Parks, Open Space, and Trails (POST) Design Manager
Location: Durango, Colorado
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: $80,616 - $116,893 - Range
POST DESIGN MANAGER OVERVIEW:
The POST Design Manager will provide, manage and coordinate the planning and site design of capital improvement projects in parks, open space, trail, and recreation facilities to further the Department and City Master Plans. Includes project management, oversight of project design consultants, stakeholder communication, design, documentation, and preparation of bid/construction documents to be provided to the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division for construction. Will work and coordinate with CIP Division to assist and answer design questions for project construction.
GENERAL POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties are normal for this position. However, they are not to be construed as exclusive or all–inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may also be required or assigned.
Outreach and collaborate with neighborhoods, special interest groups, community, other City departments and agencies throughout planning and design processes. Develop and present project information.
Complete project programming, site inventory and analysis, design development, review and oversight of park, open space, trail, and recreation facilities improvement projects.
Develop request for proposals and manage process for selection of design and engineering consultants. Manage and direct consultant completed design processes of public amenities.
Develop assessments, studies, reports, cost estimates, plans, inventories, maps, and recommendations relative to special projects.
In coordination with other City staff, provide technical review of land use development applications relative to park, open space, trail, and site design issues. Provide research, refinement, and recommendations relative to park, open space and trail policies and procedures.
Prepare grant applications and secure partner funding for capital improvement projects.
Prepare and/or review master plans, concept plans, preliminary and final construction plans, including landscape drawings and technical specifications of proposed projects.
Review drawings and specifications to develop construction quantities and cost estimates. Answer questions regarding expenditures for assigned construction projects compared to project estimates.
Assist the CIP Division and Grants Division in Finance to prepare written reports, grant close out documentation, and maintenance of project records.
Advise and provide information and support to interdepartmental teams and others regarding relevant plans, policies, and projects.
Evaluate environmental concerns for park, open space and trail development, resource mitigation and habitat enhancement.
Assists with the preparation of the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Budget.
Provide functional GIS databasing and inventory of relevant park, open space, trail and recreation facilities and amenities on Parks and Recreation managed development projects.
Assist CIP Division with capital improvement projects to include collecting and approval of submittals, providing response to RFI requests, review and documentation of any change orders, review and approval of contractor pay applications, and monitoring of project schedule.
Perform minor maintenance on tools and equipment.
Incumbent has authority to release funds budgeted for projects and within limits set by department or City policy. Develops bid specifications in conjunction with Purchasing Department.
Incumbent has authority to make purchases for supplies and equipment using purchasing policies of the Department and City.
Incumbent will prepare and provide project cost estimates to be used for budgeting Capital Improvement Projects. Assists with development of Departmental and Division budget as it applies to planned projects for the City.
City Organization Duties and Responsibilities:
Represent in a professional manner the Department and City to other staff, other governmental agencies, businesses and consulting firms, and members of the public.
Provide quality customer service to individuals needing assistance.
Assists in developing recommendations for objectives, general policies and procedures for the division. Strategic issues are referred to supervisor.
Works under the scope of general policies, procedures and objectives and is carried out in accordance with standard practices, instructions, or previous training. Recruitment, selection and management of consultants and contractors on complex and assigned projects.
Provides guidance and direction to assigned employees with projects or job assignments.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS – KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Principles and practices of Landscape Architecture, including park and trail planning principles and current trends, design and construction.
Irrigation systems and application to public parks, athletic facilities, and landscape bed.
Proficiency in an assortment of computer software applications including GIS, CAD, Adobe Photoshop, spreadsheets, word processing, desktop publishing and database applications.
Methods and techniques of cost estimating and contract administration.
Laws underlying planning and zoning and other pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Principles of best practices and stewardship of natural lands and resources.
Record keeping methods and techniques.
Procedures, policies, and operations within area of assignment.
City employee handbook policies and procedures.
Analyzing problems; identifying alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Reading, interpreting, and preparing engineering, architectural and landscape architectural design plans and maps.
Prepare concise, technical drawings and written reports.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Facilitating public meetings and providing public presentations.
Project management and process
Operate computer software to prepare designs, spreadsheets, graphics, desktop publishing and other landscape architectural functions.
Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Interpret and explain planning and zoning ordinances and regulations.
Implement methods and techniques of cost estimating and budget administration.
Provide graphical rendering and sketch plans of proposed park, open space, and trail projects.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Provide effective and timely client customer service.
Work the allocated hours of the position.
Work is performed mostly in an office with some outdoor settings including travel from site to site, exposure to noise, dust fumes, gasses, and inclement weather conditions.
Physical and Mental Requirements/Activities:
This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of lifting/moving or force and occasional lift, move or drag 10 pounds or more while performing essential functions of the job.
Work regularly requires the ability to stand, walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; balance, climb, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl; and speak and hear.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to effectively communicate with others in English.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to read and write English and interpret documents such as safety rules, material safety data sheets, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth.
Ability to recognize occupational hazards in work activities and take safety precautions.
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and following directions.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in landscape architecture, urban or environmental planning or a related field. Requires current registration as a Landscape Architect (requires degree and 3 years of apprenticeship to obtain LA license) in Colorado or the ability to obtain within the first six months of hire via reciprocity. Valid State Driver’s License or the ability to obtain within the first six months of hire.
Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in parks and trail planning, design and construction, landscape architecture and open space stewardship or a related field. Or a combination of education training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position duties and responsibilities.
Located in La Plata County, in the Southwestern corner of Colorado, Durango was formed by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company along the banks of the Animas River in September 1880 to serve the San Juan mining district. This mountain town proudly serves a diverse community of approximately 19,000 neighbors in all facets of life, work, and recreation in our natural environment. Each day, a devoted workforce of approximately 350 full-time employees come together to ensure the needs of the community are met through municipal service.
Known worldwide for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango exudes the western charm with its historic architecture, entertainment, shopping, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and a robust downtown business district. Area attractions and activities are part of the outdoor lifestyle that Durango is popular for including miles of world-class skiing, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails. Durango offers access to national parks, archaeological sites, and gold mines to explore. The Purgatory Ski Resort, located 25 miles north of downtown Durango, has 99 trails, 12 lifts, a vertical drop of over 2,...000 feet, and more than 1,500 acres of skiable terrain.
The City of Durango identified six Strategic Goals as part of 2021 Strategic Plan, which will serve as a guide to improving the quality of life and civic participation in the Durango Community for the coming years. The new Parks & Recreation Director will be responsible for supporting cross-departmental issues and involving external stakeholders as it relates to all six of the Strategic Goals.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Environmental and Social Sustainability; Financial Excellence and Transparency; Affordability & Economic Opportunity; Enhanced Livability and Sense of Place; and Ensure Effective Infrastructure Network.
City of Durango: https://www.durangogov.org/