Great Parks of Hamilton County is accepting applications for the position of Director of Design & Land Acquisition. The Director of Design and Land Acquisition directs and provides leadership to the Design & Land Acquisition Department including master planning, design, project management, land acquisition, land development, and regional initiatives. Maintains responsibility for planning, developing, administering and achieving departmental goals and objectives, and for providing leadership and coordination of work in accordance with Great Parks’ master plan, strategic plan, policies, and requirements..
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 green space including 21 parks and nature preserves throughout Hamilton County.
This position is based in Winton Woods Park (10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231)
Job Skills / Requirements
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.
Maintains responsibility for the overall leadership and direction of the department. Manages in accordance with delegated authority, and Great Parks’ policies, applicable laws, and regulations. Maintains responsibility for the timely and effective accomplishment of the delegated mission of the department, and for accomplishing the strategic goals in accordance with Great Parks’ comprehensive master plan, park & facility master plan, strategic plan and initiatives.
Manages various employee levels and makes major personnel decisions in consultation with Human Resources staff. Delegates job responsibilities, maintains effective organizational communications, and consistently follows sound management principles and practices. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency’s rules, policies, and applicable laws. Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates performance of assigned staff.
Establishes priorities, performance requirements, and professional development targets that are connected to the agency’s goals, objectives and initiatives. Regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development. Provides recommendations related to hiring, compensation and other rewards to recognize performance. Takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies in conjunction with Human Resources.
Directs planning efforts across the park district, including use of land owned by the park district. Coordinates with other divisions in the planning of park land. Manages the capital improvement project process including priorities, budget, design and construction scheduling and assigning project management responsibilities to department staff.
Responsible for the management and implementation of the comprehensive master plan and park master plans in coordination with senior management to support the mission, vision and strategic plans of the park district as it relates to planning and capital improvement projects.
Conducts research on planning standards, land acquisition standards, environmental land use laws, recreation trends, revenue production methods, facilities operated by other park agencies, and other planning issues.
Prepares planning reports, drawings, maps, presentations, videos and other visuals for the department, division, other divisions and Board as needed.
Maintains responsibility for management and coordination of contractors and consultants to ensure the highest quality of capital improvements and appropriate expenditure of funds. Coordinates and approves services performed by professional architectural, engineering, surveying and other related consulting firms. Conducts job progress meetings throughout projects.
Recommends expenditures on capital projects based upon approved budget. Develops budget requests based upon project cost estimates. Reviews invoices for accuracy and recommends payment.
Directs and oversees all aspects of the park district’s land acquisition program. Makes initial contact and negotiates with property owners. Performs due diligence reviews on real estate projects, including writing and reviewing of purchase and sale agreements, surveys, appraisals, legal descriptions, titles and deeds, title commitments and title policies, environmental site assessments, settlement statements, conservation easements, deed restrictions, and other transaction documents. Assembles and coordinates land surveys, land appraisals, environmental assessments and title searches needed to complete land purchases, land gifts, land grants, easement negotiations and purchases, and land sales for the park district.
Reviews plans and documents as required for new land acquisition parcels to ensure they meet the required standards for preservation or other land uses.
Manages and coordinates tax exemption and CAUV status of acquired properties and payment of property taxes. Maintains land acquisition database including fee simple acquisitions, easements, permits, and leases.
Performs data collection, analysis, compilation, dissemination, and preparation of records and reports pertaining to real estate transactions.
Directs and assists the grant writer with preparing grant proposals and reports based on planning studies, project status reports, reports to federal agencies and other job-related reports.
Directs the implementation of the park district’s ADA Transition Plan. Serves as the park district’s ADA Coordinator.
Develops and implements departmental revenue and expenditure budgets, and maintains responsibility for monitoring and controlling expenditures within approved budget. Approves purchasing requests.
Makes formal presentations and speaks before groups concerning park planning, land acquisition and development.
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 Supervises volunteers for special projects.
Represents Great Parks by serving on internal and external committees.
Utilizes and promotes environmentally sustainable practices and processes.
EQUIPMENT OPERATED Fleet vehicles; computer; laptop; tablet; presentation media; printers; copiers; telephone; smartphone; other general office equipment and industry standard equipment.
CONTACT WITH OTHERS GPHC Board of Park Commissioners, staff and volunteers; Great Parks Forever staff; local, state and federal officials; special interest group representatives; consultants; sales representatives; construction contractors; vendors; potential land sellers; donors; appraisers; surveyors and other related professionals; Hamilton County staff including Prosecutor, Auditor, Recorder, Engineer; general public and other job contacts.
CONFIDENTIAL DATA All non-public information contained in project files and records; non-public record personnel and payroll files; land purchase prices during negotiations; land purchase records; potential bequests and estate planning; legal reviews and claims related to land; land acquisition strategies, plans and appraisals.
WORKING CONDITIONS Normal office working conditions and occasional working conditions typical of a project manager in the field, including exposure to outside elements.
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 regularly 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.
Education Requirements (Any)
Certification Requirements (All)
State Motor Vehicle Operator's License
Additional Information / Benefits
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: planning and design principles; site design and construction methods and procedures; civil engineering; geographic information system (GIS) applications; project and construction management; budget management; basic surveying, land use and zoning practices; planning and construction research methods; federal, state, county and municipal rules and regulations as they relate to construction and development; landscape architecture; land negotiations; land values; land acquisition due diligence and closing procedures; leadership and management principles.
Ability to: apply management principles to practical work situations; work independently with minimal supervision; communicate effectively with contacts; be resourceful and find opportunities to develop creative solutions; be persistent and always follow through; manage time and resources effectively to meet project deadlines; be assertive when dealing with contacts; decisively solve problems; be organized with meticulous attention to detail.
Exhibit good problem solving and good judgement in keeping with the mission of the park district; 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: project design; project management; interpreting boundary and land surveys; interpreting construction plans and specifications; operation of computer; application of job specific and industry standard software; writing planning reports and grants; written and verbal communication; collecting and analyzing planning data; brainstorming techniques and conceptual design development; site analysis and land evaluation; preparing all land acquisition related contracts and documents.
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 Landscape Architecture, Planning or related field and a minimum of 6 years of experience that evidences a thorough knowledge of planning, design, project management and land acquisition. Experience in application of AutoCAD and GIS preferred.
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.
Typical starting rage of the position is $59,624-$74,541/year depending upon experience, full salary range for the position is $59,624-$89,459/year.
Applications must be received by 11:59pm, Friday August 16, 2019
Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law