The City of Santa Rosa is located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 170,000. Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County and the center of trade, government, commerce and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards, many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including 16 golf courses, and the spectacular Northern California coastline. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. It boasts many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally-recognized restaurants, yet still retains the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California.
Recreation & Parks designs, constructs, operates, and maintains approximately 555 acres of City parks. The Department serves as the caretaker for an additional 250 acres of public landscaped areas, undeveloped parks, street medians, and landscaped frontages. Recreation & Parks maintains approximately 72,000 park and street trees, and a large number of special recreational and historic facilities, including Howarth Park, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, the Church of One Tree, DeTurk Round Barn, the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Finley and Steele Lane Community Centers, Bennett Valley Senior Center, Ridgway and Finley Aquatic Centers, Courthouse Square, Railroad Square, the Downtown core, and the Bennett Valley Golf Course. The Department is responsible for maintaining 116 buildings, including Fire Stations, City Hall, and Municipal Services offices, in addition to recreation facilities.
Under the general direction of the Director of Recreation and Parks, the Deputy Director - Parks will provide the overall administration of the Parks Division, which includes Park and Grounds Maintenance, City-wide Facilities Maintenance, Capital Assets, and Park Planning and Development; and serve as Acting Director of Recreation and Parks in the Director’s absence. Staff includes 42 full time employees and additional temporary maintenance aides.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position has extensive and varied experience in planning, organizing, implementing and supervising parks programs and facilities and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Parks and Recreation Administration, or a related field; and
•Demonstrates highly developed personnel management skills
•Has strong communication and presentation skills, willing to both listen and share information
•Is highly skilled in project management, planning and organizing, and process improvement
•Shows good judgment in complex decision making
•Understands current trends in Parks and Recreation and takes a long-range strategic view when planning parks and facilities
•Demonstrates thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations and principles of horticulture, arboriculture and park and recreation facility and landscape design, operation, use, and maintenance.
Typical Duties will include:
Plan, supervise, and coordinate the activities of the Parks Division of the Recreation and Parks Department; prepare and submit reports and recommendations and provide technical advice on behalf of the Director to the City Manager, City Council, and related City Boards and Commissions; select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; assist in the planning, development and implementation of policies, goals, objectives and priorities of the division’s administration and operation; assist in the preparation and administration of the Recreation and Parks Department budget; respond to difficult complaints and requests for information; organize and oversee available resources for acquisition, development, maintenance, improvement, and repair of recreation and parks facilities; recommend additional, altered or expanded park facilities, recreation facilities and City buildings; manage the preparation of long-range plans to meet community needs based on studies of local conditions and projections of future composition of the community ; provide staff assistance to the Board of Community Services and ad hoc committees; administer grant funded programs related to park and facility expansion projects; conduct advance planning for Recreation & Parks General Plan elements related to open space and recreation and park facilities; negotiate Park Development Agreements with developers; oversee preparation of Requests for Proposals and bid award processes for Professional Services solicitations and preparation of consultant contracts; provide general City supervision of major construction projects; and serve as Acting Director of Recreation and Parks as assigned.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices and methods of organization, administration, personnel, budget management, and program planning; principles and practices of parks and facility management, maintenance, and development; applicable state and federal laws and regulations; horticulture; arboriculture; park and recreation facility and landscape design and use; record-keeping and reporting practices; conflict resolution techniques.
Ability to: Direct, plan and supervise the work of professional, technical, maintenance and support staff; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with elected and appointed officials, employees of other City departments, and the public; train and evaluate management, technical and clerical staff; analyze, interpret, summarize and present administrative and technical information and data in an efficient, effective manner; read and interpret plans and construction documents; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work; resolve interpersonal conflicts; maintain a harmonious work environment.
Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient years of progressively responsible experience in an administrative and/or managerial capacity involving varied responsibility for planning, organizing, implementing and supervising parks, programs, and facilities; Education - Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Parks and Recreation Administration, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Parks and Recreation Administration, or a related field is desirable.
Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting; however, incumbents make regular field visits to facilities, parks, open space, and development sites, which require climbing and traversing rough, uneven and/or rocky terrain. Incumbents operate a computer keyboard to communicate via e-mail and to make use of other software applications on the computer.
Applicants presenting the most desirable combination of qualifications and experience based on a screening of the application materials, including answers to the supplemental questionnaire, will be invited to continue in the next step(s) of the selection process that may consist of an application scoring, oral appraisal interview, assessment center, or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department.