The City is seeking a dynamic Community Services Director who will be a visionary with strong collaborative leadership skills; a personable and professional leader with a willingness to proactively address internal and external issues. He or she will have a good sense of the needs of the department and of the community, and will foster innovative ways to meet the changing needs of the community.
The ideal candidate will be progressive and forward-thinking, creative and innovative, and able to build upon the current organizational structure to improve service delivery methods. The incoming Director of Community Services must be an active change agent, willing to adapt and evolve to improve processes, methods and results. An individual who is willing to listen and accept input from staff, community members and other stakeholders is essential. The ideal candidate will have high energy, a clear vision for the future goals of the department, and will have the capacity to see challenges as opportunities. The selected candidate will respond to issues and concerns by recommending positive alternatives and workable solutions. A leader who can assist the City Manager in making prudent decisions, setting direction for the department and who accepts accountability is essential. The model candidate will be a team builder with the ability to inspire, motivate, and mentor staff. An individual who has experience working effectively with elected officials, community stakeholders and staff from a variety of city departments using a collaborative style of management will excel in this position. The City would benefit from a director who is approachable with an open style of communication. Candidates should possess a well rounded background working with a variety of non-profit, volunteer and community groups and have a thorough understanding of community services operations including experience with parking operations, facility development and human services. A professional with training and experience working in a leadership capacity within an Emergency Operations Center logistics team would be an asset to this position.
View the BROCHURE. Application deadline is November 27, 2017.
The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Parks/Recreation Administration, Human Services, Public Administration, or similar field and have five (5) years of progressively responsible experience, including three (3) years of supervisory experience at the management level.
The City of Huntington Beach is located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in northwestern Orange County, 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. As the fourth largest city in Orange County, with a population exceeding 200,000 residents, Huntington Beach is known as “Surf City” due to its abundance of beaches, sunny, warm Mediterranean climate and casual lifestyle. Huntington... Beach covers 28 square miles of land, 26 square miles of water, and is the 16th largest city in California. With 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beach along the Pacific Ocean, the City also plays host to an annual visitor population of over 11 million people, especially during the summer, special events and weekends. Huntington Beach has often been ranked among the Top Ten Safest Cities by “City Crime Rankings.” Huntington Beach has also been named the “Best City to Live In” in Orange County by the readers of the Orange County Register.