Director of Planning
City of Kitchener
Director of Planning
The City of Kitchener is a vibrant and dynamic city of over 240,000, in the heart of southwestern Ontario. As the fastest growing community in Canada and with its recently launched Light Rail Transit, Kitchener is amid rapid growth, enhancing its reputation as a leader in city-building and innovation. The City’s nationally recognized strategies to build its neighbourhoods, its digital infrastructure, and its diverse economy make it an ideal city in which to live and work. Home to thriving technology and advanced manufacturing sectors, balanced by a strong maker economy and vibrant arts community, Kitchener continues to enhance its competitiveness as the western anchor of the Toronto-Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor. Forward-thinking, the City is committed to climate action that furthers its efforts to create a sustainable city. Here is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of growth and development in a city that is known for excellence and leadership in urban planning.
Reporting to the General Manager, Development Services, the Director of Planning is the City’s Chief Planner providing administrative direction to a team of 30 staff in the areas of Long Range and Policy Planning, Site Development and Customer Service, and Development Review. The Director acts as a primary advisor to Council on planning and development matters and represents the City in various functions with government agencies and neighbouring municipalities. Guiding the way the City looks, functions, and grows, the Planning Division develops strategies, policies, regulations, and programs related to land use planning, cultural heritage conservation, environmental planning, urban design, growth management, and special studies. The Director prioritizes community engagement and consultation to collaboratively vision and grow Kitchener as a complete and healthy city.
With your degree and RPP designation, you possess more than 7 years of progressively responsible experience planning urban and growing communities. You have a track record of forging collaborative relationships and empowering your team to think creatively and improve processes. You understand the business side of development and respond flexibly and with a customer service focus. A passionate city builder and engaging communicator, you are experienced in leading public consultations and bringing together the community to build a better city for everyone: working together, growing thoughtfully, and building community.
The City of Kitchener is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the City of Kitchener throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.
To explore this opportunity further, please contact Julia Robarts at Odgers Berndtson at 1 866-962-1990 or submit your resume and letter of interest online to https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/16709 by August 6, 2020