City of Vancouver

Assistant Director, Housing Policy
Posting Date: 
May 5, 2017 - June 5, 2017

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Reporting to the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS), the Assistant Director, Housing Policy oversees the creation of housing policies and provides advice to advance the City’s role in creating opportunities for the development of a diverse range of housing options that are stable and affordable. The position manages the development of, and community engagement for, housing policies such as new rental housing incentives, family housing guidelines, and inclusionary housing and density-bonusing policies. In addition, the position is responsible for overseeing the City’s rental protection and tenant relocation policies, including the review of the Rental Housing Stock OPP in multi-family areas. The position is responsible for completing the Housing Vancouver Strategy, with the aim of updating the City’s existing Housing and Homelessness Strategy.

The Assistant Director, Housing Policy also supervises the creation of housing policies for new neighbourhood plans, developed in collaboration with land use planners. Through the implementation of approved community plans, the Housing Policy Division significantly influences how development contributions (e.g., Development Cost Levies, Community Amenities Contributions and Density Bonus Zoning) and Capital investments for new housing will support approved housing strategies and plans.

As a member of PDS’s Senior Leadership Team this position leads a group of unionized and non-unionized staff. The Director will be required to inform, guide and advise the City’s Corporate Management Team on departmental and cross departmental issues, systems and processes, including working with the City Manager and Deputy City Manager on key City/Council priorities. Additionally, this position may have direct involvement and communication with Mayor and Council on important matters of housing policy, particularly as emerging policies and action plans are developed and refined. The Assistant Director, Housing Policy liaises considerably with external housing agencies and stakeholders to develop effective housing policy and implementation.

As the ideal candidate you will bring a combination of strategic leadership and extensive knowledge of housing policy and urban planning including the factors impacting housing demand and supply. Your ability to create innovative solutions that have an impact on outcomes for COV priorities as they relate to housing and homelessness will help you be successful in this role.

You have ideally worked in a large, complex, matrix organization, and have experience in public involvement, problem-solving, consensus building, facilitation, negotiation and mediation with diverse groups, individuals, and interest groups. You have a proven ability to effectively manage a wide range of high-profile projects, with the volume and nature of the programs continually changing, and to meet aggressive schedules and deadlines. You are able to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports on complex technical and policy issues, suitable to a variety of audiences from the general public to major community, business groups and City Council.

You will have a Degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy and/or a related discipline, with particular emphasis on housing policy, and preferably a Master’s degree as well as 10 to 15 years of progressively responsible policy planning, project management, supervisory and related experience. Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working in or with the non-profit and/or co-op sectors, government, private, or community organizations on complex urban, housing, social, and economic issues. You will also bring your effective leadership skills including the ability to inspire, motivate, coach and mentor a large and diverse team of professional and technical staff.

The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful opportunity please apply on the City’s website at

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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