City of Vancouver

Social Planner I
Posting Date: 
March 2, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. 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.

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Main Purpose and Function
The Housing Planner I 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 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, the incumbent will help supervise 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.


The position will:

  • Support the development and 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, affordable home ownership, and family housing
  • Support the development of the housing policy components of upcoming/ongoing community planning and city-wide planning work
  • Liaise and collaborate with a wide range of internal departments in the implementation of housing policy initiatives
  • Support the development of collaborative and robust approaches to engagement and communication with internal and external partners and the public that includes designing, attending and facilitating public policy processes in a sometimes contentious environment
  • Liaise with the public, community groups, and representatives of the development industry, non-profit housing groups, and senior government representatives and agencies
  • Prepare and present reports and recommendations to senior staff, City Council, external stakeholders, and community groups
  • Support the team in continuously improving our approach to data collection, management and analysis, utilizing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques - including survey development, economic analysis, review of housing and land-use policies – to develop effective housing policies and provide robust assessments of options and outcomes
  • Assist in the supervising of junior members of the Housing Policy Team



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation, preferably with a Masters Degree or its equivalent. Experience in administration or in a field requiring diplomatic and persuasive abilities. Or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Graduation in planning, public policy, or a related discipline is preferred.
  • 2 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.
  • Experience developing housing policies for local government
  • knowledge of City of Vancouver policies and programs relating to the creation and protection of affordable housing
  • Experience working with the data sources available for Housing Policy analysis in Vancouver, including awareness of data limitations
  • Understanding of the legal mechanisms to secure housing tenure and affordability through such mechanisms as, Housing Agreements, Operating Agreements, Option agreements and Covenants.
  • Ability to build consensus on housing policy and projects both with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders in potentially contentious environments.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals and the public.
  • 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. 


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-029: $43.95 to $51.97 per hour


Application Close: March 11, 2018

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