The Community From snow-capped vistas in the winter, golden poppies in the spring and breathtaking sunsets, Palmdale is a place where families can picture themselves right at home. This vibrant community encompasses 106 square miles and is surrounded by the Tehachapi and San Gabriel Mountains. Palmdale is currently a City of 154,000 residents located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. We're perfectly positioned for an easy drive to all of southern California's cultural, recreational and entertainment offerings. Open space is plentiful with broad, beautiful vistas in which to take a hike, ride a bike or enjoy equestrian activities. Cultural and recreational opportunities are abound which include two golf courses, outstanding parks, an amphitheater, water park, community theatre, opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as the regions premier shopping and dining choices right in our own backyard.
The Organization Originally incorporated in 1962, Palmdale became a Charter City in 2009 and has a Council/Manager form of government. The City of Palmdale's fiscally sound general fund operating expenditures total $79M in FY18/19. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Our mission is to provide a high level of service to the City and our residents by attracting, developing and retaining a diverse, well-qualified and professional workforce that reflects the high standards of the community we serve. We are guided by a set of values that empower us to be committed to service, grounded in integrity, to cultivate greatness, nurture teamwork and master the possibilities of what Palmdale can be. To learn more about our values, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/values.
About The Recreation & Culture Department Palmdale's Recreation and Culture Department offers premier services to residents in the City of Palmdale. The Department current expenditures total $7.5M with 14 full-time employees and approximately 300 part-time employees. Our parks, recreation facilities, programs and events strengthen community image and enhance the quality of life enjoyed by Palmdale's residents. Community assets operated and programmed by the Department include: 365 developed park acres; 1.5 acre dog park; senior services facility; City Library; a 325 seat community theatre; an airpark featuring aircraft designed or built in Palmdale; 6-acre mining themed water park; 8,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater; seven field softball complex; 4 community pools; 2 traditional recreation centers; and a meeting and event rental facility. The Department's wide variety of open green spaces, cutting edge facilities and community centers, allows for an extensive recreation and leisure program. In addition, many community events are hosted throughout the year; to include seasonal celebrations, headline concerts, fireworks and festivals. With community collaboration, innovation, commitment to service and team orientated staff members, Palmdale's Recreation and Culture delivers memorable experiences and strengthens community pride.
The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate is a seasoned recreation professional who is abreast of current trends and industry challenges. Candidates should also have varied program and facility management experience. The following personnel traits are desirable: • 'Can-do attitude' • Skilled problem solver • Charismatic and jovial • Hands-on team member • Adaptable • Courageous leader and mentor • Committed to serve Palmdale
POSITION OVERVIEW To assist with the management, direction, and coordination of the day to day activities and operations of the Recreation and Culture Department; coordinate assigned activities with other departments; and provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Recreation and Culture.
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EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible experience in recreation planning, including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
Training: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in in parks and recreation, leisure services, public administration or a related field is required.
Master's degree is desirable.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE: Possess a valid California driver's license and insurable status under the City's automobile policy.