City of Vancouver

Planner II (Community Planning)
Posting Date: 
March 6, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Planner II (Community Planning)

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Main Purpose and Function

The Planner II serves as a project lead for complex projects involving creating and implementing land-use policy, bylaws, district schedules and design guidelines, in the City’s Community Planning Division; Long-Range and Strategic Planning, located  within the larger Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department (PDS).

The successful candidate will have experience in developing community engagement programs, drafting policy, undertaking re-zonings, communicating complex ideas and working with interdisciplinary project teams.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be a part of a team that focuses on the preparation of policy and plans regarding land use, urban design, public benefits, public spaces and infrastructure. The applicant will be responsible for the design and implementation of policy programs and other City initiatives involving complex, sometimes controversial urban issues. The position will also include reviewing rezoning applications for policy compliance.

Related duties include:

·      Managing projects of various scales, including area plans (policy development and implementation), major projects, and rezonings at the single-site and complex multi-site scale;

·      Scoping, preparing and managing work programs; being accountable for deliverables and following timelines and work plans.

·      Analyzing a wide variety of supporting data and information to assist in the creation of planning policy. Assessing demographic trends, public benefit needs assessments, economic studies and public surveys.

·        Drafting zoning schedules and guidelines to implement community plans. 

·        Designing, implementing and attending creative public engagement activities, including community forums, workshops and meetings.

·        Establishing collaborative working relationships with community organizations, Business Improvement Associations, residents, property owners, developers, architects, agencies  and other stakeholders;

·        Exercising strong interpersonal, public engagement and communications skills, as well as considerable judgment, professionalism, diplomacy, tact and discretion;

·        Communications via report writing, presentation to other staff, management, City Council and the public; knowledge translation – ensuring that complex technical matters are presented in a clear, accessible fashion to a variety of audiences;

·        Supervising junior staff, consultants; working cooperatively with a project team; working under the guidance of a Senior Planner(s) and collaboratively with other members of the Community Planning team.


Education and Experience:

University graduate degree in Planning or related university degree with experience similar to the duties required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, combined with experience in coordinating staff, leading planning programs and policy projects.

Extensive and progressive municipal experience at a professional level (minimum of 2 years of experience, 5 years preferred); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Leadership - The applicant will demonstrate initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations as well as be a leader who can develop teams and advance work programs within defined timelines and limited resources. Experience managing junior staff, technical teams is preferred. 

Project Management - The applicant should have a broad range of experience scoping, developing and managing work programs, as well as experience with structuring, directing and evaluating consultant studies.

Policy development - Demonstrated experience preparing policies, land-use directions, built form regulations (including district schedules and design guidelines) – that are sensitive to, and integrate, considerations related to housing, economy, social and cultural well-being, public amenities, facilities, transportation, public space, and the environment.

Knowledge of Regulation + Programs - Applicants should have a working knowledge of the City's land use By-Laws, Official Development Plans, Community Plans, and related policies, rezoning and development permit processes, plus a broad knowledge of City services, programs and processes.

Knowledge of Urban Design Principles and Practice – Understanding of neighbourhood, city-wide, and regional approaches to spatial planning; ability to use a holistic systems thinking to integrate elements such as landscape and sustainability, built form (e.g. housing and job space), shopping and service areas, public spaces and community social and cultural amenities, infrastructure, and mobility.

Communications - Ability to prepare and present complex material to staff, the public, and City Council; facility with visual and written communication; ability to write clear, concise Council reports and presentations and make sound recommendations.

Engagement - Ability to scope, lead and/or deliver public consultation processes to a range of public and stakeholder groups; familiarity with IAP2 goals; strong facilitation skills; a demonstrated ability to deal with challenging engagement scenarios.

Collaboration - The candidate must be able to work both independently and participate successfully on work teams and with the public, and to complete assignments using sound professional techniques and judgement. Considerable skill in collaborative decision making, negotiation, interest-based problem solving, and demonstrated ability to achieve multiple program objectives within defined timelines are essential.

This position could include potential work on weekday evenings and weekends.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planning is desirable.

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

Affiliation: CUPE15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time

Position Start Date: January, 2019

Position End Date: July, 2020

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-31: $48.78 per hour to $57.70 per hour

Application Close: March 17, 2019

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