Parks Project Manager

Olathe - Kansas (KS),

City of Olathe, KS

$69,255 - $90,000 a year

Job Description:


The City of Olathe is a consistent leader in national public sector customer service results and is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of Kansas City's "Healthiest Employers." Our Parks and Recreation Department is setting the standard for excellence in public service through its vast recreation and enrichment programing and award-winning parks and trails. We plan for and provide public services to enhance the quality of life for residents of Olathe and surrounding communities.

We are seeking a visionary leader that will help us further enhance our parks, trails and green spaces to serve our community. The Project Manager is responsible for managing, coordinating and overseeing the execution of park design and construction projects. Projects include land acquisition, planning, design, construction documentation, graphic presentations and inspection of projects. The candidate will facilitate projects between Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Planning and the Codes departments. We have approximately 117 full-time employees, with a peak seasonal and temporary base of more than 700 employees across multiple divisions that include the Olathe Memorial Cemetery, historic sites, housing services and facilities maintenance. Be an integral part of a fun, innovative and active lifestyle environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage landscape architecture staff, providing staff work assignments, assisting in project tasks and conducting staff performance reviews;
  • Manage, recommend and prioritize revenues, expenditures and use of the Parks Capital Improvements Program for the department;
  • Oversee, monitor and participate in the development and implementation of the City's Park & Recreation Strategic Master Plan and Trails and Greenways Plan;
  • Coordinate department projects with other departments within the City in the development and implementation of their respective master plans including the City Comprehensive Master Plan and Transportation Plan;
  • Lead, plan, coordinate and review park development projects including the conceptual and final design, participating or running public and neighborhood meetings, preparing construction documentation which includes, graphic presentations, cost estimation, specifications, contract negotiations and scheduling;
  • Assist in field inspections, working with city inspectors and consultants on the construction of park projects;
  • Represent the department in development review process with the planning department, which may include presentations to Planning Commission and City Council, meeting with developer representatives and other City departments and preparing department staff recommendation to assure compliance with the Parks & Recreation Strategic Master Plan, Trails and Greenways Plan and other City approved plans;
  • Negotiate with land owners and developers for the acquisition of needed park land for trail and/or park development;
  • Research and prepare applications for project grant funding;
  • Attends City Council and Planning Commission Meetings as necessary to convey, discuss or present park projects and their progress.
  • Other suites as assigned.

Experience & Education

Experience: At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in landscape architecture project management and design, emphasizing park and public open space projects. Experience also in utilizing geographic information systems.

Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Landscape Architecture or similar field of study required. Master's Degree preferred.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of: Park planning and land use principles with experience in regional, community and master planning processes, initiatives and project implementation. Knowledge of plant materials within the region. Proficient in AutoCAD and ArcMAP software applications, geographic information systems, Adobe Suites and MS Office programs.

License or Certification: Possession of a license to practice landscape architecture in the State of Kansas or be CLARB Certified or have the ability to obtain in within one year of hire date.

Must pass a background investigation and physical and drug screen.

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