Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Manager, Planning
Posting Date: 
December 19, 2017 - February 18, 2018


Career Opportunity:  Manager, Planning

Want to work in an exciting environment with some of the most talented people in Canada?  Join our team and connect with your potential.

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, stretching along 360 kilometres of shoreline and waterways, bordering on 16 municipalities and intersecting with traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. Annually $200 billion in goods with more than 170 world economies are traded through the port. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages port lands at the Port of Vancouver, and leads the efficient and reliable movement of cargo and passengers. 

Reporting to the Director of Planning & Development and working with two other managers and a team of planning professionals, the Manager of Planning is responsible for the development of land use plans for VFPA properties, administering VFPA’s development approval processes, and representing port interests in external land use planning initiatives. In this role you will: 

  • Plan, organize, participate in, supervise and evaluate the work of the land use planning function of the Planning & Development department. 
  • Administer the port’s Land Use Plan and other related short and long-range plans.
  • Plan, direct, participate in and monitor reviews of port and tenant development projects in accordance with VFPA’s project review and building permit processes.
  • Participate and advocate port interests in planning initiatives undertaken by outside agencies such as municipal, regional or provincial governments.
  • Provide land use planning input to VFPA’s development projects, operational initiatives, and leasing activities.
  • Develop and implement engagement strategies for customers, community, First Nations, and local government related to land use plans and development approval processes.
  • Participate in the development of departmental plans and be responsible for the development and implementation of activities and programs designed to meet the intention of specific strategic priorities.
  • Manage staff, ensuring that team and individuals are motivated, have defined position descriptions and reporting arrangements, their performance goals are clear and actively managed and development needs are defined and addressed.


As the ideal candidate, you have a university degree in urban planning, transportation planning, geography or urban design along with a minimum of 5 years of related experience at a management level, or an acceptable combination of education and experience. You have excellent leadership qualities and management skills in addition to excellent communication and public speaking skills to effectively interface with all contacts. You have a strong customer service orientation while managing a breadth of responsibilities as well as demonstrate effective decision-making, planning and initiative.


The port authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including an Earned Time Off program. 

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(Please note that this posting will remain active until the position is filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community.

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