ontario parks association

Protecting Tomorrow Today®

  • Home
  • Manager - Parks & Open Spaces

Manager - Parks & Open Spaces

  • 22 Dec 2016
  • 16 Jan 2017
  • City of Thunder Bay







ANNUALLY: $91,854.24 - $108,063.83




GROUP: 12 (to be rated)

POSITION SUMMARY: As a member of the Departmental Management Team, is fully responsible for the effective and efficient direction and overall management of the services carried out by the Parks & Open Spaces Section. Responsible for all Parks & Open Spaces services including planning, asset management, design and construction, standards development, environment assessment studies, and policy recommendation, developing and tracking capital and operating forecasts and budgets, directing and administering activities as per City policies and procedures; responsible for oversight and leadership of operational services carried out by the Section including Parks Services, Golf Services, Cemeteries, Horticulture, and Forestry.


  1. Oversees the direction, supervision, operations, maintenance, planning development and administration of the Parks & Open Spaces Section including cemeteries, horticulture, urban forestry, golf and marina.
  2. Participates fully with the Director and other Section Managers in the implementation of the Corporate Strategic Plan as it relates to the Infrastructure & Operations Department.
  3. Participates, as a member of the Infrastructure & Operations Department Management Team by providing input into Department organizational and operational reviews, human resource management, budget issues, technical matters and major issues management. Also participates by providing input into the identification and development of Departmental policies, strategic initiatives projects, and priorities.


  1. Plans and implements short- and long-range Section objectives consistent with Corporate and Departmental plans, ensuring the highest level of service to Thunder Bay residents within the resources provided.
  2. Develops, administers, and maintains policies and procedures consistent with Corporate and Departmental objectives.
  3. Responsible for compliance with appropriate legislation as it applies to the broad range of Parks & Open Spaces Section operations.
  4. Maintains thorough knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and by-laws governing Municipal operations.
  5. Ensures insurance, equipment, procedures, documentation, and controls are in place to protect the Corporation from civil liabilities due to its infrastructure and operations under the jurisdiction of the Section.
  6. Develops and implements the Section’s Asset Management Plan. Ensures the rehabilitation and maintenance of investments and development of records of the characteristics, and condition of the infrastructure under the jurisdiction of the Section.
  7. Provides information, reports, letters, and memoranda to City Management, Mayor, and Members of Council, making recommendations on matters pertaining to the Parks & Open Spaces Section. Attends Committee of Whole, City Council, Ward and public consultation meetings as required advising on matters relative to Parks & Open Spaces.
  8. Assesses staffing needs, makes recommendations on complement amendments and organizational structure, participates in recruitment processes, and makes effective hiring decisions.
  9. Manages staff including staff development, performance management/review, coaching/mentoring, health and safety, collective agreement administration, and discipline and termination decisions.
  10. Develops and administers the annual revenue, operating and capital budgets, ensuring budget requests are consistent with the Division operating objectives, including maintaining optimum cost-benefit relationships.
  11. Monitors the changing Parks & Open Spaces environment, trends and issues, and establishes, modifies, and maintains standards for service delivery, ensuring they remain consistent with changing community needs and overall Department objectives.
  12. Reviews and prepares contracts, requests for quotation/proposal, tenders, and agreements for required services.
  13. Liaises with various community leaders and groups, as well as maintains appropriate media relations, with respect to issues of community, and corporate concern. Acts as the key spokesperson for the City on Parks & Open Spaces matters.
  14. Represents the Department on various committees and cross-functional teams.
  15. Acts as a member of Departmental Management Team as an alternate for the Director.
  16. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.



  • University degree in landscape architecture, horticulture, recreation, environmental sciences, parks planning, civil, construction or geotechnical engineering or an associated discipline; and
  • Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible management experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: parks management, municipal recreation, municipal engineering, planning, asset management, construction, or operation of municipal infrastructure; or
  • Diploma in landscape architecture, horticulture, recreation, environmental sciences, parks planning, civil engineering technology, construction engineering technology or an associated discipline; and
  • 12 years of progressively responsible management experience, preferably in one or more of the following areas: parks management, municipal recreation, municipal engineering, planning, asset management, construction, or operation of municipal infrastructure
  • Experience in a management capacity in a large, unionized government or private sector organization
  • Experience in business management, planning, budgets, and finance
  • Experience in the various components of human resource management
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable legislation and related regulations, municipal by-laws, codes, and standards
  • Experience presenting to and interacting with an elected Council or Board
  • Experience working with the media on various issues


  • Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Superior ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences and to skillfully handle on-the-spot questions from senior officials, members of City Council, special interest groups, and the media
  • Superior ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with private and public officials, co-workers, subordinates, and the general public
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills with the ability to conceptualize and implement Corporate change strategies
  • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Excellent project/time management, analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Proven acumen in business and financial management, with the ability to improve Divisional effectiveness and efficiency through the management and utilization of human, financial, and physical resources
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to direct, motivate, evaluate, and recognize staff; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Intermediate skill level with office computer equipment and software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software and the Internet. Experience with SAP software is an asset
  • Knowledge of the functions of City of Thunder Bay departments, outside boards, agencies, and local community groups is an asset


  • Must undergo a successful police records check, Type 1
  • Must work and attend meetings outside regular working hours
  • May be required to travel to various work locations from time to time and provide own transportation





  • JANUARY 25, 2016
  • OCTOBER 19, 2015
  • MAY 21, 2009
  • FEBRUARY 6, 2006
  • FEBRUARY 4, 1994
  • AUGUST 4, 1982
(Superintendent – Parks)

NOTE: Applications received for this position will not be acknowledged by mail or phone, unless you are being notified of an interview.

The City of Thunder Bay is an equal opportunity employer.

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.

Applicants currently employed by the City of Thunder Bay must complete the GREEN INTERNAL APPLICATION FORM. All other applicants must complete the WHITE EXTERNAL APPLICATION FORM. Application Forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources, 141 May Street, South, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 1A9 by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

For more information on employment opportunities at the City of Thunder Bay, visit our website @ www.thunderbay.ca/jobs or call our Job Hotline at 625-3458.


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software