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Parks and Recreation Director - City of Santa Clara, California

The City of Santa Clara is looking for a Parks and Recreation Director.

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Parks and Recreation Director

Filing Deadline: May 19, 2024

The City of Santa Clara enjoys over 300 days of sunshine annually and beautiful tree-lined streets offer residents a wide array of pleasant neighborhoods. Santa Clara’s amenities include an award-winning Convention Center, retail shopping, restaurants, medical facilities, and numerous community and recreation centers, including an International Swim Center attracting world-class swimmers and divers. All this coupled with award-winning schools and a low crime rate help make Santa Clara a very attractive place to live and work. For more information on this dynamic city, please visit the City of Santa Clara’s website at

The City seeks an accomplished professional with a strong “service-first” orientation and a proven performance record in working collaboratively with staff and community partners to deliver high-quality parks, programs and facilities.  Innovative, yet pragmatic, the new Director will have an exceptional ability to engage residents and external agencies representing different interests and perspectives, and will be a strategic thinker, politically astute but not political, technically competent with a “can-do” attitude.  The next Director will value the traditions that make the Santa Clara community unique while embracing a sense of innovation, inclusion and diversity.  An advocate for staff development, the Director will inspire employees to seek greater efficiencies and continuously improve the department, earn the trust and respect of the staff through training and mentoring, while maintaining the highest standards of service delivery.

Download this document for more information: 

Ad - Santa Clara PR Dir 4-4-24.pdf


Please submit your cover letter and resume (including month/year of employment) via our website:

Peckham & McKenney, Inc.

Feel free to contact Maria Hurtado at (831) 247-7885 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.

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