Downtown Parks Project Manager II

Downtown Parks Project Manager II
Organization City and County of Denver
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline May 26, 2022

This posting will accept applications until May 26, 2022.

Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity to make downtown Denver parks inviting and inclusive spaces for all residents, businesses, and visitors? Are you passionate about parks, culture, and creating spaces for all to enjoy public life? Join our Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) Planning, Design and Construction team as a Downtown Parks Project Manager II.

The DPR Planning, Design and Construction team consists of highly knowledgeable professionals dedicated to the development and improvement of the City and County of Denver’s network of parks, parkways, waterways, trails, and recreation centers. Denver has over 6,000 acres of urban parks, including 300 acres of parks along rivers and trails, and an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks. For more information about Denver’s Parks and Recreation Department, please click here.

The Downtown Parks Project Manager II is a unique position within the Parks Planning, Design and Construction team. The position is focused on ensuring Denver’s downtown parks and open spaces are designed and constructed to support intensive uses as culturally rich civic spaces for all, contributing to Denver’s development as a world-class city. This individual will coordinate closely with the Design and Construction team, the Downtown Program Manager, Downtown Senior Planner, and internal city and external downtown partners, to advance projects identified in the Game Plan for a Healthy City, The Outdoor Downtown Plan, and DPR’s annual and 5-year Capital Improvement plans.

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees report to the office at least two days a week and conduct site visits as appropriate to successfully complete job duties. This work schedule is subject to change.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide leadership and project management for DPR’s downtown design and construction projects following the guidance of the Outdoor Downtown Plan and in coordination with the Downtown Program Manager
  • Manage, scope, schedule, design, construction, and budget of multiple large and complex projects that include elements of urban design, landscape architecture, placemaking, outdoor recreation, green infrastructure, urban park elements, historic/cultural landscapes, and structures
  • Implement the design intent and vision on multiple existing concept design plans for Downtown Parks
  • Create, develop, and monitor project schedules, budgets, contracts, consultant/contractor teams, and delivery methods associated with defined scopes of work
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners and across multiple city departments to deliver capital projects from design documentation through construction
  • Serve as Project Manager on larger-scale parks projects both in Downtown and other parts of the City as they arise in coordination with Operations, Parks Planning, DOTI, and CPD
  • Understand and execute alternatives in contracting, procurement, and project delivery methods
  • Work with consultant teams and contractors to keep projects within budget
  • Ensure that design and construction projects meet DPR and DOTI’s standards
  • Establish expectations for, monitor, and address consultant and contractor individual and team performance on projects
  • Identify and implement design and construction innovations that improve partnerships and project performance
  • Lead the technical and specification development and compliance for the downtown projects in collaboration with Downtown Operations Staff
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Downtown Parks Program Manager regularly on all projects to ensure vision is being fulfilled, status updates are clear, and any potential issues are flagged early for resolution
  • Stay current on park and recreation design trends, best practices, and creative approaches to park design and construction

We are looking for an experienced project management professional with exceptional communication skills. The ideal candidate will be a resourceful problem solver, a proactive decision-maker, and an adept team-builder to cultivate partnerships with consultants, contractors, and project partners. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the parks and recreation system and the unique role downtown parks and open spaces provide for Denver residents, businesses, and visitors. Additionally, our ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience leading and managing large, high profile, complex, technical, urban parks projects
  • Previous successful experience in the management of parks design and construction projects (minimum 5 years of project management experience)
  • Demonstrated competence in financial management of large-scale projects involving multiple funding sources (grants, private and corporate donations, partnerships, etc.) including grant reporting, and multiple phases
  • Experience managing projects involving multiple design and construction disciplines in an urban setting
  • Experience fostering consensus around uncertainty related to design and construction
  • Ability to lead and work collaboratively with a large and diverse team, representing the citizens of Denver while demonstrating flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong communication skills, including verbal communication, writing, record-keeping, file organization, and project documentation of the design and construction process
  • A Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Architecture, Engineering or a related field is preferred but not required

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Architecture, Engineering, Project Management, or a related field
  • Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of professional project management experience in the related occupational group including planning, managing, and scheduling projects and preparing and reviewing contract documents
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements
  • License/Certifications: Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment

Position Salary Range

$85,015.00 – $140,275.00

Starting Pay

$85,015 – $126,460/year based on experience and education

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