Director of Parks & Recreation

City of Santa Cruz

Director of Parks & Recreation

City of Santa Cruz



Known for its outstanding quality of life and incredible outdoor activities, the City of Santa Cruz (pop. 64,465) is located just 75 miles south of San Francisco between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay. This coastal city has long-been known for its superior recreation programming, exceptional facilities, and beautiful parks and open space. The Parks & Recreation Department is currently organized across two divisions and is supported by a staff of 97 FTE and an annual operating budget of $17 million.


Reporting to the City Manager, the Parks & Recreation Director will be a talented people manager who proactively invests in mentoring and developing team members. He/she will be a high energy leader known for inspiring innovation and encouraging fresh ideas and creative problem solving. Five years of progressively responsible experience in the parks and recreation field, that includes at least two years of management experience, and a Bachelor’s degree is required.


Salary range up to $188,604. Compensation also includes an attractive benefits package. This recruitment will close on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Please visit for brochure and to apply online.


Teri Black · 424.296.3111 · Bob McFall


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