Cultural Services Supervisor

City of Torrance

Torrance, CA

SALARY: $26.69 - $33.29 Hourly

DEPARTMENT: Community Services

OPENING DATE: 12/14/18

CLOSING DATE: 01/11/19 05:30 PM


The Community Services Department is seeking an experienced, energetic, and resourceful professional to serve as the Supervisor in the Cultural Services Division!

The Cultural Services Division is one of five in the Community Services Department. Programs within the Division include the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance Theater Company, Torrance Civic Chorale, classes and workshops at the Cultural Arts Center, the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market and community gardens. Additionally division staff liaise with the Cultural Arts Commission, and the Torrance Rose Float and Sister City Associations.


Serving as a unified campus for learning and excellence, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center is home to classes, programs, and events that enrich the community through arts training and instruction and physical fitness/development for all levels of learning. Proudly housing four dance studios with sprung hard wood floors, ceramics and jewelry making studios, painting and drawing studios, and a music/drama room, the Center offers hundreds of classes annually for all ages and all levels of ability, in visual and performing arts, exercise, martial arts, and sports.


Under the direction of a Division Manager, the Cultural Services Supervisor is responsible for supervising classes in visual and fine arts, performing arts, exercise, sports and martial arts at the Cultural Arts Center, amongst other duties. Current offerings include classes in ceramics, jewelry making, painting, drawing, cartooning, mixed media and photography offered to all ages and levels of experience. The Supervisor will also supervise a Program Coordinator responsible for exercise, dance, and martial arts classes, and have liaison duties to several arts-related community groups. Additionally there may be opportunities for the Supervisor to collaborate with staff at the Torrance Art Museum on programs and workshops.


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HOURS: The Cultural Services Supervisor may be required to work flexible hours, including but not limited to some evenings and weekends.



Education and Experience

Graduation from college with a degree in Recreation, or related field, or completion of required coursework within a recreation related specially, or specific and substantial full- time experience which prepares one to function in this position may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Related part-time experience will be credited in proportion to the average amount of time worked per year.

No specific minimum of experience.


License Required

A valid California Motor Vehicle Operators Class 3 License.


Ideal Candidate

In addition to the above requirements, the most successful candidate will possess the following:

Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Museum Management, Public Administration, or Business Administration or a related field;

At least two years of full-time equivalent experience working in a municipal or non- profit arts-related organization;

Experience planning and managing classes and workshops in a community center setting;

Supervisor experience;

Advanced experience with marketing and social media;

Experience working within a budget and ability to track inventories of supplies; Computer and software skills including Microsoft Office (Word and Excel); Approachability and willingness to collaborate;

Ability to conduct research to find out class trends and community needs and prepare proposals for pilot projects;

Strategic problem solving skills and ability to solve issues or problems from a broad perspective;

Willingness to implement new programs and initiatives;

Ability to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including volunteer board members, artists, elected officials, community leaders, city staff and the public;

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and Flexibility in schedule.



Interested candidates must submit an online application and a supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period opens Friday, December 14, 2018 and closes Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.


Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the testing process, which will consist of the following components:


Performance Test - 30% (Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019.)

Panel Interview - 70% (Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019.)


Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources. If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (310) 618-2915 no later than five (5) business days before the test date.


As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and a pre- employment medical examination.

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