Regional Planner II
Regional Planner IIFull-Time Regular
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby
Join us as we help shape the place people want to be – Metro Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable regions. The services and solutions we provide are the foundation of our region’s economic, ecological and social health. This includes the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing and community engagement to over 2.5 million residents. We don’t stop, we don’t close and we do what is right, for now and for future generations.
We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; exceptional benefit packages with valuable pension plan; employee wellness and recognition programs; and many diverse opportunities for professional growth and development.
We deliver the exceptional services and solutions that have helped make this one of the most special, livable communities in the world, and we want you to join us. Help us shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region, and shape the place people want to be.
We need leadership, dynamism, and expertise to guide and protect the livability of our region. We need you.
Our Regional Planning Division is seeking a Regional Planner II with a focus on:
Establishing, implementing and maintaining a regional growth concept and analytic framework that supports Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning mandate. The position builds and leads the maintenance of a model(s) to operationalize that framework. The Regional Planner II is the main liaison to other Metro Vancouver services, municipal members, TransLink and others for data and analytics and is responsible for consistency of projections with the regional growth strategy and growth / land use analytics. This role provides analytic advice and support for regional plans, planning issues and projects (department, corporate, municipal, regional agencies, and business). The role calls for the strategic assessment of aligning information products with a variety of audiences, and ensuring methods for communicating ‘big data’ effectively. Early priorities include leading the development of a data and information strategy for the Regional Planning Division and undertaking an assessment of the current growth model and tools.
You are a planning professional who:
- Has 7-10 years experience in municipal and regional planning with a strong data and analytics interest and aptitude;
- Is a creative and strategic thinker able to link data to planning policy to advance effective growth management in Metro Vancouver;
- Thrives in high functioning team environments;
- Understands the Metro Vancouver governance model and the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with member jurisdictions and other regional agencies; and
- Enjoys working on significant and meaningful projects that will make a difference to the future of our region.
- Leads the Planning Analytics team, supervising and participating in the work of three subordinates engaged in professional and technical work; directs the work of consultants.
- Determines and develops approach and research methodology for major policy and planning projects; develops policy proposals in areas such as regional development, land use and transportation, residential, industrial and commercial development, economics and municipal finance; provides input on strategic direction.
- Presents and defends policy analysis and proposals before superiors, other staff and represents the department at various committees as required; and arranges for consultation and review of policy proposals with municipalities and provincial agencies.
- Processes the necessary steps for implementation of concepts and prepares and presents complex reports.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff and external contacts at various levels within government agencies, municipalities and committees; coordinates various activities, programs and projects, and relieves a superior at various meetings as required.
- Performs related work as required.
To be successful, you have:
- University graduation in Regional, Urban, Environmental or Transportation Planning at the Masters level, with considerable related professional planning experience; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, methods and procedures applicable to local and regional planning and development.
- Thorough knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations, by-laws and legislation governing departmental operations.
- Considerable knowledge of areas such as regional development, land use and transportation, residential, commercial and industrial development, and of the current literature, trends and developments in these fields.
- Considerable knowledge of modeling principles, practices, techniques and current technological developments in computer software.
- Ability to develop and prepare policy proposals, define problem areas, determine research methods, analyse and evaluate data and prepare comprehensive reports.
- Ability to plan, assign, supervise and participate in the work of a small group of subordinates engaged in related planning work, to direct the work of consultants and to coordinate input and information from various internal and external sources.
- Ability to perform all duties under minimal supervision.
- Ability to coordinate activities, programs and projects and relieve a superior during absences or unavailability of same within defined limits.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and represent the District on a variety of committees, task forces and working groups.
- Driver's License for the Province of British Columbia.
Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis – the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment.
Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by February 18, 2019.