Reporting to the General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Manager, Parks will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of parks, forestry and open space strategies at the City of Surrey. The Manager, Parks develops and delivers on a full scope of parks management accountabilities, from the acquisition of parkland to the planning, design, construction, and operation of the City’s park system that supports 520,000 residents.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Operate within Council’s vision, guide the parkland acquisition program, averaging $25M per year:Develop and implement the planning, design and development processes/actions for new parks, park facilities, infrastructure sustainment, and urban forestry programs
- Optimize citywide alignment of parks-focussed initiatives and contribute to other citywide projects that have park/green space impacts (e.g. light rail transit, city wi-fi, public safety, etc.)
- Ensure the effective, efficient and sustainable operations of all City parks, beaches cemeteries, civic marina and open space services, including the Surrey Nature Centre
- Evolve and support the work of the Civic Beautification Program
- Develop, administer and optimize an annual operating budget of $25M; develop and implement the parks construction program, with an average annual capital budget of $15M
- Contribute to the Parks Recreation and Culture (PRC) senior management table and other department, citywide and regional committees
- Liaise with senior government agencies and ministries on a variety of projects, which may be complex
In addition, the successful candidate will have:
- Excellent strategic and lateral thinking skills in combination with strong research, analytical and problem-solving abilities
- Strong public relations/media skills with the ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders
- Progressive experience leading diverse work teams and established consensus building skills
This role requires a university degree in a related field (science-based resources management discipline, planning or landscape architecture), supplemented with formal training in business or human resource management. A diverse background in Parks Operations is required with a minimum of 8-10 years’ progressive experience at a strategic level, as well as managing union and exempt staff contracts. Arborist and project management certification will be consideration an asset. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.
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