The role of the Director, in conjunction with the DNR Commissioner’s Office, is to:
• Develop and implement goals, policies and programs to effectively manage ecological and water resources for the people of Minnesota. • Ensure that a scientifically sound, integrated ecosystem resource management approach is used in all programs operated by the Division. • Serve as the executive leader for the Division in supporting efficient and effective budgeting and accounting functions; human resources hiring and development processes; facility and capital equipment support; land asset management; and cross-discipline coordination. • Promote the advancement of DNR’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in the internal management of the Division as well as in the Division’s external facing work. • Serve as a member of the DNR’s Senior Management Team to provide collaborative and coordinated leadership of DNR activities. • Develop and implement a Division structure that executes at a high level, working within broader department goals, and as part of a collaborative One DNR approach with other DNR divisions. • In conjunction with the Commissioner’s Office, direct the legislative processes affecting the Division, including developing and presenting proposals for statutory changes and funding requirements, testifying on other aspects of the Division’s work, and working with individual legislators. • Incorporate proactive and strategic communications that connect DNR’s work to existing and new audiences using appropriate media platforms and approaches. Support efforts to expand DNR communications to reach wider audiences. • Serve as the DNR liaison with other states, the federal government, and Minnesota Native American Bands on management of ecological and water resources. • Represent the DNR on ecological and water issues to external stakeholders, including conservation organizations, local government, businesses, farmers and other private landowners, and visitors to Minnesota’s natural resources.
Qualified candidates will have successfully managed a large, complex organization and set and implemented a vision and strategic direction. Additional requirements include a proven track record in negotiation, facilitation and collaboration across diverse interest groups; understanding of and ability to work effectively within legislative and executive branch processes, particularly at the state level; excellent communication skills, including experience in public speaking; and the ability to effectively participate as a member of an executive level team providing organizational perspective on relevant issues. Qualified candidates must have technical knowledge and skills in the management of environment issues, including water, sufficient to evaluate programs and policies promulgated by the Division.
Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.
Additional Requirements This position requires successful completion of the following: It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components: 1. Criminal history check 2. Employment Reference checks 3. SEMA4 Record check
Internal Number: 43182
About State of Minnesota - DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works to integrate and sustain the interdependent values of a healthy environment, a sustainable economy, and livable communities. DNR’s integrated resource management strategy shares stewardship responsibility with Minnesotans and partners to manage for multiple interests. DNR protects the state’s natural heritage by conserving the diversity of natural lands, waters, and fish and wildlife that provide the foundation for Minnesota’s recreational and natural resource-based economy (M.S. 84, M.S. 97A). DNR manages natural lands such as forests, wetlands, and native prairies; maintains healthy populations of fish and wildlife; and protects rare plant and animal communities throughout the state. DNR manages the state’s water resources, sustaining healthy waterways and ground water resources. DNR provides access to enrich public outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife-watching, camping, skiing, hiking, biking, motorized recreation, and conservation education through a state outdoor recreation system that includes parks, trails, wildlife management areas, scientific and natural areas, water trails, and other fac...ilities (M.S. 86A). DNR supports natural resource-based economies, managing state forest lands for multiple forest values (M.S. 89), ensuring the maximum long-term economic return from school trust lands (M.S. 127A), and providing other economic opportunities in a manner consistent with sound natural resource conservation and management principles.
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