The City of Duluth seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to lead its nationally celebrated parks and trails system. The 125-year-old system is undergoing a renaissance with an array of exciting capital projects and accolades from the likes of Outside Magazine and the International Mountain Biking Association. Duluth parks and trails have something for everyone – downhill and Nordic skiing, youth development programming, competition athletic facilities, 10,000 acres of green space, miles of natural beaches, panoramic views of Lake Superior up to 700 feet below, and long distance hiking, mountain biking, and paddling trails.
Lead a skilled and devoted team that is leveraging Duluth parks and trails to benefit and lift up all Duluth citizens, attract investment and workforce talent to drive our growing economy, and sustain our three million visitors per year tourist destination. If this challenge appeals to you and you have the drive to make a difference, we would like the opportunity to talk more with you about this career opportunity.
Direct and manage park and recreation programs within the City of Duluth.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
1. Plan, direct and evaluate parks and recreation operations and services.
Establish short- and long-range goals and objectives within budgetary constraints.
Review, develop, recommend and implement division policies and procedures.
Develop, administer and monitor the division budget.
Perform ongoing evaluation of resources allocation across programs and operations as related to shifting needs and interests of the community and to prevailing economic and political conditions, to ensure maximum efficiency and citizen participation.
Research funding opportunities, develop proposals, and administer grant-funded projects.
Develop rules and regulations and recommend fees for services/programs.
Ensure that all organization activities and operations are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws and in conformance with industry standards and practices.
Establish procedures to monitor effectiveness and cost efficiency of programs.
Prepare various reports, records and correspondence to meet City and state requirements, community needs and applicable laws.
Develop and propose recreation program enhancements.
Coordinate division activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
2. Supervise division staff.
Prioritize, assign and direct work and projects.
Coordinate work schedules and approve or reject leave requests.
Effectively recommend the hire, transfer, assignment, promotion, reward, discipline, suspension, or discharge of assigned personnel.
Establish work standards, provide coaching and feedback, and conduct employee performance evaluations.
Provide for ongoing training of employees in emerging methods, trends, and technologies, and proper and safe work methods and procedures.
Monitor work sites to ensure compliance with established methods, guidelines, standards and procedures.
Effectively recommend adjustments or other actions in employee grievances.
Delegate authority and responsibilities to others as needed.
Disseminate instructions and information to employees through oral and written communications.
3. Perform related duties.
Evaluate and effectively respond to requests and complaints from the public, city staff and other entities.
Provide for effective utilization of the media to communicate parks and recreation programs, services, issues and needs to the community.
Maintain awareness of pertinent legislation, regulations, and professional developments that may affect operations, and disseminate information to appropriate personnel.
Represent the division and City to outside groups and organizations.
Attend and make presentations at meetings.
Perform related tasks as required.
Bachelor's degree in recreation, parks management, leisure studies, business administration, or a related field, plus four years of increasingly responsible experience directing parks or recreation programs, including at least two years of supervisory responsibility.
Equivalent combination of education and experience accepted as equivalent by Human Resources.
Internal Number: H1886
About City of Duluth
The City of Duluth is a strong community of 86,000 people offering lakeside living and high-caliber recreational experiences.