Are you ready to join our leadership team and manage the Park Planning and Development Division? We have $300 million in projects over the next 5 years and need your expertise!
This is an advanced leadership role managing and overseeing the Park Planning and Development Division, which includes functions related to short and long-range park planning, land acquisition, development review, and design, permitting, contractual development and construction management for existing and new parks. This position manages and implements the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) department’s Capital Improvement Program, contributes to policy-making and strategic planning, prepares and oversees budgets, and serves as a resource for other staff, senior managers and the director. This position reports to the Park Planning, Development and Maintenance Senior Manager.
Park Development and Capital Improvement Program: Manages, coordinates and implements the PRNR Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and associated fiscal resources. Coordinates with Capital Projects, Office of Financial Management (OFM), the PRNR management team and other staff in aligning capital improvement funds with capital project needs and assuring appropriate use and expenditure of funds. Directs, plans and manages park infrastructure development and renovation in coordination with other departments, ensuring that projects align with community needs and meet planning and regulatory requirements, permits and conditions.
Participates in team design meetings, reviews and approves park development designs and proposals in coordination with PRNR management team, ensuring that proposed improvements are consistent with construction and maintenance standards, incorporate accessibility, and promote sustainability where appropriate. Prepares and provides information to the public, contractors and consultants. Participates in procurement process for design consultants, construction companies and other outside contractors for all phases of CIP and other projects. Participates in grant development, implementation and monitoring. Manages, supervises, directs and evaluates the work of contractors and consultants.
Park Planning, Acquisition and Community Engagement: Manages, coordinates and establishes priorities for long-range planning and short-term park planning activities. Leads staff in the coordination, monitoring and implementation of the Parks, Preserves and Recreation Strategic Master Plan. Directs the preparation of park conceptual plans and planning research activities in coordination with the PRNR management team. Participates in County-wide planning efforts and contributes to long-range planning in coordination with Planning and Development Services, including Comprehensive Plan updates, Evaluation and Appraisal Reports, park-related development review, and other planning initiatives. Assists with ordinances, legislative reviews and amendments.
Oversees implementation of the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program (NPP). Contributes to the development of land acquisition strategies and preparation of materials related to acquisition. Assists with site assessments, coordination with other County departments, contractor oversight, technical review, and fiscal activities of the programs. Provides input toward and reviews materials for advisory boards related to park acquisition, planning, development and related projects. Works with team to plan and facilitate community workshops and community meetings that ensure opportunities for public input and engagement. Coordinates with others to provide information to the media and the community regarding parks and park projects.
Prepares and delivers presentations to a variety of audiences, including the Board of County Commissioners, other government agencies, advisory boards, community groups and the general public. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the general public, community groups, boards, other county departments and other government agencies.
Leads the Park Planning and Development team; responsible for supervising, providing training, mentoring, coaching and leading division staff. Promotes and supports collaboration, excellence, efficiency and teamwork among staff. Maintains a working environment conducive to quality, creativity, innovation and teamwork.
Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, project management or a closely related field.
Six (6) years of related professional level experience, with four or more years of supervisory experience.
- OR - A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with four (4) or more years related experience.
May consider substituting years of experience for the four-year degree at the Director’s discretion.
Advanced degree (e.g., MS, MA, MBA).
Advanced professional license/certification highly desirable, including American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), landscape architecture, project management.
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Pay: $80,000- $92,000
This Posting is currently Open Until Filled
Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)??
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