Parks & Trades Foreperson
Two opportunities are available for individuals with training in architectural technology, a skilled trade, or equivalent, and experience in reading and interpreting construction drawings and specifications, to join the Parks, Forestry and Recreation team.
As a Foreperson – Parks, Technical Services & Trades, working under the direction of the Technical Services Supervisor, you will supervise staff, contractors and equipment involved in parks and facility improvements, development and redevelopment projects, and annual maintenance and repairs for field houses, sports field lighting, irrigation and water features, arenas, community centres, and more.
Your primary responsibilities as a Parks & Trades Foreperson will be varied. Specifically, you will:
- Prioritize work orders received through the W.O.M.S. and schedule staff and contractors regarding facility improvements, parks infrastructure improvements, equipment, and requests for service and repairs.
- Establish the scope, scheduling, coordination and interfacing requirements of projects, undertake the design and preparation of working drawings, specifications, and bills of material, and prepare detailed estimates.
- Carry out contract administration and field supervision, including instructing contractors and/or City staff on work timing and methods, interpreting and ensuring conformity with drawings and specifications.
- Initiate field changes to correct errors or omissions in design relative to site conditions, recording, and recommending for approval, contractors' progress claims in accordance with terms of contract and amount of work completed.
- Respond to Emergency repair requests, determine work required and dispatch staff or contractors to location.
- Assist in maintaining records and contract deficiencies, take appropriate corrective action, ensure proper completion of contracts, arrange for official handover, and initiate and maintain warranty records for the period as stipulated in the contract.
- Take appropriate action to correct failures occurring within the warranty period, recording and recommending for release of contractor holdback.
- Draft tender, Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Quotations (RFQ), provide bid analysis and prepare reports.
- Check work of contractors and staff to ensure adherence to regulatory requirements, and City by-laws, policies and procedures.
- Coordinate and attend site meetings and project team/client meetings.
- Carry out technical work for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City’s properties.
- Provide technical assistance in planning and scheduling work for capital and/or operating projects, including budget preparation and tracking and procurement documentation using computer applications.
- Prepare estimates and layouts, verify calculations by inspectors and perform on-site visits.
- Prepare specifications, tenders and reports, and determine quantity and cost estimates.
- Assist the supervisor/project manager with instructing, directing, and providing technical guidance, expertise and feedback to program staff, contractors and consultants with respect to projects, and ensure adherence to relevant construction practices and methodologies, contract documents, City by-laws, codes, legislation and acts.
- Estimate the labour, material and equipment requirements for projects and prepare requisitions and purchase orders (RPGS) for materials and equipment.
- Track expenditures and budgets as they apply to projects and related tasks.
- Schedule and coordinate deliveries and trade services.
- Arrange for stake-outs with utility companies.
- Provide on-the-job training and instructions to staff.
- Prepare written reports, timesheets, staff assessments, workers’ compensation forms and accident / injury forms, work orders and requisitions.
- Resolve day-to-day issues.
- Provide support to staff and monitor health and safety in the workplace, including safety grams.
- Communicate with Division staff, City divisions, outside agencies and the general public, verbally and in writing.
Your application for the role of Foreperson – Parks, Technical Services & Trades must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Considerable experience with construction practices, materials and methodologies related to municipal infrastructure.
- Experience in the preparation and interpretation of drawings, specifications and contract documents.
- Possession of, and ability to maintain, a valid Province of Ontario Class G driver's licence, and ability to qualify for the City's equipment operating permits and requirements.
- Considerable experience in reading and interpreting construction drawings and specifications.
- A diploma from a recognized institution in Architectural Technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, or a Licensed Trade qualification.
- Considerable knowledge of the City of Toronto's parks, forestry and recreation infrastructure.
You must also have:
- Demonstrated ability to operate as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Ability to provide work direction and proficiency in human and labour relations.
- Ability to work independently, set priorities, and plan and execute a variety of tasks in order to meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, including City policies and procedures.
- Ability to use a work order system, prepare purchase orders (RPGS), and use MS Office (i.e., Word, Excel and MS Access).
- Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, Collective Agreements and other legislation related to this position.
- Knowledge of the purchasing and supply of goods and services as they relate to purchase orders, tender documents, RFQs, RFPs, sole sourcing, etc.
- Proficiency using computer software, including work processors, spreadsheets and database applications for data management analysis and reporting.
- Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations as it relates to staff and contractors.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to deal effectively with consultants, contractors, engineers, tradespeople, staff at all levels and members of the public to resolve conflicts.
- Ability to direct staff and private contractors.
- Ability to prepare and monitor budgets.
- Ability to work weekends and overtime, as required.
Number of Vacancies, Work Location, and Shift Information:
- Two (2) vacancies located at Alness Yard, 21 Alness Street
Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wage Range: $34.13 - $37.39 per hour
Work for the City you love
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Foreperson – Parks, Technical Services & Trades within our Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division.
How to Apply:
For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at www.toronto.ca/jobs. To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #1984912X, by October 24, 2014.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.
Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women. We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.