Superintendent of Recreation and Community Services

Superintendent of Recreation and Community Services
Organization San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 24, 2022

Company Description
Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

Job Description
Appointment Type: 
Permanent Exempt.  In accordance with the San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Salary Range (effective 1/8/22):  $167,102 to $213,278 annually 

Position Description
Reporting to the General Manager and the Director of Operations, the Superintendent of Recreation and Community Services directs and manages fully one-half of the Recreation and Park Department’s mission – Public Recreation.  This position oversees citywide service delivery of recreation programming and facility management of 25 full-service recreation centers, 9 aquatic centers and several neighborhood clubhouses.  This position plans, organizes and directs the operations of recreation programs, opportunities, and services for all age cohorts through over 100 permanent recreation staff (Recreation Managers, Recreation Supervisors, Recreation Coordinators, Recreation Specialists, Recreation Facility Assistants, aquatics staff and more) and delivers these programs to the public through hundreds of As-Needed recreation staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Providing direction and leadership to the managers of our recreation core competencies (Aquatics, Cultural Arts, Community Services, and Sports and Athletics) and assisting them in their development and delivery of a broad range of recreational activities.

2. Providing direction to staff by designing recreation program standards, establishing performance objectives, and evaluating accomplishments.

3. Tracking and analyzing recreation trends and community recreation needs.

4. Analyzing and making recommendations on improvements to recreation services.

5. Preparing management objectives and the division budget.

6. Formulating, recommending, and implementing departmental policy.

7. Representing the Department in meetings with community organizations, government agencies, boards, and commissions.

8. Performing related duties as required.

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Management, Business, Recreation, or related field.

2. Six (6) years of managerial experience of which all must include supervisory responsibility in the recreation field, preferably public recreation.

Substitution:  Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of two (2) years).  One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units / forty-five (45) quarter units.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in effective organization management, human resources administration, budget planning and execution.
  • Demonstrated facility management experience.
  • Ability to meet and deal effectively with public officials, outside organizations, community groups and public.
  • Demonstrated experience in incorporating volunteers in the delivery of recreation programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with staff, the public and city agencies.

Verification:  Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found here. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures:  Applications and resumes will be reviewed for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms and/or Management Test Battery may be utilized in order to determine the candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to the interview process. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time and place of the interview.

Terms of the Announcement:  Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at CCSF Jobs (SmartRecruiters).

Application Opening – Monday, January 3, 2022
Application Deadline – 11:59 pm on Monday, January 24, 2022

Contact: For questions about this position or how to apply, please contact Stacy Chung at [email protected]

Race and Social Equity Statement
We believe that parks and open space in San Francisco provides the opportunity to model equitable access for all.  With this belief, San Francisco became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. The Recreation and Park Department’s goal is to close the gaps and improve equity and access to quality parks and open space, and recreation activities for historically marginalized communities.

We envision a department that proactively infuses racial and social equity in its internal operations.  With a multi-disciplinary team of talented individuals – gardeners, recreation leaders, park rangers, custodians, craft shop personnel, park and recreation managers and more, the department is committed to doing its part to provide equitable access to parks and programs for all the communities we serve to enjoy, as well as foster a work environment where our differences are celebrated, and everyone has what they need to thrive regardless of their race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or country of origin.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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