Requisition ID: 39543
Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
The Planner 2 provides professional urban planning services to support a wide range of projects in the Economic Development Planning group; Citywide and Regional Planning. Initially, the Planner 2 will be responsible for leading the update to the City’s Interim Hotel Development Policy and supporting the Rupert + Renfrew Station Area Plan. The position is also responsible for reviewing rezoning and development applications on behalf of the Economic Development Planning Group.
The successful candidate will have considerable experience in community planning including project management, stakeholder engagement and policy development. Knowledge of environmental planning is preferred as is knowledge of municipal tools and strategies for economic development and small business support, including land use planning and policy.
This position reports to a Senior Planner and is responsible for overseeing the work of a Planning Analyst and consultants. The position will be expected to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues across City departments including Engineering and Arts, Culture and Community Services. Success in the position also requires strong relationships with a wide range of external partners.
- Scoping, preparing and managing project work plans related to economic development, small business support and urban planning policy and programs; being accountable for deliverables and following timelines.
- Comprehensive project management and implementation of public, stakeholder and community engagement initiatives.
- Policy research, data analysis and Council report writing.
- Convening and working with stakeholder groups to support policy planning initiatives.
- Preparing and disseminating communication materials.
- Facilitating meetings and presenting to other staff, management, external stakeholders and City Council.
- Supervising staff and consultants.
Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience
- University degree in a related field such as Urban Planning, Public Policy, Economics, or Business Administration, and several years of professional experience related closely to the duties of the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience related to the role.
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desired.
- Experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proven experience building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders involved in local economic development.
- Strong organizational and project management skills.
- Ability to interpret and apply city policy, by-laws and the Vancouver Charter.
- Proven ability to manage and implement urban planning public and stakeholder engagement initiatives is required. Experience in engaging equity-denied communities and small businesses would be an asset.
- Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgement in managing workload and shifting priorities while delivering complex projects on time and on budget.
- Proven experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously and flexibility to shift between projects as needed.
- Proven experience developing urban planning policy in a multi-stakeholder environment, including the use of conflict resolution and interest-based mediation skills to achieve mutually agreeable solutions.
- Proven ability to clearly communicate complex issues through Council reports and presentations, or comparable documentation and presentations.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and summarize quantitative and qualitative information.
- Ability to supervise and mentor staff.
- General knowledge of City by-laws, processes and policies would be an asset.
Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite. At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.
The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.
Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: October, 2023
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $51.78 to $61.23 per hour
Application Close: October 1, 2023
At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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