The Senior Manager, Planning Ecology is responsible for the Planning Ecology Program. This position provides senior direction and advice related to ecosystem protection, management and enhancement as it relates to Authority programs and decisions, as well as a broad range of land use planning and policy initiatives.The Senior Manager is a strong collaborator that can work effectively within a multi-disciplinary senior team to deliver the Planning Ecology program, relying on systems thinking to integrate ecological needs with community planning in order to minimize or eliminate the impact on ecosystems. Informed by the strategic objectives of managing greenspace, biodiversity, aquatic resources and creating complete communities, the Senior Manager facilitates a region-wide approach to sustainability for TRCA’s jurisdiction.
The Senior Manager leads a team of Planning Ecologists that provides technical interpretation, advisory and review services related to a number of federal, provincial Acts/Plans, regulations, guidelines and best management practices through memoranda of understanding with municipalities and agencies and through the Authority’s Regulation. This team works in partnership with planners and engineers in a fast paced environment to support the Planning and Development division’s responsibilities to 18 municipalities. The Senior Manager is responsible for managing the team’s competencies, workloads and workflows including commitments to other authority programs and special projects. Budget management, and reporting using the corporate standards and databases, is an important responsibility of this position.
The Senior Manager provides leadership in the defence of the ecological integrity of the TRCA’s watersheds through complex municipal and agency negotiations and provides expert opinion evidence before the Ontario Municipal Board, environmental commissions, and tribunals.
Knowledge and Experience:
- University Degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management, environmental sciences or related disciplines.
- 10 years’ experience related to the principal responsibilities, including experience in progressively challenging positions.
- Solutions-oriented mindset with demonstrated critical thinking skills and the ability to apply sound scientific judgment related to ecosystem sciences, terrestrial and/or aquatic ecology, landscape ecology, environmental planning, and impact assessment.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills including negotiation and conflict resolution. Ability to articulate complex ecological concepts to non-ecologists with an approach that favours comprehension.
- Demonstrated experience of the application of the Conservation Authorities Act, the Planning Act, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Fisheries Act among others.
- Expert Witness experience at Ontario Municipal Board or other tribunals.
- Demonstrated ability in innovation, situation analysis, problem solving, program development and management.
- Project management skills to ensure deliverables are completed and deadlines are met within various service delivery standards.
- Experience in hiring, supervising, training, mentoring and managing the development of staff.
- Professional enthusiasm and commitment for the protection of the natural environment.
- An aptitude for excellent client relations and other strategic contacts to sustain long term partnerships and business relationships.
- Demonstrated professional resilience and accountability for decisions.
- Valid Driver’s licence.
- Review reports and construction plans submitted as part of complex/contentious planning, permit and environmental assessment applications. This requires an understanding of other technical disciplines and studies (e.g. hydrogeology, hydrology, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, etc.) to identify the direct or indirect and cumulative impacts on ecological features and functions.
- Prepare concise and clear technical advice or reports for senior staff, development planners and environmental assessment planners to ensure compliance with the Authority’s programs, policies and regulation requirements.
- Use conflict resolution and mediation skills to find interdisciplinary solutions to achieve ecologically acceptable solutions during complex negotiations.
- Ensure that staff positioning and communications reflect TRCA’s policy and regulatory interests in aquatic and terrestrial natural heritage.
- Maintain current knowledge base in ecosystem sciences, environmental policies, legislation, construction techniques and mitigation measures. Develop and maintain the Planning Ecology team’s expertise to advance the understanding of natural systems and their responses to change, often in collaboration with other TRCA staff such as the Research team. This includes developing improved technical standards, guidelines and best management practices.
- Ensure the quality of technical input from the Planning Ecology team and program. Lead and participate in program development initiatives and projects and represent TRCA’s interests as a member of internal and/or inter-agency committees.
- Report and collaborate with the Senior Director, Planning and/or CEO on issues where political sensitivity requires attention with Municipal Councils, and senior levels of government or the development industry.
- Manage budgets and reporting using the corporate standards and databases. Seek funding opportunities and manage cost accounting and deliverables for special projects.
TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require accessibility related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.