Project Supervisor, Urban Design

January 25 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Urban Planning, Architecture, Real estate
Markham, ON • Full time

The City of Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 353,000 residents, is Canada’s high-tech capital and most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.
Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices. Diversity is one of Markham’s strategic priorities, and we strive to develop and maintain an environment that is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging for all.

We are pleased to be named one of Canada's Best Employers for 2022 and the best City employer by Forbes for the second consecutive year. The City of Markham is ranked in the top two for Government Services and 15th among the 300 employers on the list, advancing from 18th place in 2021.

Applications are now being accepted for the regular full time Project Supervisor, Urban Design position in the Planning and Urban Design Department of the Development Services Commission. Please provide your cover letter and resume by applying online by February 7, 2023.

Join us and make a lasting difference!

Reporting to the Manager of Urban Design, the Project Supervisor is responsible for coordinating and supervising the overall program related to special projects and initiatives led by the Urban Design division as part of the Planning and Urban Design Department, and the division’s review of projects led by other City departments and external agencies. This requires project management expertise in the implementation of strategies and processes to ensure timely completion of projects that are of high quality and within budget. As an organized person you have the ability to incorporate the latest technologies and best practices into your everyday work.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervise and lead the overall program that includes special projects, policies and initiatives led by the Urban Design division or various City departments and external agencies to support the coordination, implementation and monitoring consistent with leading industry best practices
  • Prepare or support in the development of the Project Charter for all Urban Design special projects, and determine the applicable approach for each project in terms of required documentation, contingency plans, and roles, responsibilities and accountability of project team members
  • Prepare project Terms of Reference, coordinate the Request for Proposal (RFP) and bid evaluation process, and manage consultant teams
  • Effectively assess and manage scope, budget, schedule and risks of projects consistent with the applicable organizational processes, policies and by-laws
  • Develop and maintain project management standards and methods, and be a project management resource to coach and guide Urban Design staff in project management methodology to ensure the successful outcome of projects
  • Present project milestones and recommendations to Senior Management and Council, as required
  • Track and communicate progress of project deliverables and achievement of outcomes to senior management
  • Responsible for performance reviews, training programs and incentives for staff
  • Lead and support change management initiatives
  • Act on behalf of the Urban Design Manager as required and other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or related discipline, additional education or degree in Architecture or Planning an asset
  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in the Planning and Urban Design field
  • Eligibility for membership in OALA, OAA, OPPI, or related professional organization
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in good standing or working towards a PMP designation with the Project Management Institute considered an asset
  • Strong team leadership skills
  • Strong understanding of built form, public realm and community design in terms of principles, policies and best practices in urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture etc.

Core Behaviours:

  • Service Excellence: Leads and supports staff in meeting or exceeding service standards when interacting with customers.
  • Change & Innovation: Effectively implements change and supports and involves staff through change transitions.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Leads and supports staff in working together collaboratively, fosters teamwork and inclusion, and cultivates relationships.
  • Communication: Models active listening and clear communication, and supports staff members in communicating effectively.
  • Accountable Results Oriented: Role models ethical behaviour and accountability; clarifies expectations, policies and legislation and supports staff in meeting them.
  • Management & Leadership: Supports a positive work environment, develops and enables staff, sets clear expectations, provides regular feedback, and addresses performance.

The City of Markham is committed to inclusive, accessible and barrier free employment practices and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure a barrier free hiring process.

Please note: The City of Markham has established a mandatory vaccination requirement for staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, should you be a successful candidate for a position with the City of Markham you will be required to provide proof of 2 approved vaccination doses upon a conditional offer of employment. Should you require accommodation in accordance with the Human Rights policy with respect to your vaccine status, you will be required to disclose that at the time of conditional offer so that an accommodation can be developed prior to your start date.

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