The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide residents and visitors with diverse open space, park, beach, and community forest resources; to oversee creek restoration and water quality enhancements; and to enrich people’s lives through a broad array of recreation and community services. The Department manages 1,810 acres of parkland encompassing 60 developed and open space parks, beaches, recreation and sports facilities, and a municipal golf course as well as the City’s urban forest, parkways and medians program. Key recreation facilities include the Cabrillo Pavilion, Carrillo Recreation Center, five sports fields, and three neighborhood community centers. The Department’s resources include a staff of 91 full-time employees and over 300 temporary/seasonal employees, an annual operating budget of $24.7 million and a capital program of $15 million. The Director’s management team consists of five managers: an Assistant Director, Business Manager, Creeks / Clean Water Manager, Parks Manager, and Recreation Manager. A City Council appointed Parks and Recreation Commission meets monthly to advise the Department on a wide range of initiatives along with a number of advisory committees.
The Assistant Parks and Recreation Director assists the Parks and Recreation Director by assuming broad responsibility for the management of operating divisions and the oversight of key departmental operations and initiatives, and provides leadership assistance to the Director in the planning, coordination, and management of the entire department. The position oversees the Parks Division, Forestry Program and the Capital Projects Team and works with close with the Creeks, Recreation and Business Managers in annual budget development and management, recreation programs and marketing, community collaborations, resource development, capital projects, and facility and contract management. The Assistant Director engages in City interdepartmental teams related to community planning initiatives, represents department projects to City Boards and Commissions, administers the department’s performance measurement program and capital improvement program, and coordinates multi-agency front country trails management. Key departmental initiatives include the implementation of an Urban Forest Management Plan, development of an updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and advancement of significant capital projects, including implementation of specific park master plans, renovation of historic sites and development of new parks and facilities.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative administrator with exceptional leadership, management, oral/written communication and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will also have a broad range of experience in all areas of parks and recreation services, capital planning and land development, budget management, staff oversight and leadership, and public policy in addition to a proven track record of creativity and of building strong relationships with elected and appointed officials, staff, and the community.
This individual will also possess the following qualities or expertise: strategic and analytical thinking; active listening; building and maintaining teamwork; strong commitment to customer service; highly motivated; diligent seeker of funding opportunities from a wide spectrum of sources; active leader in the community; strong business sense; balance of assertiveness and diplomacy; good sense of humor; friendly and outgoing.
A bachelor’s degree in park and recreation management, environmental studies, urban planning, public administration, or a related field is required, and a master’s degree in a similar discipline is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will possess 7 years of increasingly responsible experience in the areas of park operations, recreation and community services, fiscal management, capital projects, and planning and program development, including at least 3 years of management experience.
Additional Salary Information: See City website.
About City of Santa Barbara
The mission of the Parks & Recreation Departmentis to provide residents and visitors with diverseopen space, park, beach, and community forestresources; to oversee creek restoration and waterquality enhancements; and to enrich people’s livesthrough a broad array of recreation andcommunity services. The Department manages1,765 acres of parkland encompassing 60developed and open space parks, beaches,recreation and sports facilities, and a municipalgolf course as well as the City’s urban forest,parkways and medians program. Key recreation facilities include the Cabrillo Pavilion andBathhouse, Carrillo Recreation Center, and three neighborhood community centers. TheDepartment’s resources include a staff of 92 full-time employees, 11 part-time employees,over 300 temporary/seasonal employees, an annual operating budget of $23 million and acapital program of $10 million. The Director’s management team consists of six managers:an Assistant Director, a Business Manager, a Creeks / Clean Water Manager, a ParksManager, and two Recreation Managers. A City Council appointed Parks and RecreationCommission meets monthly to advise the