City of Vancouver

Planner II
Posting Date: 
March 2, 2018 - March 11, 2018

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Main Purpose and Function
The Housing Planner II works as part of the Housing Policy team that is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the Housing Vancouver Strategy (2018 – 2027) and other policies and programs including the management of relevant research and data.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities
This is professional policy planning work requiring considerable knowledge of housing policy issues in Vancouver and the City’s role in providing affordable housing. This includes supporting the development and coordination of public policies, projects, programs, plans, and strategies aimed at improving the availability and accessibility of affordable housing in Vancouver. Reporting to the Senior Planner, under the Assistant Director of Housing Policy, this position will supervise the work of junior planning staff, consultants and contractors. The work requires significant collaboration and cooperation across City departments, with senior levels of government, the non-profit housing sector, academic partners, and the private development industry.


This position will:

  • Lead complex housing policy and planning initiatives including project scoping, research and policy analysis, coordination of interdepartmental tech teams, consultant management and public consultation initiatives
  • Lead the implementation of key actions identified in the City’s Housing Vancouver Strategy (2018 – 2027) and 3 year Action Plan such as the development of new rental housing policies and programs
  • Support the development of the Affordable Housing Delivery and Financial Strategy
  • Work within broader Planning Teams to lead the housing policy components of major initiatives such as Station Area Planning, the False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning program, and Broadway Corridor Planning
  • Represent the housing policy team at internal and external meetings with stakeholders including City Council and their advisory committees
  • Prepare and present Housing Policy reports and recommendations to senior staff and City Council
  • Supervise other members of the Housing Policy Team by developing individual work plans, assisting with performance objectives, training and development opportunities, motivate staff to achieve high levels of performance and encourage a team approach to achieving housing and corporate objectives
  • Support the Senior Planner and the Assistant Director in managing shifting work demands, providing project management support and ensuring the Housing Policy Team meets milestone targets and is responsive to changing priorities



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation at the Masters level in planning, public policy, business administration, economics or a related discipline.
  • 3 years of related experience at a responsible level, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of municipal planning, land development, community development, housing planning, and social and affordable housing legislative and policy context.
  • Considerable knowledge of City of Vancouver policies and programs relating to the creation and protection of affordable housing.
  • Experience developing housing policies for local government.
  • Knowledge of project management philosophies and practices, including project scope, budgeting, scheduling, and coordination of team activities.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working with the data sources available for Housing Policy analysis in Vancouver, including awareness of data limitations.
  • Understanding of development proforma and the implications for affordable housing projects, particularly the relationship between viability and affordability.
  • Understanding of the legal mechanisms to secure housing tenure and affordability through such mechanisms as, Housing Agreements, Operating Agreements, Option agreements and Covenants. Experience reviewing and giving direction on such agreements and an understanding of their implications for operators and tenants.
  • Ability to build consensus on housing policy issues both with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders in potentially contentious environments.
  • Ability to adjust to a complex organizational structure with shifting priorities on highly politicized issues.


A current and valid BC Driver’s License is a requirement of this position. The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.


Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: April, 2018

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $47.82 to $56.57 per hour


Application Close: March 11, 2018

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