Under the direction of the Recreation and Community Services Manager, this position is responsible for overseeing Contract Classes, Crossing Guards, Day Camps, Field and Facility Reservations, Inclusion Services, Preschool, and Registration programs. However, the position may rotate to oversee other program areas within the department periodically based on organizational need. Additionally, this position may be required to work various hours, including nights and weekends, based on program needs. A brief description of each of the multi-faceted and unique program areas is below:
Contract Classes: This program manages contracts with nearly 90 individuals and organizations to provide recreational programs to approximately 9,500 youth and adult participants each year. Programs include a variety of classes, workshops, or camps and range from active, adaptive, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, dance, health and fitness, martial arts, performing arts, pets, special interest, and sports.
Crossing Guards: The City’s Crossing Guard program serves 39 traffic-warranted elementary schools within the City. Part-time seasonal Crossing Guards assist schoolchildren and other pedestrian traffic with safe and efficient crossing of the street within and in the immediate vicinity of school crosswalks/zones.
Day Camps: Camp Clarita is a summer day camp program that serves an average of 600 campers per week. Campers participate in various activities, including swimming, field trips, games, crafts, and more at six different locations throughout Santa Clarita.
Field and Facility Reservations: The City has a high volume of reservations each year providing the public an opportunity to reserve City facilities, parks, multi-purpose fields, softball fields, and picnic areas.
Inclusion Services: Inclusion Services is committed to serving the needs of everyone in the community by providing an atmosphere in which persons with or without special needs can interact, play, and socialize with their peers in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Preschool Programs:Primetime Preschool is a program that serves an average of 320 children per school year, providing an age appropriate curriculum to cultivate young learners socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
Registration: This program area provides the public the opportunity to register for over 700 classes and programs offered each season. The public is able to register either online or in person.
Seasons Brochure: This program area coordinates, produces, and publishes the City’s Seasons brochure, which is distributed four times a year to City residents.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees, trains, motivates, evaluates, and supervises 16 full-time employees and approximately 120 part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, depending on the time of year, that deliver programs and services to the community
Evaluates programs and services to identify and implement necessary changes, improvements, and enhancements based on needs of the community and the organization
Assists in preparing and monitoring the annual department budget and oversees budget for assigned programs areas
Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, school districts, City management and staff, and the public
Acts as a liaison with various community leaders, commissions, foundations, contract instructors, and other City departments to offer relevant programs and services to the community
Attends and presents information at Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission meetings; community meetings; and other meetings as needed
Supports the Recreation and Community Services department and division with duties, responsibilities, and special projects as they arise
Knowledge and Abilities:
Strong leadership skills and the ability to effectively supervise, mentor, and evaluate employees
Strong conflict management skills and the ability to address and resolve difficult employee relation issues and work with employees to improve performance and enhance teamwork
Knowledge and understanding of City, department, and division goals and objectives and the ability to develop, recommend, and implement programs and processes to further these goals
Strong project management skills and the ability to evaluate needs, identify creative solutions, make critical decisions, manage resources, and meet critical deadlines
Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze problems, be an innovative and strategic thinker, identify effective solutions, make sound decisions, and implement changes
Strong fiscal management skills and ability to prepare and monitor a budget for respective program areas
Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with employees and the public
Flexibility and ability to work various hours, including nights and weekends, as needed based on program needs
Ability to lift, drag, and push equipment, files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds
About City of Santa Clarita
In just 30 short years, the City of Santa Clarita has established an enviable balance between quality of life and quality infrastructure and amenities. And we hope you’ll agree that our award-winning schools, special events, businesses, parks, extensive trail systems, and arts, cultural, and recreation programs are just a few of the reasons 225,000 residents and 6,000 business owners wouldn’t want to live or work anywhere else in the state.
We are proud of all we’ve accomplished, but never lose sight of the most important part of what we do – making sure you, our residents and business owners, are happy.