Planner II (Vancouver Plan) – Policy Development
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Main Purpose & Function
The Vancouver Plan coordinated and managed by Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS) is a major cross-departmental program to develop, implement, monitor and steward a long-range strategic plan to guide Vancouver to a bright, sustainable future looking out to 2050 and beyond. This transformative initiative advances and integrates policy areas across all disciplines of the City encompassing social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives through an over-arching lens of equity, reconciliation and resiliency. It will guide strategic planning and policy at the City in the future in alignment with Council, corporate and departmental policies, priorities, investments and actions.
This Planner II position will play a key role on the Vancouver Plan Policy Development staff team, on a Temporary, Full Time basis, as part of the Vancouver Plan integrated project team within Long-Range and Strategic Planning. The team is responsible for the development and implementation of long range city-wide land use policy, guidelines, and bylaws, coordinating with other City departments, other divisions within Planning Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS), external partners and agencies, and the public. This position reports to the Senior Planner – Policy Development (Vancouver Plan Project).
This position will work across City of Vancouver departments and with agency partners to effectively prepare city-wide policy and implementation strategies involving complex, sometimes controversial urban issues. The emphasis will be on working closely with the City’s Sustainability Group on the integration of land uses and sustainability policy, focusing on climate action (climate change mitigation and adaptation), and environmental health, with equity, resilience, and reconciliation as key principles guiding this work. Significant and effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders and community members is a key aspect of the work.
Related duties include:
- Develops integrated and complex high-level city-wide plan policy deliverables encompassing land-use, sustainability, resilience, equity, reconciliation, social, cultural, economic, housing, transportation, and other policy directions;
- Scoping, preparing and managing work programs;
- Supervising staff in a leadership capacity;
- Report writing, including complex Council reports;
- Preparing and delivering complex material to staff, the public and City Council;
- Establishing collaborative working relationships with community organizations, businesses, residents, property owners, developers, agencies (e.g. Metro Vancouver) and other stakeholders;
- Designing, attending and facilitating community events that could include community forums, workshops and meetings (including weekday evenings and weekends);
- Exercising considerable judgment and demonstrating professionalism, diplomacy, tact and discretion;
- Analyzing a wide variety of supporting data and information to assist in the recommendation of planning policy;
- Liaising with, and coordinating and synthesizing inputs from other divisions of the Planning Department (e.g. Sustainability) and other City Departments;
- Managing consultancies and project budgets; and,
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- University graduate degree in Planning and/or a related discipline.
- Extensive and progressive municipal experience at a professional level (minimum of 2 years’ experience; 5 years preferred); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Broad range of experience developing and managing work programs; developing and preparing land use and sustainability/resilience policies, and environmental planning.
- Demonstrated experience preparing policies that involve interrelationships between transportation, housing, job space, local economy, the public realm, public services, and the environment.
- Leadership and supervisory experience delegating and monitoring tasks of others.
- Qualifications also include experience developing and implementing a range of engagement processes to include a broad range of public and stakeholder groups.
- The applicant will have the ability to clearly communicate complex planning issues through Council reports and presentations, and a demonstrated ability to deal with conflict.
- Demonstrated experience in facilitation and project scoping.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- The applicant will demonstrate initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a variety of people and situations, as well as be a leader who can develop teams and advance work programs within defined timelines and limited resources.
- Applicants should have a working knowledge of the City’s land use By-Laws; land use, and sustainability policy; and a broad knowledge of City services, programs and processes.
- Ability to supervise staff.
- Knowledge of or experience with multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessments is desirable.
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planning is desirable.
Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: December, 2020
Position End Date: March, 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.7 per hour
Application Close: Nov.15, 2020
At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities.
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