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Woodbury, MN - Parks and Recreation Director

Parks and Recreation Director, Woodbury, MN (pop. 69,426).  Woodbury, incorporated in 1967, is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota, and the 9th largest city in the state.  Over the past three decades the population has tripled, and is expected to exceed 85,000 by 2040.  As the economic hub of the Twin Cities east metro, Woodbury is well known as a healthcare and retail destination with a diverse economy of many growing business sectors, including finance, light industrial, office/showroom and distribution.

Woodbury has been nationally recognized as a great place to live and raise a family with easy access to the metro area’s recreational and cultural activities.  Recent recognitions include: Money Magazine 2017 Best Places to Live in U.S., National Civic League 2016 All-America City Award finalist, and an S&P AAA bond rating since 2009.  Woodbury’s long-serving Parks and Recreation Director is retiring in fall 2018.

Woodbury has more than 3,300 acres of parks and open space, 152 miles of trails and 123 athletic fields and courts. It also operates an 18-hole golf course, a field house and hockey complex, as well as an indoor park with playground, meeting rooms, and amphitheater connected to a YMCA, county library and early childhood center. The Parks and Recreation Department includes four divisions: Eagle Valley Golf Course, the indoor intergovernmental Central Park, Health East Sports Center and Recreation. The Director’s responsibilities are wide ranging, and include providing leadership in parks planning, development and oversight of a comprehensive and high quality recreation system. The City’s parks and recreation offerings enjoy wide community support, and are viewed as an essential part of Woodbury’s quality of life.

Woodbury is a full-service city. In addition to Parks and Recreation, services also include Public Safety (Police, Fire, EMS), Engineering, Public Works, Community Development, Information & Communications Technology, Finance and Administration (HR, legal, clerk). The Parks and Recreation Director is responsible for leading a department of 20 full-time and part-time employees, as well as managing approximately $6.9 million in operating, capital and enterprise budgets. The position reports to the City Administrator.

Qualified candidates should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in parks and/or recreation management, sports management, or related field; a Master’s degree is desired;  
  • Experience managing enterprise-based, or self-supporting recreation programs, is a plus; 
  • Eight or more years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of a public parks and recreation system, or similar client-based organization, is desirable;
  • Experience developing and/or managing complex budgets in a municipal or park district setting;
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience;
  • A collaborative and communicative approach to work;
  • Comfort working with an array of stakeholders including elected officials, residents and intergovernmental contacts; and
  • Passion for a fast-paced, demanding and rewarding environment.

Starting salary range:  $115,000 - $130,000 +/- DOQ.  Excellent benefit package. Candidates should apply on line by September 12, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.govhrusa.com/career-center/ to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240.

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Posted:August 6, 2018

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