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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: March 11, 2021
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY 04/01/2021. POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Public Works Department (DPW)
Job Title: Supervising Landscape Architect
Job Code: M509-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation:
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hour work week

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The City of Cambridge Department of Public Works seeks a Supervising Landscape Architect to manage and lead the City's efforts to implement the City's Urban Forestry Master Plan in both city and private development projects by incorporating urban landscape designs into all of our capital programs.  The person selected for this position will  articulate a vision of the City's programs related to the construction of open spaces, parks, landscaping in the public right-of-way, and green infrastructure;  supervise staff and consultants; and effectively engage with various city departments and the public.

Under the supervision of the City Engineer, the Supervising Landscape Architect will be responsible for:

1.  Parks and Open Space Construction

  • Manage DPW staff, consultants, and contractors involved in construction of Parks and Open Spaces throughout the City. Work to increase diversity in staffing and consultants.
  • Ensure the plans, specifications, and estimates developed for projects meet the needs of the Department and will result in successful projects.
  • Actively manage schedules and budget.

2.       Implementation of the Urban Forest Master Plan in Public Projects

  • Work with City staff, consultants, and contractors to implement the Urban Forest Master Plan in City Capital Projects including parks, streets, sidewalks, and public buildings.
  • Develop plans and materials to get the community excited about devoting more space to landscape in the public way.
  • Work to ensure our programs are accessible and inviting to all of the community and encourage diverse participation.
  • Assist in the writing of specifications; inspect construction of landscaped areas; and develop Operation and Maintenance plans.

3.       Integration of Urban Forestry and Open Space Goals in Private Development Projects

  • Review design of private development projects to ensure they are incorporating recommendations from the Urban Forestry Masterplan and other landscape improvements.

4.       Collaboration with City Staff

  • Collaborate with other DPW Divisions and city departments working on climate change planning, open space design, and operations including: Parks Division at DPW, Forestry Division at DPW, Environmental and Transportation Planning at CDD, Community Planning at CDD, and Human Services Department.
  • Develop city policies to assist staff with the design and construction of landscape improvements.
  • Train staff to ensure consistent implementation of city regulations and policies.
  • Coordinate construction priorities with the Director of Engineering Services, Supervising Engineers, and the Superintendent of Streets.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture or related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in the design and construction of landscape improvements including park projects, urban plazas, and streetscapes.
  • Three years of supervisory experience of personnel.
  • Knowledge of relevant Local, State and Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations related to accessibility.
  • Knowledge of construction materials, specifications, and processes.
  • Knowledge of procurement procedures for design and construction of public works projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills.
  • Project management and budget preparation skills.
  • Ability to work well with superiors, subordinates, contractors, the public, other city department, and government agencies.
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints to meet deadlines.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.   Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society.
  • Designation as a Registered Landscape Architect is preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work involves frequent site visits, requiring travelling to and through active construction zones, driving, walking, bending, squatting, reaching, and stretching.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involved is both indoors in a professional office setting and outdoors including construction sites and congested city roadways under all weather conditions.

RATE: $113,017 to $124,088 / annually + excellent benefits, includes allowance for use of personal vehicle.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and letter of interest requested by 04/01/21.  Position will remain open until filled.

 

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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