Recreation, Arts and Community Services Director - Hayward Area Recreation & Park District, California

The Hayward Area Recreation & Park District, known locally as “HARD,” is an independent special district created in 1944 to provide park and recreation services.  Located in Alameda County, the District encompasses over 100 square-miles and serves 290,000 residents in the City of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview and San Lorenzo.  Since its creation, HARD has provided residents with numerous unique facilities and parks that are treasures in the region, many of which have received national and state recognition for their design, innovation and beauty, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational classes and programs.  Today, HARD is the largest recreation district in California with over 140 parks, school parks, open space areas, and facilities.  HARD provides services through 128 full time staff members with an overall budget of $33.6 million for Fiscal-Year 2018-19.  Additionally, in November of 2016, voters of the District overwhelmingly passed Measure F1 for H.A.R.D. Clean, Safe and Local Parks to issue $250 million in General Obligation Bonds for park and facility improvements.  HARD is experiencing a renaissance of significant magnitude and these two Director opportunities (both vacancies created by the retirement of long tenured employees) are incredible opportunities to join a high performing team providing state-of-the-art facilities and programs to a very appreciative public.

Reporting directly to the General Manager, with a budget of $11.6 million and 32 full-time equivalent employees, the Recreation, Arts and Community Services Director plans and directs the activities and operations of the Department with functional areas including after school and camps, aquatics, arts, amusements/concessions, events, facility operations, golf, nature, pre-kindergarten, rangers, seniors, special interest classes, sports, theatre, therapeutic recreation, and volunteers; participates as a member of the District’s Leadership Team; and coordinates department activities with other District Departments and outside agencies.  The ideal candidate will be an engaging, solution oriented Director with considerable knowledge of contemporary recreation, cultural arts and social programming, facility operations and administration, community services, and public information and engagement.  The new Director will also have the ability to take initiative, develop new ideas and solutions, and be open to suggestions from the residents of the District.  A Bachelor’s degree in recreation, arts administration, human development, public administration, or a related field, and six years of professional and responsible experience developing and managing programs in recreation and the arts, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity, are required.  A Master’s degree is highly desirable.  The salary range is from $142,340 to $173,088 DOQE with attractive benefits.

Filing deadline is August 13, 2018.
Resumes are acknowledged within 2 business days.