Director of Parks and Recreation
Ramsey, MN US
Posted 45 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job 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.

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  • 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.

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.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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