Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

City of Lodi

The historic, charming and unique City of Lodi is ideally located 34 miles south of Sacramento, two miles north of Stockton, and 90 miles east of San Francisco. The residents of Lodi take immense pride in their community that is surrounded by lush parks, wineries, museums, a lake and open space.  The city is committed to quality growth while striving to protect its historical, small-town ambiance.  Lodi is also a safe city as crime rates are low and community pride reigns high, reflecting active community involvement and a strong public safety structure.  By all measures, the quality of life in the City of Lodi is exceptional and provides an ideal location in which to live, work and play.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to provide and ensure high quality services for the Lodi community. The Director will provide stewardship for the City’s 28 parks and facilities spanning 367 acres and featuring a community center, performing arts theater, a lake with river access, a nature preserve, playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields, and swimming pools. The new Director will be an engaging, active, and “hands-on” leader, that will create a unified sense of mission. A key priority will be the development of a departmental Strategic Action Plan focused on improvement of all operational, programming and service delivery aspects of the department. This position will also be responsible for identifying and securing additional funding streams to support the Parks system. The Director will be a highly visible administrator with exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively engage with others productively at all levels.

A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, park management and administration, public administration or a related field and at least seven years of increasingly responsible administrative, supervisory, and/or managerial experience in the operation or protection of a park, forest, public recreation or historical area is required. Also, the desired candidate should have at least three years supervising activities of staff engaged in the operation or natural resources management with a park or recreation resource agency. A combination of education and/or direct equivalent experience may be qualifying for consideration. The salary for this position is $151,117 annually. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by March 26, 2021.