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Senior Public Space Project Manager

Requisition ID: 14230 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.  With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
Streets are among the City’s greatest public space assets. As the City grows and densifies these spaces become a critical component of the liveability, inclusivity and vitality of the City.  Street Activities, as a part of the Public Space and Street Use Division, collaborates with City departments and key stakeholders to deliver new public spaces identified through community planning and engagement, and the branch supports the use of streets and public spaces for active living, cultural expression, social connection and economic vitality.
The Street Activities Branch is seeking a talented Senior Public Space Project Manager to lead in the piloting and development of these exciting places for people.  The primary responsibilities of this position will be related to the development and management of complex integrated public space projects and pilot / demonstration projects in the Street Activities Branch. These public realm projects will be based on key community plans and policy, and they will explore design opportunities to support increased demand on the existing public space network as Vancouver continues to grow with more residents, businesses and visitors each year. These projects will be highly multi-disciplinary with coordination of Transportation, Electrical, Utilities, Sustainability and other core groups to ensure our varied plans and policies are achieved. Other project elements to be piloted and/or advanced are weather protection for our vulnerable populations, increase visibility for our varied cultural communities, and the role of placemaking as a tool to increase safety for all.  Additionally the Senior Public Space Project Manager will ensure that public spaces are designed with an equitable lens, with a focus on inclusivity. 
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position will report directly to the Streets Activities Branch Manager and supervise unionized and exempt staff within the Branch.  Key external contacts include stakeholders organizing special events, TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, BIAs, Province of BC, Institutions, and other industry members (consultants in the engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture fields).  Internal contacts include most City Departments: Legal Services, Risk Management, City Manager’s Office, Social Policy, Cultural Services, VPD, Fire, Park Board, and Planning. 
Specific Duties/Responsibilities
  • Manage complex, integrated projects through full cycle from project initiation through to project closeout.
  • Provides direction on and oversees project and project management activities including defining scope, objectives, deliverables, quality measurements to meet the business needs, and overall strategic engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Scoping a variety of innovative public space initiatives.
  • Conceptualizing the team’s project work and associated steps, which include managing a team, overseeing input from a variety of stakeholders and coordinating the workflow.
  • Develop and manage associated work programs and capital budgets.
  • Contribute to the development of a green infrastructure demonstration project program illustrating the role of public space in innovative green rainwater management.
  • Coordinate and lead the development and implementation of public and stakeholder consultation processes including attendance at weekend and evening meetings and workshops, and handling difficult and politically sensitive issues in a variety of venues.
  • Work with a team of Project Managers, Design and Operations groups, Policy groups, First Nations communities, multiple internal and external stakeholders, and partners to project manage both complex integrated projects and administer associated consultancies/contracts.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to work groups, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, performance development and evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and training, and discipline.
  • Identify and manage both project specific and program wide opportunities to enhance overall value to the public from the perspectives of scope, quality, schedule, cost, risk, resources, stakeholder expectations and overall public disruption.
  • Acting role for Branch Manager as needed.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Education and Experience:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer, Landscape Architect, Architect, or Planner with a minimum of 8 years of related experience or eligibility for registration in BC
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred but not required
  • Minimum of 8 years of industry experience in project management with progressively complex projects related to public space planning, land use and/or transportation planning
  • Sound experience in implementation of public space policy and the translation of policy into built form.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and reporting on projects and programs, researching and preparing business cases for various projects and initiatives
  • Experience in managing teams and diverse stakeholder groups

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including a demonstrated ability to deal with multiple tasks and set/meet competing deadlines.
  • Experience in public consultation and conflict resolution with the ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from both stakeholders and team members
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage numerous projects with competing schedules and resources; including the ability to successfully manage project and program budgets and develop cost recovery models. 
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships with the public, outside agencies and other employees while respecting the sensitivities and trade-offs of decisions. 
  • Ability to influence others while respecting the sensitive and political challenges that impact decisions.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Experience in construction management project delivery approaches
  • Extensive knowledge of civil engineering practices and procedures related to the design, construction and maintenance of public space and transportation infrastructure.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, and processes
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and manage projects and project teams crossing multiple divisions, multiple business processes and multiple stakeholder groups
  • Ability to manage employee development as well as addressing disciplinary issues
  • Proven ability to innovate, lead and implement change in the workplace

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Affiliation: Exempt
Position Start Date: November, 2019
Position End Date: November, 2021
Number of Positions: 1
Application Close: October 2, 2019

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Engineering,Project Management
Posted: September 11, 2019, 12:45 pm
Expires: October 2, 2019, 11:59 pm