Recreation Manager

City of Sacramento - Sacramento, CA4.1

Under limited direction, the Recreation Manager plans, directs, organizes, and manages one or more recreational divisions within the Department of the Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment; develops division policies, procedures, goals, and budgets; formulates and directs partnerships with government agencies, community-based organizations, and other service providers; interprets and applies existing policies; and represents the department on issues concerning the various programs or facilities managed.

This management level classification may be populated with multiple incumbents who exercise a broad range of authority over complex projects or programs (such as Aquatics, Adult Sports/Park Safety Services; Camp Sacramento, 4th R, Community Centers, Human Services, and Youth Employment Services) with many funding sources that are central to the department's mission. The Recreation Manager is distinguished from the next lower level classification of Recreation Superintendent in that the latter has responsibilities for one or more programs within a division. The Recreation Manager is distinguished from the next higher level of Operations Manager in that the latter has responsibility for all divisions within a department and has a broader scope of contact.

Limited direction is provided by the Operations Manager or other higher level management staff. Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of subordinate supervisors, professional, technical, and clerical staff.

Plan, schedule, direct, and coordinate the activities of a major division within the Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Department; develop and implement long-range plans, goals, policies, and procedures for the division; participates in the planning and implementation of complex city wide or multi-agency projects.
Represent the City in a wide variety of networks and partnerships; advocate for regional recreation, social and/or human services needs and the integration of new initiative into City operations; direct joint use and/or service relationships/agreements with all area school districts, other government agencies, service providers, nonprofits and/or community groups.
Represent one or more recreational divisions in inter and intra organization issues relating to fiscal, personnel, labor relations, and other administrative policy areas.
Oversee operating and capital budgets for the division; negotiate contracts, agreements, and MOUs; advise and lead major capital planning and development efforts.
Coordinate activities of the division with other City departments, schools, and outside agencies; meets with various community groups and representatives of other departments to coordinate division projects; represents the City on committees, project teams and to the community.
Oversee programs and services to determine the efficiencies and effectiveness of current programs and services, the need for new programs, and to assure that the needs of its customers are being met.; evaluate industry or service trends and assess potential for local implementation.
Serve as project manager for special projects requiring experience and skills beyond any one section within the division.
Research, analyze and recommends options for addressing difficult, complex or sensitive issues, problems or projects.
Supervise, trains, disciplines, and evaluates assigned personnel; assists subordinate supervisory staff with difficult personnel issues.
Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.

Knowledge of:
Principles of planning, organization, administration, management, and supervision.
Principles and practices of budgeting, record keeping, report writing, contract negotiation, and grant writing.
Human service and/or public recreation programs.
Occupational hazards, safety regulations, and practices associated with recreation programs and facilities.
Applicable federal, state and local rules, laws and regulations.
Facilities and equipment needed in a well-rounded recreation program.
Principles and techniques of marketing and public relations.
Computers and computer applications.
Project management.

Skill in:
Identifying, analyzing, and responding to issues, trends, and legislation.
Understanding and being respectful of diverse populations and cultural backgrounds, as well as age and physical ability needs and differences.
Public relations and staff development.
Use of computers, computer applications, and software.
Conflict management and resolution.

Ability to:
Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the activities of the division.
Work with numerous customers and clients, both inside and outside the City.
Build consensus to bring successful conclusion to various projects and issues.
Simultaneously manage a multitude of projects.
Analyze, interpret, apply, and enforce regulations and policies.
Understand, identify, and resolve safety issues and other operational needs.
Prepare, administer, and monitor a budget.
Apply for and administer special grant programs.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Supervise, train and evaluate staff.

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

Six years of experience managing a program with complex budgets, including two years of recreation supervisory experience.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in recreation administration, public administration, or a closely related field is required.

Additional qualifying supervisory experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

A Master's degree in recreation administration, public administration, or parks and recreation, may substitute for up to two years of experience at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Proof of education such as college transcripts and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Recruitment #001803-19-PR on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable. Important note: Applications will be rejected without proof of education.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any positions.


Driver's License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline:

Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
Proof of required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mail by the final filing deadline.

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire:
Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.
Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.
Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process.

3. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

4. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. The Director will review the results, if necessary conduct additional interviews, and forward the recommendation to the City Manager's Office for final action.

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete LiveScan / fingerprinting and receive Human Resources approval prior to receiving a start date from the Department.

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