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Recreation Superintendent


Under general direction of the Recreation Manager or designee to plan, organize, promote, budget, schedule, direct, evaluate and coordinates assigned City Recreation services and programs with a primary emphasis on recreation, sports and cultural arts. This individual will supervise and provide in-service training for full-time, paid seasonal and part-time personnel and volunteers. Incumbent also coordinates and oversees work performed by less experienced personnel as assigned.

This position is assigned to the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit for labor relations purpose and is subject to overtime, evening and weekend assignments.


General direction is provided by the Recreation Manager.

Responsibilities include supervision over assigned program full and part-time, to include seasonal and volunteer personnel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Ė Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinates the activities of Recreation Programs with City sponsored, co-sponsored and community non-City sponsored activities.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates assigned portions of city-wide recreation and leisure programs; including supervision of youth advisory committee, coordinate development of a youth master plan, establish a community youth services clearinghouse, development of a recreation scholarship program.
  • Development and implementation of youth/family needs assessment tools.
  • Evaluate/calculate finding of assessment tools and take appropriate action.
  • Ongoing evaluation of programs, staff and facilities.
  • Develops and assists initiating new recreation/sports/arts programs.
  • Provides guidance to Teen Advisory Council.
  • Oversees Recreation Division computer registration system and personnel.
  • Oversees Customer Relations Program.
  • Serves as staff member or representative to City appointed commissions, committees and/or task forces.
  • Trains, orients, and evaluates new full-time, part-time, seasonal and volunteer personnel.
  • Make inspection tours of recreation activities and facilities to determine evaluation information and make recommendations when necessary.
  • Responsible for payroll and time record forms for all part-time and seasonal employees.
  • Determines and recommends program and activity fees as directed.
  • Audit part-time employees payroll accounts on a continuing basis.
  • Tracks and monitors part-time employees hours and performance.
  • Performs various office functions as needed.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and selection of full-time, part-time, seasonal and volunteer personnel; including training, evaluations and discipline of part-time and seasonal employees and makes recommendations to the Manager.
  • Responsible for fund development and sponsorship programs.
  • Recommends and monitors program budgets.
  • Responsible for publicity and advertisement of Recreation and Community Service programs through available community resources, news media and activity brochure.
  • Create community partnerships.
  • As assigned, supervises organized community groups and committees in the promotion and organization of recreational and other community programs and use of City facilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of supervisory skills, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of personnel rules and evaluations.
  • Objectives, methods, and techniques of planning and organizing recreation programs and activities with an emphasis on recreation/sports/arts.
  • Local, State, Federal Grants.
  • Technology for scheduling/registering community participants.
  • Community organizations and resources availability.
  • Customer service techniques.
  • Program/facility safety and first aid techniques.

Ability to:

  • Coordinate, supervise and direct the activities of Recreation Services/ programs, including that of training of paid and volunteer personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of recreation, social arts and education programs suitable for a wide range of age groups or individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Plan, promote and evaluate program activity and personnel.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelorís degree in Recreation, Liberal Arts, Education or related field.


Six years of experience, as a Recreation Supervisor or related supervisory experience.


Possession of a valid California Drivers License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a Certificate in one or more of the following:

Graduate of the National Recreation and Park Association Pacific Marketing and Revenue Sources Management School and/or the National Recreation and Park Association Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School or Certified Leisure Professional Certificate or 2 year Managerís certificate from an accredited University or College.


Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read instructions, read fine print, view computer screen, operate vehicles and equipment; hear well enough to converse on the telephone, on the radio and in person assisting customers and program participants; bodily mobility to lift and maneuver program supplies and equipment; use of hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, drive equipment and answering telephones; tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions and able to lift equipment as necessary.

NOTE: This classification is not part of the flexible staffing Community Services/Recreation series. Promotion to this classification will only be on a need basis and must be requested by the Department Director and approved by the Personnel Officer.

Revised 1/06

Revised 5/08

Reviewed and approved: ____________________ ___________________

Personnel Officer Date

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      Human Resources
      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5150
      Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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