Parks & Community Services Director

City of Hanford
(559) 585-2520
(559) 585-2595

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Develop, plan and implement long and short-term department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures and ensure public services are provided in alignment with the City’s strategic objectives.

Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures to ensure the Parks and Community Services Department is operating efficiently and providing modern day public services.

Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Parks and Community Services Department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures.

Select, train, motivate and evaluate staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.

Provide staff assistance to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Tree Commission, and other advisory boards and commissions as assigned.

Represent the department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.

Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.

Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of modern public administration (particularly in Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management).

Principles, practices, theories and methods of providing recreational activities to a variety of diverse groups.

Principles and practices of organizational leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution, administration and personnel management.

Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.

Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs.

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Ability to:

Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Parks and Community Services Department.

On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports and related documents; know and interpret laws, regulations, codes and procedures; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; and explain and interpret policy.

On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.

Prepare and administer department budgets, direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies, monitor and approve expenditures.

Develop and implement department policies and procedures for the administration of department programs and functions and the utilization and maintenance of parks and recreation areas and facilities

Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Select, supervise, train, evaluate and discipline assigned staff; implement high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.

Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.

Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and applicable software.

Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.

Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.

Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Relate effectively with people of varied academic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy.

Establish and maintain effective, cooperative and collaborative working relationships with others.

Work beyond normal business hours, attend evening meetings and/or perform weekend work, and travel.

Experience and Education

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal parks and recreation work, including two years of administrative and management responsibility.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, recreation/leisure services, or a related field.

License and Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.


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