Streetscape Designer & Capital Projects Coordinator

City of Toronto - Toronto, ON (29 days ago)

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Reporting to the Manager, Business Improvement Area Office, the Streetscape Designer and Capital Projects Coordinator will coordinate the design and implementation of streetscape improvement projects in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and ensure these projects are technically and financially feasible, comply with relevant City standards, and are coordinated with other public works.

Major Responsibilities:
Leads the BIA Boards of Management, and inter-disciplinary teams of City staff from various divisions, other departments, elected officials, consultants, utilities, contractors and other internal and external stakeholders in the design, development, coordination and implementation of capital projects within Business Improvement Areas
Maintains working relationships with stakeholders to ensure that capital projects are coordinated with other public and utility works, where possible, to achieve maximum cost efficiencies and minimize disruption within the road allowance and disturbance of local businesses
Develops the Streetscape Design Capital Budget by consulting with various internal and external stakeholders to define the preliminary scope, strategy, timing and costing of improvement projects and recommends priorities for the Capital Program
Monitors, and prepares reports on, capital spending and revises approved capital works programs to reflect actual in-year spending
Coordinates the development of joint capital project budgets and schedules with other City divisions and agencies
Identifies and analyzes opportunities and constraints for capital improvements within the public realm, coordinates the design and implementation of improvement plans, and advises and makes recommendations to the project team
Identifies trends, analyses opportunities and constraints, and develops innovative design and construction solutions, within the public realm, while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interests, and budget restrictions; and ensures that capital projects are technically and financially feasible and comply with relevant City standards and various safety regulations
Coordinates the implementation of capital projects, including: administering construction contracts; overseeing contractors; tracking completion milestones; and ensuring quality of work
Monitors project costs to ensure budgets are not exceeded, investigates and recommends actions to be taken pertaining to certificates of payment, change orders and site instructions
Attends site inspection meetings; mediates the resolution of disputes between various stakeholders that may arise through the execution of construction activities and contract administration
Prepares terms of reference for professional design services and studies, and directs the work of consultants
Secures approvals from various authorities, including other City divisions, public utilities, and other governmental authorities, when necessary
Prepares Requests for Quotations, Requests for Proposals and all Tender Documents for capital improvement projects
Ensures that drawings, specifications, tender documents and contracts for projects meet the procedures and standards of various City divisions, including the City’s Purchasing and Conflict of Interest Policies
Facilitates innovative financial partnerships to fund improvement projects
Promotes a high quality of urban design within the public realm by keeping current on streetscape design and product innovations, and developing guidelines for acceptable streetscape designs
Increases the profile of the Economic Development Capital Cost-Share Program by hosting, and/or participating in, design competitions, preparing articles, and making presentations to the media and other organizations such as the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, Canadian Institute of Planners, International Downtown Association and other professional organizations
Represents the Division at public meetings and committees
Prepares and gives evidence at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), if required
Ensures construction projects comply with various safety regulations, including the Ontario Building Code, Electrical Safety Authority regulations, and Occupational Health and Safety Act
Coordinates consultants to prepare the concept designs, construction drawings & product specifications, budget estimates, and construction schedules for all improvement plans on large projects
Reviews the effectiveness of the capital program through performance analysis focusing on social and economic indicators

Key Qualifications:
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

Post-secondary education in landscape, architecture or engineering combined with relevant experience, or an approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
Considerable experience in the design, implementation, and obtaining the necessary approvals for civic improvements.
Experience in coordination of capital projects, including effective budgeting, scheduling, project tracking, contract administration and construction activities.
Experience using design industry standard software applications, e.g. MicroStation, AutoCAD, Adobe (Illustrator and Photoshop), InDesign, etc.

You must also have:
Ability to collaborate and work effectively with contractors, consultants, colleagues, elected officials and other internal and external clients and stakeholders.
Ability to read and interpret technical drawings, plans and records.
Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and relevant legislation.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate multiple assignments and meet required timelines, with minimal supervision.
Advanced problem-solving and project coordination skills.
Highly developed written and oral communication skills with the demonstrated ability to write and present complex information to a variety of audiences, including writing reports and briefing notes, and delivering presentations.
Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.
Membership or Associate Membership in a related Association (e.g. Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), Professional Engineers Ontario), considered an asset.
Ability to work some evenings.
Valid Ontario Class "G" driver’s licence and access to a properly insured vehicle, considered an asset.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.

If you are an individual who requires accommodation to apply to this position, due to disability under the Ontario Human Rights Code, please email us at, quoting job ID #2329663 and the job title. The City is committed to providing Code-protected accommodation throughout its hiring process. Please visit Hiring Policies and Statements for further details.