Great Parks of Hamilton County is accepting applications for the position of Chief of Planning. The Chief of Planning directs and provides leadership to the Planning division. This position maintains responsibility for planning, developing, administering and achieving division goals and objectives, and providing leadership and coordination of work and services in accordance with Great Parks’ master plan, strategic plan, policies and requirements. The Chief of Planning also serves as a trusted advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Great Parks of Hamilton County is a separate political subdivision established under Ohio Revised Code Section 1545. Great Parks preserves and protects more than 17,500 acres of greenspace including 21 parks and nature preserves throughout Hamilton County. Its 2018 budget is $40MM including the General Fund, an Internal Service Fund and Special Revenue Funds. Great Parks has a 1 mil general operating levy passed in 2016 for a 10 year period. Taxes account for 55% and the remaining 45% is derived from earned revenue and grants. Great Parks self operates seven golf courses, four campgrounds, four major fishing lakes with harbors, boathouses, reservable shelters and lodges, making it a leader among Ohio park districts and the Mid-west in terms of self-generated revenues and cost recovery. This position is based in Winton Woods Park.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Directs and provides leadership to the Planning division operations and staff; Plans and implements division objectives and goals, and ensures work meets quality and regulatory standards; Directs the development and implementation of projects and activities, and coordinates with other divisions and departments
Serves as a member of the Leadership Team and Crisis Communication Team; Participates in executive level meetings including Board meetings; Participates and assists with facilitating various staff meetings
Develops and implements short and long range goals, objectives and projects regarding land acquisition, park master planning and capital improvements
Leads multi-year, districtwide initiatives including master planning, strategic planning and visioning as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Maintains effective communication with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Ranger and Director of Marketing & Public Engagement regarding critical incidents and public safety issues
Manages various employee levels and makes major personnel decisions in consultation with Human Resources; Delegates job responsibilities, maintains effective organizational communications, and consistently follows sound management principles and practices; Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Great Parks’ policies and applicable laws; Plans, directs and evaluates performance of direct reports; Establishes priorities, performance requirements and professional development goals that align with Great Parks’ goals, objectives and initiatives; Regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvements and development; Responsible for hiring, compensation and other rewards to recognize performance; Responsible for administering disciplinary action up to and including termination in consultation with Human Resources
Oversees the development and presentation of the division budgets to the Budget Committee; Manages and approves division expenditures within the approved budget
Prepares division and districtwide reports for the Board, staff and public; Makes formal presentations and speaks before groups and the general public relating to Great Parks’ strategies and division related topics
Oversees the coordination of staff training and professional development in accordance with state certification requirements and division goals
Works in collaboration with Great Parks Forever Executive Director and Executive Committee to align its short and long term goals with Great Parks’ goals and mission; Attends and participates in executive level Great Parks Forever meetings including Board meetings, project meetings, donor meetings and event meetings with the Executive Director and Board executive committee
Works in collaboration with the Great Parks Forever Board President on the performance goals and annual performance review of its Executive Director
Serves on regional and statewide committees and boards, and participates in outside organizations to represent Great Parks and to keep informed of developments and trends in the parks and recreation field
Works with Planning Division Directors to assess the cost effectiveness, technical feasibility and implementation methods of proposed sustainability initiatives.
Oversees park district wide grant process including research, writing, application and management of grants, maintaining effective internal controls to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and maintaining reliable and accurate records
Monitors and reviews plans and strategies for public engagement, marketing materials, media and market driven research and reviews outcomes for consistency; Monitors strategies for partnerships and sponsorships
Promotes high level administration and management of the park district’s technology infrastructure including networking, security, database systems, GIS and POS, including recommendations in processes and applications
Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks of Hamilton County’s policies, procedures, and performance expectations
Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information
Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance and works outside of normal schedule as required
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Completes special projects assigned by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Utilizes and promotes environmentally sustainable practices and processes
Performs other job duties as assigned
SCOPE OF SUPERVISION Director of Design and Land Acquisition, Director of Facilities and Infrastructure, Director of IT & Data Management, Director of Marketing, Public Engagement, Planning Administrator and Grant Writer; all other employees within the Planning Division through management and supervisory staff; Regular meeting, communication, coordination and project management responsibilities with the Great Parks Forever Executive Director
EQUIPMENT OPERATED Fleet vehicles; mobile devices; computer; presentation devices; standard office equipment; standard industry related equipment
CONTACT WITH OTHERS Board of Park Commissioners, staff and volunteers; Great Parks Foundation Board and staff; state and national park leaders; government agencies; elected officials; local agencies, both public and private; consultants, sales representatives; contractors; reporters and other media representatives; general public and other job contacts
CONFIDENTIAL DATA All non-public confidential and sensitive public records of the park district including access to all digital data and information; negotiations; potential bequests and estate planning; legal reviews and claims; non-public record personnel issues; employee health and medical records; land acquisition strategies, plans and appraisals; crisis-related information
WORKING CONDITIONS Normal office working conditions; exposure to normal outdoor conditions when inspecting, evaluating and visiting various parks and facilities
USUAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS The following physical demands are typically exhibited by position incumbents performing this job’s essential duties and responsibilities. These physical demands are not, and should not be construed to be job qualification standards, but are illustrated to help the employer, employee and/or applicant identify tasks where reasonable accommodations may need to be made when an otherwise qualified person is unable to perform the job’s essential duties because of an ADA disability.
The employee frequently exhibits manual dexterity performing job duties, and frequently talks and hears when working and interacting with job contacts
The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks
Employee typically exhibits normal vision demands
Employee regularly lifts items up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lifts items up to 25 pounds
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: advanced management principles and practices; Great Parks policy, procedures and objectives; budget development and management; Ohio Revised Code; personnel policies and principles; employee training techniques, procedures and development; computer software, programs and applications; servers, networks and operating systems; land values and negotiations; land closing procedures; deeds; real estate management; leases; permits and licenses; easements; architectural, engineering, surveying and landscape architectural principles; construction methods; bidding and contract procedures; electrical systems; energy management; HVAC; safety practices.
Ability to: plan capital improvement projects; analyze financial data and formulate viable conclusions; coordinate division and departments toward common objectives; apply management principles to practical work situations and problems; provide creativity and initiative in planning, developing and implementing new procedures and outcomes; plan and implement long and short range goals; evaluate and resolve difficult or unusual work situations; identify problems and determine appropriate solutions; evaluate and interpret written reports; communicate effectively in verbal and written form; exercise sound judgment in dealing with unusual, sensitive or difficult management situations; collaborate effectively with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and other senior management; develop and maintain effective working relationships with direct reports, associates, directors and the general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; understand and demonstrate respect for cultural and socio-economic differences; support a working atmosphere consistent with Great Parks’ equal employment opportunity; embrace and support constructive change; consistently follow safety and security procedures and practices; contribute toward building a positive team working environment; establish and maintain an effective working relationship with associates, officials, general public, and other job contacts.
Skill in: leadership; public relations; organization; team building; listening; preparing, interpreting and applying statistical and situational information, and financial reports; interviewing; planning, scheduling and organizing work; collaborating and networking with other agencies, organizations and businesses; conflict resolution; maintaining accurate and complete records; written and verbal communications; preparing and making presentations; operation of computer and application of job related software
QUALIFICATIONS An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is: Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Architecture or related field and more than 10 years’ experience which evidences a comprehensive knowledge of park planning, land acquisition, general construction and administration.
Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.
LICENSE OF CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines.
Starting salary range for this position is between $75,455/yr-$113,183/yr, depending upon experience.
Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Pension/Retirement, Recreation Benefits
Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle, Criminal Background Check
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary range for this position is between $75,455/yr-$113,183/yr, depending upon experience.