The Assistant Director (AD) of Planning and Development will focus on long range planning for parks, recreation facilities and trails ensuring that the strategic plan is updated and followed. This position entails all phases of professional and technical work related to development and execution of all types of landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture projects, with an emphasis on long range system-wide master planning and development, and budgeting for long range capital projects. This position supervises and coordinates the activities of professional consultants, architects, engineers, landscape architects, and planners in planning, conceptual design, and engineering of recreation and park projects. Will ensure that system planning for parks and recreation facilities is done with equitability and with creating a quality experience for the park users and a unique sense of place for the BREC park system. The position also involves managing multiple reports including writing mid-year and annual reports, CAPRA updates, the Department’s Comprehensive Master Plan, and working on similar project delivery functions; attends community outreach events relative to upcoming parks department projects; assists the Assistant Superintendent of System Planning with managing the Department workload and assignment of projects to other department staff for follow-up and execution. There is a substantial degree of interaction with other BREC departments, particularly the Recreation and Conservation Departments, partners, volunteers, service providers, contractors, other public agencies, and the general public, in person, in writing and by telephone.
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Area of Study (major) Required: Landscape Architecture or closely related such as Planning, Architecture or Civil Engineering
Certification(s) Required: LA Licensed Landscape Architect (or eligible for reciprocity) or LA Licensed Architect or LA Licensed Civil Engineer or Certified Planner (AICP). Certified Playground Safety Inspector (Must be able to obtain CPSI within specified timeframe of hire.)
License(s) Required: Valid LA driver’s license
Years Relevant Work Experience: Ten (10) years professional experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Other Job Specifications:
Thorough knowledge of, and experience in the principals & practices of parks and recreation facility project planning, design, bidding, scheduling and construction processes. Knowledge of design of recreation & park facilities including golf courses, zoos, historic structures, athletic complexes, gardens, trails, and other similar projects.
Land survey knowledge and experience.
Knowledge of public works procurement processes and the ability to develop bid packages for new recreation facilities or improvements to existing.
Possess a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills along with an ability to supervise direct reports while staying focused on job responsibilities.
Possess a thorough knowledge of CAPRA Standards.
A general understanding and knowledge of GIS.
Knowledge of research methods and the use of parks and recreation data.
Possesses strong organizational skills, concentration, and attention to detail, and the ability to resolve conflicts, lead problem solving activities, and foster a positive, productive team environment.
Possesses sound decision-making abilities and abstract problem-solving abilities.
Ability to accurately estimate and manage project costs against approved spending limits.
Ability to work with diverse groups individually and with the public in public planning forums.
Ability to manage and supervise multiple reports performing project delivery functions, while managing assigned projects.
Ability to manage, coordinate and lead outside planning and design consultants and contractors.
Ability to establish and maintation effective working realationships with employees, staff, volunteers patrons BREC Officials, community interest groups and the general public.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Essential Functions and Duties:
Coordinating with and assisting with the Trail Planning Director on CAPP Program planning.
Regular meetings and communication with the Conservation Department to ensure coordination of planning efforts related to BREC’s Conservation areas, green infrastructure, lakes, waterways, and open spaces.
Environmental compliance and regulatory permitting for BREC Park and Trails Facilities.
Park Historical Assets and Cultural Resources.
Acquisition of New Park Land, Open Space and Easements Acquisition.
The development and management of Cooperative Endeavor Agreements, Joint Use Agreements, and Right-of-Entry Permits.
Land Analysis and Real Estate Coordination.
Inventory management, identification, and the disposal of obsolete park properties.
Inventory management of BREC Parks and Recreation Facility properties and amenities.
Manages long range planning and budgeting for system-wide capital projects.
Prepares planning studies and design solutions for assigned projects.
Assists the Assistant Superintendent with high level Department reporting activities, such as quarterly, annual and other periodic planning, budgeting and reporting efforts of the Department; assists Assistant Superintendent in managing Department workload and staff assignments.
Supervises, coaches and provides leadership for direct reports as assigned.
Regularly interfaces with both internal and external project stakeholders to promote communication.
Attends public meetings as required to foster community outreach
Participates in public forums and integrates public input in design of projects
Secondary Job Duties:
Conducts studies and analyses of socioeconomic and demographic data
Assists in the preparation of grant applications
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties as requested by his or her supervisor.
As assigned, within general framework of 5 days per week – within Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, occasional overtime and weekend work possible – hours generally between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. You must include all relevant education and experience on your official BREC online applicationor it will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for this vacancy. Complete each section of this application (i.e. work experience, education, etc.) to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement.
Internal Number: ADPD2020
BREC is the agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish with a system that has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in south Louisiana. This includes a state-of-the-art observatory, swamp nature center located in the urban core, equestrian park, Zoo, performing arts theatre, arboretum, botanical garden, a water park with the only surfing simulator in the state, golf courses throughout the parish and an expansive 30,000-foot concrete extreme sports park. Throughout its history, BREC has taken seriously its responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life for all citizens. Since 2004, BREC has constructed community parks, dog parks, a family-sized Aquatics Center, a growing trails system, fishing ponds, larger playgrounds and procured two mobile recreation units to serve play deserts in the area.