Parks and Recreation Director

City of Oceanside

$137,772 to $192,864 annually


The City of Oceanside is seeking a dynamic, experienced Parks and Recreation professional to lead the newly re-established Parks and Recreation Department (“Department”).  The Department was absorbed into the Housing & Neighborhood Services Department in 2005 but has been reorganized into a standalone Department effective July 1, 2022.  The re-establishment of the Department presents an incredible opportunity for its new Director to establish and implement fresh leadership while fulfilling the City’s mission to “Enhance the quality of life through outstanding service to our diverse community.” 

Oceanside is the gateway to San Diego County from the north, adjacent to Camp Pendleton, encompassing 177,335 people over 42 square miles, including 3.5 miles of city-owned beaches.  Oceanside is a full-service city with its own police and fire departments, water and wastewater utilities, library and housing authority.  The City’s parks and recreation facilities consist of five recreation centers, two senior centers, 15 community parks, 17 neighborhood parks, one regional park, five skate parks, three pools, and two gymnasiums. Other features include miles of trails, acres of open space, a small craft harbor, a fishing pier, two community theaters, an art museum, a surf museum, a nature center, a community college and two municipal golf courses.  The City was incorporated in 1888 and includes diverse neighborhoods and planned developments, multiple 55+ communities, 17 mobile home parks, a revitalized downtown and 3,500 acres of farmland.  Manufacturing, distribution, tourism and agriculture remain the region's top industries, but in recent years, Oceanside has become home to biotech industries that are among the area's fastest growing business sectors.

The new Parks and Recreation Director will be a key member of the City's Management Team, reporting directly to the City Manager. The City is seeking a hands-on, team-oriented local government professional with energy, focus, strong ethics, as well as the ability to make decisions independently while keeping the City Manager informed.  The ideal candidate will exhibit a strong political acumen and the ability to work collaboratively with the community, City Council and Commissioners, City staff, and support the spirit of collaboration amongst the Executive Team.  The next Director will be joining an experienced and dedicated department staff who have a strong commitment to high quality service delivery to the residents and visitors of Oceanside.  The new Director will foster a culture of trust and respect amongst staff and will inspire and support employees through training, mentoring, and encouraging innovation and input.  

Candidates for this position must possess at least eight years of increasingly responsible professional administrative and leadership experience in the field of parks and/or recreation administration including at least three years of management or supervisory experience.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, park & recreation management, leisure studies, or related field.  A Master’s degree is highly desirable. 

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please visit our website at:

Resumes and cover letters may be attached to, but not submitted in lieu of, the online application.   
Application Deadline:  July 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The City of Oceanside is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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