Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods – Modesto, CA

Client: City of Modesto, California
Position: Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods
Closing Date: Closed; Appointment Made

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Modesto Park

The City of Modesto is recruiting nationally for a highly motivated, innovative, and result-driven Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods (PRN). In 2022, Modesto voters passed Measure H, a 1% sales tax measure, adding approximately $39 million to the City’s general fund. The new Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods will play an integral role in updating the City’s facilities and programs. This at-will position reports to the Deputy City Manager and works closely with the City Manager. The Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods is accountable for leading a staff of approximately 68 full-time and 300 part-time employees with a 2023/24 operating budget of $34 million, of which 11.5 million is dedicated Measure H funding.

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, recreation, or a related field.

Experience: This position requires a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible experience in community leisure, or human services programs, including three years of administrative and management responsibility.

Final Selection and Appointment: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. The City of Modesto will select the most highly qualified candidates for consideration based on a combination of education, career experience, and accomplishments that best fit the needs of the City of Modesto.

The City offers a competitive executive salary range of $157,227 – $196,539, which is negotiable and commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. The City offers a generous education incentive to enhance compensation of 2.5% for a bachelor’s degree or 5% for a master’s degree. The Director will also receive an excellent benefits package including enrollment into the Public Employees Retirement System, CalPERS, 2% @ 60 for classic members or 2% @ 62 for PEPRA members, 80 hours management leave annually, City paid life insurance, City contributions to a retiree health savings account and matching contributions into 457 and 401(a) Deferred Compensation plans.