27 park locations, 13 facilities, 4,000 programs and numerous community-wide special events throughout the year serving over 400,000 people annually and operating on an $8.2M budget. Revenues are generated mainly from Tax Apportionment (potion of property taxes collect from residential, commercial, and industrial properties) which is approximately 69% of the District's budget. The remaining revenue is from user fees, facility rentals, Special Assessment District levy, and other sources.
The District has three main departments each headed by a department manager; administrative services, recreation and parks. There are approximately 25 seasonal, 80 part-time, and 35 full-time staff employed through the District throughout the year.