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Manager, Park Development Services

Surrey, BC
Full Time
2 days ago

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Employment Status

Exempt - Regular Full-Time


Park Development Services (PDS) is responsible for the development of new parks and the renovation and upgrade of major park assets in the City's extensive and rapidly growing park system. In addition, PDS represents Parks Division interests on the full spectrum of land development projects within the City and manages the unimproved parkland inventory.


Reporting into the Director, Parks, this role will be responsible for providing overall leadership and management of park construction and renovation programs. As the Manager, Park Development Services, you will be responsible for:
    • Providing overall leadership and management of the PDS section • Developing and maintaining a culture that fosters optimal performance, teamwork, high morales, sense of ownership, empowerment and mutually respectful relationships. • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with other City Departments, SD36 and other government agencies for the development of new parks. • Directing the work of contractors & consultants and providing team leadership to 5 professional staff and 15 trades and field staff. • Participating in long-range and master planning for parks, open spaces and greenways • Delivering major park projects through consultants/contractors and/or internal teams. • Supporting the review of private development permit applications to ensure compliance with all Parks related policies and requirements. • Supporting public consultation processes and engaging with the public directly on issues associated with the development and renovation of parks. • Developing, auditing, and evaluating annual operating, renovation, restoration, and capital work programs. • Developing, issuing and managing RFEOIs/Tenders/RFP/RFQ and resulting contracts related to the Section service delivery. • Preparing reports to stakeholders, senior management and elected officials • Hiring, evaluating, training, developing, and coaching employees

Our ideal candidate shares our City values of Community, Innovation, Integrity, Service and Teamwork, and can demonstrate the following qualifications:
    • Graduation from a recognized university with a degree in natural or biological sciences, construction management, civil engineering or other appropriate academic program and a minimum of 7 years of experience in the park construction / development / management profession after a relevant post-secondary program with progressive experience at a strategic level; or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience. • Good political sensitivity, acumen and diplomacy. • Considerable abilities in problem solving, negotiation, persuasion, and collaboration. • Skilled at facilitation and conflict resolution, particularly as it relates to managing design and construction teams. • Confident, assertive, and articulate • Strong critical and creative thinking • Tolerant of pressure and the capacity to succeed in a changing and demanding work environment. • Display a professional approach and demeanour. • Understand and able to carry out public and stakeholder engagement. • Skilled in project management • Actively display good judgment, decision making, initiative, and independence in resolving problems and conflicts • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership, and management abilities within an environment of contract, union and exempt staff • Advanced communication skills both written and oral. Comfortable presenting to large groups. • Certification in project management is desirable. • Public sector experience is considered an asset. • Valid BC Driver's License.
Other Information

Pay Grade: M3

Salary Range: $130,501 - $153,530

Conditions of Employment

This position requires completion of a Police Information Check.

Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled.

Our Values

Integrity - Service - Teamwork - Innovation - Community