Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Park Planning and Development Manager
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$8,209.00 - $9,994.00 Monthly
$98,508.00 - $119,928.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Are you passionate about park planning and development?  Are you adept at managing both projects and people? If so, the City of Kent may have the perfect opportunity for you!  We are currently accepting applications for a Park Planning and Development Manager in our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. The ideal candidate will have at least four (4) years of related work experience, to include at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. Grant preparation experience is also critical for success in this position. The possession of a Landscape Architect's License is preferred. 

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This is a full-time, benefited position that is not represented by a union.
This position is open until filled.  A first review of applications will take place on August 24, with initial interviews tentatively scheduled for the week of September 10.

Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Director, plan, organize, and manage the Parks Planning and Development Division within the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department.
Work is characterized by a substantial amount of management, administrative and supervisory functions in scheduling, organizing, directing, evaluating and monitoring the planning and development of Kent's public park and trails system.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, planning, coordinating and managing capital improvement projects and acquisition of park property and facilities; evaluation of existing facilities, defining deficiencies, and coordinating the design of new facilities to accomplish Park's goals and objectives; coordinating and participating in development and update of the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan; assisting the Planning Department in developing and updating the City's Comprehensive Plan; preparing and administrating various grants for park and open space acquisition and facility development; preparing division and Capital Improvement budget; supervising and evaluating assigned personnel, consultants and contractors.
Work is performed independently under the general direction of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director.  Incumbent makes decisions relating to the management and operation of the Parks Planning and Development division.  The supervisor provides the incumbent with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and conformance with policy, practice, and/or objective.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan, coordinate and manage Capital Improvement Projects from inception to completion.

Provides professional technical input to staff and consultants; ensures that all engineering, design and bidding meets Federal, State and City codes and department requirements.

Negotiate, prepare, implement and administer consultant and construction contracts.

Oversees the work of design staff, project teams and consultants, including engineering standards, specifications development, selection of consultants, fee negotiations, payment approvals, grant administration and project management.

Represents the City and makes presentations to City officials, other jurisdictions or organizations and the general public to explain technical design features, project priorities, or project modifications requiring additional funding.

In cooperation with the Director plan, coordinate and manage acquisition, leases and other real estate transactions involving public property managed by the Department.

Oversee the preparation and completion of various grants for park and open space acquisition and development.

Assist in the coordination of the department budget, and division and Capital Improvement Program budget; attend various meetings and make budget presentations; administer budget according to established procedures.

Prepare bond issue narratives, cost estimates, time lines, and justification of need; serve, when requested, on bond issue committees.

Manage park planning and urban design to identify and monitor City parks system issues, including inventory of facilities, master planning of parks, design, funding, and implementation of capital improvement projects, real estate acquisition, development, access, transfer, and management of the parks.

Participate in the development of policies, procedures, and standards relating to park planning and capital improvement programs; coordinate and assist in the development and implementation of park and recreation comprehensive plan and capital improvement program; assist the Planning Department in the development and update of the City's Comprehensive Plan and Capital Facilities Program.

Coordinate and assist in the preparation and update of the Parks and Recreation Facility Guide and the Trail Guide.

Assist Public Works in the development and review of landscape design and development projects related to transportation, civic beautification, street tree ordinances and removal, and site review for landscape plan conformance.

Review plans distributed by the Planning Department for compliance with Park Department goals and criteria.

Serve as a member of the Parks Department management team and the City's management team.

Takes leadership of and provides direction to staff; ensures resolution of problems.

Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.

Respond to public issues and concerns regarding the Park Planning and Development related matters.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


May perform the duties of the Director of Parks and Recreation in the Director's absence as assigned.

Perform related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Planning principles, practices, regulations and techniques related to parks projects and development, and reparation of long and short range park, recreation and open space plans
  • Applicable laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances such as the Growth Management Act, SEPA, Public Meetings Act, and zoning codes
  • Modern construction methods and materials
  • Budget preparation and control
  • Contract administration
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training of personnel
  • City organization, operations, policies, procedures and objectives including Council and Parks Committee meetings, permitting, resolutions and ordinances
  • Application of principles and practices of Parks and Recreation administration, project management and grant writing and administration
  • Effective communication, oral and written
  • Preparing a variety of comprehensive and effective correspondence, reports, and other written materials
  • Plan, organize, and manage the activities and operations of Parks Planning and Development Division and Capital Improvement Program
  • Plan special projects for the development and improvement of parks
  • Evaluate existing facilities, define deficiencies, and design or contract for the design of new facilities
  • Negotiate and administer contracts
  • Operate a personal computer
  • Prepare plans specifications and estimates
  • Work harmoniously with professional associates, contractors, inspectors, civic groups, the general public, and municipal, state and federal government agencies
  • Develop, monitor and control budgets as assigned
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Select, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and discipline personnel
  • Obtain and administer grant funds
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, financial reports, legal documents, or governmental regulations
  • Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from top management, groups of managers, employees, and the general public and public groups, and/or City Council
  • Respond to common inquiries or complaints from employees, the public, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs; calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume
  • Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:
Education:  Bachelor's degree in Parks Administration, Urban or Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related field; and
Experience:  Four (4) years of experience in park planning with a full range of construction project management with grant preparation experience including at least one (1) year of staff supervisory experience.
Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Landscape Architect's License preferred
  • Washington State Driver's License; must be able to successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check
  • CPR Certification


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