District of Sechelt

Director of Planning and Development
Posting Date: 
May 17, 2019 - June 9, 2019

District of Sechelt

Director of Planning and Development 


The District of Sechelt is seeking a progressive planner with strong leadership skills who is looking to take their career to the next level by taking advantage of the unique opportunity that Sechelt can offer. Join our senior management team and lead the Planning and Development Department as our Director of Planning and Development.


Join the new District of Sechelt team: a fun, energized, dedicated and passionate group of diverse individuals continuously growing together to better serve the community. The District of Sechelt is proud to offer employee wellness initiatives and events; an annual six week vacation entitlement; a $10,000 moving allowance; opportunities for training, development and career growth; a competitive annual salary starting at $120,000 that is negotiable based on education and experience; and a comprehensive benefits package. 


Live in Sechelt’s West Coast climate, and enjoy access to beautiful beaches, lakes, parks, mountains and trails. We have a wide range of community amenities, activities, outdoor recreation, shopping and a vibrant cultural scene. Enjoy our small town quality of life with ferry access from the Sunshine Coast to West Vancouver and Powell River and flight access to Vancouver Island and Vancouver International Airport.


It is an exciting time to join the District of Sechelt team and lead the Planning and Development Department because we are currently working on our Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan among the many active development applications in our growing community. Join our team, build your resume, and bring your creativity to the table as we create the future of the District of Sechelt.


The Director of Planning and Development plays a key leadership role at the District of Sechelt and reports to the Chief Administrative Officer. As a member of the Senior Management Team consisting of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Corporate and Financial Services and the Director of Engineering and Operations, this position directly contributes to achieving the overall vision of the organization and the community.


The Planning and Development Team consists of our Development Planning Manager, Planner II, Community Planner, Planning Technician, Administrative Assistant, two Building Inspectors, two Bylaw Enforcement Officers and some casual employees.


The successful candidate will possess proven leadership in a local government environment; superior communication skills; thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and methods required in zoning and planning bylaws; extensive knowledge of community development, planning and building programs; working knowledge of relevant computer and GIS applications; and excellent organization skills.


The successful candidate will create effective systems to manage the workflow of a high performing team in a unionized environment. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with elected officials; manage competing priorities within deadlines; clearly present written and verbal information; manage conflict; and develop effective working relationships with employees, developers, Council and the community.  


The ideal candidate will have a University Degree in planning, urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, or a closely related field, preferably at the graduate level; membership with the Planning Institute of British Columbia; an established progressive career in Planning and Development Services or a related field, preferably in a municipal environment.


Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume before 11:00pm on June 9, 2019 to Breanne Ostrosky, Human Resources Manager, by email to: hr@sechelt.ca or mail to: PO Box 129, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0. The District would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected to attend an interview will be contacted.


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