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Deputy Director - Arts & Recreation

City of Mill Valley
$11,086.00-$14,857.00 Monthly
Excellent Benefits (see info below)
United States, California, Mill Valley
180 Camino Alto (Show on map)
May 02, 2024


The City of Mill Valley is accepting applications for Deputy Director - Arts & Recreation. If you are a seasoned, creative, and entrepreneurial  recreation professional looking for your next advancement opportunity, this may be the position for you. Mill Valley Recreation has a long history of innovative programming, first-class facilities, and strong community support. We invite you to join our legacy!


The City of Mill Valley is located 10 miles north or San Francisco in Marin County. Mill Valley has a unique and eclectic cultural history beginning as a small mill town and growing to the modern full-service city it is today. The City of steeped in arts & recreation as the host of Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley Music Festival, First Tuesday ArtWalk, and the Dipsea Race. 

Mill Valley is primarily a suburban community of approximately 14,000 residents living within a 4.8 square mile area, although we serve as the center for a larger unincorporated Mill Valley area with more than 30,000 residents. The City of Mill Valley has roughly 130 full-time staff and an operating budget of approximately $41 million. 


The Arts and Recreation Department consists of five divisions: Administration, Aquatics and Fitness, Community Services (Events and Active Adults), Facilities, and Youth and Teens. Working closely with the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Arts Commission, staff strive to provide high quality programs, activities, and events for the community, offering excellent community service, and remaining adaptable and responsive to our clients needs and expectations. Please see the Recruitment Brochure on CalOpps.org for more information about the department. You may also visit the Mill Valley Arts & Recreation website: www.millvalleyrecreation.org


The Deputy Director supports the management and administration of the Recreation Department and directs a team of four Recreation Supervisors and their respective divisions and facilities. They work with the Director to establish and refine best practices for the creation, implementation, and delivery of recreation programming and services. Additionally, the incumbent will assist with the development and coordination of the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as its Arts Commission.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Including but not limited to):

  •  Assists Director in supervision and administrative control over the organization, staffing, and operation of the Recreation Department and the 29,000 square foot Community Center.
  • Engages in strategic thinking to develop and implement goals, objectives, priorities and policies.
  • Provides staff assistance to the Director; provides interdepartmental support on various projects; develops and recommends modifications to recreation programs, facilities, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Conducts and supervises wide variety of special projects including policy analysis and development, program and facility development and customer service enhancement.
  • Prepares a variety of regular and special reports and records on operations and activities related to the Arts & Recreation Department; develops professional service contracts, requests for qualification and proposal and completes grant applications and proposals.
  • Responds to and resolves citizen inquiries and complaints and controversial issues.
  • Represents the Department and the Director on various occasions and serves on a variety of internal and external committees. Acts in the absence of the Director.


The ideal candidate is a proven self-starter with diverse knowledge and experience in all areas of Recreation. They should be able to provide customer service at the highest level while attending to the needs and management of their team.

Minimum qualifications include (but are not limited to) at least five (5) years of progressively responsible recreation program administrative experience and supervisory responsibility. At least three (3) years of the experience must involve direct supervision of recreation program development and delivery. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in recreation administration, business administration, public administration, or a related field is required. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) or Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) a plus.

Preferred skills and experience includes extensive management and administrative experience in Arts, Parks, and Recreation, local government, community services delivery model (e.g. working with Library) or a related field. Experience and certification in aquatics programming, pool/spa operation and maintenance, and event management is highly desirable.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Including but not limited to):

  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of municipal recreation and community service programming.
  • Theories, principles, operational practices and trends of public recreation program development and administration.
  • Marketing theories, principles and practices and their application to the arts and recreation industry.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, municipal budget preparation and administration, and human resources.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Create a collaborative and creative team environment, high morale and high functioning staff.
  • Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures. Conduct studies, analyze data, and draw sound conclusions.
  • Work cooperatively with representatives of other agencies, local organizations and the public.
  • Develop and maintain public and private partnerships.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.


  • Leave – the City provides a generous leave package:
    • 15 holidays and floating holidays/personal days (11 named plus 4 floating)
    • 2 to 5 weeks of vacation leave based upon years of service
    • 8 days Administrative Leave
  • Schedule – City staff typically work a 9/80 schedule with alternating Friday's off. This position is eligible for consideration of a hybrid telework options and flexible hours following successful completion of a probationary period.  
  • Health Insurance – City provides the full premium for the Kaiser Family Plan or the equivalent thereof for employees who elect Western Health Advantage HMO.
  • Dental Insurance – City provides the full premium for Delta Dental
  • Retirement
    • New employees with no prior CalPERS service or have a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more: 2% @ 62
    • New employees who are “classic” CalPERS members and do not have a break in service of more than 6 months: 2% @ 55
  • 457 Deferred Compensation – the City offers up to $600/year in matching contributions toward deferred compensation
  • Other – the City also pays the premium for Long-Term Disability Insurance and Life Insurance ($50,000). Free & discounted use of City recreational facilities and programs for you and eligible family members, including: indoor pool, gym, group fitness classes, personal training, summer camps, swim lessons, enrichment classes, and more!