22-29: Director, PARCS

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

Reporting to the CAO, this position is responsible for the vision, operational management, sustainment and strategic planning and development of the property, assets, recreation and conservation areas services (PARCS), which includes trails and conservation lands planning. This position guides the department and leads planning and management functions to ensure that activities advance corporate goals and objectives.

The Director, PARCS requires solid technical skills and people management skills to coach and develop staff.  This position requires strategic thinking and aligning departmental goals with the corporate strategic plan.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Post-secondary education in business, resource management, land planning, recreation or related field


  • Minimum 15 years of related experience, preferably within a Conservation Authority, municipal government or broader public sector and/or related private sector experience

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Superior business acumen and advanced-level knowledge of pertinent legislation, including: Conservation Authorities Act, Ontario Health and Safety Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Heritage Act
  • Knowledge of tourism industry standards and current trends and/or business/economic development
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, evaluate and manage short- and long-range plans, business plans, operational plans and master plans
  • Strong knowledge and experience with MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong administrative leadership abilities with experience leading successful change in program delivery through leadership of others to meet departmental goals
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal with issues in a sensitive, efficient and business-like manner
  • Proven ability to develop, monitor, administer and report on budgets
  • Ability to engage proactively and earn the trust of internal clients such as staff and senior management
  • Ability to independently identify issues, plan improvements, measure success and continue improvement
  • Solid technical skills and people management skills to coach and develop staff
  • Ability to think strategically and align departmental goals with the corporate strategic plan
  • Ability to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with external stakeholders
  • Ability to impact and influence others at all levels, with proven strong presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex or sensitive information to internal staff, external clients and stakeholders
  • Exceptional strategic planning and critical thinking skills with the capacity to advance the strategic plan through systematic and progressive implementation
  • Advanced-level problem solving, analysis and negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to coach, advise and teach others
  • Skilled in project management with the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Flexibility and willingness to adjust quickly to changing priorities
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and customer service skills including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders

Summary of Major Tasks

Departmental Leadership and Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Direct the overall development and approval of annual work plans and budgets for PARCS department
  • Oversee the staff management of a department that promotes employee engagement and supports staff development. Provide positive leadership to staff, developing and maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, respectful and motivating
  • Establish employee objectives and workplans for direct reports and conduct regular check-in meetings. Ensure direct reports follow the Performance Management Process (PMP) with their staff and review annual reviews for all staff within PARCS
  • Recommend training and development opportunities and step increases
  • Plan and prioritize funding for projects and programs
  • Design and structure systems, policies and work processes that meet corporate and departmental needs and provide exceptional service, quality and efficiency
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of financial matters that affect the department and the organization and effectively manages budget to ensure resources are allocated in an effective manner to meet strategic objectives
  • Anticipate potential problems/issues and creates contingency plans to mitigate risk and ensure a safe working environment
  • Appropriately delegates responsibility to others, ensures clear role definition and establishes appropriate authority for decision making
  • Guide the development of long-term strategic program plans/business plans with senior department staff

Departmental Policy and Program Planning and Management

  • Drive the corporate strategic plan through program development and work planning and respond to strategic priorities
  • Drive vision and strategy for the PARCS department and plans to achieve the organization’s PARCS objectives
  • Exercise financial control of departmental budgets
  • Drive and monitor the delivery of CVC services through the managers to ensure that programs and works plan are followed
  • Manage outcomes by tracking metrics and performance indicators
  • Safeguard assets and assure accurate and timely recording of all transactions by implementing and enforcing internal audits, controls and checks across all departments
  • Provide direct oversight to the adherence to procurement policies and policy development related to physical assets
  • Direct the long-term development and planning for assets while maintaining capital assets and infrastructure
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction to the divisional managers ensuring that all divisional planning and management activities are executed. This includes effectively guiding and managing the following divisions:
  • Land Planning and Management
  • Capital Projects and Assets
  • Conservation Parks

Corporate Management/Business Functions

  • Support the CAO and directors in meetings, presentations and projects in which the expertise of the Director, PARCS would be beneficial
  • Participate as a member of the directors committee of CVC; initiate, lead and provide input to corporate policies, procedures and documents
  • Liaise with Board members, councillors and councils to advise on issues of interest to municipal representatives and residents
  • Contribute to strategic corporate decision-making that supports the achievement of the goals, objectives and strategic priorities of CVC
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement and innovative practices
  • Support the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation in raising and allocating funds, resources and awareness to PARCS related initiatives and projects

Technical Leadership

  • Provide senior technical expertise to the department to guide programs, policies and technical excellence
  • Ensure technical controls are put in place (i.e. Quality Assurance/Quality Control)
  • Share knowledge and experience on possible policy changes and implications of new policy recommendations
  • Provide advice, direction and support in the long-range planning in the following areas: lands securement; policy development, agreements, partnerships and field implementation; and baseline data reports, stewardship plans, management plans and conservation area property management

Represent CVC Externally

  • Develop and maintain positive partnerships with external stakeholders
  • Build internal and external networks, effective teams, alliances and partnerships in support of the corporate strategic plan
  • To represent CVC in the CAO’s absence

Vaccine Policy

New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.  If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.

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