We are now taking submissions for the Superintendent of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  Check out the job description and if you qualify – please send us a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to joelle@kpcompanies.com

By Katie Galioto Star Tribune
Source: Minneapolis Star & Tribune
Photo Credit: LAVINSKY, AARON, STAR TRIBUNE

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is kicking off its search for the next Park Board superintendent.

Local recruiting firm kpCompanies will lead the closely watched search for the city’s new parks leader. Applications open July 12.

Community members will be consulted throughout the search process through surveys and four public listening events scheduled throughout the month of July, according to a news release from the Park Board on Tuesday.

“The Board of Commissioners is excited to begin the process of finding the next leader of our number one park system,” Park Board President Brad Bourn said in the news release. “We’re confident we’ll find the best super­intendent to continue to build upon our work and create an even more inclusive park system for everyone who calls Minneapolis their home.”

The public can access details and updates on the search process at MPRBSuperSearch.com. More information about the position and the application process will be available July 12.

The Park Board is seeking to fill the spot left by former superintendent Jayne Miller, who resigned in February to take a job as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Miller, who was hired by the Park Board in 2010, announced plans for her departure unexpectedly in December after facing criticism from protesters and some incoming Park Board members for the agency’s racial equality plan, one of Miller’s key initiatives.

Former superintendent Mary Merrill, who retired from the position in 2003, is filling the role until October at a salary of $14,278 per month.

Six of the nine Park Board commissioners were elected in November after fierce competition, so the new superintendent will inherit a group of mostly newcomers, in addition to a staff of more than 500 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $111 million.

The new leader will also be responsible for continuing the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal on the Mississippi River and determining the future of the Hiawatha Golf Club.

Here are the times and locations for the listening events: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W. Minnehaha Parkway; 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Longfellow Recreation Center, 3435 36th Av. S.; 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Bottineau Recreation Center, 2000 2nd St. NE., and 10 a.m.-noon Monday, July 23, at Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Av. N.

We’ve officially launched our search website! Please check back often for updates, surveys, to register for listening sessions and to apply for the position.

By  Star Tribune
Source: Minneapolis Star & Tribute
Photo Credit: AARON LAVINSKY – STAR TRIBUNE FILE

The lengthy, expensive and closely watched search for a new Minneapolis parks leader took a big step forward Wednesday night.

In one of its first major decisions, the newly elected Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously to hire kpCompanies, which is based in St. Louis Park, to handle the national search for the new superintendent.

The board has budgeted $80,000-$100,000 to cover all costs, including air travel for candidates and community engagement sessions.

“I was most impressed with kp’s work with communities,” At-Large Commissioner LaTrisha Vetaw said at the meeting. “That’s really going to matter in our superintendent search.”

The board plans to have a new executive in place by October, following Superintendent Jayne Miller’s resignation earlier this year.

The park system already has a relationship with the firm. In 2016, it helped hire Tyrize Cox as the park system’s new chief of its Recreation Division.

The funding for the search is getting a $50,000 boost from the Minneapolis Foundation, which means the board could spend anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000.

“I think it sends the signal to any applicants across the country that the entire community is ready to embrace our next superintendent,” Park Board President Brad Bourn said.

The foundation kicked in its money because the $80,000 to $100,000 was not part of this year’s budget due to Miller’s unexpected departure.

“We didn’t want the Park Board to have to make a choice between funding great programs or funding a search firm,” said former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, president and CEO of the foundation.

The new superintendent will inherit a group of mostly newcomers (six of the nine commissioners were elected in November after a fierce election) and a staff of more than 500 full-time employees with an annual budget of about $111 million.

The new leader will also be responsible for continuing the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal on the Mississippi River and determining the future of the Hiawatha Golf Club.

Community involvement will be amplified compared to previous searches, according to a news release announcing the search firm.

Citywide conversations will be held with residents and park users to learn what qualities they want in their next leader.

Three search firms were interviewed but Bourn said kpCompanies’ proposal was “best geared” to help the board engage with the community during the process.

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