Assistant Director of Parks & Park Projects

City of Bloomington, MN - Bloomington, MN3.3

Primary Objective
Provides start to finish leadership and management of park development and improvement projects, including preparation and implementation of the Department's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Metropolitan Council and Legacy grant projects. Works with the Parks Maintenance section of the Public Works Department to coordinate timely and appropriate maintenance of the City's parks, trails and recreational amenities, and coordinates with staff in Finance, Purchasing, and Legal to finance and contract for professional and construction services associated with park development and improvement projects.

Examples of Duties
Capital Planning & Projects

Oversee the planning, major maintenance and capital projects at 97 parks and 50 miles of off road trails, as well as major recreation facilities such as Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG), Dwan Golf Course, and Bloomington Center for the Arts.
Assist the Director of Parks and Recreation with needs assessments and community engagement regarding park planning and facility improvements.
Lead master planning, park development and land acquisition efforts.
Prepare, present and implement park CIP.
Coordinate planning and long-term replacement strategy for playgrounds, warming houses, tennis courts, ball fields and other park amenities to ensure that the City's parks are safe and well-maintained, meet the changing needs and preferences of Bloomington residents, and maximize the investment of City resources.
Make presentations to the Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission and the City Council regarding park plans and projects.
Actively manage park and trail construction and improvement projects including new parks, park facilities, and park enhancements.
Works with architects, planners and engineers to develop plans and specifications.
Coordinates with City staff in Purchasing, Finance and Legal to seek bids, negotiate contracts and finance park improvement projects.
Monitors projects underway, ensuring contractor's compliance with contracts and specifications. Evaluates and monitors change orders and ensures completion of punch-list items.

Inter-Departmental Coordination
Coordinate with the Parks Maintenance section of Public Works on routine maintenance needs and schedules, relaying information to and from the recreation team.
Coordinate and advocate for collaborative efforts between Departments and Divisions to ensure effective use of city resources, services and facilities. Builds strong working relationship with staff in Planning, Finance, IT, Legal, Public Works, Park Maintenance, Police, Fire, and Community Engagement.
In conjunction with the Public Works Maintenance Division and Parks & Recreation Department staff, evaluate operational procedures, policies, ordinances and practices and implement modifications to ensure effective and efficient use and upkeep of parks, trails and recreational facilities.
Represent the Parks & Recreation Department at the Development Review Committee (DRC) weekly meetings and assist with park dedication opportunities.

Natural Resources
Recommend and lead natural resource improvement projects.
Coordinate prescribed burns for the Parks & Recreation Department.

Inter-Governmental Initiatives & Relationships
Assist with Legislative Implementing Agency meetings regarding metro parks.
Coordinate Metropolitan Council and Legacy grant project planning, implementation and administration. Generates ideas and proposals for projects that would enhance regional park facilities within the City of Bloomington. Ensures full and timely completion of projects, accurate and appropriate record keeping and reporting, and proper management of all funds.

Other Duties
Actively participates as a member of the Parks & Recreation Department's senior management and leadership teams to set department priorities and meet overall City goals and objectives.
Develops, supports and models a positive and productive workplace culture based on respect, collaboration, equity, and accountability.
Maintains professional affiliations and attends trainings and conferences to keep abreast of best practices in Parks & Recreation and Natural Resources Management.
Keeps Director of Parks & Recreation informed of important developments related to park development and improvement projects and other areas of responsibility.
Works flexible hours to attend evening and weekend meetings and activities as needed.
Performs other related duties as apparent or assigned.

Minimum/Desirable Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in Parks, Recreation, Sports Management, Business or other closely related field.
Five years of experience in the design, development, management and improvement of parks and/or recreation facilities, with a city or county park system, special park district, college campus or other similar entity.
Thorough knowledge of public-sector bidding and contracting procedures.
Experience monitoring and supervising the performance of contractors and construction projects.
Knowledge and understanding of natural resources management, native restoration projects and watershed district policies and practices.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Valid driver's license or ability to otherwise travel to project sites

Additional years of experience with a city or county park system or special park district.
Knowledge of the workings of the Regional Park System, Metropolitan Council, and state legacy grants.
Knowledge of the state legislative process and ability to advocate for proposals.
Experience meeting with elected officials and/or providing testimony before legislative committees, task forces or commissions.
Supplemental Information
No formal supervisory responsibilities. Serves as a leader, role model and influencer within the Parks & Recreation Department and through significant interaction with other City Departments.

First round interviews are planned for Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
Second round interviews (if needed) are planned for Friday, July 12, 2019.
Benefits for Regular, Full-time Employees of the City of Bloomington include the following: 10 days paid vacation per year 13 days paid personal leave per year 12 paid holidays per year Paid employee health and dental insurance Paid employee life insurance Paid employee disability insurance Employer/employee paid pension Deferred compensation Tuition assistance program Health club membership reimbursement Flexible spending account Choice of Employee Assistance Program(s) Other optional benefits Great suburban location, on bus line Free employee parking*(Union contracts may vary from the above list.)