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Under direction, plan, organize, analyze, direct and coordinate the County's recreation and cultural services program; coordinate departmental personnel services; and perform other work as required.


This class differs from the next lower class of Recreation Program Supervisor in that the latter is a supervisory class with specific program assignments, and does not have overall management responsibility for the countywide recreation and cultural services programs.

This class differs from Parks Manager-Planning, Parks Manager-Maintenance and Parks Manager-Fiscal by the specialization in recreation management.


Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the County's recreation and cultural program through subordinate supervisors; prepare and administer grants and contracts including the financial and program components; negotiate and prepare contracts for recreation providers, inter-agency agreements and others; conduct complex project needs assessments and prepare short-term and long-range program plans; serve as the staff representative to commissions, committees and task forces; plan, organize and direct the work of subordinate staff; select, train and evaluate subordinate staff; monitor revenue generation, then plan and coordinate the development of new or additional sources of revenue; research legislation and prepare reports and recommendations; prepare components of the regional and community parks master plan; prepare request for proposal, review bids and recommend contract agreements; attend and/or conduct meetings and conferences; prepare detailed written, oral and graphic reports; input, access and analyzes data using a computer; and may serve as director in the absence of the department head.


Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Procedures and techniques of planning, organizing, evaluating and administrating recreation programs.
  • Principles and practices of supervision
  • Contract development and administration.

Working knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of administration and organization.
  • Personnel policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting.
  • Principles and techniques of evaluation and analysis.
  • Planning and implementing cultural services and managing facilities.

Some knowledge of:

  • Grant sources and grants administration.
  • Application of data processing to departmental operations.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and coordinate recreation and cultural affairs programs.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff.
  • Prepare and monitor division budget.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts and grants.
  • Define, analyze, evaluate and solve problems with services and programs.
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with others.
  • Exercise good judgment and sensitivity in discussing and resolving issues.
  • Interpret, apply and explain laws, legislation, ordinances, and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Operate a computer to input, access and analyze information.
  • Prepare clear and concise oral and written reports.
  • Communicate effectively before groups.
  • Make field visits to park facilities to supervise staff and events.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Four years of experience in recreation program development which has included at least two years of supervisory experience.

Educational substitution: A bachelor's degree in recreation, education, environmental science, or a related field may be substituted for two years of the non-supervisory experience.


License Requirement: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable weather conditions; allergens such as poison oak, pollen and bee stings; infections; toxic substances or chemical irritants.

Other Special Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends, and on an emergency, as needed basis.

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES:  Recreation and Cultural Services Manager

Bargaining Unit: 11

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 35

Workers' Comp Code:  0053