Community Services Director

City of San Marino, CA

Community Services Director
City of San Marino, CA

Situated 12 miles from the majestic foothill mountains, the City of San Marino, CA (approximate 13,000 population) is located in the San Gabriel Valley.  San Marino is primarily a residential community and known for expansive properties surrounded by beautiful gardens, wide streets, and well maintained parkways.  A City is home to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities that complement all interests.  Residents and visitors enjoy hiking in the foothill mountains, exhibits at The Huntington, historical culture at the Old Mill Foundation, and Lacy Park.  San Marino residents are well educated and successful, including long time homeowners, young families, and second homes, and are highly engaged with and proud of their City.  Based on the City’s property tax revenue, and fiscal conservatism, the community is financially stable and secure.  The Community Services Department is comprised of the Recreation and Library Divisions.  They have the mission “to bring the community together, provide enriching activities, and create lasting connections” and to offer “an enticing space to explore curated access to information and culture,” respectively.  The Department budget includes 35.17 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions and the operating budget is approximately $3.5 million. 

The City is seeking visionary, creative, entrepreneurial and confident leader and manager who will introduce and implement organizational direction; cultural and intellectual programs; and special events and “pop-up” programming; operational efficiencies; and staff training and development.  The successful applicant is expected to have credibility with public officials and the community, embrace responsiveness and customer service, and be an exceptional communicator, and tailor Department services to the community.  She/he must also have a strong business acumen with an eye towards generating revenue whenever appropriate and understand how to develop and manage a budget.  Mindful of building healthy communities, it is also important that the successful applicant build a network to be knowledgeable of best practices and industry trends. A typical background would be 1) a bachelor’s degree in recreation or the arts, communications, public administration, or a related field, 2) at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal management, cultural arts, community relations, or economic development programing or project management, and 3) supervisory experience of professional-level staff.  The annual salary range is $123,792 to $156,516, and the City provides a competitive benefit package.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please visit our website at:

Peckham & McKenney

Resumes are acknowledged within two business days.  Call Tony Dahlerbruch at (866) 912-1919 for more information. A detailed brochure is available at

Filing deadline is June 11, 2021.


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