Senior Manager, Special Projects

9755 Canada Company Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4H 0A3, Canada Req #333
Friday, May 13, 2022

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $128,534, Max = $139,352

Employment type: Permanent Full-Time

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Boyd Center, 9755 Canada Company Avenue, Woodbridge, ON. L4H 0A3
Division: Restoration and Infrastructure
Business unit: Professional Services
Travel: Yes 10%
Remote Work: Hybrid


About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.


TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, Professional Services, the Senior Manager is responsible for leading a team of project managers focused on major environmental engineering, restoration and trails infrastructure projects that utilize both internal and outsourced delivery models. This position will develop and evolve a delivery framework that balances agility with structure and is based on best practices, solid project governance and a mindset of continuous improvement.


This position provides expertise and professional leadership to ensure project management processes result in the successful planning, design and delivery major capital works that are typically planned within the framework of a regulated environmental assessment or similarly complex master plan process. Specifically, this position manages staff, project teams and external resources responsible for the planning, execution, control, and evaluation of projects, to meet TRCA interests and ensure compliance with corporate policies, procedures and applicable government regulations and laws. In addition, this position plays an integral role in providing mentoring and opportunities, as well as general supervision for project managers and project coordinators during all phases of the project lifecycle.


This position is a member of TRCA’s Senior Management Team, leads from a people-first perspective, and plays an integral role in maintaining and enhancing TRCA’s project triage and selection methodology; improving the end-to-end project delivery lifecycle; and leveraging data and analytics to recommend improvements for how the organization manages its portfolio of capital projects. This requires a strong multidisciplinary skillset in project management, environmental planning, and engineering disciplines.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversee environmental assessments and addendums as set out by the Environmental Assessment Act, including the associated technical studies on social and physical environments
  • Provide project managers with guidance on permits and approval processes, legislated environmental standards, regulations, guidelines and best practices and determining potential impacts.
  • Facilitate the creation of Project Plans with consideration for scope, deliverables, resources, schedule, cost, risks, quality, project monitoring, and reporting requirements.
  • Manage, direct, coordinate and supervise the activities of professional or technical staff assigned to project, including in-house staff or contracted architects, engineers, consultants, etc.
  • Establish and lead the multi-disciplinary project teams, steering/advisory committees, and technical working groups.
  • Oversee the procurement of goods and services in support of project planning and delivery, including:
    • Preparation of scope of work and specifications;
    • Preparation of RFP and tender documents;
    • Establishment of evaluative criteria;
    • Evaluation and selection of vendors/consultants/contractors;
    • Administration of contract; and
    • Evaluation of vendor performance. 
  • Lead and manage all aspects of contract management and administration for consulting assignments associated with major environmental engineering and restoration projects.
  • Facilitate stakeholder meetings, and conduct appropriate public consultation, to prevent, mitigate or resolve issues.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise personnel within the Special Projects team, including managing workloads, assigning roles and responsibilities, setting priorities, providing guidance and assistance.
  • Pursue new business opportunities and partnerships that result in projects.
  • Manage expenditures and be accountable for the delivery of projects within approved budgets.

What will you need to succeed:

  • 4 Year University Degree or equivalent in environmental science, engineering, or environmental planning/management program
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalency required
  • Valid Ontario Driver's License and ability to acquire a TRCA driver’s certificate
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in managing major environmental engineering and restoration projects and Ontario Environmental Assessment process; including 5 years at a manager level, with responsibility for management of a team and managing multiple complex and high value projects
  • Thorough knowledge of procurement, project management and risk management concepts
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of the environmental assessment process and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act
  • Thorough knowledge of environmental best management practices, and up-to-date knowledge of environmental mitigation and controls, as well as safe work procedures
  • Advanced knowledge of the Conservation Authorities Act, Environmental Protection Act, Planning Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Convention Act, Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and other related environmental legislation.
  • Strong knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Strong knowledge of the regulatory review process, municipal by-laws, and permit requirements
  • Demonstrated leadership and effective management of multiple, large-scale major environmental engineering and restoration projects in excess of $1 million per annum
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare consultant terms of reference and procurement documents
  • Strong ability to interpret consultant contracts and to ascertain potential risks
  • Proven track record of successful schedule management, cost control and time management
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve contentious issues and to utilize sound judgement on priority setting
  • Skilled at partnership building, collaborating, and maintaining excellent stakeholder and client relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to lead public consultation, facilitate meetings and negotiate contentious issues
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, with a record of implementing detailed innovative solutions in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to effectively present to large audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare detailed progress reports which outline project status in relation to schedule and budget, variances, potential risks and forecasted outcomes
  • Computer literate and proficient with project management software
  • Computer literacy utilizing Microsoft Office (Work, Excel)
  • Proven cost estimation and budget development, preparation and management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret plans, and maps
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead multidisciplinary teams and direct work in accordance with policies, procedures and standards
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively in a positive, courteous and respectful manner to develop rapport with the general public, Board members and politicians
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, with ability to lead, manage and delegate effectively to both direct and indirect staff reports and project teams
  • Strong partnership building, collaboration, facilitation, and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain excellent stakeholder and client relationships
  • Commitment to performing job in compliance with the highest ethical standards

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare)


You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting the job ID TRCA - 207- 22 prior to midnight on May 27, 2022.


All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA.  TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation. 


While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.


TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.


Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Permanent Full-Time
  • Min Hiring Rate $128,534.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $139,352.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 10
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • 9755 Canada Company Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4H 0A3, Canada