Manager, Land Development
City of Regina
Regina, SK Canada
4d ago

Position Summary

ABOUT THE CITY OF REGINA

Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and the 16th largest city in Canada with a population of 230,725 (Source : Statistics Canada, 2017).

Regina is located in the south central area of the province. The city covers an area of 118.4 square kilometers. It is in the middle of the Prairie Provinces with Alberta to the west, and Manitoba to the east.

It borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota. Latitude : 50 degrees 26 min north Longitude : 104 degrees 40 min west Elevation : 577 m above sea level.

Regina is located on Treaty 4 land and within the traditional territory of the Metis.

Indigenous people have lived in this region through many thousands of years. This area was one of the important places where Indigenous people would come to hunt the roaming herds of bison.

They began to stack the long bison bones into large piles in an effort to honour the animals’ spirit as the bison herds were becoming depleted due to overhunting by non-Indigenous hunters.

Indigenous peoples named the area oskana ka-asastēki, which roughly translates to bone piles . European explorers, fur traders and settlers translated this to Pile of Bones.

European settlement began in the 1880s as an agricultural community and served as a distribution point for farm materials and produce.

As the settlement grew and became established, it was renamed Regina (Latin for queen ) after Queen Victoria, who was the British monarch at the time.

Regina became a city in 1903. Two years later, Saskatchewan became a province and chose Regina as its capital. Today, this diverse and vibrant community is one of Canada’s fastest growing major cities.

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Anurag Shourie or Cecilia Oteiza Ayres

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THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Director, Land, Real Estate & Facilities, the Manager, Land Development is responsible for the management of the Land Development Branch within the Land and Real Estate Department, including operational and program planning, stakeholder relationship management, financial management and people leadership.

Mandate includes leading a branch which provides full planning, design and construction management activities for the Branch as well as inspection services and acceptance approvals for new infrastructure associated with growth and infill development of City owned lands.

This position will be responsible for creating and implementing a Land Strategy which will guide land development of City owned lands.

This position will also oversee the land-use planning, design and construction for water, wastewater, roadways, drainage, landscaping and parks projects related to City development projects.

As a member of the Department’s management team, The Manager leads and / or participates in Department or City-wide projects and special initiatives and the management and delivery of City land development projects.

This includes projects involving the servicing of City owned developments and directly affects the returns received by the City.

Maximizing returns significantly impact the financial result for the City

The Manager provides expert advice and recommendations on the suitability of the land for development and the potential costs to service lands

The Manager is also responsible for ensuring compliance with internal and external requirements.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

Operational Planning

  • Contributes to the development of the Departmental long-term planning and broader annual plan.
  • Leads the development and implementation of the Land Development Branch annual operational plan in the Context of both the City and Department plans.
  • Reviews, develops and approves annual capital construction programs for the Branch and technical services programs, standards and processes for the corporation’s land developments.
  • In the context of annual planning, sets objectives, service levels and performance targets.
  • Ensures development of policies, systems, and procedures across all areas of mandate.
  • Creates development plans for City land projects that include the type of development, disposition strategy, and anticipated costs and revenues.
  • Financial Management

  • Leads the development of the Land Development Branch budget.
  • Ensures that there is timely and accurate forecasting and ongoing analysis of the budget and expenditures and where necessary, ensures proactive mitigation strategies are developed and implemented.
  • Ensures that financial management practices are aligned with City standards and practices, and where necessary ensures development of Branch-specific financial management practices.
  • Provides approvals for procurement and authorizes payment to professionals and contractors.
  • Prepares bid document specifications, including alternative analysis, methods of implementation, condition assessments and cost analysis.
  • Leads the development of greenfield and infill land development projects, including budget, scope, quality and schedule which will maximize investments in land to achieve public policy goals, generate non-tax revenue, and reduce the net cost of government.
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Provides strategic advice, guidance and information on area of subject matter expertise to senior City leaders.
  • Meets with community representatives, partners and other stakeholders such as consultants, contractors, developers and government officials to plan services and resolve service issues.
  • Sets internal and external standards for the exchange of information with other agencies.
  • Coordinates public information, notification and awareness programs including participation at public forums and media interviews related to City Development Capital Construction projects.
  • Leads and manages consultants, contractors and team members to achieve land development objectives.
  • Human Resource Leadership

  • Leads the development of an annual Branch-wide workforce plan with a focus on identification of the necessary human resources both in terms of capacity and competency.
  • Provides direct leadership, mentoring, training and coaching of project teams, contractors and other staff.
  • Conducts all-staff sessions.
  • Conducts performance planning for staff (goal setting, review and assessment) and ensures that performance process is complete for all Branch resources.
  • Monitors Branch culture and productivity, and intervenes when necessary.
  • Provides leadership for Branch-specific employee / labour relations issues; this includes participation in formal grievance and arbitration processes.
  • Ensures Branch adherence to the City’s numerous collective agreements.
  • Risk Management

  • Ensures that Branch-specific policies, procedures and practices are developed, maintained and adhered to.
  • Monitors and reports on performance targets.
  • Proactively identifies operational risks, program / service reviews and develops recommendations and action plans with a focus on the long-term sustainability of City assets.
  • The Manager is responsible for leading corporate safety initiatives and objectives including safety meetings, worksite inspections, and leading a safety-focused culture within the Branch in accordance with the Corporate Safety Program.
  • The position is responsible for managing both the financial and reputational risks associated with purchasing, developing and selling of land / lots for new and renewed neighborhoods.
  • Contract Management

  • Leads the purchasing process for capital and service requirements related to new land developments.
  • Negotiates scope of services and pricing for service contracts related to City owned land developments.
  • Ensures service providers are held accountable and deliver on contracted services.
  • Operational Accountabilities

  • Oversees the delivery of community-wide infrastructure design, construction, inspection and approval for City managed developments, typically large parcel developments that often involve mixed zoning.
  • Oversees the delivery of technical services (drafting, geomatics, infrastructure records and inspection services) for land development projects.
  • Researches and recommends models and best practices applicable to the branch, including recommendations on future services.
  • Prepares complex correspondence related to Land Development, accountability reports and other documents for the Director, Executive Director, Steering Committee, City Council, the public and other stakeholders.
  • THE PERSON

    Qualifications & Education Requirements

  • Knowledge of core management practices including program / service delivery models, policy development, planning, budgeting, performance measurement and management and human resources.
  • Knowledge of specific issues, trends and challenges within the context of the broader Department and understanding of broader City operations related to the development of mixed-use neighbourhood subdivisions.
  • Extensive knowledge in several technical areas including, engineering standards and practices, land use planning, surveying, drafting, geomatics, infrastructure records management and inspection services and their processes as they relate to land development.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure and servicing project management.
  • Knowledge of acts, regulations, codes, bylaws and current energy management developments pertaining to infrastructure design, construction, inspection and approval related to land development.
  • Knowledge required to lead complex branch or departmental-wide operations and strategy formulation.
  • Knowledge is used to provide expert advice on complex operational / functional challenges.
  • Knowledge of project evaluation, locational analysis and assessment of community risk from a public health and safety perspective.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

    Leadership - Provides leadership while giving guidance and support; a mentor and positive role model who can communicate potential opportunities to departments while empowering staff and incorporating the views of others.

    Inspires and energizes others to work together, sharing commitment and confidence in achieving success. Proven leadership and supervisory skills.

    Communication - Outstanding ability to communicate both verbally and in written form. Strong presentation abilities. Gives and receives information with clarity, attentiveness, understanding and perception.

    Management - Facilitation, consensus building skills and the ability to negotiate terms of development agreements with developers.

    Remain up to date on new ideas and concepts relevant to Planning & Development. A professional with a proven record of being able to motivate, plan, direct and evaluate people and activities of a broad-based municipal organization.

    Organizational - Good time and project management skills, ability to prioritize, organize and delegate projects and tasks to meet the departments’ service delivery standards and targets, and defined expectations of senior leadership and Council.

    Able to simplify often complex administrative and service matters, an ability to separate important issues and prioritize work initiatives.

    Interpersonal - An integral part of a professional team and a person with high ethical standards and an honest, consistent style of working co-operatively with others.

  • Relates well to all kinds of people inside and outside the organization; uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse tense situations;
  • makes people feel important and valued.

    Pragmatic Decision-Maker - Believes in involving people in processes to establish priorities and shows sensitivity to changing approaches.

    Shows strong common sense and intuitive judgment abilities. Remains up to date in planning best practices and willing to identify and implement innovative solutions to planning issues.

    Conflict Resolution - A consensus builder with a proven ability of positively engaging people from diverse or polarized positions in problem solving.

    COMPENSATION

    A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

  • Note : Testing may be done to evaluate knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Note : Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide proof of acquired education.
  • Note : In accordance with the City of Regina’s Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires that the successful candidate provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.
  • In accordance with the City of Regina’s Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Policy, the position requires that the successful candidate provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide proof of negative COVID-19 test on a routine basis.

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