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Visalia Now Recruiting for Parks & Recreation Director


If you know that parks make life better, the City of Visalia may have just the fit for you!

Applications are now accepted for the position of Parks & Recreation Director, a position that is part of the City's executive team and oversees four operational divisions.

The City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department is staffed by 50 full-time employees and variable hourly employees across the Parks and Urban Forestry, Recreation, Facilities and Maintenance and Animal Care Services Divisions.

Along with the responsibility as the City's Arts Consortium Liaison, this department head level position is responsible for overall policy development, program planning and fiscal management.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this executive level, at-will position will be someone professional, responsive, innovative, and dedicated to the mission of the City and Parks and Recreation Department, and have a strategic vision for the future.

Qualifications include graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or applicable field, along with eight years of extensive administrative experience in a full-service municipal agency, county government, or similar agency, with at least three years in a management position.

Experience in all aspects of the diverse functions of the department is not expected, but a track record of effective leadership in some of the areas of responsibility of the position is desired, along with strong aptitude for learning new roles and responsibilities, adapting to changing conditions, and leading a management team covering diverse areas of responsibility.

How To Apply

To be considered for this career opportunity, potential candidates may submit their letter of interest and resume detailing their qualifications.

The final filing date for this recruitment is Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 5 p.m. PST. To apply, and for more information, click here.

Quesitons may be directed to Diane Davis, Human Resources Manager, City of Visalia, at (559) 713-4575 or [email protected].

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