Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services

City of Santa Ana, California
916 471-3111

City of Santa Ana, California 

Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services 
Annual salary range: $135,276 to $191,112 
The city provides an excellent benefits package. 
Application deadline: Monday, August 6, 2018 

The City of Santa Ana is located 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. The county seat of Orange County and center of all state and federal government buildings and court houses, Santa Ana encompasses an area of approximately 27 square miles. With a population of approximately 341,000, it is the second largest city in Orange County. 

Incorporated in 1886, Santa Ana is a charter city with a Council/Manager form of government including a mayor and six council members. Council members are elected to four-year terms with a three-term limit and the mayor is elected to two-year terms with a four-term limit. 

The Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services provides policy and managerial direction for the activities of the recreation and community services agency, which is composed of recreation services, city parks, community services, the City Zoo, libraries, and cultural events. This position will ensure solid and progressive leadership for a staff of approximately 60 full-time employees and 300 part-time and peak season staff. 

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and collaborative leader with a strong work ethic; possessing strategic awareness and a sense of vision, a cooperative spirit, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and strong political and business acumen. The new Director will have an engaging management style with a successful track record of creating and implementing creative and nontraditional approaches to challenges while maintaining energy and enthusiasm within the department. The successful candidate shall have expertise in the areas of recreation and parks management, budget administration, and the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with city council, regional and business partners, surrounding cities, governmental agencies, staff and the community, through open and respectful dialogue. The City seeks someone who is responsive and approachable, has excellent public relations skills, and a candidate that can demonstrate the ability to work positively and effectively with staff, develop talent, and promote positive morale and develop a team-oriented working environment. A Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, recreation administration, or a related field and a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible administrative and management experience in recreation, parks, community services and cultural programming is required. Knowledge of zoo and library administration and/or oversight is extremely helpful; past leadership in a diverse community, bilingual (Spanish, Vietnamese) is helpful. A Master’s degree is desirable. 

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume, and six work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment.) Resumes should reflect years and months of employment, positions held. Please submit your materials on our website: 

Frank Rojas 
CPS HR Consulting 
Ph: 916 471-3111 

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The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer.