Parks Planning and Development Manager

Roanoke County   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on June 21, 2024
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Performs difficult professional and administrative work managing Greenway and Blueway planning, support services, parks planning and design, mapping, easement and grant programs. Work is performed under the Assistant Director of Parks and supervision is exercised over employees in the Greenway and Blueway Planning team. Assistance is provided in the development and implementation of the Department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Capital Maintenance Program (CMP). Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Manages the Greenway and Blueway Planning team and oversees the development of studies, analyses and recommendations involving greenways, blueways, open space and natural resources
  • Oversees the parks planning and design program, GIS mapping and AutoCAD plan preparation in support of departmental projects
  • Serves as project manager on selected park development projects
  • Coordinates, monitors and/or reviews the work of consultants, contractors and other county departments on park development projects
  • Prepares contracts, bid packages, cost estimates, etc. on selected park development projects
  • Oversees the parks easement program and coordinates easement-related development on county park lands
  • Oversees the departmental grant preparation, administration and implementation program as it pertains to federal, state and/or local grants that provide funding assistance for park development projects
  • Assists in the development, administration and implementation of the Department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Capital Maintenance Program (CMP), and is responsible for preparation and presentation of the Department's annual CIP requests
  • Assists with administrative tasks including personnel and budget administration
  • Reviews project development requests forwarded by the Department of Community Development for potential impacts to County-owned park lands
  • May serve as Assistant Director of Parks in his/her absence


Required: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban and regional planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, geography or a related field.
Preferred: Masters Degree in planning, landscape architecture or a related field.

Required: Five (5) years professional experience in planning, design, administration and project management on park development projects preferably within the local government context or supplemented by local government experience.
Preferred: One or more years of supervisory experience

Certifications/ Licenses
Required: Valid Virginia driver's license with good driving record.
Preferred: Licensure as a Landscape Architect in Commonwealth of Virginia

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of local government planning preferably within the context of a parks and recreation agency or organization
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, geography and civil engineering
  • Thorough knowledge of planning and design practices for the development of greenways, blueways and park trail systems, supplemented by thorough knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues
  • Thorough knowledge in research, writing and management of grants associated with the development of parks facilities
  • Thorough knowledge of land use planning and design, and land development concepts
  • Considerable ability to oversee the preparation of plans, maps and graphic exhibits using AutoCAD, ArcGIS and Adobe Photoshop software, including considerable skills in the use of these types of software
  • Ability to prepare contracts, bid packages and cost estimates
  • Ability to coordinate the work of consultants and contractors on park development projects
  • Ability to plan, direct and manage the activities of subordinates
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and to present technical information clearly and concisely, graphically, orally and in writing to both professional and nonprofessional groups
Additional Requirements
Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results. Must be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises professional, technical and support staff


Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

• Progressive Flexible Leave Plan with cash-in option
• Twelve paid holidays
• Short Term Disability Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care
• Virginia Retirement System - Membership in VRS is automatic upon hire into a covered position. County contributes and employees pay their membership contribution.
• Deferred Compensation Plan with County Match
• Employee Assistance Program
• Credit Union Membership

County of Roanoke Virginia

5204 Bernard Drive

Roanoke, Virginia, 24018