The Director of PARCS exercises considerable judgment and discretion in the administration and direction of the department and its operations. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to the operation, maintenance, and development of various parks, after school, recreation, and community services. This is an unclassified position in which the incumbent serves at the will of the City Manager.
In addition, the Director acts as technical advisor to the City Manager and City Council and attends meetings of the City Council, boards, commissions, and committees relevant to parks, after school, recreation and community services. The Director is responsible for the preparation and administration of the Department’s annual operating and capital budgets and works with the City Manager regarding current and anticipated City and departmental needs, prioritization of those needs, and the feasibility of alternative approaches to meeting them. The Director is expected to coordinate activities with other departments within the City of Fresno, as well as division sections and outside agencies.
Fresno is seeking a strong leader who can provide a long-range vision for the PARCS department’s finances and strategic planning. An entrepreneurial-minded individual with a capacity for independent, innovative thinking would do well in this position, as would someone with experience in leading and implementing capital projects. The ideal candidate will have a record of straightforward and open communication and a willingness to make effective decisions within the parameters of the position, as well as the ability to act calmly and quickly in emergency situations or under adverse conditions.
The City Manager is seeking a Director of PARCS to serve as a key member of the City’s executive management team, recognizing this position as one of many departments that work together to support the Mayor and Council’s vision for the City of Fresno. A candidate must have excellent abilities to collaborate and partner with other City departments, outside agencies and community organizations and have a track record of successfully building relationships with key stakeholders in a community and in order to effectively articulate the City's vision for green space, recreational and after-school programs. The Director must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, records, and other written materials for a variety of audiences.
Candidates for this position should have demonstrated knowledge of the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and development of various parks, after school, recreation, and community services, experience in initiating and implementing a comprehensive recreation program in cooperation with, and utilizing the facilities of, school districts, flood control districts, and other public agencies.
A background that includes a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation, landscape architecture, forestry, public administration, physical education or related field, and five years of professional supervisory and administrative experience in a public park, recreation and/or diversified community based service program is required. Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at time of appointment.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public California systems. The City’s pension funds are among the best funded public systems in California. The City does not participate in Social Security.
Health Insurance: City contributes toward the current monthly premium for medical, dental, and vision for employee and dependents.
Administrative Leave: 60 hours per fiscal year.
Annual Leave: 20 days per year of annual leave with cash out provision upon separation from the City.
Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annually, plus birthday and one (1) personal day per year.
Auto Allowance: $300/month.
Deferred Compensation: 457 plan available.
Flexible Spending Account: IRS 125 plan for health/dependent care.
Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary, up to $150,000, premium paid by City.
Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500 per month after 30 days.
Fresno is a full-service charter city operating under a strong mayor form of government. There are seven Council Members, and the Council appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. The Mayor is elected at-large and does not serve on the Council but has veto power over certain actions taken by Council Members. The City Manager, who is appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for appointing all ot...her department heads in the City, including those for Airports, Development and Resource Management, Finance, Fire, Information Services, Parks and Recreation, Personnel Services, Police, Public Utilities, Public Works and Transportation.