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 Director, Parks, Lands and Community Engagement, this position is responsible for the overall management, sustainment and strategic development of the land planning and capital projects divisions, which includes land acquisition and the Credit Valley Trail. This position guides the division and leads planning and management functions to ensure that divisional activities advance corporate goals and objectives.
- Post-secondary education in business, resource management, land planning, capital projects or related field or equivalent experience
- Minimum ten years of related experience, preferably within a Conservation Authority, municipal government or broader public sector and/or related private sector experience
- Experience at a senior management level and supervising staff
- Knowledge of the Conservation Authorities Act, Ontario Health and Safety Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Heritage Act
- In-depth understanding of/experience with lands planning
- Experience with capital projects coordination/planning
- Experience securing and managing grant funding
- Negotiation, dispute resolution and facilitation skills
- Ability to engage proactively, establish credibility and trust, as well as build relationships with employees of all levels of the organization
- Proven ability to develop, monitor, administer and report on budgets
- Advanced-level problem solving, analysis and negotiation skills
- Strong administrative leadership abilities with experience leading successful change in program delivery through leadership of others to meet departmental goals
- Strong leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to coach, advise and teach others
- Ability to independently identify issues, plan improvements, measure success and continue improvement.
- Ability to impact and influence others at all levels
- Strong knowledge and experience with MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage short- and long-range plans, business plans, operational plans and master plans
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex or sensitive information to internal staff, external clients and stakeholders
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal with issues in a sensitive, efficient and business-like manner
- Superior communications abilities with emphasis on writing and proven strong presentation skills
- 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
Divisional Planning and Management
- Provide strategic leadership and direction for all planning and management activities of the land planning and capital projects division. Apply advanced knowledge of divisional operations to carry out strategic decision-making, program reviews and provide effective leadership
- Guide the managers in the planning and development of short- and long-range plans, including but not limited to: work plans, business plans and program plans
- Perform a leadership and critical oversight function in the implementation and management of new programming and master plan initiatives
- Lead divisional budget management process. Guide managers in the development of sectional budgets in accordance with corporate policies. Employ effective oversight and decision-making skills to manage the use of resources and optimize revenues
- Establish and enforce program and service delivery standards. Provide strategic oversight in design, delivery and management of programs and services to meet the highest standard of excellence. Ensure that programs and services advance divisional and corporate goals
- Evaluate and manage risks on an ongoing basis, including risks to the staff, visitors, assets, finances and brand. Exercise specialized judgment as well as tactical thinking skills to carry out all tasks associated with risk management
- Evaluate and determine staffing structures and staff requirements.
Divisional Strategic Initiatives
- Lead the development of the Conservation Authority Mandatory Conservation Areas Strategy and Land Inventory (Conservation Authorities Act)
- Lead the planning and implementation of the Credit Valley Trail by consulting with project partners and stakeholders, private landowners/residents, municipalities and other partners to encourage strategy achievement
- Ensure integration of land planning and capital projects divisional plans with CVC’s Asset Management Plan, financial reporting processes, Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, Climate Change Strategy, etc.
- Coordinate and oversee updates to the Conservation Lands Management Manual (CLMM)
- Work with the CVC Foundation to build and implement fundraising programs and initiatives that support priority land planning and capital funding needs (e.g. land acquisition, capital construction)
Oversee the Land Planning Division
- Provide advice, direction and support in the long-range planning in the following areas: land acquisition, policy development, agreements, partnerships, field implementation, base line data reports, stewardship plans and management plans
- Develop, maintain and review land management related policies and procedures and, as required, corporate level policies
- Responsible for the coordination of professional expertise, including but not limited to, land planning, conservation area monitoring and management and land securement and acquisition
- Oversee land acquisition in the review and evaluation of properties, preparation of applications and implementation of agreements
Oversee the Capital Projects Division
- Provide advice, direction and support in project planning, design, funding, construction and installation of capital works projects
- Provide advice, direction and support in the areas of contract development and management with external consultants and construction firms
- Oversee the fundraising activities, including grant applications and contribution agreements, for capital projects and works, ensuring that all capital projects are sustainably funded
Divisional Staff Management, Relationship Building and Administration
- Provide direct oversight and management to division managers
- Lead, advise, mentor and coach direct reports by demonstrating effective leadership and performance management skills. Counsel divisional staff on the development of initiatives consistent with divisional and departmental strategies
- 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
- Oversee the coordination of divisional hiring activities, which can involve identifying position specifications, developing job descriptions, reviewing forms and submissions from potential candidates, carrying out interviews and train staff as required
- Support professional development opportunities and succession planning
- Present and submit information to the Directors and ensure the quality and value of all presentations and submissions
- Respond to queries and requests for information from internal staff and committees and as well as from external stakeholders. Participate in various internal and external committees
- Deliver keynotes, public presentations, conference presentations, training and other speaking engagements
- Communicate with stakeholder groups, public agencies and elected officials in a tactful, courteous and professional manner
- Maintain current knowledge of internal and external policies and standards, as well as departmental projects and divisional activities
- Perform key decision-making related to policy compliance and adherence to standards
- Carry out daily administrative duties, such as: reviewing and approving procurements, contracts, and other legal documents; responding to calls and queries; and, managing email communication. Other duties and projects as appropriate to this position
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.