City of North Vancouver

Deputy Director, Planning and Development
Posting Date: 
March 22, 2019 - April 18, 2019

Deputy Director, Planning and Development

We are the urban core of the beautiful North Shore with convenient access to major regional and global centers. As a west coast community of 50,000 and an award winning municipality, we have a long-term vision to be a truly livable community that is safe, sustainable, prosperous and inspiring.  We are proud of consistently leading the way in urban policies advancing sustainability, energy efficiency, and housing initiatives.  The City is a compact (5 square miles) and very urban municipality with a Regional Town Centre at its core.  As a result, development includes high density and mixed use building forms with a strong emphasis on walking, transit and public open spaces.  Major ongoing development initiatives along the City’s waterfront and within Central Lonsdale are having a transformative effect. 


We are looking for a strategic, collaborative and results oriented Deputy Director, Planning and Development to join our team. The Deputy Director will share departmental management responsibilities with the Director and provide leadership within the Planning, Building, Environment and Transportation divisions of the Department. This would include overseeing high profile policy projects (such as long range plans and Council priority projects) and providing oversight to ensure the City’s permitting processes are effective and efficient.  The Deputy Director will play a key role in the creation of policy for the City including its Official Community Plan, social policy, environmental and sustainability plans and transportation planning. The Deputy will help to ensure the City is adequately resourced and maintains a strong reputation as being solutions-oriented and timely in processing building and development applications. The Deputy Director will provide advice to Council to aid in its policy decision-making to support and help shape the vision of the City by balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of the community, and acts as a representative of the City in terms of major development projects, transportation initiatives and community programs.  


The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in Planning supplemented by 7-10 years relevant professional experience and membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Comparable combinations of education and experience will also be considered. Thorough knowledge of the legislation, bylaws, regulations, rules and policies applicable to the work performed and the ability to work collaboratively with others to optimize outcomes is key to this role.  We are looking for a professional with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and proven interpersonal and management skills with the ability to effectively guide and direct a team of professionals.  A valid Class 5 Driver’s license is also required for this position. 


During the recruitment process, applicants will be requested to provide a current Police Information Check (PIC).


We offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package for this exempt position, including a compressed work schedule.


If you’re passionate about making the City of North Vancouver an even greater place to live, apply online through the Career Portal at prior to 5.00 p.m., April 18, 2019.


Thank you for your interest in the City of North Vancouver.

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