City SurveyorRequisition ID: 13212
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Main Purpose and Function
The City Surveyor is responsible for managing the cadastral survey fabric (legal survey boundaries) within the City and all matters related thereto. This position oversees legal surveys of land in the City and in particular surveys of City-owned real property including all streets, lanes and other Engineering controlled lands, all City-owned capital assets, Property Endowment Fund lands, Parks and social housing sites.
The City Surveyor is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Land Survey Branch, manages development and rezoning reviews for the branch, coordinates all matters related to land tenure particularly as related to City streets and provides professional survey services and consulting advice to internal departments and boards and external agencies.
Reports to the Director, Engineering Projects & Development Services and leads a team of unionized and exempt staff comprised of Engineering Assistants, Survey Assistants and Technicians, and Assistant City Surveyors. This position provides professional advice to all departments, maintains relationships with external stakeholders such as senior government ministries, departments and branches, crown corporations, major utility companies, corporations and developers.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides strategic direction to the Land Survey Branch and strategic policy advice to senior management (e.g., Directors, the Deputy General Manager of Engineering Services and the City Engineer), including the development of policy on matters related to land acquisitions (street and lane widening), dispositions of street and lane (closures) and in particular, use of City street and lane for bridges, tunnels and private building encroachments; sets policy in areas related to land tenure
- Develops applicable policy around street and lane dedications pursuant to the Land Title Act and the Vancouver Charter
- Reviews all conditional use development permit applications and rezoning applications for form of tenure, road and lane widenings, road and lane closures, use of public property and encroachment matters, and formulates and administers related conditions
- Represents the Engineering Services Department on the Civic Assets Naming Committee and maintains the official Street Name Map and records thereby providing continuity with a focus on safety and in particular emergency response
- Participates in Development Permit (DP) Staff Committee review and commentary
- Develops Engineering Services’ decisions on matters related to the sale of City-owned land (i.e., Property Endowment Fund or Capital Asset), the purchase of land for civic purposes, acquisition of and/or release of rights-of-way, easements, covenants, encroachment agreements and street and lane closures, including the preparation of reports to Council and Council Committees and the requisite formal resolutions
- Attends Council meetings and meetings of Council Committees offering advice on land tenure matters and responding to enquiries
- Manages applications related to status of registered charges (i.e., encumbrances on land title) as they relate to bulkhead agreements, support agreements, easements, encroachment agreements, leases, bridges, overpasses and tunnels on City street and lane, rights-of-way, covenants and liaison services related to sidewalk crossings
- Administers, in conjunction with the Assistant City Surveyors, all legal survey services for the City including for Engineering, Legal Services, Planning, Parks, Real Estate Services, Fire & Rescue Services and Risk and Emergency Management
- Administers and controls the maintenance of 3500 integrated survey control monuments which establish the horizontal and vertical control network and hence development datum for the City, including administration of the Active Control System
- Oversees the management of the City’s Geographical Information System (GIS)
- Manages the operating budget for the Land Survey Branch
- Provides consulting services for Legal Services on all forms of documentation related to civic business including encroachments, rights-of-way, air space subdivisions, volumetric parcels and easements, options to purchase, covenants, sale and purchase agreements, formal resolutions and by-laws
- Provides consulting services to the Approving Officer on subdivision applications including determination of all road and lane acquisition needs, and to external agencies such as the Land Title Office, the Surveyor General and Metro Vancouver.
- Provides advice and services to the general public regarding encroachments, property line problems, future road and lane acquisitions and options to purchase. This includes resolution of problems related to boundary disputes and negotiating settlements between the parties
Education and Experience:
- Diploma in Geomatics or a related field and a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a commissioned BC Land Surveyor (BCLS) or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Experience leading teams in a senior administrative role
- Practicing member of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS)
- Experience working within a local government organization is an asset
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Extensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of land surveying
- Considerable knowledge of the Land Title Act, Vancouver Charter, Strata Property Act, Land Act, Expropriation Act and other statutes and regulations governing the surveying and subdivision of land in BC as well as knowledge of the principles and procedures in dealing with land and streets in the City of Vancouver
- Demonstrated ability in the areas of leadership including conflict resolution, performance management, and strategic and project planning
- Demonstrated ability to lead through organizational change
- Judgement and negotiation skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills , including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Ability to be impartial and objective
- Ability to analyze and make recommendations and decisions
- Ability to lead or facilitate meetings, groups and teams, including managing controversial subjects
- Ability to build consensus while representing the City’s interests with regional, provincial and federal partners
- Ability to to organize, lead and direct diverse activities in a changing environment
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Application Close: May 12, 2019
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