Under general administrative direction, to plan, direct, operate, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Parks and Recreation Department including recreation, parks, and zoo services and activities; to develop cultural, educational, recreational, community and social service programs; to develop City recreational and community service facilities; to provide staff support for the Merced Zoological Society in the development of Zoo facilities and programs; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
This is the top-level management classification for the position that has responsibility for managing and directing the services and functions of the City's Parks and Recreation Department.
City Manager or designee.
Staff assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Assume full responsibility for all Parks and Recreation Department services and activities including activities associated with planning, acquisition, construction, and maintenance of parks, landscaping, bikeways, recreation, leisure services, facility usage, and program activities.
Manage the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; and allocate resources accordingly.
Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and direct and implement changes.
Plan, direct, and coordinate, through, subordinate level staff, the Parks and Recreation Department’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures and meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies and implement discipline and termination procedures.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies and approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Perform cost analysis of program and facility operations; develop and submit recommendations for fees for recreation programs.
Manage the processing of special event permits.
Oversee and coordinate facility management, maintenance, and development of all City recreation buildings and facilities such as community centers, Civic Center, Applegate Zoo, and parks and recreation complexes; prepare recommendations for necessary repair, capital improvement, and capital outlay.
Ensure proper liability coverage for program operations.
Plan, organize, and evaluate the cultural, educational, recreational, community, and social service programs of the City such as neighborhood service, youth and recreation, and code enforcement.
Develop and implement policies and regulations for use of community center and facilities; review and approve request for use of facilities.
Prepare, write, and negotiate grants, contracts, and leases.
Develop advertising and marketing materials for department programs and facilities.
Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Represent the Parks and Recreation Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
Explain, justify, and defend department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees as assigned.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of Parks and Recreation and incorporate new developments as appropriate.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Perform related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive parks and recreation program.
Advanced principles and practices of modern municipal recreation, social, cultural, community service and park programs.
Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.
Methods and techniques of contract and lease negotiations and report writing.
Common recreational, arts programming, and social needs of various age groups.
Occupational hazards and standard safety programs.
Principles and procedures for implementing and directing a wide variety of arts and recreation activities and the development of programs throughout the community.
Principles and practices of such municipal budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Development and use of community multi-purpose facilities.
Functions and operations of nonprofit organizations.
Principles and practices of public relations.
Community organization, resources, and facilities.
Land and facility management.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Manage and direct a comprehensive parks and recreation program.
Implement City’s Push and Open Master Plan
Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Manage development and administration of recreation and leisure service programs suited to the needs of the community.
Oversee the operation and maintenance of a variety of parks and sports facilities.
Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.
Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local polices, laws, and regulations.
Evaluate facility development needs and programs.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course work in Recreation Administration, Public or Business Administration, or a related field.
Eight years of increasingly responsible professional recreational, community service and park management experience including three years of management and administrative responsibility.
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate California Driver License.
Merced is a dynamic community of about 90,971 people, with friendly small town living in a mid-size city. The University of California Merced campus, opened in 2005, provides new educational and economic opportunity, adding to the already-established growth of the region. Merced’s population is youthful and diverse.
Located in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, Merced is the region’s hub for education, culture, and business. The community offers abundant shopping, pleasant neighborhoods and tree-lined streets. Bicycle paths along creeks link major City parks. Even with recent increases in prices, Merced’s housing remains affordable compared to many other California locations. Merced’s revitalized downtown is emerging as the entertainment center of the area. Annual events and festivals bring regional and even national recognition.
Merced’s Valley location southeast of San Francisco provides easy access to the central California coast, Sierra Nevada mountains and national parks, and major cities. Merced has historically been the “Gateway to Yosemite”, and residents also enjoy short drives to skiing, beaches, fishing, and other outdoor attractions.