DIRECTOR OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND CULTURAL SERVICES
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Subject to legislative and administrative determination of policy, to plan, organize and direct the administration of the Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services Department which includes parks acquisition, development and maintenance, and cultural, recreation and parks operations and programs; and to perform other duties as required.
This single position class serves as the department head for the Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services Department. The incumbent is responsible for the overall administration and management of departmental personnel, the departmental budget, program activities and facilities operations, and for coordinating community and commission/advisory body participation in establishing departmental programs and activities. Work is performed with a maximum amount of independence within established policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer. This position reports to the County Administrative Officer.
Plans, organizes and directs through subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in the development and administration of varied cultural and recreational activities, construction, maintenance and operation of parks and recreational areas and facilities, administration of contracts for the development and operation of park facilities and services, and maintenance of grounds around County buildings; evaluates the effectiveness of existing operations; analyzes the need for park and recreation and cultural programs; develops standards and policies for the acquisition and operation of parks and recreation areas and programs; develops plans for the organization, direction and improvement of departmental services; establishes objectives and timetables for major work phases and projects; develops and adopts work methods to suit changing needs; prepares proposed departmental budget; consults and coordinates with other departments and agencies and with community groups concerning parks planning, development and operation, coordination of recreational and cultural programs, joint use of property, and the design and construction of facilities; advises and cooperates with advisory bodies, public officials, citizen groups, and personnel from other departments concerned with departmental programs and represents the department at meetings and conferences; coordinates staff support for advisory bodies; appears before advisory bodies and Board of Supervisors to present materials and provide information related to departmental activities; plans and directs the preparation of applications for grants; recommends policy on the usage of facilities, such as fee schedules, scheduling of user activities and regulations; determines availability of park sites and recommends means of financing programs, acquisition and development; manages complex departmental budget; selects, assigns, trains, directs and evaluates performance of subordinate supervisors; prepares reports and correspondence.
Thorough knowledge of:
Some knowledge of:
Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Three years of professional management experience in parks, recreation, cultural services or a closely related field, which included high level budget and finance experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, CONDITIONS:
License Requirement: Possession of a California class C driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
Special Working Conditions: Possible exposure to: variable weather conditions; allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; infections; toxic substances or chemical irritants.
Other Special Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: Executive Management
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 30
Workers' Comp Code: 0053