Open Space & Mountain Parks seeks Landscape Architect

June 20, 2017

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Job Title - Landscape Architect II
Closing Date/Time - Sun. 07/09/17 5:00 PM Mountain Time
Salary - $66,955.00 - $102,003.00 Annually
Job Type - Full-Time
Location - Open Space & Mountain Parks Annex, 7315 Red Deer Drive, Boulder, Colorado
Department - Open Space & Mountain Parks
Under general direction of the Senior Planner, provide leadership to advance the City of Boulder's Charter purposes for open space to provide wise stewardship of the land and an excellent visitor experience.   This position requires close collaboration with multiple work groups and the local community. This position assists in the development of design and construction priorities, workplan schedules, project implementation and staffing requirements. This position requires a seasoned landscape architect with a fine-tuned working knowledge of the open space and recreation facility design processes and a proven track record showing ability to manage complex projects, develop design concepts and construction drawings; deliver projects as scoped, on time, and within budget. The person in this position will develop, organize and coordinate a team approach to design and construction projects.

 Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate with project staff, design consultants and contractors to coordinate and support planning, design and construction activities, including the following:
• Plans, develops and recommends programs, objectives, strategies and budgets for assigned design programs and/or projects where success or failure can affect general activities, public concern, or the work of other staff within and outside the department.
• Recommends design program priorities, creating inter-divisional teams and representing the department regionally, statewide, and nationally on matter pertaining to design. The position will require evaluation of design standards, processes and methods with recommendations for innovative and improved approaches.
• Manage projects related to landscape architectural design concept planning, design development, construction administration; coordinates with project staff to assure timely completion.
•Work collaboratively with other staff, elected officials both within and outside this agency, and the general public on a variety of project types.
• Coordinate with regional partners on planning and design working with local, regional and state agencies.
• Display expert knowledge and develop process for land use and permitting program to fully understand implications and needs to efficiently execute planning, design and construction services.
• Develop and oversee programs covering design guidelines, standards, facility investment and cost estimating for recreation areas and facilities. This will need to be regularly updated with reporting out on the condition of system infrastructure and facilities
• Develop and coordinate visitor experience assessments to fully understand needs and make connections to facility requirements for recreation areas, facilities, trails and natural areas.
• Prepares work programs for consultant contracts and manages consultant contracts. Develops and manages contracts, proposals for consultant work, bid formulations and selection.
• Remains current on federal and state regulations, local ordinances, and administrative rules and their impact on department policy and programs.
• Develops design recommendations based on technical analysis; develops cost/benefits analysis.
2. Administers design and specifications related to construction contracts, including the following:
• Assists project managers in administering site plans and specifications contracts for thoroughness and appropriateness and compliance with county and city standards, codes and procurement specifications.
• Drafts specification language as needed to integrate technical specifications with city procurement bid document format.
• Assembles and develops scope of work and contract specifications for projects as required.
• Assists with schedules, and documents pre-bid meetings for contractors interested in bidding city projects.
• Attends bid openings associated with assigned project.
• Assist with award of contracts based on outcome of bid process and reference reviews.

3. Delivers excellent customer service to the community through thoughtful planning and design.
• Presents complex information in clear and understandable ways to the City Council and  other city advisory boards, for use in policy and management decisions.
• Coordinates and prepares presentations for City Council meetings and study sessions and city advisory boards including writing and preparing documents and graphic presentations, reviewing materials and determining agenda items.
• Represents the city at public hearings and meetings and makes formal presentations of city positions and policies.
• Provides technical assistance to community and special advisory groups, city boards and county commissions, staff and public committees and the public.
• Serves as liaison among the city and the key partner agencies, community groups, organizations and community members to facilitate their participation in planning initiatives.
• Reaches out to youth, underserved communities, and areas of the community that are typically not well represented in the design process
• Remains aware of and is sensitive to community issues impacting open space.
• Develops and implements innovative engagement strategies, using both traditional and emerging methods, to ensure timely communication, meaningful dialog and informed input into policy development and decision making.

• Seeks opportunities for professional development, attends and presents at conferences and other venues to advance the profession.
• Updates job knowledge continuously regarding job-related topics such as design process, construction standards, planning, natural resource management, open space services including sustainability and resiliency issues, ideas and methods as well as engagement tools and strategies
• Researches grant opportunities and apply for funding alternatives as needed.
• Maintains and promote city values in all conduct.
• Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents and injury to self and others including the following of all safety regulations, policies, procedures, and guidance.
• Promptly reports all accidents and damage to City property to supervisor.
• Acts in trust to protect City assets from damage or deterioration including equipment, materials and property.
• Is familiar with, understands, advocates, and complies with all City and Department policies and procedures, and well as collective bargaining agreements.
• Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
• Performs other duties, as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture or related field, and at least five years' experience in environmental design, construction management, recreation planning, resource management, public engagement, or equivalent experience and education. Must be licensed to practice landscape architecture in the state of Colorado. Knowledge of community outreach, contract administration, report preparation, parks and recreation planning and design procedures. General background knowledge of resource stewardship, outdoor recreation, design concept planning, plant material and irrigation systems, grading and drainage plans, park design and principles of civil engineering.
Ability to develop and understand design concepts, construction documents, technical specifications and general conditions and be able to document/monitor ongoing project cost accounting and budgets.  Demonstrated verbal, written and graphic communication skills, including report writing, oral and graphic presentation techniques.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with planning and operations staff, and other city personnel and the general public. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.  Valid driver's license.  Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.  Have and maintain acceptable background information including criminal conviction record and credit history. 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
Master's degree in Landscape Architecture or related field. Experience with recreation planning, facility design, resource management, or similar project planning, design and construction and administration.  Experience with integrated site planning for sensitive natural and cultural resource environments, environmental leadership, and resource conservation practices. Experience developing design guidelines and practices to meet organizational needs. Experience with project management, contract administration, invoicing and billing processing in a public agency.  Familiarity with site plan permit and public improvement inspection process requirements.  Knowledge of sustainable/green design and construction techniques, including best practices, materials and products; and renewable energy applications. Strong experience working in natural and cultural resource settings is a distinct advantage.
 Supplemental Information:
WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:
Physical Demands and Mental Effort: Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.
Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment.  Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an office setting.  Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard.  Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.
Work Environment: Primarily works in a clean, comfortable office environment, but may also works in an outdoor environment yearround?.  When working outdoors may be exposed to dangerous wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes, mountain lions, stinging insects) and dangerous weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, lightning).
Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, calculators, cell phones, and copy machines; vehicles including four-wheel drive vehicles; a range of field measurement equipment.
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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