Recreation Center Director Iii

County of San Diego
$57,574 - $69,180 Per year CA 5500 Overland Ave #410, San Diego, CA 92123, United States Apply before 6/17/2024 11:59



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Recreation Center Director III positions are assigned to large recreation centers or athletic facilities and/or those requiring difficult and sensitive community liaison work where they develop, plan, and supervise comprehensive complex and varied recreation programs; organize and coordinate youth and adult sport leagues and clinics, programs, special events, and facility maintenance and security; administer contractual agreements for recreation programs; investigate and resolve citizen complaints and City Council concerns; write reports; prepare budget estimates for programs and events and monitor expenditures; responsible for the administration of the bookkeeping system; train and supervise subordinate and contractual staff; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

4% effective 7/1/24 

2% effective 1/1/25 

5% effective 7/1/25  

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).
  • In accordance with California Public Resources Code section 5163, all persons holding Recreation Center Director III positions must get tested for tuberculosis (TB) when hired and every four years thereafter as a condition of continued employment.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated. 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:   You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Physical Education, or a closely related field AND one year of full-time professional recreation experience planning, directing, and implementing a variety of recreation programs and special events at a community center, playground, or recreation facility.
  2. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (i.e., minimum completed units = 120 semester/180 quarter) AND two years of full-time professional recreation experience planning, directing, and implementing a variety of recreation programs and special events at a community center, playground, or recreation facility.
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
  • Additional experience as a City of San Diego Assistant Recreation Center Director, Recreation Center Director I or Recreation Center Director II may be substituted for the education lacked in Option 2 above on a year-for-year basis. One year of full-time experience = 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units.
  • Additional qualifying professional recreation experience gained as a non-City of San Diego employee may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of two years of the required education in Option 2 above.  

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.


  • Financial transactions, internal controls, and fiscal management experience. 
  • Experience coordinating, scheduling, and supervising the maintenance of recreation facilities and sports fields.
  • Experience overseeing programs and activities, large special events and/or directing youth sports leagues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.  Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.   Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next one year.  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.  

 Rev. 13 – May 17, 2024 (New Recruitment Date)