DEFINITION: Under policy and budgetary direction of the County
Executive Officer, directs the administration, maintenance and
operation of day use and overnight camping parks, beaches, historic
buildings, open space lands, trails, landscaping services for County
building complexes, and programs of the Arts Commission; prepares
long- and short-term plans for acquisition, development, capital
improvements, maintenance, and visitor services for public park,
trail, and open space lands; serves as staff to the Santa Barbara
County Park Commission; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, department head
class. The incumbent is exempt from Civil Service and serves at the
pleasure of the County Executive Officer.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Directs the acquisition, development, and maintenance of parks,
beaches, scenic and biological preserves, historic buildings, riding
and hiking trails, etc.; acts as advisor to the Park Commission,
County Executive Officer and Board of Supervisors on park policy
matters; directs and sets policy regarding rental of park
facilities; represents the County before various public groups
regarding park projects, programs and planning issues; acts as a
champion for the Department and the assets it manages.
2. Engages citizen groups, advisory bodies and other concerned with
departmental programs and activities regarding need and service
level assessment of parks and open space; develops and implements
park-related strategic plans including new revenue strategies,
automation and more efficient provision of services; prepares and
oversees capital improvement master plans to meet current and
long-range park facilities acquisition, development, use, and
3. Oversees the department's budget and revenue streams; develops
revenue sources for acquisition and long range operations;
recommends methods of park development financing including federal,
state, and local funding; confers and coordinates with federal,
state, municipal, and county officials on joint financing, planning,
and management of projects..
4. Manages the development and receipt of bids for development and
remodeling of facilities; develops policy guidelines; negotiates and
manages leases and contracts with for-profit and non-profit
operators providing leisure, cultural, educational, and recreational
services and facilities on public parkland; and oversees purchasing
of equipment and supplies.
5. Directs the selection, training, development, evaluation, and
discipline of Park staff; and establishes, reviews, revises, and
implements departmental policies and procedures related to staffing
and employment practices to inspire those working in the Department
and providing services to the public.
6. Oversees the various programs of the Arts Commission; ensures
that Commission policies and procedures are consistent with County
and City of Santa Barbara goals and objectives; directs the
development and administration of programs such as One Percent for
Art, Art In Public Places, and the Channing Peake Art Gallery.
Bachelor's degree in public administration, park management,
business administration or other management related subject.
Extensive professional financial and administrative business
experience. Park management experience is desirable.
Knowledge of: Modern human resource and financial, administration
and management practices; contract negotiation and administration
Ability to: Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the overall
activities of staff involved in developing, acquiring, operating and
maintaining the County's parks and open spaces, managing budgets and
staff; prepare and review documents related to land acquisition,
development, capital projects and environmental studies; negotiate
and administer contracts; communicate effectively orally and in
writing with the Board, other governmental agencies, and the public;
establish and maintain effective working relationships
Additional Qualifications: A valid Class C California Driver's
License at time of appointment.
Desirable: Reputation for successfully meeting challenges, strategic
thinking and ability to see the big picture; understanding of
political realities, subtle nuances and undercurrents in any
situation; dedication to the principles and experience successfully
developing and sheparding public parks and open space.