The General Manager is hired, supervised by, and acts under the direction of the Board of Directors. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the District, the General Manager is responsible for all aspects of the efficient and cost-effective operation and administration of the District, including all District employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and consultants. The General Manager shall have the power and authority to organize, manage, and control all activities necessary or appropriate for the efficient operation and administration of the District, in accordance with the policies established by the District Board from time to time, in its sole discretion. The General Manager advises the District Board on all matters relating to the planning, development, administration, and operation of the District’s departments. The General Manager performs a variety of complex executive work in planning, directing, and coordinating management of the District, including planning and implementing programming and recreational amenities, parks and facility operations, park administration, public relations, marketing, and special events. The General Manager works closely with the District Board to develop and implement capital improvements, programming goals, and annual budgets.
Listed essential functions are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.
Consistently promote a positive, professional image of the District and provide excellent customer service at all times;
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with the District Board, District employees, volunteers, and partnering agencies;
Efficiently and effectively administer and conduct the ordinary and usual business and affairs of the District in a reasonable, prudent, and professional manner;
Exercise supervision and control over all District departments, programs and activities, including the District’s year-round recreation, park, and leisure programs, and the management and safe operation of the District’s facilities.
Maintain, review, develop and implement administrative procedures and standards for efficient, safe, and effective operation of the District’s recreation programs and facilities. Enforce compliance with applicable laws, polices established by the Board of Directors, and industry best practices;
Annually evaluate and update as necessary short and long-range plans for District growth, programming, capital improvements, facility construction/renovation, staffing, and grant writing; implement the plans as appropriate;
Prepare requests for proposals to provide improvements to the District’s facilities; oversee construction projects and facility improvements;
Make recommendations to the District Board regarding the establishment, consolidation, modification, or elimination of any department, program, or activity the General Manager believes is necessary or appropriate for the efficient and effective administration and operation of the District;
Responsible for the efficient and effective administration, management, and supervision of the District’s workforce, including but not limiting to hiring/appointment, promotion, demotion, layoffs, transfers, discipline, and training;
Ensure proper human resources functions, including benefits and record-keeping. Oversee human resources function of subordinate staff through management, including seasonal, temporary, and youth employees and volunteers;
Coordinate and evaluate District employee benefit programs, and make recommendations to the Board on plan changes and updates;
Promote District functions, programs, and activities to continually improve public knowledge, understanding, confidence, and support. Oversee effective, comprehensive public information efforts using telephone, email, newspaper, website, mailings, and other media;
Assure coordination of the District’s programs with other community organizations such as the school district, City of Hesperia, and various community agencies. Represent the District’s interests effectively and professionally in public meetings and in the community, and through verbal, paper, and electronic communications with governmental agencies and private entities, and the community.
Attend all regular, special, committee, and ad hoc meetings of the Board of Directors in accordance to District policy and participate in discussions with the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity;
Work hours must be flexible;
Support functions of the Board of Directors by working with the Board Secretary/Clerk to prepare and post agendas, prepare meeting minutes and packets, ensuring legal compliance, and by meeting regularly with the Board President or any other requesting member of the Board of Directors;
Plan, organize, direct, and control the financial activities of the District and the Hesperia Area Recreation District (HARD) Foundation, including the accounting, revenue collection, investment, purchasing, and payroll functions, and management of the approved budget (and any amendments). Serve as the District and Foundation’s annual Budget Officer, ensuring a timely development and submission of a proposed budget each year in compliance with all statutory requirements and deadlines;
Keep the Board of Directors advised of the financial condition and future needs of the District and the Foundation and make such recommendations as the General Manager determines are necessary or appropriate for sound financial management of the District and Foundation, including but not limited to, periodically evaluating and recommending improvements to the District’s administrative and financial internal control systems and procedures, and ensuring annual audit compliance;
Direct the preparation of financial reports as required by law; prepare financial reports and analysis requested by the Board of Directors;
Maintain the District’s historical records, including activities of the Board of Directors, budgets, audits, capital projects, legal issues, and employment records;
Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, from time to time.
Final Filing Date
The position closes on April 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. All applicants are required to complete a District application form. Application form is available at www.hesperiaparks.com, Contact Us, Employment. Applications can be submitted via email to email@example.com, in person to the District Office at 16292 Lime Street, Hesperia, California, 92345, or via USPS to Hesperia Recreation and Park District, P.O. Box 401055, Hesperia, California, 92340.
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, recreation, park management, or related field from a nationally accredited educational institution. A Master’s degree is desirable.
Any combination of education, experience, and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be: a minimum of seven (7) years of high-level professional experience, three (3) years of which should be in the public sector at a management level with considerable administrative responsibilities.
English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; telephone etiquette, modern office methods, and equipment;
Public administration, contract administration, public relations, and policies, budgeting principles, tax revenues, special assessments, safety codes, and emergency procedures.
Effective communication, problem solving, time management, and scheduling.
Methods of supervision.
Basic principles of landscaping, engineering, architecture, and/or construction.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and governmental accounting standards.
Plan, develop, and organize the District’s programs.
Read and interpret plans, blueprints, and specifications.
Speak before civic groups, promote District activities, establish and maintain effective working relationships, and work as part of a team.
Manage multiple projects simultaneously. Coordinate, prioritize, and work under time pressures.
Prepare comprehensive and accurate reports both written and orally.
Identify key issues in complex situations, evaluate options, and initiate strategies for resolution. Work effectively with sensitive and confidential information in a political environment.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record; a conditions of initial and continued employment in this position.
Hold a current First Aid/CPR certification or ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of hire.
Be fingerprinted and pass a background check.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits
•District paid employee and dependent health, dental, and vision insurance.
•Term life insurance coverage of $50,000.
•Paid vacation of up to 25 days a year depending on tenure, plus an
employee buy back option.
•Paid sick leave as per policy.
•13 paid holidays per year.
•Retirement with San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association.
•Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program available.
•District does not participate in the Social Security Program, except for the mandatory 1.45% Medicare Contribution.
About Hesperia Recreation and Park District
Hesperia Recreation and Park District is an independent special district located in the High Desert region of Southern California. The District was created in 1957 to meet the logistical needs of a growing community, including recreational and leisure time pursuits through programs and facilities. The District is also the street lighting authority.
The Hesperia Recreation and Park District encompasses approximately 100 square miles including the city of Hesperia and unincorporated areas of Oak Hills, Summit Valley and Phelan serving a population of 90,000.