CPRS Job Listing

Job Ad ID: 725

Recreation Manager

Salary: $73,154 - $80,652 annually (DOE)
Location: Chico, CA
Closing Date: May 9, 2021

Nothing turns neighbors into friends faster than powerful moments of shared community engagement. CARD continually aspires to keep pace with community engagement and needs by offering innovative programs, sports activities for young and old, classes designed to teach people something new, explore artistic talents and improve abilities through a variety of activities. If you are passionate about improving your community through recreation, than this position may be for you. The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is looking for a dynamic and creative leader to fill this management position. The ideal candidate will be a bold visionary with outstanding peoplepromotional and management skills. Demonstrated success in team leadership, change management and strategic planning. In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in fiscal responsibility, possess excellent oral and written communication skills and be confident, collaborative and a decisive leader with good judgment. This position reports directly to the General Manager.

About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

As a California Recreation and Park District, the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) is committed to improving and protecting the quality of life for all residents of the Greater Chico Area by providing essential recreation, park and open space facilities and services. The District accepts this public trust and conversely expects each of its employees to do the same.

About CARD

For 70 years, CARD has provided parks and recreation services in Chico, CA.  Oversite is provided by a 5-member elected board of directors. CARD provides quality recreational programs and facilities for the greater Chico area. Parks are beautifully maintained, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities are offered for all ages and abilities. Services include community parks that are home to a wide variety of sports fields, neighborhood parks that are nestled in the beautiful neighborhoods of Chico, a gym which is home to successful youth and adult sports programs, Chico Creek Nature Center and, 4 community centers which include 2 premier wedding venues.

About Chico
Chico is located in the north end of the Sacramento Valley. Home to California State University, Chico and Butte Community College (home of Aaron Rodgers), Chico has something for everyone. Beautiful natural surroundings, quality shopping, cultural opportunities in both indoor and outdoor settings, quality education opportunities for children and a fun and unique downtown area.


In addition to the positive work environment, CARD offers a fantastic benefit package that includes 80 hours of paid vacation, 80 hours of administrative leave, 12 days of paid sick leave, 6 additional days of holiday pay between the Christmas and New Year holidays along with nine (9) paid holidays throughout the year and, defined contribution of $1050 per month toward health, dental and vision cafeteria benefits, Life Insurance and an Employee Assistance Program. 

This position participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Classic Members in this position will contribute 8% and New Members will contribute 7%. Benefits of CalPERS membership include:

  •  Classic Members (membership in CalPERS before 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 55
  • New Members (membership in CalPERS after 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 62


Starting salary is $73,154 - $80,652 annually, depending upon experience.  The Recreation Manager will be eligible for a step increase following the successful completion of a 6-month probation period. 

Under general supervision of the General Manager, the Recreation Manager exercises a broad range of authority over recreation programs and services, marketing, and special event management.  This position also exercises direct supervision over the Recreation Division staff. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the Recreation Division’s programs and services; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; and review and evaluate work products, methods, procedures, and program outcome.
  • Develop, plan, and implement division goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures; maintain a supportive role and display unity towards the District’s overall goals and objectives.
  • Prepare, administer, and oversee the Recreation Division budget; responsible for forecasting the need for additional funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and monitor and approve expenditures.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; and maintain discipline and standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Recreation Division.
  • Monitor operating and capital budgets for the Recreation Division; prepare grant applications, negotiate contracts, agreements, and MOUs; advise and lead major capital planning and development efforts; and monitor and administrate individual program budgets within the Recreation Division. 
  • Identify potential state/federal funds and grants; coordinate the development of grants, corporate sponsorships, and donations in accordance with District policies, to assist in funding services and programs. 
  • Develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans regarding staffing and programs and services in order to meet the needs and interests of the community.
  • Assess and analyze programs and services to determine need for new programs and effectiveness of current programs and services.  Includes evaluation of industry or service trends to assess for potential District implementation.
  • Represent the Recreation Division, serving as a liaison and providing advisory support to other departments, the District Board, and outside agencies and organizations in the facilitation and delivery of programs and services for the community; participates in community and professional groups and committees; and provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Oversee all District marketing and advertisement; prepare or coordinate the development of publicity for programs and events, including news releases, flyers, pamphlets, and brochures.
  • Participate in the coordination, planning, implementation, and promotion of complex or specialized recreation programs and classes with other departments or outside agencies and organizations, while also building and maintaining relationships and agreements. 
  • Conduct research, gather data and analyze trends, demographics and community conditions; and prepare and present studies and reports to the General Manager, District Board, outside agencies, organizations, or community groups; and prepares a variety of technical and administrative reports, documents, and correspondence.
  • Respond to community or public inquiries or complaints and resolve difficult or controversial issues consistent with District policy.
  • Establish, evaluate, and coordinate the Risk Management/Safety Awareness Program for the Recreation Division, as well as in-service staff training.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with staff, co-workers, the General Manager, and the District Board. 
  • May fill in for the General Manager in his/her absence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

CARD is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Application deadline is May 9, 2021



  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation and Park Administration, Recreation/Leisure Studies, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field.  A Master’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration or Recreation/Leisure Management is desirable.  Experience may be a substitution for degree.
  • Five years experience in the management, planning, organizing, implementation, and supervision of multiple recreation programs, with a minimum of two years in a supervisory role over professional staff.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and planning of recreation program development and administration and general sports rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of practices, principles, and methods of supervision, training and personnel management; budget management; recordkeeping, report writing, grant writing; program planning; and project management.
  • Knowledge of program planning, principles and practices of recreation administration. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service and address issues tactfully. 
  • Ability to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to keep current with literature and sources of information related to recreation program planning and administration; and recreational, cultural, and social needs of diverse community groups. 
  • Knowledge of facilities and equipment needed for recreation programs.
  • Knowledge of techniques of marketing and public relations. 
  • Knowledge of laws associated with public pool operations, pool chemistry, and organization of an aquatics program. 
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and write at a level necessary for acceptable job performance.
  • Ability to be in compliance with and meet background check requirements.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License and be insurable on the District’s vehicle liability policy 


  • Frequent sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time; occasional bending, twisting, kneeling or squatting.
  • Frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 25 pounds; occasionally up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent grasping, holding, and reaching, including reaching over head or shoulder. 
  • Constant use of overall vision.
  • Frequent hearing and talking in person; occasionally by phone. 
  • Frequent participant, public, and co-worker contract; occasional working alone.
  • Occasional exposure to loud noises and large groups of people.


Work is generally performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise.  Occasionally work may be performed outdoors.  Duties may include some equipment related noise or street noise. Will be required to work some weekends and evenings. 

How To Apply:

To be considered for this position ALL applicants must apply online, complete the on-line application in its entirety and answer all of the supplemental questions.

You can find this posting at:https://secure6.entertimeonline.com/ta/6096874.careers?CareersSearch

Agency: Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD)

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Contact Name: Michelle Niven
Contact Email: mniven@chicorec.com
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