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    Director, Parks Development & Capital Projects

    January 12, 2018


    This is a unique opportunity for a politically savvy decision-maker who is passionate about the role that public spaces play in building a great city and who will drive change, promote continuous improvement and inspire innovative ideas and processes as we build parks and recreation facilities that will meet the needs of Toronto's residents and visitors for generations to come.
    As Director, Parks Development & Capital Projects, you will provide leadership and direction for the planning, design and development of the City of Toronto’s parks and recreation assets. This is a sizable portfolio, as the Division plans, operates and maintains 4,400 hectares of parkland with sports fields, tennis courts and playgrounds, 135 community centres, 48 indoor arenas, 64 outdoor ice rinks, 65 indoor pools, 58 outdoor pools, 199 wading pools and splash pads, 4 stadiums, 2 ski hills, ferries, as well as Toronto’s ravines.
    This senior role is accountable for implementing and updating the 2017-2036 Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. You will be responsible for developing and delivering the Council-approved capital budget of $220 million for 2017, and $1.2 billion for the 2017-2026 period. Initiatives covered in the 2017 capital budget include parkland acquisition and development in growing areas of the city, replacement of the Toronto Island Park Ferries, waterfront park development, the advancement of a new parkland acquisition strategy, three new community centres, and state-of-good-repair maintenance of existing assets. The City will look to you, as Director, to lead the exploration of creative ideas and solutions to urban planning and design, construction management, and internal and external partnership development related to parks and recreation design and construction.

    Salary range: $145,672.80 - $171,152.80 per year (2017 rates)
    Work for the City you love
    Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as Director, Parks Development & Capital Projects within our Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division.
    How to Apply:
    For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2295476 X, by January 25, 2018.
    The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy.
    If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

    Qualifications include

    The candidate we seek for the role of Director, Parks Development & Capital Projects will have the following key qualifications:
    1. Extensive senior-level management experience gained through progressively more responsible positions in the key functional area of capital planning, design and development of capital assets, as well as financial and project management in a capital projects and planning portfolio, including working with capital budgets in a cross-sectoral environment.
    2. Extensive experience as a transformational leader of complex projects, and/or strategic and operational reviews within a major public or private sector organization, including experience in leading process improvement and re-engineering in a variety of business functions.
    3. Considerable senior-level management experience related to strategic business planning and change management.
    4. Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function (i.e. Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering or Project Management) combined with relevant management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    5. In-depth understanding of the Planning Act, the Ontario Building Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in relation to parks and recreation asset planning.
    6. Engaged leader who promotes teamwork, and establishes an environment that supports equity and diversity as well as customer service excellence.
    7. Effective decision-maker with a track record demonstrating accountability, innovation and results-oriented leadership.
    8. Excellent strategic, lateral thinking, planning, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the capacity to effectively plan, develop, implement and undertake special projects.
    9. Excellent political acuity, demonstrated through experience in a complex political environment with direct involvement in political liaison.
    10. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate, resolve conflict, and problem-solve.
    11. Ability to establish effective working relationships with all stakeholders, employees, client divisions, outside agencies and/or politicians and other levels of government and build effective relationships within a large, diverse, multidisciplinary environment.
    12. Knowledge of relevant government legislation in the area of municipal governance, budgeting, financial reporting, service delivery, employee and labour relations and occupational health and safety.

    Duties include

    Your primary responsibilities as Director of Parks Development & Capital Projects will be varied, but you’ll be expected to:

    • Lead the management of parks and facility design and development initiatives, including public consultation.
    • Actively participate within the Senior Management Team to promote a “World Class City” vision and status for the City of Toronto PF&R Division.
    • Oversee the delivery of multi-year projects and programs that foster innovative partnerships with other governments, agencies, and private sector organizations, to ensure appropriate and timely planning, development, design, construction and operation of strategic municipal infrastructure, through various delivery models, including design-build, and Alternative Financing and Procurement (P3) approaches. For projects delivered via Alternative Financing and Procurement: oversee the technical input to funding applications on behalf of the Division, in collaboration with Corporate Finance.
    • Provide leadership and establish partnerships with clients, external consultants, and members of Council, the public, unions, etc., to address and resolve conflicting demands and problems from various stakeholders and foster effective partnerships while balancing corporate interests.
    • Execute project management methodologies and processes to ensure delivery of portfolio projects within project scope, timelines and budgets, while adhering to quality standards, strategic and business requirements and customer expectations.
    • Provide leadership, consultation and recommendations to advance business transformation and modernization initiatives, including addressing critical issues and risks with senior leaders to ensure a cost-effective and sustainable delivery.
    • Develop project management reporting and tracking tools and direct executive portfolio reporting, including project intake, resource utilization, capacity forecasting, project status and milestones, performance measures, benchmarking, and others.
    • Ensure that all projects and work activities achieve high-quality urban design, service delivery and standards that meet community needs and high expectations as well as legislative standards and compliance.
    • Act as divisional lead and represent, or act on behalf of, the General Manager, in discussions with other City divisions and agencies, including City Planning, Children's Services, Affordable Housing, Toronto Public Library, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Legal, Purchasing and Materials Management, Real Estate, Risk Management and Strategic Communications, to deliver Parks and Recreation infrastructure.
    • Advance the Branch and Division’s strategic directions.
    • Develop and implement service standards, fiscal management strategies and effective operational plans to ensure the delivery of quality service to efficiently and effectively meet customer service needs and requirements and achieve divisional mission and goals.
    • Develop, design and implement functional policies and programs that facilitate major changes in overall business performance based on long-term needs. Contribute to the continuous improvement of organizational performance through analysis and the development and implementation of sound management practices and procedures, and provide program management staff with direction and guidance, processes and tools to increase efficiencies and improve effectiveness of services.
    • Develop, recommend and administer the annual capital and operating budgets for the Section, and ensure that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
    • Direct, through subordinate management staff, all activities of the Section, delegating management responsibility.
    • Lead and motivate a diverse workforce, ensuring effective teamwork, providing resolution to controversial labour relations issues, ensuring high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and continuous learning and encouraging innovation in others.
    • Direct, train, mentor and coach a team of program management professionals that support implementing high-quality, effective and efficient major business transformation solutions to operating units within the City to effect change and continuous improvement.
    • Provide leadership, direction and support to program managers who are accountable for the day-to-day operations of the Division.
    • Direct performance management measures, including fiscal and program performance, to ensure services are meeting the goals of the PF&R Division.
    • Inspire staff to explore creative ideas and solutions to urban planning and design, and construction management.
    • Provide thought leadership with regard to project execution and roadmap to successful exit.
    • Ensure effective management through the development of annual work plans and long-term visioning exercises, implementing change management and performance management processes, including program reviews, service improvements, best practices, benchmarking, and the development and reporting on key performance indicators; and through the use of these management tools, develop competent and qualified personnel to ensure high level of service.
    • Participate in complex organizational and management change initiatives and the creation of a workplace that supports, and is conducive to, a high level of organizational performance.
    • Make decisions with respect to the interpretation of enabling legislation and operations.
    • Provide leadership to managers who are accountable for their sections, leading by example.
    • Establish priorities with managers and internal/external stakeholders to ensure every effort is being made to meet required service standards from a political, legislative and health and safety perspective.
    • Fulfill and discharge required statutory obligations while ensuring that political and public demands are met.
    • Represent the City and give presentations at City Committees, Council and hearings.
    • Act as a Supervisor under the definitions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and ensure that adequate training, safety equipment and safe work procedures are in place in order to develop a strong culture of Health and Safety and minimize any Health and Safety issues.
    • Implement effective communication plans, systems and vehicles to provide timely and accurate information to the stakeholders group that includes Councillors, outside agencies, community groups, environmental groups and other stakeholders.
    • Represent the Division/Branch on community and project committees.

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