Parks District Planning Supervisor

Parks District Planning Supervisor
Organization City and County of Denver
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Sep 20, 2019

About Our Job

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without notice.  The hiring manager for this position would like all applicants to submit a cover letter that includes why you are interested in this position.

Denver’s Parks Planning, Design and Construction Division consists of a team of highly-knowledgeable professionals dedicated to the development and improvement of the City & County of Denver’s network of parks and parkways. The Division’s efforts in planning, design and construction management ensure that Denver’s valuable system of parks foster’s Denver’s development as a world-class city and enriches the lives of Denver’s citizens and guests for years to come.

This newly created District Planning Supervisor position will directly supervise a team of professional Parks Planners, providing direction, mentorship and technical expertise while leading parks planning initiatives to ensure city, departmental and division goals are met.  With new funding resources, sound visionary direction and a growing team – there is no better time to be a part of Denver’s Planning, Design and Construction team!

While the full pay range of this Job Classification is $89,369 – $142,990, our target hiring salary for this position is between $89,369 – $116,180, depending on education, experience and qualifications.

Job Responsibilities:

District Planning Team Management

  • Lead and direct a team of high functioning parks planning professionals through technical expertise and mentorship while ensuring effective development, implementation and management of parks planning initiatives that meet or exceed city, departmental and division goals.
  • Creates, maintains and assigns workplans for District Planners.  Provides guidance in navigating complex and controversial projects, situations or communications.
  • Reviews and guides work of District Planners, which may include: grant applications; RFPs, proposals and scopes of work for consultants; communications with councilmembers, the public or the media.
  • Provides regular updates and strategic recommendations to Management regarding District Planning efforts including, but not limited to: recommending prioritization of capital project requests and demonstrating effective implementation of funded planning projects and overall successful implementation of the Game Plan vision.
  • Establishes and guides District Planning priorities including:  capital planning and budgeting for parks, short-to-long-term planning projects and grant applications.
  • Oversees efficient use of resources, quality assurance and compliance with DPR policies, internal standard operating procedures, and park standards; makes policy development recommendations, as appropriate, and conducts park site visits as needed.

Planning/Project Management

  • Applies best practice planning methodology to leads and manage highly complex and multi-facets planning projects (including scope, schedule and budget) which may include citywide strategic plans and park master plans. Also represents the Department on planning efforts led by other agencies.
  • Exercises sound technical expertise and strong interpersonal and communication skills in complex and controversial matters
  • Prepares planning strategies and initiatives aligned with the mission, vision and values of the department and city
  • Conducts research and analysis to determine the needs of the community and inform strategic responses
  • Oversees and executes procurement process to hire consultants, and coordinates and manages the work of consultants involved in the execution of planning projects
  • Provides timely and accurate reporting on project progress and addresses any project issues in coordination with internal staff or the public
  • Prepares grant applications and manages grants received in support of planning projects
  • Builds consensus and support for initiatives among stakeholders and fosters positive public relations.  Identifies, cultivates, and manages key internal and external partnerships such as city departments and agencies, councilmembers, community-based organizations, resident organizations, nonprofits, interest groups, etc.
  • Coordinates and facilitates public participation in multiple stages of project planning through community outreach and engagement, public presentations and meetings (some meetings and events held in the evening hours or weekends)
  • Collaborates with park maintenance operations staff, design and construction staff
  • Serves as key liaison to Councilmember teams and community member questions or concerns
  • Cultivates and supports efforts to secure grants and other project funding
  • Serves as a collaborative representative, technical expert and department advocate in intra-departmental and greater development design and plans review such as area plans subdivisions, re-zonings, large development reviews projects, and right-of-way design projects

About You

We are looking for a well-rounded and experienced planning professional who can implement a strong visionary approach to Denver’s Parks Planning initiatives.  Our ideal candidate will be a resourceful problem solver, a proactive and strategic decision-maker and an adept team-builder.  A decisive yet collaborative and inclusive management style along with the ability to tactfully handle complex or sensitive situations will be critical to success.  The ideal candidate will also possess a demonstrable ability in fostering productive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.  Moreover, we are looking for a Planning professional who is enthusiastic about making a meaningful impact in the City and County of Denver and securing its development as a world-class city.

  • Master’s Degree or higher in City or Regional Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, or directly related field
  • Experience managing a team of planning professionals
  • Experience coordinating with the development community
  • Experience coordinating and implementing all stages of public participation and collaboration in planning and design; experience conducting research and analysis to determine community needs
  • Experience working with diverse communities developing trusting, collaborative relationships with key community stakeholders
  • AICP Certification
  • Proficiency with Adobe Suite
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish highly preferred)

We realize that your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you meet the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration, or a related degree.
  • Experience Requirement: Seven (7) years of professional planning experience.
  • 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.