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Director of Appointments – Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan

Posted 3 years ago

Position Description: Director of Appointments

The Director of Appointments position in the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is responsible for managing the Appointments Department. The position leads the work necessary to appoint all of the Governor’s board, commission, council, and judicial appointments.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage Appointments Department staff and oversee the boards, commissions and judicial appointments process
  • Ensure strong communications and relationships between the Governor’s Office and Minnesota’s 130+ boards, commissions, and task forces
  • Proactively identify, manage, and resolve issues relating to appointments
  • Develop and prioritize key action plans and timelines
  • Ensure effective outreach to members of the public and stakeholders to educate about the appointments process and identify and recruit qualified candidates
  • Answer questions from the public and other stakeholders about boards, board appointees, and board activities
  • Work with the Secretary of State’s Office to identify and publish vacancies and to establish new boards and commissions created by executive order
  • Review statutes to determine board and commission membership requirements
  • Oversee the processing of applications and acknowledgement of applications and letters of recommendation
  • Conduct due diligence and research on potential candidates, soliciting and compiling feedback from internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicate recommendations to the Governor and internal stakeholders
  • Ensure timely appointments and proper filing of required notices with the Secretary of State
  • Assist in drafting press releases regarding appointments
  • Manage the judicial appointment process for the Minnesota Supreme, Appellate, and District Courts
  • Work with the Minnesota Supreme Court and the State Court Administration staff to identify and process judicial retirements and vacancies
  • Help recruit, interview, and identify judicial candidates and oversee the nomination and selection process
  • Consult with and provide assistance to the Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selectio
  • Review Appointments Department work product (notices, letters, press releases, etc.) to ensure accuracy
  • Perform other work as assigned, including but not limited to, work during public health or other emergencies

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Excellent management, communications (written and oral), and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to drive productivity, track numerous deadlines, solve problems, make decisions, and manage change
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the executive branch of state government and the appointments process
  • Desire for continuous improvement
  • Strong attention to detail

Interested candidates should submit their resume to Director of Operations Amanda Simpson by Monday, December 23. They are hoping to interview candidates the week of December 30th.

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