Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation
Company: City of South Gate
Location: South Gate
Posted on: September 19, 2022
About the Position
APPLY IMMEDIATELY AS THIS RECRUITMENT WILL CLOSE AT 5:00 P.M. ON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 OR ONCE WE RECEIVE THE FIRST 100
APPLICATIONS, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST
SIGN ON BONUS $5,000
Under general direction, plans, directs and supervises the City's
wide range of recreation programs and transit service activities;
assists the director with complex tasks and high-level coordination
among other agencies; supervises staff; performs related duties as
required. Assumes responsibility for the entire Department in the
absence of the Director.
This class is distinguished from the Parks and Recreation Director
in that the incumbent does not have responsibility for the entire
Department when the Director is present; the incumbent is
responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of the
recreation leased facilities and expanded transit divisions, while
the Director provides oversight, inter-department coordination, as
well as higher level policy coordination. It is distinguished from
a Superintendent in that the Superintendent has administrative
responsibility over one major division of the department. The
incumbent is responsible for the administration of a diversity of
activities as currently represented by its three separate
divisions. The Deputy Director is also responsible for high level
coordination with outside organizations and agencies and for
complex assignments such as management of Capital Improvement
Projects and Grants.
Works under the general supervision of the Director of Parks and
Supervises office support staff, supervisors, coordinators, grounds
and facility staff.
Examples of Essential Functions
The following functions are typical for this classification. The
incumbent may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be
required to perform additional or different functions from those
set forth below to address business needs and changing business
Through appropriate management of assigned staff and personal
efforts, plans, develops and directs recreational, cultural and
athletic programs for participants from preschool to advanced age
groups and annual community programs;
Oversees effective operation of an expanded transit services and
programs offered or operated by the transit division;
Assists in the development of new programs through identification
of changing needs, opportunities, and additional funding
Assists in the development and implementation of department goals,
objectives, policies and priorities; recommends appropriate service
and staffing levels.
When needed, Oversees the effective operation of the grounds and
facility's divisions of the department;
Directs, coordinates and reviews specific activities and procedures
prepared by staff; meets with staff to identify and resolve
problems; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors
workflow; evaluates recreation programs and fee structure and
Participates in the interviewing, hiring, training, supervision and
evaluation of recreation and park personnel, including regular and
seasonal staff, contract employees and volunteers; works with
employees to correct deficiencies; administers and implements
Under direction of the Director of Parks & Recreation, provides
leadership within community organizations and with community
members to develop a cohesive community vision and directing
community resources and efforts in a creative and effective manner
to achieve desired goals; promotes recreational and transit
activities; responds to complaints and requests for
Serves as a member of the Department's management team and provides
highly responsible and complex administrative support to the
Director of Parks & Recreation; assists the Director in overall
management of the Department.
Assists with development and implementation of assigned park
improvement projects including coordination with other departments;
assists with identification and application for applicable grant
programs and management of assigned grants.
Prepares division budget; forecasts funds needed for staffing,
equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves
expenditures; oversees the collection of recreation related fees.
Prepares grant applications. Requisitions and purchases materials
and supplies. Monitors and manages contractual agreements.
Monitors and evaluates program attendance, participant responses
and costs and makes recommendations regarding the continuance or
cancellation of programs; assesses and monitors workload,
administrative and support systems; identifies and recommends areas
of improvement; inspects and evaluates the adequacy of existing
recreation facilities and recommends alterations and additions, as
Collects and analyzes data; prepares and supervises the maintenance
of a variety of records and reports; oversees the preparation of
brochures and bulletins concerning recreation activities and
Minimum & Desirable Qualifications
Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided
the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary. A typical way of
obtaining the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
Bachelor's degree in physical education, recreation, sociology,
public administration or related field and five (5) years of
professional level supervisory experience in recreation or transit
services. Additional professional experience may substitute for the
education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Master's Degree is
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and a
satisfactory driving record is required at time of appointment and
throughout employment in this position. Possession of a California
Board of Parks and Recreation Certificate is desired.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: theories, principles and practices of public
recreation and leisure programs; modern methods, techniques,
principles and procedures for the development and administration of
recreation programs and facilities; laws, regulations and safety
measures applicable to recreation programs; public relations and
marketing techniques; methods for identifying community recreation
needs and promoting community participation; principles and
practices of customer service and public contact; principles of
supervision, training and performance evaluation; administrative,
budgetary and personnel management principles as practiced in
Skill and Ability to: develop, administer and promote community
recreation and leisure programs; analyze, interpret and explain
department policies and procedures; exercise sound judgment; deal
constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions;
supervise, motivate, train and develop staff; meet the public in
situations requiring diplomacy and tact; communicate effectively
both orally and in writing; conduct studies, analyze data and
prepare and present concise written and oral reports; establish and
maintain cooperative working relationships.
Knowledge of public transportation, local return funding,
administration of a local public transit and the ability to work
with Metro and other public transportation entities to move the
Other Important Information
California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in
the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program
provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's
License status on a periodic basis to the City of South Gate. An
employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and
understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use
of City vehicles.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing
the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to
walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required
to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or
controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is
occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or
crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25
pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the
duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside
weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet
and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise
level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office,
and moderately loud when in the field. Incumbents are not
substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Application Packets Must Include: A fully completed online
employment application which:
- Covers at least the past 10 years of employment history (or
longer if you have other relevant experience).
- Responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
- Must be specific in describing your qualifications for this
position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to
elimination from consideration. Stating "See Resume" is not an
acceptable substitute for a completed application.
- Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation to
participate in any phase of the application or selection process
must advise Human Resources and make such a request during the
application process. Every effort will be made to provide a
reasonable accommodation where requested. Selection Process: All
application materials received by the application deadline will be
reviewed and evaluated. All information supplied by applicants is
subject to verification.
- Application Review: The first phase will be a detailed review
and appraisal of each candidate's application. This phase is for
qualifying purposes only. There is no weight assigned to this
phase. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may be
invited to the next phase.
- Written Examination: If a written exam is given, a minimum of
70% must be obtained on the written exam in order to be eligible to
continue to the next phase of the selection process which will
consist of an oral appraisal interview.
- Oral Appraisal Interview: A minimum of 70% must be obtained to
pass the oral appraisal interview.
- Employment Eligibility List: The Employment Eligibility List
will be established after completion of the examination process.
Current and future vacancies will be filled from this list. Lists
typically last for 12 months, but may be extended or abolished in
accordance with the City's Civil Service rules and regulations.
- The City supports a Drug-Free Workplace.
- All potential employees are required to successfully complete a
thorough background investigation, fingerprinting, and pass a
post-offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a
- New employees must complete a verification form designated by
the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and
Immigration Services, that certifies eligibility for employment in
the United States of America.Hiring of Relatives: Relatives of
existing employees by blood or marriage will not be eligible for
employment with the City if potential supervision, safety,
security, or morale problems exist; or if potential conflicts of
interest exist. Relatives include an employee's parents, children,
spouse, brothers, sisters, in-laws, and step relationships.
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed
or implied contract and any provisions contained in this
announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of South Gate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In
compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, it does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability (mental or
physical), medical condition, genetic characteristic or
information, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender
expression, or pregnancy), sexual orientation (including
homosexuality, bisexuality, or heterosexuality), or military or
veteran status in its employment actions, policies, procedures, or
The City of South Gate
The City of South Gate is a busy urban community consisting of
residential, commercial, and industrial development, spread over
7.41 square miles. It is currently ranked the 79th largest city in
California with a population of approximately 97,000. Strategically
located along the 710 freeway, the City is just 12 miles southeast
of downtown Los Angeles.
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