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Senior Manager

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

This is a Contract position in Vaughan, ON posted January 21, 2020.

We’re looking for a candidate to fill this position in an exciting company.

Lead the coordination and review of TRCA input and responses to major environmental planning, growth management and sustainability planning policy initiatives of regional and provincial levels of government, to influence policy formulation and decisions on land use and environmental regulations.

Ensure that TRCA’s Living City Policies, integrated watershed science and multi-disciplinary technical insights are reflected in municipal official plans, growth planning and other relevant studies, documents and projects to achieve ecologically healthy, resilient and sustainable communities protected from natural hazards.

Monitor and manage staff workload and performance to ensure quality outcomes; motivate and conduct performance evaluation for team.

Oversee and manage the preparation of team project reporting to Executive and Board of Directors’ meetings; provide quality presentations and submissions to the Board and follow-up where required.

Provide expert advice and policy advisory services to the senior management team on technical, legislative and policy changes at the Regional and Provincial levels of government.

Participate on internal and external committees for environmental planning initiatives inclusive of Official Plan updates, growth planning studies, legislative change and issue specific work groups to support watershed and integrated land use planning, climate change resilience and source water protection.

Participate in where required, and provide expert planning evidence at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearings and negotiations.

Collaborate within the Divisional senior team to provide input on research, integrated watershed science, greenspace/trail planning, policy updating and communications to advance TRCA strategic objectives and legislative mandate.

Build solid working relationships with municipal governments and the development community on issues arising from TRCA’s planning and regulatory roles and responsibilities.

Provide coordination and secretariat services for the GGH Conservation Authorities Collaborative.

This includes grant proposal writing, partnership development, communications, and acting as the project manager to lead a team of technical experts from multiple Conservation Authorities to project completion.

Manage and prepare budget, invoicing, project funding proposals and disbursements for GGH Conservation Authorities Collaborative projects; secure budget approvals and provide regular reporting to the Collaborative executive team.

Thorough knowledge of statues and regulatory controls affecting land use planning and development, including the Conservation Authorities Act and regulations, Planning Act, Provincial Plans including Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, and evolving policy trends in growth management, natural heritage, sustainability and source water protection.

Strong working knowledge of Official Plan, Secondary Plan, and Master Environmental Servicing Plan requirements and the development review process, inclusive of Ontario Municipal Board/LPAT experience.

Proven experience gained at a senior level in successfully leading and managing urban and/or environmental planning and other planning policy-related functions in a public agency.

Ability to work in a team setting with senior practitioners and specialists in watershed planning, land use planning, ecology, water resources and geotechnical engineering, and hydrogeology.

Ability to lead a technical team comprised of external CA staff to project completion via teleconference, email and cooperative persuasion.

General understanding of the principals of ecological design, natural hazard management, ecology, water resource engineering, development pro-formas, and construction processes.

Demonstrated track record of developing and implementing improvements in client service delivery.

Proven experience in the management of a highly skilled and multi-disciplinary professional workforce, including the application of codes of practice relating to mentorship, professional development plans, performance measurement and related activities.

Experience in financial planning and budget management within a 100% cost recovery environment.

Proven ability to analyze complex information and make strategic judgements, decisions and recommendations.

Proven ability to initiate, plan, lead and implement changes in policy and procedures.

Strong negotiation skills and political awareness with the ability to earn respect amongst Board members, municipal politicians, staff and external agencies.

Superior oral and written communication and presentation skills.