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Job Ad ID: 1214

Deputy Director - Recreation

Salary: $116,976.00 - $151,305.00 Annually
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Closing Date: November 29, 2021

SALARY:$56.24 - $72.74 Hourly
$9,748.00 - $12,608.75 Monthly
$116,976.00 - $151,305.00 Annually


OPENING DATE: 11/08/21


CLOSING DATE: 11/29/21 11:59 PM



The City of Santa Rosa, with a population of 170,000, is located 55 miles north of San Francisco and nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country. The Recreation Division operates sports facilities, special recreational and historic facilities, including a golf course; a large community park with concession operations and a lake; 20 different themed day camps; three (3) community centers; pools and facility rentals for special events, conferences, and meetings.
 Reporting to the Assistant City Manager, the Deputy Director manages the Recreation Division, which offers a wide variety of recreation programming to 200,000 participants annually, including 1,600 scheduled classes and workshops for youth, adults, seniors and special populations; youth and adult sports leagues; camps; and aquatics programs.  Staff includes 35 full time employees and a large number of seasonal temps, with an annual budget of $10.0 M and a $2.5 M fee revenue program. 
 The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Demonstrates highly developed leadership and personnel management skills
  • Provides clear direction, establishes goals, and holds self and staff accountable in an equitable fashion
  • Embraces and manages change and supports staff through transition
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and a history of strong collaborative partnerships with other divisions, departments, and agencies, as well as community-based organizations
  • Respects and earns the respect of others regardless of differences in interest, perspectives, background, and organizational level
  • Has outstanding communication and presentation skills, willing to both listen and share information
  • Spends department funds wisely and strategically, carefully forecasts revenue and monitors expenditures, and seeks ways to reduce costs and generate revenue
  • Understands and promotes the use of technology to improve efficiency, customer service, and marketing
  • Understands and strives to meet the needs and expectations of customers, even with limited resources

Has extensive and varied experience in Recreation administration, program management, and strategic planning and a Master’s degree in Public Administration or Recreation is desired





  • Plan, supervise, and coordinate the activities of the Recreation Division 
  • Prepare and submit reports and recommendations and provide technical advice to the City Manager, City Council, and related City Boards and Commissions
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Assist in the planning, development and implementation of policies, goals, objectives and priorities of the Division
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of the Division budget
  • Respond to difficult complaints and requests for information
  • Recommend additional, altered or expanded recreation facilities
  • 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
  • Manage the preparation of forecasts for recreation fees and charges, revenue sources, and expenditures
  • Provide staff assistance to the Board of Community Services
  • Work with the golf course contractor to set up budgets, projects and contract amendments, and with the City Council's golf committee to review and discuss new golf course development and establish budgets
  • Meet with golf club members to discuss the City's golf-related policies and procedures
  • Submit recommendations on rates and fees to the City Council for approval
  • Serve as the Shelter Unit Leader during activation of the Emergency Operations Center for local emergencies



Knowledge of: Principles, practices and methods of organization, administration, personnel, budget management, and program planning; principles and practices of recreation administration; applicable state and federal laws and regulations; recreational, cultural and social needs of citizens of diverse backgrounds and age groups; record-keeping and reporting practices; conflict resolution techniques. Basic knowledge of golf course administration and development is desired.  
Ability to: Direct, plan and supervise the work of management, professional, technical and clerical 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; 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 recreation programs to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above; additional experience in administration and development of golf programs and facilities is desirable; Education - Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Recreation Administration or a related field. A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Recreation, or a related field is desirable.



Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting; however, incumbents make regular field visits to recreation and golf sites which require climbing and traversing rough, uneven and/or rocky terrain. The incumbent is required to travel on little or no notice to respond to emergencies at various facilities in the City. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, OR be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on frequent scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations in the City which may or may not be reachable by public transportation. The incumbent operates a computer keyboard to communicate via e-mail and to make use of other software applications on the computer.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: In compliance with the Sonoma County Health Officer’s Order and Recommendation, and to protect our employees and the public we serve, the Santa Rosa City Council has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All City employees must have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing. 




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