Project Manager (Park Projects & Design)

Project Manager (Park Projects & Design)
Organization Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Oct 18, 2019

About the Parks Conservancy:
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner to six of the Bay Area’s open space management agencies, including the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust. The Projects & Design team works to preserve and restore natural habitat and cultural features, rehabilitate trails and trail corridors, improve facilities for park visitors, and plan and design parks for the future with the community.
We believe in creating a team representative of local communities, providing just and fair access to opportunities, and building a team culture that engages and empowers each person to achieve our core values.

The Role:
The Park Projects & Design department is looking for an experienced Project Manager who brings a landscape architecture experience and skill set. The role works with interdisciplinary project teams to ensure thoughtful and innovative planning, design, and implementation of park projects. The duties are changeable and require a flexible individual that can manage several projects at a time. In addition to collaborating with Conservancy staff, the role works closely with design consultants, contractors, and public agency staff. The position requires knowledge of workflows associated with planning, design and construction projects, as well as experience with construction documents and construction. The ideal candidate is interested in working in a naturally and culturally rich park environment, in service to visitor experience, access, and inclusivity.  This is a full time (40 hours/week) exempt, benefited position.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
• Landscape design: Research and assemble plans, surveys, studies and other background documents at project startup. Maintain and disseminate the Park Standards for design, trails and furnishings. Provide technical assistance to park staff and consultants including development of construction details and research into appropriate materials/methods/products. Assist with research into park-appropriate and innovative construction materials, methods and details.
• Construction management: Manages bidding and contractor selection for construction projects. Ensures timely responses to submittals and requests for information and negotiates change orders. Provides construction observation and quality control to assure work meets requirements of contract documents. Reviews completed work and approves payments.
• Project management: Takes park projects from conception through execution by developing project scope, schedule and budget; hiring and managing consultants and contractors; overseeing project planning and design decisions; obtaining approvals and permits; monitoring and reporting during construction; and ensuring smooth transition of completed projects to park management.
• Project team: Leads project teams and fosters collaboration across a wide range of partners, departments, consultants and contractors. Facilitates meetings and presents project updates to staff and leadership. Creates a positive and productive team dynamic. May be involved with hiring, supervising, and mentoring junior staff on the Projects & Design Team.
• Quality control: Provides direction, makes decisions, and guides project team. Reviews all work to ensure best practices and project goals are met.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Landscape design and construction knowledge: Ability to read and review site, engineering, and architectural plans, details, and specifications. Ability to communicate ideas through diagrams, sketches, maps, or other graphic presentation. Comfortable with design and mapping programs.
• Project management: Can independently manage a wide array of projects simultaneously. Ability to manage consultants and contractors.
• Facilitation and leadership: Ability to coordinate and facilitate meetings and project teams. Collaborates with others to solve complex problems. Takes initiative and follows up to keep projects moving forward. Listens and responds thoughtfully to complex needs and situations. Acts tactfully and treats others with respect.
• Communication: Communicates clearly and effectively via email/writing, phone, and in person. Comfortable giving presentations and speaking in front of groups.
• Familiarity with federal and state compliance process preferred, but not required.

Education and Experience:

• A degree in landscape architecture, planning, architecture, engineering is preferred.
• 5 years relevant experience in landscape architecture or a related field.
• Valid California Driver’s License and clear driving record; must be insurable to drive company vehicles.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
• Work is performed primarily in an office environment; regularly sits at a computer workstation and operates electronic equipment 6-8 hours per day.
• Regularly visits project sites, which may include walking on trails or other uneven terrain.
• Office is at Fort Mason, San Francisco.