Social Planner I – Childcare
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Main Purpose and Function
The Social Planner I is responsible for projects and policy development for childcare and community-use social facilities, in the Social Policy & Projects Division of the Arts, Culture and Community Services department. The Social Planner I provides a range of professional and technical services in support of community-use projects and policies identified as priorities within the Social Policy & Projects Division, and expressed in the Healthy City Strategy (HCS). The successful candidate will work toward achieving HCS goals by providing research and analysis and developing and implementing social policy focused on early care and learning, as well as participate in cross-department work groups dedicated on creating, preserving and renewing childcare and community infrastructure.
This position reports to the Managing Director of Social Policy and Projects.
- Manages complex social policy initiatives, major social facility projects, policy development and inter-departmental planning initiatives
- Collaborates across City departments, and with staff from other agencies, levels of government, and non-profit stakeholders on the completion of complex projects, agreements and initiatives
- Prepares and presents reports and recommendations to senior staff, City Council, external stakeholders, and community groups.
- Other duties as required
Minimum Position Requirements
- University graduation in Urban Planning, Social Sciences or other related discipline, preferably at the Master’s level, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in administration or in a field requiring diplomatic and persuasive abilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong familiarity with, and understanding of the landscape of community-based non-profit social service organizations and agencies in Vancouver, particularly those with a capacity-building mandate, and those serving vulnerable populations.
- Working knowledge of early care and learning research and practice and social science research methods, particularly as they relate to the solution of social problems.
- Knowledge and skills in using mapping programs including, but not limited to GIS.
- Demonstrated experience and content knowledge in the areas of municipal social planning, social policy, community development, and social determinants of health.
- Proven ability to work effectively with civic and senior government officials.
- Considerable knowledge of land-use planning principles and practices particularly as applied at the local government level.
- Experience with regulatory review of development applications
- Familiarity with the Healthy City Strategy, plus knowledge of City services, programs and processes.
- Experience in project management and project tracking.
- Demonstrated ability to lead or facilitate meetings, groups and manage conflict with tact and discretion.
- Demonstrated ability to build consensus with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders on complex social planning issues.
- Strong communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to clearly explain complex social planning issues and information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated skill in preparing complex written communications such as briefing notes, policy documents, speaking notes, and reports.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals and the public.
- Proven ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team and to cooperate with other employees, officials and the public.
- Proven ability to complete complex assignments using sound professional techniques and judgment.
Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start date: December 2020
Position End date: November 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029 $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application close: November 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. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.
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