Planning Assistant III (Rapid Transit Projects) 1 1
Planning Assistant III (Rapid Transit Projects)
Requisition ID: 12652
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Main Purpose and Function
The Planning Assistant III is an integral part of a team of transportation planners and engineers and is responsible for supporting land use planning, public realm design, public consultation and technical research and analysis. The focus of the work is on the implementation of the Broadway Subway Project, rapid transit planning within the City of Vancouver including between Arbutus Street and UBC and SkyTrain station upgrades within the City of Vancouver.
The position is part of the City-wide and Regional Planning (CWRP) Division, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability(PDS) and is responsible for ensuring alignment with principles and strategic objectives of the PDS group. The position is physically located in the City of Vancouver’s Rapid Transit Office and is co-managed though Planning and Engineering. Day-to-day activities are directed through the Branch Manager of the Rapid Transit Office with performance planning and evaluation led by the CWRP Division in collaboration with the Branch Manager of the Rapid Transit Office.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The focus of the work is on transit-related planning and the work program is often required to respond to initiatives from external agencies such as TransLink, Metro Vancouver, and other municipalities in the region.
The Planning Assistant is responsible for:
- Undertaking technical office and field work as well as assisting with public consultation under the supervision of a planner,
- Preparing verbal and visual communication materials; technical research, data analysis and social surveying;
- Writing reports, including assisting in the preparation of Council Reports and presentations; maintaining web pages; and, developing and maintaining contact lists.
- Internal and external communication to ensure that public consultation, station area implementation plans/ upgrades and technical work is understood by branches and stakeholders, and completed according to plan.
- Preparing research, technical studies, reports and presentations on topics of moderate complexity, including undertaking relevant field observations and notes and verifying the accuracy of the content.
- Participating in the land use planning and urban design and implementation of projects of medium to high complexity related to Rapid Transit implementation under the supervision of a planner
- Identifying data needs and performing moderately complex data analysis to support project decision making. Data sources include cycling and pedestrian volumes, Census demographics, vehicle volumes, transit ridership forecasting, ICBC collision records
- Creating maps, graphics, and presentations for public consultation and internal communication, including work with GIS software such as MapInfo or ArcGIS and graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint
- Organizing and sometimes leading meetings with internal and external stakeholders preparing newsletters, advertisements, web and presentation materials; participating in public events and staff meetings
- Performing general administrative duties including data entry, taking meeting minutes, taking and organizing photos, and other administrative and/or clerical duties as required
- Receiving, organizing and responding to public enquiries about rapid transit policies and projects
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience:
- University graduation in Planning or a related field and some experience in multi-modal transportation planning and transit projects is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Working knowledge and experience with City of Vancouver Transportation policy, community planning process and land use policy would be an asset
- Experience analyzing and tracking Census data, development statistics, tax roll and permit and license data, and interpretation of zoning by-laws and guidelines is preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proven proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite, MapInfo and other similar software and the use of the internet as a research and communications tool are essential.
- Advanced graphic skills and a demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts into accurate, easily readable products are required.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to deal effectively with staff, the public and external agencies are needed.
- Demonstrated survey research and analysis skills, including the ability to address transportation, land use, demographic and financial/economic issues are required.
- Demonstrated ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines, and function as a team player while also working individually with minimal supervision.
- Ability to quickly respond to changing work priorities and to work effectively with City Departments and external agencies are required.
- A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and a safe driving record are required.
- The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities.
- Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the department
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: March 2019
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour
Application Close: February 17, 2019
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