Bob Hall

Located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area of Southern California (often referred to as the Inland-Empire), the City of San Bernardino serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County. It spans 62 square miles and has a diverse population of over 213,000.

In 2016, the citizens voted to change the City Charter, choosing to be governed by a Council-Manager form of government. Today, the governance structure is comprised of an at-large, elected Mayor and seven Council Members elected by constituents in a specific ward. Each elected official serves a four-year term. The Mayor and Council appoints the City Manager, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing all departments, including Community and Economic Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Parks, Recreation & Community Service, Police, and Public Works Departments. The City’s FY 2020/21 General Fund budget is $179.1 million with a Capital Improvement Program investment of $185 million and it employs 570 full-time employees. Fire Services are provided through a contract with the County Fire Protection District. The City also operates a Water Department and Library which, by charter, is governed by a separate oversight Board.

Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is responsible for managing, directing, and integrating the functions, programs and activities of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department which provides broad, comprehensive City-wide parks, recreation, leisure and community services programs, activities, and special events. The incumbent provides advice and strategic leadership to the City Manager and City Council and to other department directors on the development of short and long-term plans to meet service delivery objectives in a manner consistent with the City’s financial resources. Responsibilities are broad in scope and involve highly sensitive and publicly visible projects that require a high degree of policy, program, and administrative discretion in their execution.

The ideal candidate is a highly motived individual who has not only the experience and knowledge to build a fully functioning recreation and community services pro-gram, but also the energy to implement those plans. Despite previous challenges, recent restoration of funds lays groundwork for the candidate to not only showcase their new ideas, but also creates the opportunity to reinvent the department. The Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will be well-versed and will engage the community via social media and other traditional marketing programs. They will also be very cognizant of the community needs and will provide programs and services specifically tailored to these areas.

The Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate must be personable and politically savvy and be able to communicate effectively with many constituencies. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a diplomatic yet strong leader. They must have the ability to develop relationships with all departments within the city to maximize the opportunity for success.

The salary for the Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services is $143,244.00 – $174,108.00 Annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The City also offers an attractive benefits package. Application deadline is October 15th. Please click the following link to view the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to: Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 if you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.

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