SALARY for PM II: $75,193.00 - 93,991.00 Salary USD
The City of Arlington (50th largest city in the U.S. with a population of 392,304) is seeking an innovative and results oriented leader to serve as our Parks Planning Manager for the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.
APRD is a CAPRA-certified, forward-thinking park agency, recipient of the 2018 NRPA Gold Medal and 2023 TRAPS Gold Medal.
A progressive, industry-leader in the Parks and Recreation field, APRD believes in a work-life balance, flexible scheduling opportunities and committing the necessary tools and resources for long-term employee success.
Arlington recently passed a 25M dollar bond program for parks and recreation to include new parks, renovations, trail extensions and a new aquatic facility.
In recent years APRD has opened the only Major League Baseball branded golf course, 2 new recreation centers, multiple parks and currently working on building ACTIV, a 72,000 square foot, 50+ aged, recreation center.
APRD will have dynamic and large scale projects for the foreseeable future in which the Parks Project Manager will play a key role in managing.
The ideal candidate will have:
Budget management of large capital projects; experience in project management from design to construction completion
Strong communication and leadership skills; contribute to positive work culture and motivate team members across the department;
An advanced degree and/or relevant professional licenses/certifications, such as Certified Landscape Architect, Parks and Recreation Administration or other related field.
The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is made up of approximately 180 full-time staff and up to 400+ part-time employees during peak seasons. We manage 99 park sites making up 4,400 acres of parkland; 7 pools and 4 splash pads; 6 rec centers; and 4 golf courses. The Department has a roughly $42.3 million annual operating budget.
As a City Employee, you will be provided with an excellent benefit package at a cost to the employee that is far less than other area companies and public entities. All employees have 12 paid holidays each year, and accrue both sick leave and vacation leave based on years of service. The benefit package includes one of the best savings program in the industry (401K deferred compensation program with an employer matching contribution, 457 deferred compensation program with an employer contribution, and/or Roth IRA) and retirement through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (a hybrid plan with a 2x employer match that offers a lifetime annuity after vesting and guaranteed return). Also offered is a variety of insurance programs (health, dental, vision, disability, life and employer sponsored executive life insurance).
JOB SUMMARY: Under general direction directs the activities of planning and design teams responsible for the acquisition, planning and design of park development projects, negotiates professional service agreements and supervises park construction activities, and manages complex park planning initiatives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 1. Manage and supervise planning and design teams responsible for the acquisition, planning and design of park development projects to ensure the city's policies and standards are met. 2. Research and develop project objectives, site acquisition alternatives, development programs, design guidelines and budgets based on customer requirements and expectations. 3. Negotiate complex professional service agreements and supervise the development of plans and construction documents to ensure compliance with project objectives and customer expectations. 4. Supervise park construction activities including contract administration, field changes, field inspections and contractor performance; ability to manage projects up to $50 Million; and, ability to assist with real estate acquisitions.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS: 5. Manage the department's planning efforts including master plan revisions, comprehensive planning activities, bond program development and development review (plats, development plans, zoning plans, etc.). 6. Manage feasibility studies for the acquisition of major land purchases and facility construction. 7. Prepare various reports including detailed capital appropriation, expenditure and cash flow reports and project/accounting reports; ability to track and report on project performance measures. 8. Perform other related duties such as supervising the preparation and administration of state and federal grant applications and leading "First Class Service" process improvement teams, project team meetings and community advisory groups.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Knowledge of landscape architecture, architecture, park planning, and civil engineering practices and procedures. Knowledge of public works construction standards and specifications. Knowledge and experience related to professional service procurement, contract negotiation, contract administration and claims avoidance. Knowledge of horticulture practices and procedures. Knowledge of comprehensive and site planning practices and procedures. Skill in budget preparation and governmental accounting practices and procedures. Skill in making oral presentations to management and the public. Skill in computer applications related to project management, spreadsheet, money management, database and word processing programs. Ability to supervise technical/craft employees. Ability to apply park planning and design principles and practices. Ability to lead and manage multi-disciplinary and diverse project teams. Ability to communicate effectively with consultants, community representatives and other city employees in written and oral means. Ability to interpret and apply applicable ordinances, regulations and standard operating procedures. Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including, but not limited to PC, calculator, copier, fax machine, and telephone. Ability to perform a variety of physical skills including, but not limited to holding, seeing, sorting, typing and writing.
Qualifying Education and Experience:
A Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Architecture, Engineering, Architecture Community/Regional Planning, or closely related field. Four (4) years related experience (Two (2) years for Parks Project Manager I)
Certification in Irrigation Installation and/or Playground Safety preferred.
Possession of a valid Texas Operator's License, Class C. with good driving record.
Parks Project Manager II must obtain a certification in Architecture, Engineering, and/or Planning within 12 months of employment.
Pre-employment screens: ?Criminal history check, drug and alcohol testing, and motor vehicle review (MVR).
The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department (APRD) is dedicated to its mission of providing quality facilities and services that are responsive to a diverse community and sustained with a focus on partnerships, innovation and environmental leadership. APRD oversees a diverse range of programs, projects and services with one thing in common: people. We work with the community to create and operate beautiful, accessible public spaces and facilities for all to enjoy. We also produce programs and events that enrich the lives of community members – culturally, socially, and physically. With more than 4,700 acres of parks, recreation facilities, open spaces, natural trails, and playgrounds, there are many opportunities for open play and exercise in Arlington – The American Dream City.