Manager of Planning

District of Sparwood


District of Sparwood

Manager of Planning

Competition #10-2019

Sparwood is a friendly and welcoming community of about 4,000 people, nestled in the heart of the Elk Valley in the Southeast Kootenays.  As an “Active Community” we have great indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, trails and a world class ski hill just 30 minutes away.

The District of Sparwood has an excellent employment opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual to assume the role of Manager of Planning in our Planning Department. The Manager of Planning, under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, will primarily be responsible for overseeing the planning, building and development functions of the District and identifying areas requiring improvement. Key duties include the effective and efficient delivery of development services, building inspection services, geographic information systems, and economic development for the District; management and oversight of external consultants; providing advice and technical guidance to the Chief Administrative Officer and Council regarding development processes; preparing and monitoring the department’s annual budget; and ensuring compliance with legislation and the policies and procedures approved by Council or Chief Administrative Officer.  

We are seeking a collaborative, results-oriented leader with excellent knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of municipal planning, sustainability and design.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • University Degree in land use planning, and either as a member, or eligible to be a member, of the Planning Institute of BC
  • Five years of experience in a management role and three years of experience in a municipal environment or a consulting firm working with municipal governments
  • Political astuteness and organizational awareness to identify potential business problems and opportunities
  • Have superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills
  • A positive, energetic approach to work

The salary for this position is competitive and includes a full range of benefits.  As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in a practical portion of the interview at the District of Sparwood Main Office. Qualified applicants who are offered, and accept, the role may be required to complete a satisfactory pre-employment Background Check. This may consist of all or a combination of the following: Canadian Criminal Record check, an Employment Verification and/or an Education and Accreditation Verification and a Clean Drivers Abstract.

Detailed job specifications can be found on the District of Sparwood website at

Applicants are invited to submit their resumes, complete with cover letter, in confidence by November 4, 2019 at 12:00 (MST), quoting competition #10-2019, to the attention of:

Ms. Michele Schalekamp
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Sparwood

Organization: District of Sparwood
Location: Sparwood, BC
Region: East Kootenay / Rocky Mountain
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: October 11, 2019, 3:01 pm
Expires: November 4, 2019, 12:00 pm

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