Parks & Open Space Planning Coordinator

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Landscape Architecture August 17, 2018 City of Kingston Kingston, ON, Canada

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Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

Position Summary

Working in our Parks Development division, and under the direction of the Manager, Parks Development, the Parks and Open Space Planning Coordinator will assist in the development and improvement of Kingston’s existing and future parks.
This position will assist in parks design development, public consultation, and construction contract management.

The Coordinator will also assist in development application including subdivision and site plan parkland and landscape review, policy development or procedural implementation and administration.

In consultation with professional consultants, the Coordinator will assist in parks policy development, long range parks planning, asset management, technical standards development, special project coordination, interdepartmental liaison as well as parks promotion and communication with public.

KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Plan and coordinate schedules required for the management of parks design, development and construction projects.

Review land development applications and provide feedback on site plans and subdivisions from a parks and landscaping perspective.

Participate in feasibility studies, policy development park concept plans, environmental studies/assessments and master plans.

Administer professional consultant contracts to ensure compliance with established City standards, specifications, terms, project direction and budgets.

Coordinate detailed park designs, construction drawings, specifications, costing and construction contract documents.

Administer construction contracts to ensure compliance with established City standards, specifications, terms, project direction and budgets.

Work independently or in cooperation with Engineering Services on park construction projects.

Coordinate, attend and present at public information meetings.

Liaise with community groups/committees concerning parks issues.

Responsible for the procurement of consultant services including preparation of terms of reference, requests for proposals and evaluation and selection.

Responsible for the procurement of construction services including preparation of terms of reference, requests for proposals and evaluation and selection.

Provide feedback on planning documents, memos, drawings, reports, consultant reports and requests from the Planning Department.

Assist in advancing and further establishing technical standards for Parks Development.

Assist in preparing departmental reports to Council.

Assist with policy development, long range planning objectives as well as project coordination.

Liaise with federal and provincial authorities, conservation & regional authorities, and other required outside agencies as well as community groups and committees.

Assist in the preparation and analysis of the parks asset management plan and capital budget forecast.

Sit on various committees to evaluation proposals and interview/evaluate potential consultants.Conduct site inspections.

Coordinate public meetings.

Qualifications, Competencies

Degree in Landscape Architecture and/or Planning or equivalent.

4 years’ experience in park and/or landscape architectural design and development, landscape construction administration or parks planning including 2 years’ experience in municipal, governmental or institutional environments in the area of open space or parks planning, planning, policy development or urban design.

A member or eligibility for membership in the OALA or OPPI will be considered an asset.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability to read blueprints including landscape architectural plans, site plans, civil engineering and architectural plans.

Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Detailed knowledge of landscape architectural design and construction principles an asset.

Working knowledge of the Planning Act and relevant experience in subdivision and site plan development application review an asset.

Working knowledge of public consultation an asset.

Project management and financial management skills an asset.

Working knowledge of public or institutional procurement an asset.

Proficiency using AutoCAD, GIS and Gant chart project management experience an asset.

Experience and ability to interpret policies, acts and procedures an asset.

Strong organizational skills with the ability to work well in a team environment.

Ability to prioritize tasks and maintain multiple project schedules and deadlines.

Ability to prepare reports, project correspondence, project specifications and request for proposals.

Ability to negotiate with internal staff, outside agencies, consultants, and the general public.

Able to interpret policies, acts and procedures.

Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check at candidates’ own expense.

Closing date: September 7th, 2018