Minnesota DNR seeks Northwest Regional Operations Manager

March 4, 2011

Deadline: March 7, 2011


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is announcing an opening in the Northwest

Region office for the Regional Operations Manager. The position is open to all qualified candidates, but hurry to apply since

the application time closes on Monday March 7, 2011. Information about the position and how to apply is below.

STATE PROG ADMIN MGR $ 27.95-$ 40.43 hourly, $ 58,360-$ 84,418 annually

Date Posted: 02/25/2011

Closing Date: 03/07/2011

Working Title: NW Regional Operations Manager

Hiring Agency: Natural Resources Dept

Division/Bureau: Parks & Trails/Region 1

Location: Bemidji

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Posting Number: 11DNR000121

Employment Conditions: Permanent, Full-time

Work Shift: Day Shift

Days of Work: Varies , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM

Travel Required: yes

Job Grouping: General Administration

Classified Status: Classified

Job Description:

The preferred work location is the regional office in Bemidji. Exceptions to the preferred work location will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

This position is responsible for directing the development of regional work plans and program delivery and directing and implementing all Division of Parks and Trails programs, policies, fiscal management activities and operations for the region.

Responsibilities include:
-Develop and monitor regional work plans for all Division operations to meet Conservation Agenda and Department goals and objectives.
-Direct the implementation of operational components of natural and cultural resource management, interpretation, conservation education, and facility management of state trails, state parks, grant-in-aid trails, water accesses, state forest trails, state forest recreation areas, canoe & boating routes, state harbors of refuge/marinas and state recreation areas for the region.
-Provide leadership and supervision directly to Regional Recreation Supervisors and indirectly to field staff so that Division programs are implemented and personnel time is used effectively and fiscal integrity is maintained.
-Lead region efforts to assure responsibility for safety elements and accountability for safety performance while continuously working toward building a culture of safety among all employees programs and customers.
-Direct and plan enforcement and emergency services activities for the region to provide for public enjoyment and safe use of park and trail resources and facilities.
-Implement the operational fiscal and human resource management activities for the region including budgeting and revenue collection systems oversight, so that organizational needs and program requirements are met.

Minimum Qualifications:

Three years managerial or advanced supervisory experience directing or supervising outdoor recreation and natural resource management programs.

To be considered, applicants must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Experience managing outdoor recreation programs, policies and procedures sufficient to direct activities of staff, evaluate the success of their efforts and recommend changes in policy or design new policies or budget adjustments that would enhance regional and statewide programs.

Experience managing recreational facilities sufficient to oversee a regional system.

Ability to oversee the financial and human resources management activities of a regional system of outdoor recreation programs and facility operations.

Demonstrated ability to recognize and act on new opportunities for projects and activities that advance the goals of the Department's Conservation Agenda and the Division of Parks and Trails' Strategic Plan.

Demonstrated leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills to direct, develop and engage staff.

Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a team environment by incorporation of multi-disciplined interests into decisions and actions.

Experience in negotiation, conflict resolution and consensus building with diverse groups in order to solve difficult and sensitive problems.

Demonstrated ability to integrate Parks and Trails regional operations with other disciplines, partners and agencies towards accomplishing departmental and divisional work plans.

Ability to perform effectively in situations with a political backdrop sufficient to advance department/division proposals.

Ability to direct effective visitor and workplace safety programs.

Oral and written communications to effectively communicate complex information in varied settings to a wide variety of audiences.

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of the administrative procedures and practices of grants program management and revenue collection systems related to merchandizing and fees.

Ability to work effectively with public and private partners on large initiatives.

Knowledge of Parks and Trails programs, policies and procedures sufficient to direct program activities of staff, evaluate the success of their efforts, and recommend changes in policy, or budget adjustments that would enhance regional and statewide programs.

Selection Process:

Review of your resume and qualifications listed above.

Effective July 1, 2009, new legislation provides that the top five "Recently Separated Veterans" who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a Recently Separated Veteran, you must meet all of the following criteria.
-Have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States;
-Have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty OR have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty;
-Be a United States citizen or resident alien; and
-Have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your form DD-214.
To be considered for this position under the terms of this legislation you must:
1) Be a current employee of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources;
2) Meet all of the Minimum Qualifications for this position identified above; and
3) Meet all of the above criteria for a "Recently Separated Veteran". Please note that it is your responsibility to submit a copy of your form DD-214 by the closing date of the posting to Karen Simmer via one of the methods identified above. Failure to submit your form DD-214 by the closing date will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of the new legislation.

How to Apply:

Applicants must do one of the following to be considered for this position:
1) Submit your resume electronically through the online Resume Builder system at https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/ResumeBuilder. You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. You may apply directly to this posting number by checking the Apply For This Job box found near the top of this announcement.
2) Submit a paper copy of your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number (11DNR000121) of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and MMB web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.
Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.

Recently Separated Veterans, please follow directions under Selection Process.

Contact for More Information:

Mike Kovacovich, 218-308-2652/michael.kovacovich@state.mn.us.

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