City of Redding
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Job Description
Salary: $144,336 - $187,644 annually

The City of Redding is seeking an innovative, collaborative and motivational leader who manages with integrity, passion, and humility to serve as the next Director of Community Services. The successful candidate will possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong working relationships and coalitions with City staff, commissioners, elected officials, and a wide array of community partners. The next Director of Community Services will have a solid understanding of recreation programming, staff development, park and trail development, park and facilities operations and maintenance, contract administration, and community engagement. The ideal candidate will come with experience in managing numerous funding sources, fundraising, operating and capital budgets, recreational, cultural and artistic programming.


The Director reports to the City Manager and is an integral part of the City’s leadership team while overseeing approximately 86 staff members and an annual budget of $14.7 million.


•Smart use of resources with excellent budget and business sense to accomplish community goals and objectives.
•Selecting, training, and mentoring qualified and passionate staff.
•Exercising leadership in formulating strategies for the development of programs and services, consistent with the department's mission, that serve the diverse interests and needs of the community.
•Attending and participating in professional meetings; staying abreast on current trends and innovations within the fields of Recreation, Park Development, and Libraries.


In this highly visible role, the Director of Community Services will have strong leadership abilities with experience managing and motivating a diverse team. They will have a deep understanding of community dynamics and a demonstrated ability to engage with a wide array of individuals and groups.

The ideal candidate should have a genuine passion for public service, customer service, and will lead by example to gain city staff and the public's confidence. The Director will be dedicated to maintaining a positive and professional work environment while delivering top-level recreational, educational, and cultural programs and facilities for the community.

As a dynamic leader, the Director of Community Services must be knowledgeable in budget management, program development and oversight, long-range park improvement planning, and facility management. Knowledge of and experience in the funding and coordination of various parks, recreation, library and cultural activities is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will uphold the City of Redding's vision of supporting programs that connect the City's unique natural beauty and rich history.


•Typical education would include a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Business Administration, Public Administration, or equivalent field of study, from an accredited college, university, or equivalent. A Master's Degree is preferred.
•Typical experience would include five years of progressively responsible relevant management experience in Community Services, or related facility or complex, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
•Possession of the appropriate California driver's license, or the ability to acquire one within ten days of appointment.


•Assist in the general administration of the City as a member of the executive management team by providing input into the problem-solving and decision-making processes.
•Negotiate, prepare and administer contracts and agreements; oversee tenant agreements; devise fee schedules and revenue-generating programs; perform cost benefit and other types of analyses of revenue-generating programs.
•Plan and direct the department's construction and capital improvement efforts; coordinate related activities with City engineering staff including park development projects and park open-space master planning.

Additional Application Instructions

Apply online at: cityofredding.org/jobs. Apply by September 6, 2023 for first consideration. Interviews scheduled for September 20, 2023 QUESTIONS? Please contact Leslie Saelee at 530.225.4406 or lsaelee@cityofredding.org