Directors sought for St. Paul parks/recreation, safety/inspections

Mayor invites community members to advise on selection

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has invited community members to serve on advisory panels for the Parks & Recreation Department and Safety & Inspections Department Director selection processes. The community advisory panel process follows the Mayor’s ongoing commitment to engaging voices from across Saint Paul in helping to select City leaders.  

“Our community panel process helps to ensure that the future of our city is shaped by the experiences and perspectives of our residents,” said Carter. “I am excited to bring those voices to the forefront as we find new leadership for these departments.” 

Community Panel selection

Community members interested in serving on a community advisory panel are invited to apply now through March 1, 2022. Two panels will be formed, with one panel for the Parks & Recreation Department director position and one panel for the Department of Safety & Inspections director position.  

 Each panel will consist of up to 10 community members who will meet 2-3 times between late March and early April to provide input on interview questions, review application materials, and conduct interviews of candidates. Once they finish their review process, each panel will provide their feedback to the mayor who will conduct final interviews and selections. Interested members of our community can apply to serve on a community advisory panel.


About Parks & Recreation 

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages over 180 parks and open spaces including the AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory; 26 city-operated recreation centers; more than 100 miles of trails; indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities; a public beach; a variety of premium sports facilities; municipal golf courses; and the Great River Passage, which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has been recognized by the Trust for Public Land as the #1 Urban Park System in America in 2015, #2 from 2016 to 2019, #3 in 2020, and #2 again in 2021. 

About the Director positions

The Department Director reports to the Mayor and provides strategic leadership and management for the Department of Parks and Recreation, including highly responsible planning and administrative work in the direction of all activities and operations of the Parks and Recreation Department.  

Direct reports include two deputy directors and seven managers. The director is responsible for an annual operating budget of over $66 million with a staffing complement of 568 full-time equivalencies (FTEs).  

View the full job posting along with position description, and application information, here. The application is open now and closes on March 14, 2022, at 4:30 pm. 

Interested members of the community can apply to serve on a community advisory panel here.