Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking an experienced individual to join our Planning Unit. SPR strives to be a community centered agency that focuses on making our parks welcoming and accessible to everyone in Seattle. This Senior position will serve as lead on several key partnership opportunities with other city departments and private agencies. We value representatives that apply a strong equity lens in their work and deliver exceptional customer service to our partners and the public. http://www.seattle.gov/rsji/
The successful candidate will support SPR and coordinate collaborative programs and projects with our partner departments, such as Seattle Public Utilities, Department of Neighborhoods, and Office of Sustainability.
Programs and projects include green stormwater infrastructure and code compliance projects, drainage, creek and shoreline-related projects, landscape restoration of Olmsted Parks, Landmarks and Historic Register nomination processes, and inclusive public engagement.
Explore and resolve policy and legal issues related to drainage and Green Stormwater Infrastructure implantation; resolve barriers related to partnerships and co-funding on public property.
Lead capital project planning efforts, including developing strategies and approaches to maintain and improve facilities in a systematic and cost-effective manner.
Prepare and make presentations to boards, elected officials, community groups, other City departments, and external agencies.
Conduct research, analyze data, and prepare technical reports, landmarks nominations, long range plans, and policies.
Develop and craft programmatic analysis and recommendations for upper management and decision-makers.
Update assessments of critical infrastructure, identify project needs, project selection and prioritization criteria, project scopes, cost estimates, budgets, and schedules.
Make recommendations based on equity, code compliance, safety, life cycle, and other criteria to forward SPR's and City goals and priorities.
Manage consultant teams, negotiate, prepare and administer contracts and agreements.
Obtain permits, meet regulatory code requirements, and follow facility design and construction standards.
Work collaboratively with all SPR divisions, other City departments, external agencies and customers to obtain project ideas and technical input, to gather data, receive general feedback, and respond to requests for projects or new facilities.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite tools, particularly Excel, and experience using project management software.
Required Qualifications: Requires three years of experience in planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation; or other work directly related to City planning and development activities; and a baccalaureate degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration or related field (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
License, Certification, and Other Requirements A valid Washington State Driver's License or ability to obtain one within one month after being hired. You must be able to consistently travel to sites all over the City, including parks or work locations with limited or no public transportation.
A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in landscape architecture, urban planning, natural sciences or related field.
Ability to read and interpret construction plans, city codes, and regulatory requirements.
Five (5) or more years of experience conducting public outreach and working with and presenting to boards, and community groups.
Five (5) or more years of experience in capital project planning, coordination, cost estimating, contract negotiations and budgeting.
Three (3) or more years producing accurate clear documents, long range plans, and partnership agreements, such as MOA's (Memorandum of Agreement).
Three (3) or more years of research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report preparation, and presentations.
Five (5) or more years of experience and knowledge of parks planning processes.
Three (3) or more years of experience with Historic Preservation and Landmarks Nomination processes.
Three (3) or more years of experience with stormwater code compliance standards, stream restoration, NPDES, and water quality practices.
Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a multicultural workforce and serve a diverse customer base.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demanding and competing deadlines, and the flexibility to change priorities when necessary.
Master's degree in landscape architecture, natural sciences, ecology, historic preservation, urban planning, or related field.
Work Environment/Physical Demand:
Work is performed in an office environment, with some field work required to visit and prepare assessments of parks and recreation facilities.
Requires working some nights and weekends to attend meetings and hearings.
Internal Number: 2018-01141
About Seattle Parks & Recreation
Seattle Parks and Recreation manages over 6200 acres of parkland in Seattle (11% of the city's land area). These properties include a multitude of facilities, parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, golf courses, squares, places, triangles, 25 miles of boulevards, biking, and pedestrian trails.