Parks Planning & Development Manager

City of Sandpoint, ID

We are looking for a resourceful professional with demonstrated parks planning, design, development and project management experience. Superior written/verbal communication and presentation skills required. The ideal candidate will be a big picture thinker and possess creative problem-solving skills and an aptitude for cultivating and maintaining partnerships with a variety of stakeholders such as internal departments, citizens and other external organizations.

Job Summary: Manages and administers the division’s capital improvement plan and associated projects for parks, open spaces, trails, and recreation facilities. This includes arts, culture and preservation planning, landscape design and construction management. Work is performed in close coordination with the Parks & Recreation Director.

Examples of Duties: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by the incumbent of this class. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Responsible for managing and administering the division’s capital improvement plan and projects contained therein to achieve compliance with short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and established priorities.
Leads efforts to identify and prioritize park, recreation and trail improvement projects and prepares costs estimates used to determine funding requirements.
Leads and participates in the design and implementation of capital projects. Works with the maintenance and others to ensure projects are feasibly, sustainably and practically designed and will be permitted by applicable agencies.
Applies for, or assists consultants in applying for, permitting and approvals such as cultural resources, building, critical areas, Army Corps of Engineer approval, among others.
Develops and/or reviews design documents and informational materials (e.g. scope of work, project description, etc.) to assist the City’s procurement officer facilitate successful solicitation of bids and to help ensure desired project completion results.
Manages capital projects, including serving as the lead on project administration including issuing RFP’s for professional services, bid processes
Assists in the identification, analysis and development of public/private partnership opportunities.
Identifies and participates in land acquisition opportunities and takes a leadership role in overall City land management and development.
Determines division interests and participation levels of citywide planning efforts both within the parks and trails system, throughout the city and connecting to other surrounding communities.
Undertakes strategic and master planning efforts to build-out and enhance the city’s trail system; conducts public outreach.
Identifies, cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships with community groups and nonprofit organizations dedicated to recreation, open space, trails and park systems.
Leads the Arts, Culture & Preservation Master Planning efforts and develops implementation strategies for recommendations contained therein.
Coordinates activities and serves as staff liaison for the Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation Commission.
Negotiates, administers and monitors contracts and agreements with artists, performers and others involved in the delivery of cultural arts programs, activities and displays.
Project Leadership:
Assists in planning and designing projects, programs and policies, including managing scope, schedule and budget on projects.
Leads public participation and stakeholder involvement.
Assumes full responsibility for consistent reporting on project progress and addressing any other project issues originating from internal staff, other city divisions and services, or the public.
Develops, tracks and reports on performance standards.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, project management, or a related field; and
Four or more years of experience in a responsible administrative capacity in public or private park planning/development and operations management; and
Two years of supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Driver’s License
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following:
Master planning experience in parks, open space, trails or a directly related field.
Successfully managing a variety of projects at various stages at one time.
Developing and delivering effective presentations to diverse audiences; public, internal departments, external stakeholders/organizations.
Technical experience with trails planning, design and construction.
Working cooperatively with parks operations employees.
Oversight of capital improvement projects; quality assurance inspections, budget management, contractor oversight, etc.

The City of Sandpoint is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in our services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact HR at (208) 946-2060.

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Job Details

Job Function
Division Manager
Position Type
Full Time

City of Sandpoint


1123 Lake St
Sandpoint, ID 83864-1714
United States

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