Dakota County is seeking a visionary and experienced leader to guide its park system and advance the mission of enriching lives by providing high quality recreation and education in harmony with natural resource restoration and stewardship.
This position directs and administers the Dakota County Parks Department programs, activities, operations, policies, personnel, public relations, budgets and rules; and performs related duties as assigned. It serves to create, communicate and implement the vision for the Dakota County regional and County Park and Greenway system. This position's focus will be on both in reach and outreach to ensure the unique qualities of the park system will continue to play a key role in advancing efforts to become more inclusive, relevant, and diverse in our services and our management of park natural resources. The position works closely with key partners within and outside the County to deliver projects, programs, and manage the Dakota County Park and Greenway system.
The Parks Department, with 20 full time employees, up to 50 temporary employees, and thousands of volunteer service hours, provides high quality recreation and education in harmony with natural resource restoration and stewardship through the Visitor Services and Natural Resources units. The Visitor Services unit provides recreational experiences, park and facility operations, outdoor education programming, integrated interpretation, guest services, and outreach activities with a specific reach to those in the community who have been under-represented and harder to reach. The Natural Resources unit provide natural resource planning, restoration, and maintenance of the County’s 6,000 acres of regional and County parks.
•Bachelor's degree in natural or cultural resource management, parks and recreation, natural science, communications, public relations, business management, political science, public administration, social science or closely related field; AND • Five years of management and/or supervisory experience in a natural resources setting, agency or organization; including landscape design, park facilities planning, architecture, operations, budget development and fiscal management, work planning, partnership and visitor management experience. OR • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Master's Degree in parks and recreation administration or a closely related field
OTHER PREFERRED AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Visionary and strategic leadership
A creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach
Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff
Cultural competency and awareness that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
A collaborative, positive, effective team builder
Ability to develop and maintain new partnerships
A systems thinker who can effectively balance strategic goals and available resources
Ability to market and promote Dakota County Parks to new and existing visitors and stakeholders
About Dakota County
Dakota County, Minnesota is one of seven counties in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Located across the Mississippi River to the south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Dakota County is the third most populous county in the state of Minnesota with a population of just more than 430,000 with an increasing growth of diverse populations.
Dakota County’s 593 square miles are one-third urban, one-third suburban, and one-third rural. This land use combination, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, and the Vermillion River — the only trophy trout stream within a major metropolitan area — make Dakota County a unique geographic area.
Dakota County has a strong tradition of community collaboration that has produced a high quality of life for its residents with excellent school systems, exemplary parks and libraries, high-quality public services, and a vibrant business climate. This is reflected through Dakota County Core Values of service, integrity, people, and innovation.