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City of Whitehorse

Senior Planner

Employer/Organization: City of Whitehorse

Closing: November 3rd 2020 5:00 PM PST


Under the direction of the Planning and Development Services Manager, the incumbent provides planning services for the City.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Project-manages and coordinates, as assigned, the development of the City Official Community Plan and growth management strategy, including engagement with the public, City Council, external stakeholders, First Nation government staff and City staff. Ensures production of supporting documentation and of the draft and final Official Community Plan. Oversees the implementation of, and amendments to, the Official Community Plan.
  2. Clarifies and defines, with the Manager of Planning and Sustainability Services and affected departmental and City staff, the proposed scope or terms of reference for specialized planning projects, adjusting where necessary as the project proceeds. Obtains and negotiates buy-in for terms of reference as appropriate.
  3. Oversees, completes, or coordinates special projects, including neighbourhood plans, official community plan and zoning bylaw reviews, specialized studies, and other City planning exercises. Maintains project management tools to ensure effective, on-time, on-budget project delivery, including by assigned staff and contractors. Completes procurement, retains consultants with specialized knowledge, and assembles a project team as needed.
  4. Coordinates, as assigned, all stages of the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw applications process. Provides information and recommendations relating to Official Community Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw application submissions and process to the applicants, the public and City Council.
  5. Responds to customer, consultant, internal and external agency enquiries on planning matters or delegate enquiry to planning staff. Responds to media enquiries, as assigned.
  6. Prepares and monitors (controls), under the direction of the Manager of Planning and Sustainability Services, the planning annual operating and capital budget.
  7. Coordinates and liaises with City departments, agencies, First Nations governments on a wide range of planning issues. Initiates and participates in City committees and intergovernmental working groups on key initiatives impacting portfolio.
  8. Collects and analyses technical data, undertakes studies, and presents reports to staff, public and Council. Reviews consultant reports and provides comments based on planning and community expertise.
  9. Supplies professional expertise to other departments in relation to planning and development and interprets plans, bylaws, policies and legislations for the public, developers and consultants.
  10. Conducts ongoing portfolio reviews and provides input and recommendations to the Manager of Planning and Sustainability Services on processes and strategies, for continual improvement.
  11. Plans, schedules, directs and ensures, the quality of work of assigned staff. Also trains assigned staff and contributes to their recruitment, performance appraisals and disciplinary action.
  12. Follows, and ensures that reporting staff follow, so far as is reasonably practicable, established safety procedures and standards.
  13. Acts as Manager, Planning and Sustainability Services as assigned.
  14. Other related duties..

This position contains elements necessary for identification and evaluation of the job.  The incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.

Working Conditions:

Majority of the work is performed under normal office conditions.  Potential for exposure to inclement weather when conducting external site inspections. Works 7 hour shifts Monday to Friday.

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • A university degree in Urban Planning, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ progressive experience in planning and sustainability. Municipal experience is an asset.
  • A minimum of 6 months of on the job experience.
  • Superior communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to engage with and present work to a variety of audiences including, City Council, Senior Management, First Nation and territorial government staff and the public.
  • Proven inter-personal, conflict resolution, negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to find community based solutions to planning issues.
  • Proven ability to effectively respond to media enquiries.
  • Proven ability to coach assigned staff and to manage projects.
  • Understanding of First Nations Umbrella Final Agreement, Self-Government Agreements
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License.
  • Membership or proven ability to become a member in the Canadian Institute of Planners within a three-year time frame. Membership is an asset. Ability to obtain membership within a short time frame is an asset.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Examples of Equipment to Operate:

Vehicle, general office equipment, computer with software applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Microsoft Dynamics (GP), GIS and AutoCAD.

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