Branch Manager Street Activities

City of Vancouver


Branch Manager Street Activities

Requisition ID: 12157
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.

This role manages the Street Activities Branch, responsible for the broad range of activities that use the City’s street network (streets, plazas and sidewalks) with a mandate to enhance, animate and manage the street experience through partnerships, pilots, projects and programs.

The Branch Manager is a key leadership position within the Public Space and Street Use division, which coordinates the creative and diverse use of streets and public spaces in support of key goals for a healthy, sustainable and economically vibrant city.

Core services of the branch include oversight of sidewalk and street use programs, management of the City’s street furniture contract and integrated graffiti program, creation and management/stewardship of public spaces; management of landscaping and other street amenities, and enabling of innovative public space pilots, projects and partnerships.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities
  • Provides leadership and guidance to approximately 30 branch staff, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, evaluating performance, coaching, mentoring, training and development, and discipline.
  • Oversees street and sidewalk use programs (e.g. vending, patios, banners) as well as graffiti management and the street furniture program
  • Develops policy, regulation and enforcement practices for public space and street use programs and public space stewardship (the maintenance, operations and programming) for new and existing plazas to ensure they are safe and welcoming.
  • Manages street horticulture assets including a service agreement with Park Board and the Green Streets program which coordinates the work of volunteer gardeners
  • Delivers new public spaces (e.g. street to plaza conversions, parklets) in line with community plans and other strategic policy.
  • Oversees the VIVA Vancouver, the City’s innovative public space platform and the Engineering Partnership Program with the Business Improvement Associations
  • Supports community partnerships and engagement in innovative public space and street use projects (e.g. converting laneways to public space, curb-side patios).
  • Collaborates with other departments to address community plan priorities and local area needs in an integrated manner (e.g. Granville Entertainment District)
  • Collaborates with other departments on the development of strategic policy guiding public space delivery
  • Oversees 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.
  • Manages operating and capital budgets.
  • Responds and presents to City Manager’s Office, and Council, overseeing implementation of Council priority initiatives such as patio pilot program, bike rack design competition.
  • acts as media spokesperson on street activity issues.

Position Requirements
  • A Degree or Masters Degree in Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture or another related field with a minimum of 10 years demonstrated success leading effective teams preferably in a large complex unionized environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in the areas of leadership, project planning and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to influence others while respecting the sensitivities and political challenges that impact decisions.
  • Ability to balance trade-offs with respect to managing limited street space.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage numerous projects with competing schedules and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage capital and operating budgets and develop
  • cost recovery models.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Application Deadline: October 21, 2018

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.

Apply here

Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Engineering
Posted: October 9, 2018, 3:51 pm
Expires: October 21, 2018, 11:59 pm

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