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Deputy Park Director

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, directs the operations of a division of the Park Department that includes regional serving parks, neighborhood parks, camp facilities, trails and open spaces, and County building landscape maintenance; assists the Director in formulating and implementing operational policies and in the administration of the operations of the department; acts for the Director during absences; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, assistant department head class. Incumbents are exempt from Civil Service and serve at the pleasure of the Parks Director. The Deputy Director is distinguished from the Park Operations Manager in that the manager reports to the Deputy Director and is responsible for managing one or more regional park areas. Each Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of a park division (North County and South County) and provides policy direction to the Park Operations Managers.


1. Provides policy direction to managers to enable them to make operational decisions; oversees the development, revision, and implementation of operational policies and procedures; interprets and applies federal, state, and local laws pertaining to park programs; and oversees the preparation and administration of contracts and agreements made with other agencies, entities, and individuals.
2. Identifies areas for organizational improvement and initiates changes to improve organizational efficiency; analyzes problems raised by the general public, other county departments and departmental staff to determine the nature and scope of the problem;
3. Acts in the Director's absence; makes presentations before the Board of Supervisors and Park Commission and answers questions on technical and policy issues related to the respective region; acts as department liaison to the community and to other County departments; and represents the department and presents its position in public workshops, and community and other meetings on issues related to department projects and services.
4. Develops budget guidelines for the division; determines division priorities and allocates funds to managers; makes final budget recommendations to the department head; and may present and justify proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors.
5. Selects management staff; establishes performance standards; evaluates staff performance; reviews performance evaluations prepared by management and supervisory staff; and reviews, recommends, and takes action on personnel matters.
6. Directs projects involving major initiatives regarding public policy development, facility master planning and development and operational reforms.


1. A bachelor's degree in business, public, or personnel administration; parks and recreation; natural resource management; or related field, and five years of progressively responsible experience in public administration, preferably with a Park Department; or,
2. a bachelor's degree in business, public, or personnel administration; parks and recreation; natural resource management; or related field, and two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Park Operations Manager with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. six years of experience performing the duties equivalent to Park Operations Manager with the County of Santa Barbara that included training in budget development, personnel administration, performance measurement, strategic planning, policy development, and process improvement; or,
4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Independent travel may be required.

Knowledge of: principles of public administration, fiscal management and budget administration; principles of park planning and administration; current management theory and practices; project management, performance measurement; long range planning; organizational development; general operations and functions for government services; team-building techniques; principles of marketing; contract administration; and standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: formulate, interpret, and explain policies, rules, and regulations; analyze information, identify problems, project consequences, and make recommendations or develop solutions; apply laws and regulations pertaining to parks and safety; present project proposals to public officials, technical groups, and regulatory agencies; be creative and persuasive in winning acceptance of and support for new and/or controversial proposals; encourage and be receptive to suggestions and new ideas; formulate long-range, strategic plans; adapt to new policies, procedures, and technologies; exercise independent judgment; make presentations before the public; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, staff, other departments, elected and appointed officials, and citizens and community groups; demonstrate tact and diplomacy in representing the department; understand and address the concerns of a variety of constituencies; and plan, organize, prioritize, department wide goals and objectives.

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