Houston Parks Board seeks Program Manager for Bayou Greenways

June 11, 2013

Program Manager for Bayou Greenways 2020 Design & Construction

Reports to: Executive Director Employment Status: Full Time


The Houston Parks Board (HPB) is a private, non-profit organization that has been creating, improving, and protecting parkland for the Houston area for 37 years. Funding, design and construction of over $80 million of park amenities, and over half the City’s parkland has been made possible by HPB.

In 2013, HPB has embarked upon the largest city-wide project, Bayou Greenways 2020, in its 37 year history. The Bayou Greenways 2020 Project is a $205 million capital improvement initiative to complete continuous parks and trails along Houston’s major bayous. This Project will alter Houston’s urban fabric like no other initiative in recent history. It is one of the most visionary and significant park/urban design projects in the nation. Thanks to a successful bond election in November 2012, $100 million of public funding is dedicated to the Project and HPB along with its partners is raising the balance of the funds to complete the Project in the next 7 years. For additional information, please visit the following links: http://houstonparksboard.org/

The Bayou Greenways 2020 Program Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and the Houston Parks Board Projects Team, and be responsible for both managing the segments of Bayou Greenways 2020 currently funded and underway, as well as building the “project delivery machine” to handle the completion of all segments, in budget and on time by 2020. Building the “machine” will entail completing the project management systems for the Project, and working with the Executive Director to add project managers and construction managers to the team as needed. While some of the key duties are identified below, the Program Manager will be responsible for the delivery of the full Project by 2020. The organization currently employs 6 full-time staff members, and 1 part-time staff member.

We are seeking a professional who is dedicated to making a difference in our quality of place and quality of life in Houston.


Architect, landscape architect, engineer, urban planner, or project/program management professional; Minimum ten years of directly relevant and demonstrated experience in capital improvement projects, including publicly funded trail and park projects;

Superior leadership skills;
Experience managing organizations going through significant growth; Maturity beyond years, with good judgment and integrity;
Ability to make a multi-year commitment to the delivery of the Project; Thorough knowledge of design and delivery process;
Demonstrated track record managing a diverse set of stakeholders; Commitment to thoughtful and contextually sensitive design;

Heightened capacity, interest, and experience with working in multi-disciplinary teams, but demonstrated ability to also work independently to achieve objectives;

Qualitative and quantitative problem solving ability;
Confident and result-oriented;
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines with attention to detail;

Ability to interact effectively with staff team, board members and other volunteers, funding entities, public sector representatives, elected officials, corporate representatives, and the public;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, including Project Management software; working knowledge of GIS/AutoCAD;

Must have Driver’s License, own vehicle, and auto insurance – driving for field visits will be required.


  1. Direct all phases of the Bayou Greenway 2020 projects (including the TIGER and TIRZ components) including:

    • Serve as a point of contact with City of Houston departments, Harris County Flood Control District representatives, Harris County Precinct representatives, other project partners, and neighborhood representatives;

    • Prepare project scopes, budgets, schedules and recommend phasing (if necessary);

    • Manage consultant selection process for professional engineering/design services, including

      preparation of the RFQ, advertising, consultant evaluation, interviews, and contract negotiation &


    • Prepare contracts, change orders, etc. for design consultants, and ensure that contracts are fulfilled

      in a timely and economical fashion;

    • Hire and manage Bayou Greenways Project staff as appropriate;

    • Review design plans and specifications;

    • Coordinate bid documents and bidding for construction work and equipment/material purchase,

      including advertising, submittal, evaluation and award of contracts;

    • Oversee construction phase activities and construction managers (to be hired as needed) to ensure

      budget and schedule targets are met or improved upon;

    • Attend project meetings/field meetings and prepare or coordinate progress summary reports;

    • Archive project data, including GIS/AutoCAD files, plans and specifications, project reports;

    • Maintain project budget reports;

    • Prepare/coordinate all compliance documentation necessary for reimbursement/release of funds

      from outside sources/project partners;

    • Attend public information meetings as needed;

    • Provide display materials for HPB Board of Directors/Parks & Trails Committee meetings, and

      project partner meetings as needed.

  2. Additional duties as required.

Salary & Benefits

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with relevant experience and skills.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter w/salary requirement (1 page), and resume (max 2 pages) to: Roksan Okan-Vick, FAIA
Executive Director
Houston Parks Board

300 North Post Oak Lane Houston, TX 77024

info@houstonparksboard.org or Fax: 713-942-7664

No phone calls or e-mails please.




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