The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources has two immediate openings for motivated, experienced and passionate professionals to manage capital projects involving planning, development, renovation and maintenance of recreational facilities, parks and open space. These are professional positions working independently and as a member of the capital improvement team to perform planning, design, contract administration and project management tasks as well as support the Department’s and City’s strategic and comprehensive planning efforts.

Please visit City of Raleigh’s job site and search for “Parks Project Manager”.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Specific duties may vary and other duties may be assigned.

Manages project budgets and vendor contracts for consultants and contractors. Monitors all project information including deeds, master plans, design documents, correspondence, construction history, and expenditure record.

Represents the City and the Department and serves as liaison to committees, boards, commissions, citizen groups and other governmental agencies. Oversees and facilitates public participation processes in accordance with the Department policy.

Compiles and analyzes data on site conditions and prepares site plans, working drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for land development, showing ground contours, vegetation, locations of structures, and facilities such as roads, walks, parking areas, fences, walls, and utilities, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.

Develops bid documents, obtains permits, prepares all necessary contract forms and documents and manages bidding process.

Works with consultants and contractors and manages the design and construction of large-scale land and facility development projects. Reviews project documents such as soil reports, design drawings and specifications, engineering calculations, shop drawings, etc., for compliance with City standards and codes as well as State and Federal regulations.

Performs construction administration including coordinating contract execution, reviewing pay applications, approving change orders, and conducting project close-out. Inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with project specifications, to approve quality of materials and work, and to advise clients and construction personnel on project needs and procedures.

Conducts research and special studies pertaining to landscape and facility development, maintenance, and landscape regulations and ordinances.

Participates in city- and department-wide team activities working on specific issues and assignments.

Prepares reports and recommendations on performance measures, project records, costs, and general project status.

Prepares grant applications and coordinates grant submission for specific capital projects.  

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major work in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering or related field preferred. Applicants may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.



At least 5 years of relevant experience is required involving the design and construction of public parks and recreational facilities. Applicants may substitute additional relevant education for the required experience.


Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of: Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Project; Adobe software including Photoshop and InDesign; Computer-aided design and drafting software.


Certifications, Licenses, Registrations  

North Carolina driver's license required. Architect, Landscape Architect, Professional Engineers license or AICP certification preferred.


Additional Information

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; climb or balance; reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Mobility over extraordinary site conditions may regularly be required.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions and works in indoor or office environment. For citizen engagement as part of work requirement, the employee is also regularly expected to be present at other public or private facilities where mobility accommodations may be unpredictable.


AuthorKeri Dixon