Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

City of Santa Barbara
(805) 564-5316
(805) 897-1978

Santa Barbara is among the country’s most desirable places to live and work.  Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains, Santa Barbara provides a unique living environment that represents the essence of Southern California -- the art and culture of a metropolitan city with the heart and hospitality of a small, beautiful coastal town.  The City’s 90,000 residents enjoy a year-round temperate climate with magnificent beaches, mountains, and parks within minutes of downtown. Among the City’s many amenities are excellent healthcare services, abundant shopping, harbor facilities, and a convenient airport. From restaurants to cultural events, outdoor recreation to leisure activities and active community groups, Santa Barbara offers something for every taste and lifestyle.  Santa Barbara is truly a magnificent place to live and work.

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 closely 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 the Ortega Park and Dwight Murphy Field Master Plans, West Beach Splash Play Facility, and renovation of Bohnett Park and Louise Lowry Davis Center. 

Annual Salary: $132,171 - $160,655

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.

To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, please submit an application, resume, and cover letter, with 3 work related references at by Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  Interviews are tentatively scheduled for June 6 and 7.

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