Title of Job / Position
Landscape Architect Senior
Under direction of the Director or designee, generates master plans and landscape plans; organizes and coordinates small to mid-sized capital improvements; maintenance and repair projects, from conceptual initiation through construction and warranty closeout; works with community based “Friends of the Park” groups to review and advise on their initiatives; coordinates green infrastructure improvements; manages the playground replacement program; initiates and manages planning studies and performs related duties as assigned.
This is a fully seasoned professional level capable of independently carrying out most assignments typical of the profession.
Works under very general supervision. Depending on organization structure, may work independently with responsibility for an assigned function or program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to the LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT SENIOR classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
- With direction from Director of Park Design, plans and manages those assigned aspects of planning, design, development and implementation, which could include master planning, program development, technical research/ analysis, funding and cost analyses, scheduling, public involvement processes and project budgeting.
- Coordinates implementation of assigned projects with various city, regional, state or federal jurisdictions as necessary, as well as with special-interest groups, stakeholders and the public.
- Prepares requests for proposals for outside services; participate in the consultant selection and contract award process; may have to author related legislation; plans, schedules and directs the work of consultant teams in master planning, design and construction.
- Prepares and makes presentations before interested groups, public meetings, various agencies or commissions as necessary.
- Develops reports, memoranda, letters and other documents regarding project issues for both internal and external distribution; ensures the maintenance of detailed records of project activities, correspondence, findings, progress and results.
- Obtains necessary regulatory approvals and permits to implement projects.
- Advises supervisor when project progress is delayed or budgets exceeded.
- Ensures assigned project compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.
- Monitors and enforces all contractual terms, obligations and requirements.
- Monitors project budget and expenditures.
- Reviews technical drawings of projects submitted for DPR review and approval by outside partners and provides written comments. Assists outside partners with technical information.
- Conducts research as necessary for new applications of technologies and techniques to ensure critical analysis and incorporation of appropriate “green” materials and technology, security, CPTED, ADA, energy saving and user supportive improvements.
Detailed understanding of:
- Capital project management principles, processes, systems and techniques.
- Design project funding and budgeting, objective development and work planning/scheduling.
- Best practices in urban design and planning as they relate to parks, recreation, zoning, development, watersheds and transportation
- Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations regarding public construction.
- Trends, approaches and problem-solving techniques used in planning and landscape architecture.
- Information technology and computer capabilities application to functional responsibilities.
- Methods and techniques of community involvement, decision-making processes and group processes.
- Principles and practices of team leadership.
- CPTED principles.
- City procurement policies and procedures for small valve purchase orders and formal contracts.
- Basic City legislative processes.
- ADA compliance issues, techniques and regulations.
- Plan, organize, assign, coordinate, review and evaluate the work of professional, technical, consultant and administrative support staff.
- Prepare, administer and monitor a project budget and anticipate future budgetary needs.
- Develop persuasive oral presentations of ideas and recommendations.
- Interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances.
- Project management oversight in assigned projects.
- Evaluate alternative project approaches and adopt effective solutions.
- Prepare accurate and detailed written material, including technical, staff and administrative reports.
- Interact effectively to problem-solve and partner with internal and outside agencies and contractors.
- Exercise sound, independent judgement and initiative within established guidelines.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse workforce and client groups.
Memberships & Certifications:
Membership to a professional association (e.g. APA, ASLA or similar) preferred.
Working familiarity with AutoCAD preferred.
Playground Safety Inspector Certification preferred.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in landscape architecture, urban design, planning or a related field
Minimum four years’ experience as a landscape architect, planner and/or project manager on design and planning projects typical of those within the purview of the Office of Park Design
Equivalent combination of education and experience which equals or exceeds the above educational and work experience requirements.
Fully functional with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
Fully functional with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
Fully functional with GIS
Basic photographic capabilities.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
A current, valid driver’s license required.