Assistant Parks and Recreation Director

City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara is seeking a proven strategic manager, a leader who has a passion for public service and a firm belief that parks and recreation programs are integral to healthy communities.
In this role, you will work with department leadership to manage and support the Parks and Recreation's vision and help to lead an organization that is committed to continuous improvement and nothing short of excellence. The Assistant Director will have a passion for conservation and public service, and firm belief that parks and open spaces are integral to healthy communities.
The Assistant Director will lead with integrity, have exceptional strategic leadership and project management skills, drive efficiency and innovation, commit to building and maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, and achieve successful results.
This key position will act as an advisor and assistant to the Parks and Recreation Director. You will interact with staff from all levels of the organization, as well as with elected officials, agency stakeholders, and inter-jurisdictional partners. You will play a key role in developing, implementing and monitoring policies, procedures, strategic plans, work programs, and budgets as well as lead other critical projects.
In addition, the position oversees the Parks Division, Recreation Division and the Capital Projects Team and ensure cross departmental coordination in annual budget development and management, community outreach, collaborations and marketing, resource development, 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 capital improvement program, oversees facility infrastructure improvements, leads major studies related to recreational needs and park master planning. Key current departmental initiatives include completion of recreation and parks needs assessments, programming and services of the Cabrillo Pavilion, advancement of significant capital projects, including the Ortega Park and Dwight Murphy Field Renovation Projects, West Beach Splash Play Facility, and renovation of Bohnett Park and Louise Lowry Davis Center and implementation of the Urban Forest Management Plan.


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