Director of Parks and Recreation Job Opening at Ramsey County in Ramsey, MN


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Position:Director of Parks and Recreation
Company:Ramsey County
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Job Location(s): Ramsey, MN
Start Date:Immediate
 
Employment Term: Regular
Employment Type:Full Time
Starting Salary Range:
 
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience: 10 to 20+ years
Required Security Clearance: None
Related Categories:Social Services/Community, Sports/Park and Recreation, Business Ops - Business Development

Position Description

To direct, manage and administer the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department; to plan, develop and manage a comprehensive system of County and regional parks, open space, trails, and recreation facilities and programs that address the leisure needs of Ramsey County residents; to secure and manage fiscal resources for acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of the parks and recreation system; to formulate recommendations and implement policies and ordinances of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners; and to perform related duties as assigned.

To view or download a copy of our recruitment informational brochure for this position, go to: Director of Parks and Recreation

Description:
 
  • Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
  • Promote programs and services that effectively meet the needs of all Ramsey County residents.
  • Direct the formulation of all goals, objectives, priorities and work programs for the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Serve as the principal staff liaison to the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Commission; prepare agendas and corresponding documentation for policy consideration and recommendation to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
  • Analyze the leisure needs and interests of Ramsey County residents identified through applied research and recommend strategies to address identified deficiencies.
  • Direct the preparation of the annual operating, capital asset management and mobile equipment replacement budgets for the Parks and Recreation Department; present the proposed budgets to the Ramsey County Manager and the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners; direct management and control of budget expenditures and revenues.
  • Represent Ramsey County on various national, state, and regional boards, committees and task forces.
  • Direct the preparation of strategic plans, system plans and master plans that guide acquisition, development and use of parks, trails and recreation areas.
  • Direct the preparation of the six year Capital Improvement Program (updated biannually) for the department; present the Capital Improvement Program to the Ramsey County Capital Improvement Program Advisory Committee and the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners; direct implementation and budget management of approved projects.
  • Direct the preparation of funding requests to the Metropolitan Council, State departments, Federal agencies and private sponsors for acquisition, development, operations, maintenance and program services; direct the administration of grant contracts in compliance with applicable rules, regulations and laws.
  • Direct the preparation of policy and County ordinance recommendations with appropriate support documentation for consideration by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners; present recommendations to the Board for consideration.
  • Direct the administrative, financial and accounting functions of the department to assure timely and accurate reporting in compliance with the County's administrative code and applicable laws.
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of the department's public information, public relations, marketing and promotional activities, including print and electronic media; serve as the department's principle spokesperson with the news media.
  • Represent the department at public meetings and hearings involving city councils, city appointed commissions, regional councils and legislative committees, and on matters included in the County's legislative platform.
  • Meet with business agents and labor representatives to address mutual interests and concerns.
  • Direct the preparation of Requests for Proposal and the selection of consultants to plan, design and engineer capital improvement projects; negotiate contracts with selected consulting firms.
  • Interpret and administer parks and recreation policies in ordinances as adopted by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
  • Provide executive-level advice and leadership on County-wide committees addressing special initiatives and/or advancing goals and objectives of the County Board or County Manager.
Qualifications:

Education: A Bachelor's Degree in parks and recreation, public administration or a closely related field. (Master's Degree preferred).

Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible experience in the management and administration of a parks and recreation department, including five years in a managerial capacity.
 
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