Parks, Recreation and Arts Director

City of Lancaster
Until Filled

Director -  Parks, Recreation and Arts

Monthly Salary Range: 12,678.29 - 16,904.39, Benefits are attached to the original posting at City of Lancaster, CA Careers.

Under the leadership of the City Manager, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Arts (PRA) plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Division; this includes the MOAH, LPAC and Jethawks Stadium, all City Parks, and related cultural and community programs and centers.

Example of Duties & Responsibilities:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Oversees the direction, planning, organization and staffing of all Community, Parks, Recreation and Arts programs and projects.
Establishes general approaches to be used in carrying out projects and determines priorities; periodically reviews and checks work in progress to assure compliance with established policies and standards.
Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
Participates in hiring, training and evaluating management, professional and support personnel.
Resolves operational and personnel problems that cannot be handled by subordinates; handles public requests and investigates concerns related to program area managed and makes recommendations on courses of action to be taken.
Prepares recommendations on budgetary needs as related to personnel, equipment, and facility maintenance and programming, including fiscal justification, operation and capital improvement and forecasts of recreation fees and charges, revenue sources, grant management, citywide partnerships and sponsorship programs, and expenditures.
Develops and recommends long-range plans, objectives and facility needs for the divisions, and recommends strategies for implementing these plans; conducts surveys, and researches "best practices" in the field to assist in policy development; reviews and analyzes community arts and cultural needs and desires of the community, availability of resources, and related factors for the Assistant City Manager and City Manager.
Coordinates and plans with other City departments and divisions, community groups and schools, and other outside agencies and neighborhood interest groups.
Plans and directs the design and development of new facilities and programs, and improvements to existing facilities and programs.
Prepares reports and recommendations, and provides technical advice to City Management, City Council, appropriate boards, and commissions.
Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the community.
Enforces and administers the provisions, laws, and ordinances governing the City.
Represent the City to all departments and outside agencies; coordinate City activities with those of other cities, counties and outside agencies and organizations.
Other related duties not listed above
Job Knowledge:
Principles, practices, and methods used in parks, recreation and arts design, administration, management, and program and facility design/acquisition and maintenance
Federal, State, and local laws and regulations
Principles and practices of municipal record keeping, reporting, and budgeting
Principles and practices of employee supervision, leadership, development and performance management
Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint techniques
Arts administration
Event planning, producing and execution
Principles, practices and procedures for planning, implementing and managing performing, visual arts and instructional programs for the community, including scheduling and booking of touring events.
Facility scheduling and management.
Box office operations.
Principles of customer service and public relations.
Familiarity with technical theater equipment, exhibition and arts education practices.
Ability to:
 Develop and manage complex administrative work related to community arts programs.
Direct, supervise and evaluate the work of supervisory, technical and administrative support staff.
Exercise effective written and verbal communication.
Establish and maintain productive working relationships in dealing with community organizations, community individuals and city officials.
Prepare and present reports.
Balance multiple projects effectively and efficiently.
Experience and Education:
Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
7 or more years of progressively responsible experience in supervising and developing arts and cultural programs, parks and recreation, community relations or any combination of equivalent education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, abilities and skills required.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Parks and Recreation Administration, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Theatre or a related field.
Possession of a Master's Degree in any of these areas or in Business or Public Administration is desirable.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Class C driver license.
Principles, practices, and methods used in parks, recreation and arts design, administration, management, and program and facility design/acquisition and maintenance.
Federal, State, and local laws and regulations
Principles and practices of record keeping, reporting, and budgeting.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, training, and performance management.
Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint techniques.
Principles of excellent customer service.
Ability to build rapport and trust with members of the community.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and the field with extensive public contact and frequent interruptions; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting:
To stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 25 lbs); to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision requirements:
See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

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