General Manager of Development Services

Peace River Regional District


Employment Opportunity

General Manager of Development Services

Join the Peace River Regional District team in northeastern BC – world renowned for our friendly people, sunny winter skies, spectacular outdoor recreation and linkages to the Yukon and Alaska. The Peace River Regional District is the largest geographical regional district in British Columbia, covering a vast 120,000 square kilometers. It encompasses four electoral areas and seven member municipalities, with a total population of approximately 63,000.

From river boating to waterfalls - dinosaurs, downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, quadding, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and hiking - the outdoor activities here are endless. Our region also offers a plethora of indoor recreation amenities; such as, swimming pools, indoor riding arenas, skating arenas and an Olympic sized speed skating track. We boast our one-of-a-kind UNESCO Global Geopark, where you can stand side-by-side with dinosaurs discovered in our own back yard. To indulge your cultural side, our region offers art galleries, performing art centres and cultural centres for your enjoyment. A world-class event centre features renowned international artists and events on a regular basis; such as, Carrie Underwood and the World U17 Hockey Challenge. A multitude of familyfriendly community events take place year-round in the Peace; including, world-class chainsaw carving competitions, ice carving competitions, world-class rodeos, and the list goes on. Our region has two school districts and multiple top-notch private schools. The Northern Lights College provides a great variety of post-secondary programs - from trades to business. There are also two regional airports that offer direct flights to Vancouver, Prince George, Edmonton and Calgary.

The vast rural areas provide pristine nature and the opportunity to set down your roots in an oasis away from it all, while enjoying the services you desire; such as, bussing, solid waste disposal and elementary schools - within and outside of municipal boundaries. With such diverse inclusion within our regions’ boundaries, there is truly a place for you.

The main Peace River Regional District office is located within the municipality of Dawson Creek. Our staff showcases strength through teamwork and fosters a respectful environment. We are a high-performance organization recognized for our commitment to open and collaborative processes.

The PRRD is eager to welcome an enthusiastic, motivated and team-orientated individual to fill the position of General Manager of Development Services (GMDS). Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the GMDS provides vision and leadership, guides and shapes Regional planning matters, integrates planning operations, and builds teamwork. The GMDS represents the Region with member municipalities, ensuring integration and linkage of land and building corridors, human services, and infrastructure, while developing strategic sustainable growth management strategies. The GMDS motivates departmental teams as they work collaboratively and responsively to provide strong, diverse and sustainable communities in the Region. PRRD organizational values include; accountability, integrity, cooperation, leadership, credibility, respect, trust and honesty. Part of the GMDS role is to establish a culture of respect, teamwork, fiscal responsibility, consistency, professionalism, and quality service delivery in line with PRRD organizational goals. Internal and external relations and collaboration are key.

The GMDS leads a team of 8 with an annual budget of approximately $1 million. They manage all aspects of staffing including scheduling, supervision, coaching and developing, performance management and all other human resource management practices.
The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree in planning or a related discipline, and have education related to building inspection and/or bylaw enforcement. They will be an accomplished planner and strategic thought leader, who has excelled in demanding, results-oriented senior management roles. Preference will be given to applicants with a membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), who have more than seven years’ experience in executive-level leadership roles in unionized local government settings. Applicants should be comfortable and effective in engaging a public audience, and understand diplomacy and the importance of working closely with a Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be approachable, hands-on, and an active contributor who embraces team building, and is passionate about planning and making positive impacts on the future of the community and its residents. A master’s degree is planning is an asset.

This exempt position offers a competitive salary, benefits package and an excellent team. If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding career opportunity and want to be a leader amongst our professionals in this bountiful and opportunity filled area, considering making the Peace Country your community and the Peace River Regional District your team!

A detailed job description can be obtained at:

Applicants are invited to submit their resumes, complete with cover letter and references “in confidence” to:

Peace River Regional District
Attention: Kelsey Bates, Executive Assistant
Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8      
Phone:  1-800-670-7773  

Closing date for this opportunity is 4:00 p.m. on November 19, 2018.

We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Organization: Peace River Regional District
Location: Dawson Creek, BC
Region: Peace River
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: October 29, 2018, 10:17 am
Expires: November 19, 2018, 4:00 pm

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