SUPERVISOR, PARK PLANNING
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Park Planning and Development, this leadership position is responsible
for leading a team of professionals and providing expertise in the strategic planning and delivery of parks and public spaces for the City, including long-range planning, coordination of comment on behalf of the section on all development proposals, creation/administration of all policy and guidelines related to parks and recreational facility delivery. In response to continued growth and renewed vision for the City, the Supervisor, Parks Planning will be integral in managing special projects relating to parks and public spaces to help support the goal of building complete communities.
Assists in managing long and short-range planning activities related to the delivery of parks and open space, with the goal of delivering a suitable supply of parks and recreational facilities for the City.
Contributes to the formulation of philosophy, mission, corporate goals and objectives related to the parks and open space network for the City.
Administers the City’s Parkland Dedication By-law including facilitation of periodic reviews, solicitation of feedback with stakeholders, drafting of by-law amendments and recommends assignment of CIL receipts for capital expenditures
Contributes to the negotiations for parkland and open space assembly through Purchase and Sale Agreements and development driven parkland conveyance agreements while respecting the confidentiality of negotiations.
Coordinates the development, update and implementation of major strategic parks and recreation planning documents (e.g. Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Parkland Acquisition Strategies, Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland programs).
Provides strategic direction and leads the creation of policy governing the assembly and development of the parks and open space program including the establishment of policy through the Official Plan and Secondary Plans and oversees and directs implementation through Block Planning, Subdivision and Site Plan review.
Responsible for the coordination of all comments, conditions and clauses related to parks/open space and recreational facility provision, as part of the processing of development applications - including plans of subdivision, re-zonings and Official Plan amendments for incorporation into Conditions of Draft Plan Approval and Subdivision Agreements.
Prepares and assembles information necessary to respond to appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and /or Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and appears as an expert witness.
Prepares and or oversees the preparation of Corporate Reports to Council with respect to parks planning matters including recommendations around capital expenditures (e.g. park purchases)
Undertakes analysis, coordinates studies and creates presentations related to parks and recreational facility delivery.
Responsible for developing and/or updating the City’s open space and parks planning standards, procedures and guidelines.
Works with partnering sections and departments in the delivery of ‘active transportation’, with focused emphasis on the planning and development of off-road recreational trails and related infrastructure (e.g. signage).
Creates, monitors and oversees administration of policy and guidelines governing the naming of parks and open space assets.
Responsible to maintain a parkland and parks facility inventory database, in conjunction with GIS, Parks Maintenance and Forestry and Recreation.
Supervises the work of full time staff including determining staffing allocation, recruitment, motivation, discipline and other personnel matters of a confidential nature.
Engages and supervises consultants for variety of planning and design related projects.
Supervises, consults and influences a team of park planners and project staff whom are responsible for the planning of parks, public spaces, and an open space network for the City with an emphasis on encouraging innovation, sustainability and service excellence
Works in collaboration as part of the section’s management team in the evaluation of the section’s effectiveness and assesses the need for changes, in the context of Council direction, changes to legislation, budgets and monitoring of current trends
Works with staff in their professional development, to ensure progression and motivation.
Provides professional community design, landscape/park design and planning opinions and expertise to a variety of stakeholders.
Prepares, coordinates and or contributes to information sessions/public meetings as part of major strategic projects (e.g. Parks & Recreation Master Plan, recreation and/or park development and redevelopment projects)
Creates improvements to enhance overall responsiveness to the customer (the public) and/or internal clients, through the establishment of policies and SOP’s, tracking and projection tools, hardware and software enhancements, etc.
Partners with other leaders in the corporation to ensure collaboration and alignment of initiatives
Builds and fosters strong, working relationships with divisional, departmental, inter-departmental and external partners, including elected officials, private, public and external agencies (e.g. developers, school boards, conservation authorities, and neighbouring municipalities) in the delivery of parks and open space planning.
Develops and implements a comprehensive approach to public engagement for parks and facility planning and development.
Liaises with section staff, other divisions/departments, external agencies, members of Council, landowners and consultants for the development industry, and the public as related to various projects.
Attends public meetings representing the section and provides consultative services to the public, elected officials and outside agencies.
Prepare/presents Corporate Reports and advises Council and senior management on matters related to the parks and open space network industry recommendations for parkland and open space purchase.
Conveys technical and or complex information to assist in decision making.
Creates and maintains records in accordance with established records management practices and contributes improvements to same.
Oversees the representation of information pertaining to parks/open space and recreation planning, on both the internal and external City webpages.
Represents the section, division or department on assigned departmental, corporate and outside agencies committees such as Real Estate Coordination Team, Conservation Authority-led project teams, etc.
Manages the development, administration and defence (in the case of appeals) of the Parkland Dedication By-law for the City
Represents the section, division and department as a member of the Development Team, internal and external committees, and task forces.
Presents/defends the city’s position at Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and /or Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), in the capacity of an expert witness.
Keeps abreast of emerging best practices and policies for the development and implementation of a robust and responsive parks and public spaces system that meets the renewed vision of a growing municipality
Prepares and reviews project requirements, prepares terms of references, project charters, requests for proposal etc., for the procurement of external consultants to assist in the delivery of parks and facility planning and development services.
Works in collaboration as part of the section’s management team in the preparation of sectional inputs into the development of annual capital and current budgets and forecasts with specific emphasis on parkland assembly and park development
Manages the City’s parkland dedication /cash in lieu of parkland program, including the development of funding recommendations in support of parkland acquisitions.
TEAMWORK AND COORPERATION
Fosters engagement, debate and discuss building of consensus to achieve strategic deliverables
Demonstrates critical thinking, analysis, problem solving and reasoning and compassion.
Understands political climate, and city structure – organizationally, financially, and its influence on decision-making.
Proven understanding of how all levels of government contribute to the delivery of services related to parks/open space and recreational facility planning and development
University Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture or a related field.
Full membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (O.P.P.I) and/or the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
3-5 years of relevant, progressive experience in the fields of parks planning, park design and/or management of large projects and/or contracts.
2-3 years of progressive project management experience or other leadership functions
Extensive knowledge of the land use planning process in Ontario, parks planning, parks development and/or recreational planning and related disciplines (e.g. urban design, environmental planning, transportation planning, etc.)
Advanced knowledge of legislation governing the planning process in Ontario including the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, the Municipal Act and the Environmental Protection Act
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with municipal staff, elected officials, the public and external agencies in a professional and respectful manner.
A dynamic, team-oriented individual with highly developed project and people management skills and an ability to handle multiple and shifting priorities
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills with experience speaking in front of municipal Councils, the public and tribunals (e.g. the OMB)
Sound, analytical, decision making, problem solving, organizational and leadership skills
Background in strategic plan development and policy creation, review and administration
Effective listening and strong presentation skills
Project management related experience along with supervisory experience in a professional environment
Highly functional in computer applications such as Microsoft Office and customized software associated with development applications review, report writing, etc.
Required to own a personal vehicle to perform job duties, undertake corporate business and must possess a valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s license. Travel to a variety of sites within the municipality and external to the municipality, is required.
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**Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.
**Starting Salary: $87,514.00 per year
Job status: Permanent
Job Type: Non-Union
Applications must be received by: July 29, 2018
Alternate formats will be provided upon request.
If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online at: www.brampton.ca/employment by July 29, 2018 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement.
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