Open Space Bond Project Manager

Buncombe County Government
Published
November 18, 2022
Location
200 College Street, Asheville, North Carolina
Category
Billing Address
200 College Street
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Lunsford
Phone Number
8282504107
County
Buncombe
Closing Date
12/04/2022

Description

Job Title:  Open Space Bond Project Manager

 

Department: Assistant County Manager

 

Hiring Range: $64,801.15 - $79,651.43

 

Job Posting End Date: December 04, 2022

 

 

Purpose of the Position:

Provide management, coordination, and financial oversight of the Open Space Bonds program, which includes conservation easements, greenways and passive recreation.

 

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire):

Bachelor’s degree in project management, planning, business administration, finance, landscape architecture/design, or related field and four (4) years of experience with land conservation, greenways, passive recreation or real estate practices; or a Master’s degree in Project Management or related field with two (2) years of experience as noted above; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 

Additional Training and Experience:

Major course work in land conservation, GIS, recreation development, finance, or a related field with an emphasis on program management and community development at the local level is preferred. Experience working with the community and stakeholders is also preferred.

 

Essential Functions of the position:

 

  • Manage the process for evaluating and selecting projects for the Open Space Bond Program, in concert with the Buncombe County Land Conservation Advisory Board, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Ag Advisory Board, Community and Board of Commissioners.

  • Facilitate the various Advisory Boards and Board of Commissioners’ development of a strategy for the Open Space Bond Program.

  • Evaluate projects using equity principals and the equity evaluation tool.
  • Receive and present external applications for bond funding to the Buncombe County Land Conservation, Parks & Recreation Advisory Boards, Ag Advisory Board for evaluation and recommendations.

  • Present Advisory Board(s) recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for discussion and final approval.

  • Serve as Staff to the Community Oversight Committee, developing agendas, presenting projects and facilitating presentation of project financial information in partnership with the Finance and Budget Depts.

  • Provide technical assistance to eligible bond fund recipients throughout the life of a project (e.g. provide instructions and applications, develop contracts, and manage the program process).

  • Ensure the accurate and timely capture and maintenance of programmatic and financial data on all projects for use in producing reports for boards, committees, community groups, staff, and the public.

  • Manage the bond transparency website to ensure accurate project status and financial data is available to the public.

  • Work closely with communications team to provide bond information to all residents and stakeholders through a variety of channels.

  • Facilitate process for developing criteria and project selection for open space bond funds, including eligibility requirements and measurable assessment for proposed projects.

  • Develop a sound fiscal administrative budget and make projections about future expenditures and revenues, identifying, leveraging, and coordinating with other funding sources to ensure efficient use of bond funds.

  • Administer and implement Bond budgets by ensuring the maintenance, collection, and consolidation of budget data.

  • Evaluate bond internal control framework and perform routine monitoring activities to ensure activities are conducted effectively and securely to ensure compliance with NCGS.

  • Oversee implementation, administration, and monitoring of bond related budgets, contracts, and  grant elements for audit, fiscal and performance; preparation of bond grant agreements including detailed budgets and scopes of work.

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

 

  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management and research techniques.

  • Knowledge of land conservation techniques, specifically conservation easements.

  • Ability to develop budgets.
  • Knowledge of passive recreation uses and management.

  • Knowledge of easements, right-of-way, and greenways project management and implementation.

  • Knowledge of real estate practices, contract preparation and grants administration.

  • Ability to understand and utilize existing conservation easement program, ordinances, policies and procedures.

  • Ability to assist in the preparation and review of legal documents.

 

In order to uphold internal pay parity and equity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current Buncombe County employees. All new employees are paid according to their years of relevant education and experience above minimum requirements for the position and employees have the opportunity to obtain pay increases via cost of living increases and promotions.

 

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

 

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition, Buncombe County expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

 

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

Salary

Hiring Range: $64,801.15 - $79,651.43

Qualifications

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire):

Bachelor’s degree in project management, planning, business administration, finance, landscape architecture/design, or related field and four (4) years of experience with land conservation, greenways, passive recreation or real estate practices; or a Master’s degree in Project Management or related field with two (2) years of experience as noted above; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 

Additional Training and Experience:

Major course work in land conservation, GIS, recreation development, finance, or a related field with an emphasis on program management and community development at the local level is preferred. Experience working with the community and stakeholders is also preferred.