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Recruitment #20-GT7-01



THE JOB: The County of Santa Cruz seeks qualified candidates to supervise, plan and lead all work activities of the Recreation, Reservations and Special Events Sections of the Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services Department (Parks Department).

Under general direction, incumbents plan, develop, organize, analyze, direct and evaluate a variety of programs in the Parks Department; assess community needs for recreation programs, facility requirements, art and cultural programs, and special events; develop program budgets; obtain grants, administer contracts, and develop revenue sources to fund the various programs; and do other work as required.

The ideal candidates will possess leadership, vision, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to develop a positive and collaborative work environment for peers and subordinate employees in these crucial positions.

The list established will be used to fill the current extra-help vacancy and any future vacancies during the life of the list.  *Effective July 11, 2020, this position will be furloughed by 7.5%.  (Applies only to permanent positions)

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Completion of a four year college program with core course work in recreation, business administration, public administration, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, fine arts, or a discipline related to the program assignment and one year of related experience which would demonstrate the possession of the knowledge and abilities.



Completion of a two year college program with course work in recreation, business, public administration recreational therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, fine arts, or a related field and two years of experience planning and coordinating recreation programs, art and cultural programs, special events, or facilities management.



Four years of experience planning and coordinating recreation programs, art and cultural programs, special events, or facilities management.

A Master’s degree in recreation or a related field may substitute for up to 6 months of the required two years of experience coordinating or supervising recreation program activities or special events.


Note: Selective recruitment or certification to positions may be based on the working knowledge and abilities required for the program assignments e.g. facilities management, recreation, or cultural services.



Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.



ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees

Selection Plan

Knowledge: Working knowledge of Practices and techniques of planning, organizing, evaluating and administering recreation programs, special events, cultural events, or facilities use and operations; principles of supervision and training; techniques of administrative survey and analysis; principles and practices of contract administration; principles and practices of budgeting. Some knowledge of grant resources and grant preparation; safety, emergency and first aid procedures; principles and practices of purchasing.


Ability to: Plan, organize, schedule, coordinate and direct varied programs, events, and facilities; evaluate program operations and recommend new or revised procedures to implement changes and improve efficiency; develop and implement policies and procedures; develop and administer budgets;  establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the public and those contacted in the course of business; recognize and effectively deal with politically sensitive issues;  read and interpret contracts, proposals, and agreements; analyze problem situations and adopt an effective course of action; prepare comprehensive and concise written reports, news releases, program descriptions, budget proposals and grant applications; speak effectively before diverse groups;  recruit, train and supervise the work of volunteer and paid staff; use resources effectively and efficiently; understand, interpret, explain and apply regulations, laws and directives pertaining to POSCS programs; learn and utilize computerized scheduling systems.


THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.


HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 


Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.


Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.


Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz



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