City of Vancouver

Planner I
Posting Date: 
April 5, 2019 - April 15, 2019

Planner I (Citywide & Regional Planning) 

Requisition ID: 13198 


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.

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


Main Purpose and Function
The Planner provides a range of professional and technical services as part of the Research and Data team in City-Wide and Regional Planning. The emphasis is on data collection, data management research and analysis. The position currently plays a key role in conducting policy and technical analysis on a range of city-wide issues related to housing, industry, employment, transportation, and sustainability.

The opportunity offers a wide range of exposure to the City of Vancouver departments on a variety of projects and exposure to new technology.  The team is supportive and knowledgeable, setting each other up for success.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports City-Wide and Regional Planning through the collection, management, and interpretation of various sources of data and statistics.
  • Performs policy research and analysis and investigates industry trends.
  • Sources and develops visualization and mapping solutions in GIS and other mediums.
  • Compiles and reports on technical data, undertakes qualitative and quantitative analysis of data for the use in policy initiatives and for making recommendations.
  • Delivers presentation and production-ready materials related to data analysis & interpretation for senior management.
  • Provides technical writing, research, and the preparation of materials for presentation to internal staff, external stakeholders and City Council.
  • Provide direction and guidance to the work of professional consultants engaged by the City


Education and Experience:

  • A post-secondary degree in urban planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners or a degree in a related field with experience related closely to the duties involved.
  • Demonstrated experience using sound research and analytical abilities and experience with census and other external data sources is essential.
  • One to three years of professional planning experience in planning related research, monitoring, policy analysis, and communicating data findings required.
  • Experience in SPSS or statistics in general will be considered an asset.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven experience with data research and analysis in city-wide urban planning.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods applied to analysis and forecasting.
  • Considerable understanding of City and Regional planning and land use policies.
  • Strong organizational and project coordination skills; ability to respond to changing priorities and to meet tight timelines.
  • Proven ability to work independently and self-manage workload.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of GIS software such as MapInfo, ArcGIS Pro, FME are required.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) or other similar graphic software desired.
  • Experience with internal databases such as POSSE, PRISM, Property Tax, and Business Licenses is preferred.
  • Experience with external data sources such as Statistics Canada, BC Stats, BC Assessment, and CMHC.
  • Demonstrated initiative in identifying and anticipating data research needs is desirable.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable.


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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2019 

Position End Date: May, 2020 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: April 15, 2019

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