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Parks Director

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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.


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 maintenance needs.
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 practices.

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.


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