City of Visalia

The City of Visalia is recruiting for a department head level position to lead the newly restructured General Services Department. 

The department encompasses a broad range of services provided by four divisions and serves as liaison to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The department, with 45 full-time employees and approximately 50 hourly employees, includes the following divisions:

Airport: Manages day-to-day operation of the Visalia Municipal Airport, an FAA Reliever airport with 192 based aircraft and over 40,000 annual operations. The airport is host to two charter services, a jet and piston engine maintenance facility, and a regional air ambulance operation. The airport provides facilities to accommodate the travel and recreational needs of the citizens of the Southern Central Valley.

Animal Care Services: The primary functions of the division are shelter care and management, animal field services, and animal licensing with an overall goal of promoting public health and safety, facilitating responsible pet ownership, humanely caring for animals, and providing education and positive enforcement efforts. The state-of-the-art Animal Care Center houses animal control and animal shelter staff, and has the capacity for up to 200 animals at any one time and is the major holding facility for lost and stray pets in the area. Animal Services works with local non-profit and rescue organizations throughout the state to increase the save rate of incoming animals.

Transit: Through an operations and maintenance contract, transportation services are provided 7 days per week in and around the greater Visalia area, as well as seasonal shuttle service to the Sequoia National Park. Annual ridership exceeds 1.3 million. The division operates a multi-modal transportation center that serves as a hub for the City and County transit systems. City staff operates a countywide transit information call center providing bus and other transit information.

Visalia Convention Center: The City-owned Convention Center serves as an economic stimulus and community gathering place for business, entertainment and cultural events. With over 114,000 sf of flexible meeting space, a 30,000 sf Exhibit Hall and arena seating for 3,000, the Convention Center strives to attract conventions, conferences, and meetings that bring people to Visalia and provide options for the entire community. 

The City is looking for an innovative, responsive professional with a strategic vision for the future. Experience in all aspects of the diverse functions of the department is not expected, but a track record of effective leadership in some of the areas of responsibility is desired, with strong aptitude for learning new roles, adapting to changing conditions, and leading an effective management team. Bachelor’s degree with 8 years of experience in a full service municipal or similar agency required.

Consider living in a thriving community that offers some of the most affordable housing in California and the typical commute time is less than 20 minutes. With a population of over 138,000, Visalia offers small town charm with metropolitan amenities including sporting and cultural activities, outdoor recreational opportunities, a vibrant downtown area and much more. Come discover all Visalia has to offer!

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit your letter of interest and resume detailing your qualifications online at The Final Filing Date for this recruitment is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020.

Questions may be directed to:
Diane Davis, Human Resources Manager
City of Visalia
220 N Santa Fe Street
Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 713-4575

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