kpCompanies is leading the search for an experienced and community focused Superintendent to lead the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. In addition to being fully accountable to the MPRB Board for oversite of all aspects of park operations, the position is responsible for effectively meeting the widely diverse needs of city residents. This role requires a highly culturally competent and people-focused leader who prioritizes community can balance the needs of community residents with the operational needs of the organization.
The Organization: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work!
The MPRB is one of five Minnesota park agencies and one of 144 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), is a 2016 NRPA Gold Medal Finalist, and has been recognized six years in a row by the Trust for Public Land between 2013 and 2018, as the #1 Urban Park System in the USA.
The Mission: The MPRB exists to provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. It will permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve and enhance its natural resources, parkland and recreational opportunities for current and future generations.
The Position: Assistant Superintendent for Recreation
The Superintendent serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the MPRB and is fully accountable to the MPRB Board for the legal, efficient and effective management of day-to-day operations. The Superintendent is specifically responsible for overseeing programs, practices and facilities that are responsive to the diverse needs of City residents and all segments of the community.
Supervise and direct all divisional operations in Administration, Planning, Environmental Stewardship, Recreation and Park Police and safety in accordance with agreed upon budgets, long-range plans and instructions from the MPRB.
Develop divisional goals and objectives, as well as implementing work programs and action plans to achieve those goals and objectives. The Superintendent will periodically report on the progress toward those goals and objectives and make recommendations on the reordering of priorities and the addition or deletion of programs and projects.
Review and evaluate the effectiveness of current divisional programs, policies and procedures, and developing new policies, procedures and changes when necessary. The Superintendent shall accomplish these activities in the context of open public participation and a broad-based effort at including the opinions of key stakeholders.
Collaborate with other cities, the County and other intergovernmental agencies on an ongoing basis, as necessary.
Direct the development of plans and actions designed to sustain a performance-oriented organization; continually evaluating and reviewing organizational-wide training and internal services programs.
Oversee labor relations including grievance processes and contract negotiations, fostering an environment where all employees are treated with respect, fairness and in an equitable manner.
Ensure that the MPRBs effectiveness and efficiencies are in line with the promotion of exceptional customer service through the staff.
Effectively lead, motivate and communicate with a diverse and intensely committed workforce.
Represent the MPRB on citizen and governmental boards and committees to further the objectives of the Park Board
Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes and work cooperatively to provide effective customer service.
Demonstrate a high level of political acumen.
Consistently present a strong, positive image to all relevant stakeholders in order to obtain good public understanding and support for MPRBs mission, programs and services.
Develop and maintain effective communications and relationships with MPRB staff and commissioners, public agencies, and the general public to a sure understanding and coordination of activities.
Work to proactively resolve problems and conflicts that surface across the organization.Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors degree in Parks/Recreation, Public Administration, Program Management or related fields. (Masters degree in similar disciplines is preferred.)*
8 10 Years senior executive management experience in either an urbanized setting or large suburban environment where high-quality parks and recreation service to a diverse population are common factors.
8 10 years demonstrated effective service in communities comparable in size, budget and staff responsibilities to Minneapolis is desirable.
Strong experience in developing social, recreational and special population program delivery systems is needed.
8 10 years prior experience in managed competition, continuous quality improvement methods, enterprise fund development, and managing in constrained budgetary settings.
Highly effective communicator, both verbally and in writing.
Certified Parks and Recreation Professional
*A non-traditional candidate with exceptional senior management experience with Soil & Watership, National Park Services, the Bureau of Land Management and/or Tribal Land Management will be considered.
How to Apply DEADLINE AUGUST 31, 2018
Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 6:00pm on August 31, 2018 by email to .
Submit information to the following email address: , or by mail at: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, c/o kpcompanies, 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. All submissions shall be received in strictest confidence. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an equal opportunity employer.