The District: Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District encompasses 113 square miles which is bound by the Ventura County line to the east and south, the City of Moorpark line to the west, and the Oak Ridge area of the Santa Susana Mountains to the North. More than 141,000 people reside within this area, which includes the city of Simi Valley population of 125,115, the community of Oak Park population of 13,730, and various unincorporated areas within Ventura County with a population of 2,801. The climate in the County is pleasant and is a great area to live and work. The Park District’s headquarters are located in the City of Simi Valley. The District is held in high regard within the communities it serves. Rancho Simi employs 87 full-time and approximately 300 part-time staff members; is financially stable with a balanced operating budget of $25.8 million and a capital budget of $10.9 million.
Position:The Director of Recreation reports to the District Manager and has responsibility for the operations of the Recreation Department, which includes the provision of recreation programming in the following areas; adult and youth sports, alternative recreation (therapeutic recreation), aquatics, before and after school clubs and day camps, facility uses, golf courses, preschool, program marketing, recreation classes, senior activities, special events, volunteers, youth and teen activities. The Department includes 22 full-time employees, 292 part-time employees and has an operating budget of $10.8 million.
Candidate:Building upon the current successes of the Recreation Department, the ideal candidate will have a passion for providing recreation services and a vision for instilling creativity and innovation in the District’s recreation program offerings and services. The candidate will be energetic, a consensus builder and have excellent communication skills. The candidate will work well with elected Board of Directors, be an active member of the Executive Management team, successfully support the Department staff, efficiently manage the Departmental budget, and implement and adhere to District and Departmental policies and procedures. The candidate will be a positive leader within the community, the organization and the Recreation Department.
About Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
RANCHO SIMI RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT is a separate government agency from the City of Simi Valley. It is a Special District. It was formed in 1961 for the specific purpose of providing parks and recreation activities to our community. Since that time, the Park District has established 50 parks and preserved over 5,600 acres of open space that is now used for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife preservation. Several hundred years of Simi Valley history has been preserved at the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, and docent lead tours are available. Railroad enthusiasts can tour a depot built in 1903 with historic exhibits and miniature train displays. The Park District also provides two equestrian centers, two swimming pools, two golf courses, and numerous sports and other recreation amenities. In addition to the many facilities available for public enjoyment, the Park District offers hundreds of diverse recreation programs and large community events such as concerts, arts and crafts fairs and outdoor movies.