The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is accepting applications for one (1) Chief of Planning and Operations.
DATE POSTED: JUNE 1, 2018
WORKSITE LOCATION: HEADQUARTERS, GENEVA, ILLINOIS
APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO
HOURS/SCHEDULE: FLEXIBLE, AS REQUIRED BY THE POSITION AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 17, 2018 All candidates must apply on-line at: http://www.kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx
POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and activities of the Planning and Operations department, including budgeting, project management, land acquisition, facility and preserve maintenance, preserve development, fleet management, ADA, trades and construction, encroachments, sign program, drainage and wetland mitigation, and compliance with all federal, state and local laws. This position also provides expert professional assistance to District staff; fosters cooperative working relationships with other District departments, elected officials, volunteers, local environmental organizations, contractors, engineers, regulatory agencies, and various public and private groups.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS Administration: - Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines or effectively recommends such action for assigned personnel with the consent of the Executive Director, following procedures established by the District. - Oversees the management of the department; Develops and implements department policies and procedures designed to improve preserve users’ experience; Minimizes operating costs and effects greater utilization of labor and materials; Recommends policies and provides technical and operational advice in areas of expertise. - Manages and directs the administrative operation of the Planning and Operations department; Meets regularly with direct reports as well as Operations and Trades Managers, and Finance and Natural Resources departments to establish a cohesive approach to managing projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner. - Evaluates present and potential holdings for conservation and recreational values and presents findings to Executive Director, staff land acquisition team, and District committees; Meets with landowners and negotiates purchase details. - Develops plans and bid specifications for capital improvement projects; Administers construction contracts; Oversees project completion. - Researches, plans and oversees the preparation of the department’s budget and the control of expenditures; Develops procedures for efficient cost-effective operations; Approves all expenditures not requiring Commission resolution; Follows procedures set forth in purchasing policy. - Updates District Master Plan on a regular basis. - Coordinates the completion of the District’s ADA transition plan; Chairs the ADA Team; Oversees annual project completion. - Investigates new grant sources; Advises Executive Director of grant opportunities; Writes and administers grants for development projects; Attends grant hearings and makes presentations; Responsible for departmental grant follow-up compliance and reporting. - Manages drainage and wetland mitigation. - Represents the Executive Director and District at public forums regarding the District’s master plan and community needs. - Prepares and maintains various short- and long-term planning reports and recommendations, including feasibility studies, master plans, inventories, etc. - Advises the Executive Director of upcoming needs for supplies, equipment, staffing, and cost estimates for current and future projects. - Formulates policies, regulations, goals and objectives, and program priorities of the department for presentation to the Executive Director in compliance with generally recognized development and facility/preserve maintenance methods. - Researches, writes and/or reviews staff generated specifications for bids and request for quotes related to planning and operations projects. - Organizes planning and operations activities in conjunction with other District departments, volunteers, legal counsel, standing committees and outside agencies. - Prepares and submits periodic reports to the Executive Director and Commission regarding department activities. - Coordinates with Human Resources department all activities within the Planning and Operations department concerning employee benefits, recruitment, training, performance evaluations, workers’ compensation, selection and promotion, job analysis and classification, with the consent of the Executive Director. - Performs other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director. - Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. - Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier. - Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications. - Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook.
Operations: - Establishes positive relationships with community, volunteers, staff, commissioners and preserve users. - Provides first aid and CPR to injured preserve users and/or employees. - Assists preserve users by providing information and answering questions.
Staff Supervision: - Supervises Director of Operations and Land Preservation Planner; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Additional duties and functions may be essential.
QUALIFICATIONS - Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old - Education: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, park and recreation, natural resource management, public administration or closely related field; Master’s degree in these areas a plus. - Experience: 6 – 8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning or preserve management; five (5) years of senior-level management experience, preferably with a conservation or park and recreation or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. CAD experience preferable. - Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED; ArcMap GIS and CPRP certification preferable; flood plain and erosion control certifications a plus; all licenses/certifications must be obtained within one year of employment.