City of Vancouver

Planner III - Requisition 7881
Posting Date: 
December 1, 2017 - December 10, 2017

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and we are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function

This is a senior professional position that involves leading the city-wide planning staff team on a temporary basis. The senior planner is responsible for managing teams in financing growth, research and data, as well as co-managing a transit/transportation planning team that works within Engineering Services.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

This is a senior professional position to manage staff doing broad policy studies and projects. The work involves complex urban issues and will be carried out in consultation with internal and external stakeholders including other city departments, governments and agencies, community residents, landowners and business interests. You will exercise independent judgement in scoping and conceptualizing policy and project work, developing and managing work programs, planning and implementing public processes, and managing staff and consultants. Related duties include: report writing; presentations to Corporate Management, City Council and other governments and agencies. The duties require superior interpersonal skills including mentoring, facilitation, and problem resolution. Work to be supervised in the near term includes updating Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) policy, assessing the viability of independent retail, capital planning and city building, advancing rapid transit in the Broadway corridor, and a variety of research and data related projects.


A university graduate degree in planning or a related discipline with extensive and progressive municipal experience at a professional level (minimum of 10 years’ experience); or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Familiarity with and knowledge of Vancouver’s land use, transportation and financing growth policy as well as experience with capital planning is preferred. Demonstrated experience in all of the following areas is highly desired: research and analysis of policy issues; proven ability developing planning policy in a multi-stakeholder environment; proven ability scoping and developing work programs; managing complex and controversial planning projects; creative problem solving including public consultation; and preparation and presentation of reports which clearly communicate complex ideas. Other essential skills include the ability to: lead and participate on teams involving diverse interest groups using facilitation, conflict resolution and interest-based mediation skills to achieve mutually agreeable solutions; manage and mentor staff for broader responsibilities in policy research and planning; exercise initiative and sound judgement in dealing with work load; and, work in a changing environment while delivering complex projects on time and on budget. Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is required.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: December 22, 2017

Position End Date: August 18, 2018
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-034: $53.20 to $62.93 per hour

Application Close: December 10, 2017

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