Program Manager, Parks Engineering & Asset Management - Metro Vancouver

Program Manager, Parks Engineering & Asset Management

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Parks and Environment
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby
Our Parks and Environment Department is seeking a Program Manager, Parks Engineering & Asset Management who will manage the Regional Parks engineering and asset management program, provide strategic leadership and engineering expertise to ensure the long term resilience of the built asset portfolio of trails, roads, bridges, buildings, and other amenities.   
You are: an excellent communicator, talented leader and registered engineer with extensive experience in the construction and maintenance of public amenities and asset management. You value regional parks and the many health, ecological, and social benefits they provide a growing region.
You thrive in a fast paced environment, taking on big challenges, advancing continuous improvement initiatives and new systems. You have the ability to work and think at the site to regional scale and immediate to generational timeframe. As the senior regional parks engineer you are a trusted advisor to management, professional and operations staff from across the organization.
The Program Manager, Parks Engineering & Asset Management reports to the Division Manager, Parks Design and Development and falls within our Management/Leadership Level 3B job family.
This role:

  • Manages the Parks Engineering and Asset Management program. Provides leadership to a team of technical staff responsible for the strategic delivery of asset management including an inspection program, long range maintenance planning, capital replacement, maintenance and upgrades across the regional park system.
  • Oversees and reviews the technical work of direct reports, contractors and consultants, including reviewing and providing direction on design, construction and contract administration. Ensures work is completed on time, on budget, and in compliance with corporate standards and regulations.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of the asset management work plan; ensures that regional park asset management is completed in a safe and timely manner and in alignment with corporate and departmental policy and procedures. Manages complex, large value capital maintenance projects from design through to implementation.
  • Accountable for budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations; monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Develops and reviews RFQ’s and RFP’s and works with Purchasing to ensure the timely award of contracts. Works closely with the Division Manager to determine overall priorities and establish work plans. Contributes to the preparation of long range strategic and financial plans of the division and department. 
  • Prepares and reviews a range of written material including reports, recommendations, technical memoranda and technical specifications. May deliver presentations for various audiences including the public as required. 
  • Monitors regulatory and policy changes impacting the department. Communicates changes; provides advice on the impacts of changes; and recommends systems and processes to ensure ongoing compliance. Audits program activities and ensures compliance with technical standards, corporate and department policies. Contributes to continuous improvements in procurement, project management, IT and database systems, inspection and the scheduling of work, related to regional park asset management.
  • Hires, supervises, directs and develops staff monitoring performance in accordance with goals and objectives. Ensures adherence to corporate policies and collective agreements. Leads, coaches, and mentors staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training. Develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience. 
  • Works collaboratively with staff to resolve complex technical, design, operational, or interpersonal issues staff encounter while doing their work. Facilitates information sharing among staff to transfer knowledge and experience and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with various internal/external stakeholders. Works collaboratively with staff across the department to ensure the safe, timely and cost effective delivery of service.
  • Upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public. Understands the organizational culture and the processes/mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives.
  • May provide advice, recommendations and follow up to the Division Manager, Metro Vancouver Board, Committees and municipal councils.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Engineering. 8-10 years of recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Extensive technical expertise and understanding of relevant engineering principles. Ability to interpret, apply and advise others on engineering and related guidelines such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and Board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or problem situations.
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills. Ability to monitor budgets, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. 
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills and excellent attention to detail including the ability to troubleshoot and resolve complex contractual issues. Demonstrated ability to lead a complex series of project components and deliver projects on time and on budget.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including sound report writing and presentation skills. Ability to communicate complex information and implications to diverse audiences. Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuade others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations. Ability to effectively lead a team and work collaboratively. Deals effectively with disagreements and prevents the escalation of conflict. 
  • Proven ability to use judgment to resolve complex problems; seeks solutions in congruence with the organization’s objectives and values. Ability to develop and revise procedures and plans to address problems and changing circumstances. Seeks to include staff in decisions that will impact them; works cooperatively to resolve differences of opinion.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills and excellent attention to detail including troubleshooting and resolving complex contractual issues. Demonstrated ability to lead a complex series of project components and deliver projects on time and on budget.
  • Ability to manage a complex portfolio of work while establishing ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrated ability to deliver on multiple projects simultaneously; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles. Responds to changing priorities due to internal or external pressures resulting in revised schedules and a reallocation of resources.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports. 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve.  We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities. 
Metro Vancouver requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any exemptions and accommodations) and provide proof of vaccination upon hire.  Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 13, 2022.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Engineering, Parks & Recreation, Asset Management
Posted: September 22, 2022, 9:01 am
Expires: October 13, 2022, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: 5 years or more

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