Posted on 22 February 23 by Joelle Allen
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Position profile: Director of Youth and Recreation Center Programs
kpCompanies is leading the search for an experienced Director of Youth and Recreation Center Programs (YRCP) for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). This position leads, directs and coordinates daily operations and service delivery for MPRBs 49 recreation facilities, services, programs, neighborhood park events, youth sports, youth development activities, school-age childcare, Full Service School program, and Sparkd Studios Technology Centers for MPRB. This position has nine direct reports, a department of 107 full-time employees and approximately 300 part-time employees, and reports to the Assistant Superintendent for Recreation.
The Organization: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
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 park system includes more than 7,000 acres of parkland and water featuring 185 park properties, 55 miles parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB serves nearly 30 million visits annually.
The MPRB is one of five park agencies in Minnesota and fewer than 200 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Since 2013 the MPRB has been recognized among the top five park systems by the Trust for Public Land. The Mission: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board permanently preserves, protects, maintains, improves, and enhances its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations of our region including people, plants and wildlife. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board dismantles historic inequities in the provision of park and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment.
The Department: Youth and Recreation Center Programs
The Youth and Recreation Center Programs Department provides services for all ages and abilities and ensures youth are a primary focus and seamlessly integrated into recreation center programs and services. The department operates 47 year‐round, neighborhood‐based Recreation Centers and coordinates and oversees the leases of two recreation centers to non‐profit entities. Each center employs full‐and part‐time staff committed to providing quality recreation opportunities and programs.
Recreation Centers are the focal point of our extensive activities, programs, and special events. Many are full‐service facilities with meeting rooms, kitchens, and gymnasiums for individual and group use. This department also provides Recreation Plus: affordable quality, state‐certified school‐age care for children grades kindergarten through sixth grade; Youth Program Specialists focus on programs for underserved youth ages 12‐17; and therapeutic recreation and inclusion services. Administration of recreation division volunteers is organized system wide with collaboration with the recreation center program staff and the Environmental Stewardship division. Youth athletic programs are also offered out of this Department, with 11 youth sports offerings available for participation.
Position: Director of Youth and Recreation Centers Programs
The Director of YRCP is in charge of daily operations, service delivery and overall management of the Youth and Recreation Center Programs Department within the Recreation Division. The role is responsible for planning, coordination and direction of a diversified year-round, citywide recreation center program that ensures that the mission, goals, policies and priorities of the MPRB are incorporated into the recreation center services.
This Director will utilize best practices to strategically lead and manage operations for the delivery of highly respected services and program offerings within budgeted resources. Work involves planning and executing all administrative work, providing daily oversight, identifying contemporary and cutting edge programs and services with particular focus on serving a diversified urban youth population, identifying and implementing safety practices, and addressing upkeep and maintenance issues of recreation facilities.
The ideal leader for the Director of Youth and Recreation Center Programs is strategic, collaborative, inclusive and people centric. They hold themselves and others accountable and offer a high caliber of work that meets the needs of MPRB and the diverse communities it serves.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Develops recreation operational standards that establish clear expectations based on principles and best practices allowing the organization to measure, monitor and maintain expectations, compliance, and performance.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations. Position will remain open until filled. Preference given to applications received prior to Monday, March 27, 2023.
All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are equal opportunity employers.
Equity & Salary Disclosure
We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those whove historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, dont self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally dont want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as discuss salary and compensation - just give us a call, wed be happy to discuss!
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