Manages the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Program which includes supervision and direction of staff, acquiring land and conservation easements, and variety of complex professional duties related to outgoing grants and shareback to intergovernmental partners for Countywide open space, parks, and trails projects.
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non- essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.
Manages the County Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Program in furtherance of the County Open Space Resolution and in alignment with mission and vision of the Open Space program.
Supervises personnel assigned to the Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Program including temporary workers, interns, and administrative support staff. Assigns and schedules work, checks and reviews work, and instructs and trains assigned personnel. Prepares performance standards and conducts evaluations.
Responsible for distributing, monitoring, and reporting on the County Open Space Shareback program, in consultation with the County Sales Tax Analyst. The Shareback program represents 50% of Open Space tax revenues and is annually shared with 12 incorporated municipalities in the County.
Responsible for implementing the Grants Program on an annual funding cycle basis per the recommendations of Open Space and Trails Advisory Board (OSTAB) and the direction of the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
Staff liaison to three regional working groups and contract management of the facilitative services of the groups.
Manage joint projects with intergovernmental partners, including coordination of projects through regional working groups.
Manage the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), funds transfer, and reporting processes for approved joint projects.
Makes official staff presentations to OSTAB, BOCC, other departments and agencies as needed.
Reviews, develops and implements policies and procedures to improve the efficiency of the Department.
Develops and maintains a compliance program for county-held conservation easements, covenants conditions & restrictions, and/or other deed restrictions for which the County is responsible.
Contributes to a variety of natural resource functions in the Open Spaces Department. Performs and/or procures professional and technical natural resource services related to the acquisition and management of Open Spaces lands, parks and trails throughout the County.
Conducts and reviews resource inventories and identifies aspects of development that will have a significant impact on natural resources.
Ensures the entire Open Spaces program follow County administrative policies and procedures.
Leads the annual program evaluation process with OSTAB, with final direction from the BOCC, and assists with Departmental strategic planning.
Provides leadership in identifying and developing acquisition priorities, opportunities and constraints for Open Spaces, park and trail acquisitions.
Responsible for managing compliance process for conservation easements and/or other use-restrictions held by the County.
Provides input to the Open Spaces Communications Specialist in the development, content, design and production of interpretive signs, brochures, and other education materials.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or higher in Environmental or Natural Resource Law, Real Estate, Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, or related field.
Three years experience in public sector, land trust or similar program.
Eight years of progressive experience in a public Open Spaces, park or recreation program which should include a minimum of 3 years performing a variety of complex professional duties associated with all aspects of an Open Spaces Program relating to outgoing grants, shareback with cities, acquisitions, and conservation easement.
An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be sufficient.
This position requires successful completion of pre-employment background and motor vehicle checks.
About Arapahoe County Government
Arapahoe County, Colorado is the state’s first county and the third largest with a total population of 637,068 and an unincorporated population of 83,764. The County spans 805 square miles and is a land of contrast. The western part of the county is mostly urban with residential, retail, office and industrial areas, while the eastern portion is relatively rural. Arapahoe County has one of the lowest mill levies in the Front Range.
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