Director of Environmental Review

Organization: City of New York / Parks & Recreation
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/parks

Posted: January 1, 2019 | Closing: January 18, 2019


Job Description

The Director of Environmental Review is a senior member of the Planning and Development Division. The Director is expected to operate with a high degree of autonomy and should have the breadth of experience and judgment to serve as a subject matter expert on planning, development and environmental review issues; represent the agency in public forums; advise Commissioner-level management and mentor junior planning staff. The position requires an ability to navigate complicated planning and development projects, provide effective direction to other agency staff and consultant teams, and work collegially across divisions and across agencies to balance NYC Parks’ operation and analytical concerns with overall City policy goals.

The Planning and Development Division serves as NYC Parks’ planning, real estate, environmental review, development and long-range strategy team and is at the forefront of the agency’s open space agenda. The division leads the agency’s involvement in complex planning and development initiatives, land use matters and resiliency efforts. Division staff facilitate the creation of plans for new and existing parks and advise on funding strategies. They are responsible for communicating agency goals and policies and advancing plans for a vibrant, equitable and sustainable park system that meets the recreational, social and environmental needs of our city. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  www.nyc.gov/parks.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Under the direction of Chief of Parklands, serve as primary agency representative for environmental review matters, policies and compliance with associated City/State Environmental Quality Review Act (CEQR/SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures and regulations.
  • Provide technical review of private and public sector applications and environmental assessments, including large-scale neighborhood rezonings, to determine and evaluate likely impacts related to NYC Parks.
  • Provide strategic analysis, risk assessment and advice to senior staff in support of agency decision- and policy-making related to open space and development initiatives.
  • Represent the agency on a diverse portfolio of projects, ranging in scope from neighborhood playground revitalizations and ecological restorations, to large inter-agency resiliency initiatives and high-profile park and institutional partner development proposals.
  • Advocate on behalf of agency of measures to reduce or eliminate potential impacts on open space conditions and negotiate mitigation as appropriate.
  • Prepare and oversee production of environmental assessments and impact statements for NYC Parks-led projects.
  • Provide education and advice to agency planners, landscape architects, engineers and naturalists on environmental review legal framework, procedures and documentation needs.
  • Provide project and staff management as necessary for complex parkland planning and development projects.
  • Coordinate amongst unit staff and other divisions including Capital, Borough Operations, Revenue and Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources to determine and evaluate likely effects on open space for a project undergoing review.
  • Prepare correspondence to convey agency’s comments, questions and concurrence for projects undergoing detailed review.
  • Attend meetings and site visits with representatives of other agencies, consultants or project sponsors/developers to coordinate and discuss environmental review matters.
  • Maintain CEQRView database for reviews conducted by Parks and track review requests made by other agencies to Parks.
  • Attend CEQR Task Force meetings as needed and communicate updates and information as provided by other attendees and the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination.

 QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time experience in the appropriate field of specialization, including one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative, or research capacity as described in “2” above.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service.  New York City residency required for all other candidates.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Master’s degree in urban studies, city planning, environmental sciences, public administration, geography or related
  2. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work in a team-oriented
  3. Experience with Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, CEQR and SEQRA
  4. Excellent time management and prioritization capabilities, sense of urgency and ability to focus on project
  5. Proficiency in computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel, ArcView and GIS
  6. Understanding and interest in the ecology, natural environment and recreational facilities of New York
  7. Valid New York State driver license.

Salary: $95,000 – $105,000 plus excellent benefits     .

Apply by 1/18/19


How to Apply

For external applicants, please apply through www.nyc.gov/careers
1) Go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search
2) Search for Job ID#: 377886

For details about NYC Parks: www.nyc.gov/parks
References will be required upon request.



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