Senior Planner

Tsawwassen First Nation

Senior Planner

Full Time Regular

The Lands Department at the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) is responsible for land use planning, land management and regulation of the 724 hectares of Tsawwassen Lands. A growing, thriving nation in the making, it is the first indigenous community to become a full member of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.  You will play a significant role in this fast-paced division as it supports residential, commercial and industrial growth in a near-greenfield, waterfront setting.

Reporting to the Director of Lands, you will work with a team of planners and other professional staff. In this key position, you will cover all facets of planning: development, long range, social, policy and related services to the community.  You will help manage the development of a new sustainable community with 2,800 residential units, 4 million sq. ft of industrial buildings and a 2 million sq. ft shopping centre/outdoor retail mall while retaining and building upon the ancestral home of the TFN member community.

Since earning your Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related discipline, you have excelled, for at least 5 years, in a municipal setting including providing leadership to junior planning staff. You are a strong, thoughtful communicator with a collaborative style but decisive when you need to be. In addition to your current and long-range planning experience, you have had exposure to a First Nations land management function or a final treaty environment. You are a member or eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual to make a significant contribution to a world-renowned organization that is growing and providing a bright future for its members and the community it serves.

This position reports to the Director of Lands and works closely with the professional staff in the Lands Department. The successful incumbent will work with several TFN departments, including Policy and Government Services, Finance, and Health and Social Services, to achieve departmental goals. The Senior Planner will be expected to develop excellent relationships with TFN Members and strong working relationships with external partners.

Professional Qualifications
A Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, business administration, project
management, or a related field. 5+ years of work experience in a comparable role and setting is essential; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Considerable knowledge of the principles and procedures applicable to planning and development.

Additional Qualifications and Requirements
  • Knowledge of Tsawwassen First Nation’s legislative and regulatory environment
  • Experience/familiarity with First Nation housing
  • Knowledge of First Nation history, culture, and communities
  • Ability to develop strategic direction and program implementation collaboratively with various stakeholder/community groups
  • Familiarity with budget management
  • Must complete a satisfactory Criminal Records Check
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable personal vehicle
  • Ability to effectively prioritize workloads and meet required deadlines
  • Work is performed primarily indoors in an office environment. Off-site travel is occasionally required to conduct site visits for construction projects, attend meetings, committees, conferences and training events
Wages and Benefits: 
  • Competitive compensation. TFN offers an exceptional benefit package including eligibility for our pension plan

If you are interested in a challenging opportunity with a leading edge progressive community oriented, municipal type government, please forward your resume along with a cover letter by email to

Or mail/drop off to:
Human Resources
1926 Tsawwassen Drive
Tsawwassen, BC V4M 4G2

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. 

Pursuant to the Tsawwassen First Nation Government Employees Act, first priority in hiring among qualified applicants will be given to Tsawwassen Members, second priority to spouses (as defined in s. 3 (1) of the BC Family Law Act) of Tsawwassen Members, and third priority to members of other First Nations. If you fall within one of these categories and you wish to have this voluntary information considered as part of your application, please indicate the applicable category in your cover letter.
Administration Office: 1926 Tsawwassen Drive, Tsawwassen, British Columbia V4M 4G2
Tel: (604) 943-2112     Fax: (604) 943-9226     Website:

Organization: Tsawwassen First Nation
Location: Delta, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: December 21, 2018, 10:52 am
Expires: January 31, 2019, 4:30 pm

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