Division Manager, Parks Planning and Engineering Services

From CivicInfo BC - October 4, 2017

Division Manager, Parks Planning and Engineering Services

(Full-Time Regular)


Leads team of professional planning staff to develop short, medium and long-term plans and policy for regional parks programs, including capital development, resource management and land acquisitions such as the Regional Parks Plan (RPP).

Accountable for the Planning & Engineering Services divisions budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations. Monitors and controls spending to ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds within the approved budget.

Ensures plans integrate corporate objectives and initiatives and reflect board policy. Sets work unit priorities, schedules, and develops planning tools, templates and standards. Oversees and provides strategic guidance on the consultation and vetting of parks division plans. Reviews plans for practicality and alignment with Metro Vancouver Board and divisional goals, and budgets.

Ensures long term plans interface with member municipalities local and community plans, including long term plans for outdoor recreation, greenways and conservation, and that such plans align with corporate objectives such as the Regional Growth Strategy. Consults stakeholders such as member municipalities, First Nations, non-government organizations and community associations to mitigate concerns and ensure plans are supported in the broader community.

Guides the development of regional parks policies related to park use, natural and cultural resource protection. Directs the research of emerging trends in the study of passive outdoor recreation and conservation.

Oversees and provides strategic direction to Parks engineering services. Responsible for the development of capital Plans and ensures capital funds are equitably distributed to regional parks and by sub-region. Oversees priority projects and ensures they are planned and delivered on time.

Oversees the development and delivery of the asset management program for resource inventories, facilities and infrastructure. Leads the development of systems for the administration of geographic information system (GIS) databases, visitor data collection and forecasts.

Directs the development of the regional parks land acquisition strategy, associated programs and associated budgets. Manages the Parkland Acquisition Fund. Makes recommendations to the Director, Regional Parks on proposed purchases and oversees acquisitions with divisional staff and corporate property negotiators.

Responsible for supervising, directing and motivating staff and monitors performance towards division, department and corporate objectives; ensures staff adhere to corporate workplace policies.

Leads, coaches, mentors and develops staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training; develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience. Resolves technical, operational or relational issues staff encounter while doing their work; monitors work assignments ensuring they are adequately staffed and funded.

Actively and effectively participates on the regional parks division Parks Management Group, and other interdepartmental and inter-jurisdictional working groups. Represent the division and Regional Parks at various public events, on committees and in interactions with various stakeholders such as member municipalities and the provincial government and media as assigned.

Performs other related duties as required.


7 years of recent, related progressive experience supplemented by a university degree in planning, environmental sciences or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a Professional Planner with PIBC is an asset.

Considerable technical and practical knowledge and ability to lead professional planning activities related to outdoor passive recreation, natural and cultural resource protection and associated development programs

Sound knowledge of Metro Vancouvers regional park services and programs, Local Government Act, and government regulations associated with regional parks planning, development, resource management, and land acquisition, budgets and financial management.

Excellent written and oral communication skills including well developed report writing and public presentation skills; ability to communicate complex information and implications to diverse audiences.

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations and responds effectively to emotional triggers in self and others.

Proven ability to use good judgment, tact and diplomacy to resolve complex problems with diverse implications and ability to develop and or amend regional parks policy.

Innovative thinker with the ability to influence and persuade others and build trust and common understanding required to implement change, address problems and improve efficiencies; considers the long-term implications of decisions and actions. Proven ability to work cooperatively with others and skilled in resolving disagreements and preventing the escalation of conflict.

Ability to manage a diverse and complex portfolio of work while establishing ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.

Demonstrated ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports.

Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook

Valid BC Class 5 Drivers License.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 18, 2017.

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