Parks & Recreation Services Manager

City of Santa Fe Springs
Until Filled
(562) 409-7530

Under general direction, plans, organizes, manages and oversees the programs and activities of the Recreation Services Division of the Community Services Department including a well-rounded municipal park and recreation program and the development of City parks and neighborhood playgrounds; provides administrative support to the Director of Community Services; serves as a member of the City's Leadership Team.

Receives direction from the Director of Community Services Department.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff.


A. Held in Common:
  1. Supports the Mission of the City and its Elected and Appointed Officials.
  2. Exhibits loyalty to the City and its representatives.
  3. Provides courteous and timely service to the public as the ultimate employer.
  4. Works cooperatively with other City employees.
  5. Exhibits integrity and displays ethical behavior. 

B. Essential Job Specific Duties:
  1. Directs all activities of City's comprehensive park and recreation programs; ensures enforcement of federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes and ordinances; manages assigned personnel.
  2. Provides highly responsible and complex administrative assistance to the Director of Community Services in coordinating and directing City-wide divisional and departmental activities and operations.
  3. Oversees, directs, and participates in all City recreation and cultural services activities including overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operation of recreation programs and facilities.
  4. Meet with City advisory committees and other organizations as a representative of the City and Division to explain and promote recreational and cultural activities and programs, and to assure that programs and activities are meeting the changing needs of the Santa Fe Springs Community.
  5. Accountable for accomplishing divisional planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering Departmental and Divisional goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.
  6. Directs, coordinates, and reviews staffing, operational activities, staff development training, and evaluates personnel; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, policies, and procedures; identifies opportunities for enhancing service delivery methods and implements improvements.
  7. Develops and administers an assigned budget; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; conducts fee analysis; monitors fee collections and allocation of revenues; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; recommends adjustments as necessary.

C. Other Job Specific Duties:
  1. Plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight for City parks, special cultural events, athletics, youth programs, facility rentals, and recreational classes and programs.
  2. Represents the City in the community; coordinate division activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies and organizations.
  3. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  4. Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; oversees data and record management.
  5. Makes oral presentations at City Council meetings, as well as City advisory committees.
  6. Ability to be politically astute, yet apolitical.
  7. Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of:  Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.  Administration and organization; principles of municipal budget analysis, preparation and control.  Program and project management.  Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.  Park system planning and development methods.  Knowledge of public policy and municipal functions.  Strong technical skills combined with the ability to manage, motivate, and inspire staff.  Excellent organizational, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.  Principles of public, press, and social media relations.  Modern office procedures and equipment including computers.  Word processing and other related software applications.

Ability to:  Plan, organize, and direct the operations of a division including the supervision, training, and evaluation of professional, technical, and support personnel.  Provide proactive leadership, participative, and collaborative management style.  Interpret and explain City and departmental policies and procedures.   Research, analyze, and evaluate new program techniques, methods and policies.  Prepare grammatically correct and concise reports.  Supervise, train, evaluate, and review the work of lower level staff.  Make effective public presentations.  Work in a customer focused environment.   Work with accuracy and attention to detail.  Operate and use modern office equipment.  Work independently and be able to prioritize, delegate, and manage tasks.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including a variety of City and other government officials, community groups and the general public.  Work within a framework of collaboration and exercise creativity and strategic thinking in approaching situations with a positive, solution-oriented attitude.  Develop and implement alternative ways to provide programs and services to the residents.

  • The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position. A typical way to obtain these would be:
  • Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Recreation Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in park administration, d facility operations and maintenance, municipal and project management, budget and fiscal management including two (2) years in amanagerial or administrative capacity in recreation and/or community services, which has included program planning, aquatics, sports and personnel management.
  • A Master's degree in a field noted above is highly desirable and may substitute one (1) year of the required experience.
  • A valid State of California driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Applicants are REQUIRED to complete and submit a City Application online. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application. To apply, click on the following link to be re-directed to our career page: