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Planning & Projects Manager

Jefferson County Open Space

Golden ,  Colorado


Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) managers provide leadership and support for their respective teams for daily actions that support and fulfill organizational infrastructure including JCOS mission, vision and Master Plan goals.

The Planning and Projects Manager (PPM) oversees and supports the establishment of, and adherence to, standards, procedures and performance metrics specific to their team. Under limited supervision, the Planning and Projects Manager performs administrative and supervisory work and is responsible for planning including future land acquisitions, GIS and mapping, park and trail  planning, design, and construction management. This position is responsible for special projects and budgetary expenditures. This position attends and represents JCOS at a variety of internal and external meetings. The Planning and Projects Manager is a member of the JCOS management team that provides day-to-day leadership of the organization. Reports to the Director of Open Space and Parks.  


  • Provide leadership, project review and focus for three professional and technical teams: the GIS Team, Planning Team and Projects Team, as well the Research and Grants and Trails Program Coordinators. Oversees open space, park and trail planning efforts including the JCOS master plan, the Jeffco Trails Plan, JCOS Trails plan, park or region management plans, project plans, citizen surveys, land proposals, land use referrals, grants, research and environmental assessment and review. The PPM also oversees trail planning, design and visitor management strategies for all JCOS trails. Oversee GIS involving map formats, site specific data and consistency for all Open Space teams, such as sign content, map details of acreage, trail alignment, land ownership and many other attributes.  Oversee GIS team support of mobile friendly data collection, software platform choices and all map and geospatial related projects.  Determine allocation of resources including personnel, budget, applicable management decisions and appropriate levels of training and education.
  • Responsible for the supervision, oversight, and leadership of professional and technical staff, consultants, contractors and interns. Supervise five direct reports: Projects Administrator or Supervisor, Planning Supervisor, GIS Lead or Supervisor, Research and Grants Coordinator, Trails Program Coordinator and Team Assistant. Administer and make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates, including: recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, granting leave, appraising and disciplining, submitting such records and reports as required by County management. Make hiring decisions. Provide staff training opportunities. Conduct performance appraisals and goal setting. Determine applicable disciplinary actions ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures and standards. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, resolving problems as non-routine situations arise and direct HR practices and decisions. Develop annual goals and objectives for each team, function and direct report within the Planning Team.
  • Coordinate all Planning and GIS team efforts with internal and external stakeholders:  JCOS and other County staff, volunteers, managers and director, JCOS Advisory Committee, Board of County Commissioners (BCC), local, state and federal organizations, governmental agencies and the general public.  Present to organizations and represent the County on boards and committees.
  • Oversee the JCOS Master Plan and the citizen survey.  Create and update Park or Region Management Plans. Create project plans and coordinate periodic meetings and plan updates, initiate plan format review, revisions and process updates.  Ensure adherence to established policies, goals, standards and procedures and develop new standards and procedures as necessary.
  • Review and approve a wide variety of requisitions, purchase orders, expenditure requests, and contracts.  Serve as County authorized representative when designated.  Validate approvals for purchasing supplies and services.  Monitor and track the Team budget as well as office supplies and other purchases made through the Team assistant.  Provide support to the Administration and Real Estate Manager with capital budget allocations, carry forward, 5-year CIP and other capital project funding.


Must have a Bachelor's degree in park planning, regional or environmental planning, project management, engineering, landscape architecture, environmental science or a closely related field.

Must have at least 5 years of experience which includes broad knowledge and experience in park and open space planning, design, and project management and public participation. 

Must have at least 5 years in a supervisory/management role.

Specialized knowledge in a professional or technical field equivalent to that which is acquired through obtaining an advanced certification (Registered Landscape Architect, Professional Engineer etc).

Master's degree preferred.  


Offer contingent on successful background, education and MVR check.

Must have a valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI.


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