MANAGER TREE PROTECTION & PLAN REVIEW (toronto, ON, CA, m1c5j2)
City : Toronto
Category : Parks & Natural Resources
Industry : Government
Employer : City of Toronto
Job ID: 30118
- Job Category: Parks & Natural Resources
- Division & Section: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, PFR UF Urban Forestry
- Work Location: , TBD
- Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
- Salary: $112,075.60 -$131,677.00, TM1718 and Wage Grade 8.
- Shift Information: Mon-Fri, 35 hrs/week per week
- Affiliation: Non-Union
- Number of Positions Open: 1
- Posting Period: 23-Sept-2022 to 07-Oct-2022
The Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division of the City is hiring! We ensure that people in the diverse communities of Toronto have full and equitable access to high-caliber, locally responsive recreation programs, efficiently operated facilities, and safe, clean and beautiful parks, open spaces, ravines and forests.
We are looking for an experienced urban forestry management and tree protection professional to join our team as a Manager, Tree Protection & Plan Review.
In this permanent, full-time role, you will manage and provide the overall co-ordination of the tree and ravine, and natural feature protection programs. These initiatives are established to provide protection and regulation of street, park and private trees and ravines and natural features. We will rely on your ability to oversee the management of Tree By-laws and their provisions, compliance and enforcement processes, as well as the management of Urban Forestry components of city planning and development processes .
- Develops, recommends and administers the annual budget for the unit, utilizing information on operational requirements, staffing requirements, known pressures and required adjustments; administers assigned budget and ensures appropriate action is taken to control expenditures within approved budget limitations by analyzing financial data. Prepares operating impacts of capital through Capital Request submissions.
- Reviews, evaluates and recommends to the Director the overall scheduling of projects and maintenance operations. Communicates to Director any potential situations of media attention; makes recommendation on course of action and ensures the Director is apprised of issues impacting the service delivery of operations.
- Investigates, documents, prepares and collects information, and testifies/reports to mediations, arbitrations, and law suits.
- Prepares and/or authorizes administrative forms such as DPO, purchase orders, work orders and timesheets.
- Ensures compliance with and a thorough understanding of the Collective Agreements covering unionized City workers (C.U.P.E Locals 416 and 79); and Provincial Collective Agreements and corporate and divisional policies, procedures and guidelines, and City by-laws.
- Participates in the design, implementation and utilization of performance measures for the branch, including output, outcome, efficiency, equity and quality measures in an effort to achieve effective output measures and program outcomes of branch activities.
- Provides project management support and leadership within the branch as a member of self-directed work team internally and externally.
- Responds to emergency and priority situations by anticipating problems, making decisions, deploying appropriate financial and human resources; provides senior level operational support to the Director and General Manager and coordinates all branch operations support issues including labour disruption, weather related emergency response, the smog and heat alert protocols and other divisional operational issues.
- Represents the division/branch by providing leadership and technical expertise at project, community consultation, partnership, Committee meetings with Members of Council, service providers, various levels of government, outside agencies, community groups, environmental groups and other stakeholders (including the Ontario Municipal Board) to ensure the defense of tree and ravine protection by-laws, support strategic divisional and corporate initiatives, and the goal of achieving urban forestry targets for the preservation and expansion of the tree canopy, by representing the Official Plan and By-law framework.
- Cultivates effective working relations, represents the division and consults with Members of Council and their staff, internal and external stakeholders, other divisions and members of the public on community and project committees, programs, and services.
- Manages the section's complaint process, investigates, where required and/or directs the Supervisors to investigate, review, approve and implement appropriate action(s) for satisfactory resolution related to issues that arise from deputations at Standing Committee(s) or Community Council(s), including issues, complaints and/or general inquiries received from Members of Council and the public. Manages conflict through establishing section specific procedures and training for issues resolution and the handling of conflict and ensures quality customer service by providing timely, cost effective and optimum delivery of services.
- Ensures the quality of work and service meets corporate and divisional standards and employees are trained to perform work in compliance with all legislative regulations that apply, such as Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Ontario Building Code, Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), Fire Code, Electrical Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), etc.
- Acts as a Supervisor under the definitions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and ensures the creation, development, modification and implementation of adequate training, safety equipment and safe work procedures are in place, as well as, provision of safe accessible facilities and programs in order to develop a strong culture of Health and Safety, reduce risk and liability to the corporation and any Health and Safety issues. Liaises with WSIB Consultants to manage workplace injuries, costs and return to work, and ensures regular meetings of Ministry approved Health and Safety Committees.
- Develops briefing notes and reports for presentation to senior management, standing committees, partners, and Council for strategic decision making; prepares and submits correspondence to the Director, General Manager, various Council Committees and Board of Management.
- Develops and implements service standards, fiscal management strategies, and effective operational plans, and works collaboratively with partner branches within the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division and other divisions, in the form of planning modules or Service Level Agreements, to ensure the delivery of quality service to efficiently and effectively meet customer service needs and requirements and achieve division's mission and goals.
- Acts as signing authority for payroll, purchasing (RPGS, GR, CRO), project management and design/construction.
- Recruits, creates interviews and written assessments, revises postings, creates evaluation criteria; conducts testing, marking and interviews for permanent, temporary full time and part time job competitions.
- Responsible for on-going strategic planning and development of city-wide service direction, functional standards, policies and procedures, in consultation with other City divisions, government agencies and community stakeholders.
- Facilitates city-wide contract management for various services and products including but not limited to RFQ/RFP, valuations of bids, recommend of vendor, contract monitoring, communication with vendor, renewals, and problem solving with staff. Manages and negotiates agreements with suppliers, contractors, Agencies, Boards, Commissions, other divisions, partner organizations, the development industry, professional groups, associations and user groups; and establishes working procedures and memorandums of understanding.
- Reviews, evaluates and approves recommendations put forward by the Supervisor on equipment procurement requirements and appropriate maintenance of fleet and small equipment for maintenance compliance.
- Meets regularly with Supervisors and staff and conducts on-site inspections to ensure standards are met.
- Ensures the sustainability of the urban forest in Toronto through managing the review and monitoring of construction operations associated with development applications or building permits, street allowance permits, utility permits, environmental assessment studies, etc. and through setting requirements for protecting, replanting and restoring planting environments, as may be achieved through By-law regulated permit processes and the Planning Act/Official Plan, regulated development review and related processes.
- Ensures that the legal framework of by-laws and related policies and procedures are used to protect trees and ravines and natural features as conditions of development agreements; as conditions of tree and ravine permit approvals; and through compliance and enforcement activities mandated by the Tree and Ravine by-laws.
- Plans the implementation of by-laws including the Street Tree By-law, Private Tree By-law, tree related section of the Parks By-law and Ravine and Natural Feature Protection By-law ensuring that standard processes, clauses and conditions are used consistently in the administration of the By-laws, and oversees management of investigation, compliance and prosecution where required to enforce the Tree and Ravine By-laws.
- Under delegated authority granted to the General Manager, PF&R by the Tree and Ravine By-laws, including the delegation of authorization of permits to section staff. Provides policy and technical guidance and direction to staff reviewing detailed landscape and building plans; and arborist, environmental, geotechnical and engineering reports associated with such permit applications.
- Ensures that appropriate By-law administration, site plan review and related conditions of approval and records are integrated with the requirements of other City divisions and applicable municipal by-laws, provincial statutes, and outside agency processes and procedures, and maintained as appropriate in electronic and/or hard copy and archived in accordance with statutory and corporate requirements. Ensures that related performance measures are collected and preserved.
Post-secondary education in Forestry or a related field is a strong asset, but will not be required for a candidate with extensive management experience delivering results in a similar role.
Extensive technical expertise in urban forestry management, tree protection, site plan review, legislation and by-law administration.
Extensive management experience, including the administration of program management, planning, policy, standards development and service delivery.
Extensive experience in leading, motivating, directing and managing a diverse workforce in a fast paced politically sensitive, customer service oriented environment
Experience in financial reporting processes including budget preparation and control, expenditure forecasting, preparation and interpretation of financial reports; and reporting on key performance indicators.
Highly developed human relations, communication, negotiation, analytical and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to operate as a fully accountable program leader and as a member of a management team, as well as self-directed work teams.
Ability to establish and achieve short and long term goals, including the ability to work within ambitious timelines and budgets.
Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to prepare detailed reports for Council and Committee, and make presentations.
Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, the Collective Agreements and related Labour Legislation, corporate standards, policies and practices.
Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver's License and the ability to obtain a City equipment operators permit.
Note: All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.
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