A/Director of Planning (Current Planning - Rezoning Centre)
A/Director of Planning (Current Planning - Rezoning Centre)Requisition ID: 15310
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Main Purpose and Function
Building on our history of bold and thoughtful city planning, we currently have an exciting opportunity within Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability.
Reporting to the Deputy Director of Planning - Current Planning in the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department (PDS), the Assistant Director will lead Rezoning Division of approximately 35 professional staff.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The Assistant Director is responsible for providing management expertise to ensure that planning programs are developed and carried out to deliver effective results within established timelines and resources. Effective public and stakeholder engagement, including working closely with the development industry, land owners and neighborhoods, is critical for successful implementation of this work.This positon may represent the Division, Department, and/or City on various committees, and presents reports and information directly to the City Manager, City Council, and Council Committees. The Assistant Director is part of the Senior Management Team in PDS and a division head within the Current Planning function together with Development Planning and Landscape Development.
Due to the political and controversial nature of the work, the incumbent must exercise considerable judgment in developing work programs; supervising staff (unionized and non-unionized) and consultants; and managing complex projects in consultation with City Council, other departments, agencies, the private sector, and the public.
As the ideal candidate, you will bring a combination of strategic leadership skills and thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and tools of Urban Planning with demonstrated experience in effectively integrating land use, ecomomic and housing policy with urban design principles and sustainability elements. Your ability to effectively manage a large caseload of high profile projects with aggressive schedules and deadlines is critical to be successful in this role. Extensive eperience with zoning regulations and land use policy is essential.
You have ideally worked in a large, complex, matrix organization, and have experience in public involvement, problem-solving, consensus building, facilitation, negotiation and mediation with diverse groups, individuals, and interest groups. Fostering collaboration with other divisions and departments is key to success in this role. You must have excellent communication skills and be able to deliver clear, concise reports and presentations on complex technical and policy issues to various audiences - from the general public to major community, business groups, City Council and the media.
Education and Experience:
You will have a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related discipline as well as 10 to 15 years of progressively responsible planning, project management, supervisory and related experience, ideally involving public sector roles. Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in public involvement, problem-solving, consensus building, facilitation, negotiation, and mediation – with diverse groups, individuals, and interest groups. You will also bring effective leadership skills including the ability to inspire, motivate, coach and mentor a large and diverse team of professional and technical staff.
Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275)
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Close Date: January 26, 2020
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