Parks & Recreation Business Manager

City of Santa Barbara

Our Community

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. Institutions of higher learning include the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Antioch University, and Westmont College, among others. 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.


City Government

Santa Barbara is managed by the Council/City Administrator form of government. City government services are provided by ten departments: Administrative Services, Airport, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Public Works, and Waterfront. The City Administrator is also the appointed City Clerk/Treasurer. Santa Barbara has 1,036 full-time equivalent employees, a $407 million budget for fiscal year 2019, and eight recognized bargaining units. The seven-member City Council is elected by district except the Mayor, who is elected at-large. The City provides a full scope of services to the community, including public safety (fire and police), library, parks, recreation, planning, engineering, water, storm drain, refuse, and wastewater; and includes a municipal airport, golf course, and harbor. Santa Barbara serves as the county seat as well as the county's financial and retail center. Research and development, high tech, and light industry businesses play an important role in Santa Barbara's economy. Year-round tourism also produces jobs and revenue to the City.


The Parks and Recreation Department

The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide 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 1,808 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, and parkways and medians program. Key recreation facilities include the Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse, Carrillo Recreation Center, and three neighborhood community centers. The Department's resources include a staff of 90.5 permanent full-time employees and over 300 temporary/seasonal employees, an annual operating budget of $24.7 million and a capital program of $10 million. The Director's management team includes an Assistant Director, Business Manager, Creeks / Clean Water Manager, Parks Manager, and two Recreation Managers. 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 Position

The Parks and Recreation Business Manager plans, manages and coordinates the activities and operations of the Parks and Recreation annual operating and capital budget; oversees department marketing and communications; manages the department performance measurement program, and leads information technology projects and applications related to Department operations, including recreation activity and facility reservations, park maintenance, Golf Pro Shop, and City Internet applications. The Business Manager also oversees the overall function of the Golf Division, which includes contract management, capital projects, Golf Advisory Committee, golf programming, customer service and public relations. The Business Manager works across the department, with division managers and supervisors, to perform expenditure and revenue analysis and forecasting, develop fees and charges, evaluate and enhance programs, services and facility maintenance and operations, leverage financial resources, and implement new initiatives. The Business Manager reports to the Parks and Recreation Director.


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional and possess the following:

• Experience in program and project budgeting, accounting, and purchasing; property management and lease administration; project management, contract and grant administration, and negotiation techniques.

• Experience in analysis of complex operational and administrative problems; evaluation and development of new service delivery methods and standard operating procedures; and estimation of time, materials and equipment needed to complete projects.

• Demonstrated leadership, employee motivation and teambuilding skills; well versed in principles and practices of employee supervision, selection, training, evaluation and discipline.

• Highly motivated; possess strong managerial and leadership qualities; have excellent written and oral communication skills; work independently; work efficiently in a team environment; be customer service oriented; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with elected and appointed public officials, colleagues, community groups, the general public and others contacted in the course of work.


A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or equivalent is required, along with five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, and at least two years of supervisory experience. Experience in facility operations and program management and implementation is highly desirable.


It is important that your application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications, resumes, and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview panel. The successful candidate's employment history and background will be thoroughly evaluated prior to appointment. To apply, please visit