University of British Columbia

Community Planner
Posting Date: 
June 13, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Consistently ranked one of BC's Top Employers UBC has also been ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the sixth consecutive year. Within this context, Campus + Community Planning is a committed group of urban planners, designers, engineers, public consultation professionals, building inspectors and sustainability experts dedicated to creating a vibrant, sustainable, live-work-learn community at UBC.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to apply best practices in planning, engagement and sustainability to help UBC's Campus + Community Planning shape the Vancouver campus. The Community Planner is a one-year project funded position to work within an interdisciplinary team to complete and begin implementation on the Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan, from July 2018 to July 2019.

Working closely with staff, consultants and stakeholders, the position will manage the day-to-day aspects of Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan, including coordination of technical streams of work among multiple consultants and staff teams, designing and leading community engagement processes, coordinating project working and advisory groups, drafting plan and policy recommendations for public input and senior leadership review and approvals, and the production of the final plan. The position involves extensive project management of various activities throughout the final phases of the plan, including technical analysis, conceptual options development and evaluation, collaboration and engagement with advisory groups, stakeholders and the public. The position requires progressive experience in the delivery of neighbourhood and/or community plans with an emphasis on innovative and collaborative approaches.


This position reports to the Associate Director, Community Planning, within the Planning + Design division of Campus and Community Planning. The position supports a variety of working groups and advisory bodies. The Community Planner will maintain working and committee relationships with UBC departments including, Infrastructure Development, Building Operations, Student Housing & Hospitality Services, and other UBC departments and subsidiaries including the UBC Properties Trust, Metro Vancouver the City of Vancouver and other government authorities, as they pertain to UBC.


1) Design and execute the planning program for the Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan according to established principles and parameters and ensuring that it meet changing conditions.

2) Develop and coordinate work programs to efficiently and effectively achieve planning principles and objectives. Develop terms of reference for technical work streams and supervise consultants and administrative staff as needed.

3) Prepare reports on plan development, planning process and planning policy for senior university committees and the Board of Governors.

4) Provide direct day-to-day oversight of the neighbourhood plan process including any implications for long-term land use plan, campus plan and neighbourhood plan administration.

5) Liaise and collaborate with a wide range of departments and stakeholders, as necessary to advance planning and project objectives.

6) Organize and provide strategic management/coordination oversight on critical department data resources including demographics, housing, and GIS data.

7) Perform other planning-related duties as required.


The Community Planner is responsible for planning activities related to the use and development of the UBC campus lands. The incumbent will influence allocation of funding in certain areas within project budgets of several million dollars. Errors in this work can cause problems of a financial, legal or political nature, which in turn result in cost and time delays during resolution.


Works with a high degree of independence under the general direction of the Associate Director, Community Planning.


May supervise several resource people and coordinate several issues at any one time. May manage the work of consultants. Will also coordinate efforts of department staff as required.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Eligibility for membership in a professional Institute or Association. Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners. A Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning or Urban Planning is preferred. Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of six years of experience, preferably in a local government setting, in community, housing and/or land-use and transportation planning. Familiarity with the Local Government Act, the University Act, and the Metro Vancouver planning context is an asset. The position demands a high degree of versatility and strong interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills. The candidate should have strong project management abilities and be able to move complex streams of work towards a successful outcome in addition to supervisory ability, a high degree of judgement and initiative as well as skills necessary for handling confidential information. Demonstrated experience in community plan development, project management, program planning, technical analysis, process facilitation, communication, and fluency in progressive planning concepts is required. The position requires a strong ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally (including presentations) and in written and digital graphic formats, including the ability to clearly articulate complex information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. The candidate must be able to write technical reports and have a comprehensive understanding of BC planning legislation and other responsibilities affecting UBC. The ability to listen, learn, help and lead staff and stakeholders towards a common goal is essential. The ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines is critical. Preferred computer skills include standard office software, plus GIS skills, Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, Photoshop. Experience with AutoCAD, Sketch-up and other planning and design related software is an asset.


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