Planner I - Street Activities, Public Space Policy

City of Vancouver


Planner I - Street Activities, Public Space Policy

Requisition ID: 15125 
The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.  With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
The Planner I will work within the Engineering Services Group to support public space policy development and implementation. This work will involve ongoing work with (a) emerging policies and initiatives related to public space, and (b) public engagement on plans and strategies, and (c) policy and research partnerships with other Departments and agencies.
Reporting Relationships
Reporting into the Planner III (Street Activities) and may oversee the work of an Engineering Assistant III or Planning Assistant III. In addition, the Planner I will support other teams within the Street Activities Branch on an as-needed basis.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities
Emerging policies
  • Supports the development and implementation of public space policy and programs from start to finish, including:
    • With oversight by a supervisor, drafting project charter, ‘best practices’ research and current policy reviews, interdepartmental collaboration, drafting policy, and ongoing implementation and monitoring;
    • Prepares briefings, presentations and visual illustrations for projects and policies for multiple audiences, including senior management, internal/external stakeholders, and Council;
    • Provides guidance to junior and technical staff on research, data collection, visual illustrations, and policy writing.
  • Contributes to emerging public-space related policies including Experiential Marketing and Private Event’s policy, Patio Review, Places for People Downtown Public Space Strategy, as well as ongoing programs such as Plaza Stewardship and VIVA Vancouver.
  • Takes a lead role in internal discussions regarding public space initiatives.
  • Identifies on-the ground public space issues and contributes to developing solutions.
  • Stays up to date on best practices for public space/public life.

Public engagement support
  • Develops engagement plans (internal and external) for public space policies and programs;
  • Develops presentation materials to communicate complex regulations, data and concepts to different audiences, including stakeholders, the public, and Council.
  • Facilitates and co-designs public and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Responds to public enquiries on specific projects.

 Researches, Develops and maintains partnerships
  • Collaborates closely with staff in other internal departments, including Transportation, Planning, and Development Services (Building Review Branch).
  • Developments and maintains relationships with external agencies related to public space stewardship and programming, including BIA’s, plaza stewards, neighbourhood associations and community organizations.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience:
  • A post-secondary degree in planning, landscape architecture, architecture or a related field, plus a minimum of 2 years of professional planning experience, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.
  • Experience in policy review and research, best practices reviews, and policy planning.
  • Experience in municipal permitting processes, development and building by-law reviews.
  • Experience in urban and spatial design, and creating design guidelines.
  • Experience designing and facilitating innovative public engagement.
  • Experience in collaborating on inter-departmental and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Exceptional understanding of urban design and public space best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to form effective partnerships, and work across departments and in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work independently, and lead a project from initial scoping to completion.
  • Strong written, verbal, and visual communication skills.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Experience in hand drawing and computer-assisted visualization techniques and mapping is an asset.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Position Start Date: February, 2020
Position End Date: April, 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade 29 GR-29: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application Close: January 17, 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.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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Organization: City of Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Planning & Development
Posted: January 8, 2020, 12:48 pm
Expires: January 17, 2020, 11:59 pm

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