Recreation, Recreation Programming, Special Events/Tourism
4 Year Degree
The Director of Community Services manages a budget of $5.9 million, supervises 19.0 FTEs and is responsible for an array of programs and services in support of the City’s mission to enrich our community and quality of life, enhance health and wellness and inspire fun! The Director will have the incredible opportunity to oversee diverse community amenities including the 45,838 square foot Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Lake Poway Recreation Area, and Old Poway Park (including the Poway Midland railroad), and Community Park. The Poway Swim Center is undergoing a major renovation that is scheduled to be completed around June 2018. Additionally, the City is in the early stages of designing the new Mickey Cafagna Community Center.
Community Services staff members serve the community by providing outstanding and high quality recreation programs and city-wide special events including an Old Fashioned Poway Fourth of July Celebration, Christmas in the Park, and Winter Festival.
The Director and staff work in close partnership with the Public Works Department due to the fact that parks maintenance, as well as facility maintenance, fall within the Public Works Department. Staff also collaborates with several outside organizations including youth sports leagues, Poway Unified School District, Poway OnStage, and the Poway Senior Center (an independent non-profit organization).
Poway prides itself on the quality of its parks, designated open space, recreational facilities, and exceptional programs. This position is instrumental in continuing to provide Poway residents with a quality of life unsurpassed in this region.
Under administrative direction of the Assistant City Manager, the Director of Community Services will manage, supervise and coordinate the activities and operations of the Community Services Department.
For more information about the organization and this position please click here to view the job brochure.
The following are minimum qualifications required for the Director of Community Services:
Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with major coursework in recreation, public or business administration, or a closely related field.
Experience: Ten years of recent and increasingly responsible professional experience in community services, including five years of supervisory, management, and/or administrative experience.
Licenses & Certifications: A valid California Class C driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record is required.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for the position, all candidates must submit the following items through Neogov:
A completed City application.
A concise but informative and well written cover letter to include the reasons of interest.
Five professional references.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training and experience. The process may include interviews and/or performance tests. A background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting is required. All appointments are also subject to the successful completion of a pre-placement physical examination that includes a drug screening. Applicants will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. All employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California Constitution at time of hire.
Internal Number: 18-10
About City of Poway
Poway is strategically located in the geographic center of San Diego
County, east of Interstate 15 and 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Poway distinguishes itself as the “City in the Country,” a small-town
Americana oasis with approximately 50,000 residents.
Poweigans have a strong appreciation for parks, trails, open space and
recreation as evidenced by the more than 7,000 acres of dedicated open
space, 55 miles of hiking, riding and jogging trails, and many recreational
facilities. Poway prides itself on a high level of volunteerism. The
Community Services Department benefits from hundreds of volunteers
donating thousands of hours as rangers, train engineers, docents, and
Poway has a large business park, attractive residential neighborhoods, a
broad range of shopping and dining opportunities and one of the top
school districts in the county.
Poway incorporated in December 1980 as a general law city and operates
under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is
comprised of five members who serve four-year overlapping terms.
Annually, the Mayor chooses one Councilmember to serve as the Deputy
Mayor, while the Mayor is directly e...lected. Beginning in November 2018,
the four City Councilmembers will be elected by district. The Mayor will
continue to be elected at large. Poway’s City Manager is appointed by the
City Council. Tina White was appointed City Manager in September 2016
after serving as Assistant City Manager for more than six years. Ms. White
has held a variety of positions in her 16 year tenure with the City of
The City is supported by 251.58 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and a
total operating budget of $81.99 million (approximately $42.78 million of
which is General Fund) for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
Poway benefits from a balanced budget, solid reserves and sound financial
policies and practices, attributable to its longstanding conservative
approach to fiscal management. By City Council policy, the City maintains
a General Fund reserve equivalent to 45 percent of budgeted annual
General Fund operating expenditures.