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Manager, Parks Planning, Design & Construction

The City of Richmond is looking for a Manager, Parks Planning - Design & Construction, to lead a high performance team in the development of park related planning, design and construction projects, renewal programs, and administration of asset management, and geographic information systems. The manager will have exceptional communication and presentation skills, innovative ideas, strong strategic leadership, and abilities to collaborate with internal and external departments, agencies and stakeholders.

The position reports to the Director, Parks Services and is responsible for developing and executing long and short term capital plans, resource allocation, evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of programs and priority actions, and all aspects of employee leadership and supervision.

Examples of key work activities include:

  • Providing leadership, management and supervision of parks planning, design and construction projects to ensure delivery of excellent park services.
  • Facilitating processes to implement strategies and plans while acting in the best interests of the community.
  • Supervising public and stakeholder consultation processes on strategic parks plans to ensure community needs are met.
  • Liaising with the developers, the community, civic advisory committees, Council, and regional authorities on community based issues, and works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Acting in a leadership role regarding policy planning and development application work related to Parks projects.
  • Coordinating the preparation of complex reports, including conducting research, writing, and seeking feedback and concurrence internally, as well as technical advice from professional consultants.
  • Developing short, medium and long term strategies, operating plans, asset management plans, targets and measures.
  • Negotiating contents for agreements (e.g. Contribution Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, and Corporate Lease Agreements), including preparation of grant applications and business case analysis for new initiatives.
  • Dealing with sensitive and confidential issues and negotiations (e.g. Land Negotiations/Contracts). Manages Capital Budgets & programs to ensure financial sustainability.
  • Reviewing and updating ongoing initiatives and practices to reflect current conditions, trends and best practices to improve service.
  • Presenting at Council and Committee meetings, and responds to community and media requests as necessary.
  • Participating in recruitment, scheduling, task management, succession planning supervision, coaching, and performance management of staff members.


    City of Richmond
    6911 No. 3 Rd
    Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1

    Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Landscape Architecture. A Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is desirable. Minimum of ten (10) years in a large Parks/Local Government environment with supervisory experience in a management capacity.


    We are looking for someone that has:

    • Knowledge of relevant community charter and federal/provincial enabling legislation.
    • Demonstrated skill in group facilitation.
    • Demonstrated skill in financial accounting and business case analysis.
    • Demonstrated skill in working with consultants, developing RFP’s, contract management, and negotiations.
    • Demonstrated skill in working within a political environment, including both government and non-profit.
    • Demonstrated skill in working with an elected Council, and committee structure, and in a unionized environment.
    • Demonstrated skill in Community consultation. Demonstrated time and project management skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of effective leadership and management principles and practices.
    • Ability to think creatively, critically, and analytically. Ability to work collaboratively and cohesively with different stakeholders.
    • Ability to actively promote and embrace change.
    • Strong skills in technical writing and the preparation of reports.
    • Strong communication and public speaking skills. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
    • Demonstrated Management skills in working in a unionized work environment.
    • Ability to successfully clear a Financial Sector Criminal Information Check.
    (604) 276-4105
    Click to view background photo & credits
    Project: Westminster Pier Park
    Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
    Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
    Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.