This is a professional position within the new Community Tree Canopy Preservation Division. The position is responsible for direct supervisory management of the Tree Canopy Programs Group and management/oversight of the Tree Canopy Preservation Program (TCPP), Canopy Care Program, city’s partnership with TreesCharlotte, and other canopy programs. Additionally, this position will serve in a lead support role assisting the Chief Urban Forester develop and implement tree canopy policy that will protect, sustain, and enhance Charlotte’s urban forest as directed by the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Urban Forest Master Plan. Assist with the development and establishment of the division and Tree Canopy Programs Group. Partner and coordinate with Urban Design Center related to the Urban Arboretum Trail and other initiatives that incorporate urban forest ecology, conservation, planning, or design.
The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.
Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage and supervise a small team of team urban forestry professionals, program managers, program coordinators, and interns in the Tree Canopy Programs Group;
- Manage and oversee the TCPP, Canopy Care Program, and other programs and collaborate with other City departments and external partners/stakeholders;
- Conduct field inspections and site assessments to support programs;
- Provide written and oral notification on program requirements, criteria, status, and/or related reports;
- Effectively manage group and program budgets;
- Provide educational programs for individuals, groups, and government agencies;
- Support City initiatives related to tree canopy policy development and implementation
- Coordinate/collaborate with other departments, agencies, consultants, and the public;
- Build and sustain relationships in the community and across departments and agencies;
- Engage with local stakeholders as part of tree canopy programs;
- Assist with management and updates to tree canopy policy within the Urban Forest Master Plan, Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, City’s tree canopy goal, and other policy initiatives;
- Must be able to work some evening and weekend hours, as required;
- Other responsibilities as needed.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Extensive knowledge, skills, & abilities in urban forestry and conservation management/policy, natural resources management;
- Knowledge of planning, public administration, landscape architecture;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally/writing and express complex ideas succinctly;
- Public speaking experience and proven record of working successfully with the public;
- Ability to work independently, exercising initiative and independent judgment;
- Ability to communicate both in English and Spanish desirable;
- Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds;
- Ability to convene, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, civic, community and business groups, the general public and other stakeholders from multiple backgrounds and interest areas;
- Ability to facilitate effective virtual/in-person meetings with small/large groups;
- Experience in facilitating diverse groups of people and incorporate their voices into tree canopy planning processes and programs.
- Ability to plan, prioritize, organize work & complete assignments with minimal supervision.
- Excellent organization skills and ability to manage multiple programs and projects.
- Requires good computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point);
- Duties require walking, bending, minor climbing, lifting, stooping, grasping, squatting
- Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS;
- Ability to produce maps, renderings, drawings, and graphics; complete needed research and analysis;
- Three (3) years of supervisory and program management experience;
- Minimum qualifications include bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, natural resources, planning, landscape architecture, conservation management/policy, public administration, and minimum of five (5) years relevant experience; or
- Master’s degree and (1) one-year relevant experience; or
- An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience to successfully perform major duties and responsibilities;
- Requires good driving record, a valid Driver’s License, dependable passenger vehicle, and ability to receive and maintain a City Driving Permit.
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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