Division Manager, Utility Policy & Planning

Metro Vancouver

Division Manager, Utility Policy & Planning

Full-Time Regular
Location: 4730 Kingsway

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 Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Division Manager, Utility Policy & Planning who will lead a team of professionals to develop the near-term and long-range plans and policies for the regional liquid waste system, which serves a population of 2.5 million. 

You are a professional engineer with demonstrated leadership and communication skills and have 10-years experience in the management of liquid waste systems.

The Division Manager, Utility Policy & Planning reports to the Director, Policy Planning & Analysis and falls within our Management/Leadership Level 4B job family.

This role:

  • Leads the Utility Policy and Planning program within the Policy, Planning & Analysis division and establishes annual and long term strategies based on the goals and objectives of the department.
  • Accountable for the program’s budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations.Monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.Identifies consulting needs and prioritizes the budget accordingly.
  • Responsible for development and implementation of the Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP), including coordination with other Liquid Waste Services divisions, other Metro Vancouver departments, member jurisdictions and regulatory agencies, both provincial and federal; responsible for regulatory reporting on progress. Leads the development of the long range Liquid Waste Services outlook to 2100 plan.
  • Directs and oversees research and assessment activities in support of the development and implementation of plans and policies for wastewater collection systems necessary to meet regulatory requirements and protect public health and the environment.Responsible for addressing cost allocation issues, issuing reports for various committees, reporting on corporate performance and providing input on evolving federal and provincial regulations.
  • Oversees the Liquid Waste Services Source Control program to reduce liquid waste contaminants at source in accordance with the objectives, strategies and commitments specified in the ILWRMP and the Board Strategic Plan.With direction and support of the Director, develops, leads and oversees new and updated regulatory programs and the development of outreach and communication strategies in coordination with the External Relations department.
  • Responsible for addressing servicing plans and requests from member municipalities related to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) facility amendments and transfers, sewer area boundary amendments and membership services, including requests related to membership in the GVS&DD.
  • Reviews, writes and presents reports and recommendations to technical and political committees; develops and delivers presentations for various audiences; and represents Metro Vancouver at stakeholder and public consultations.Coordinates input from staff and stakeholders and produces documents to prompt further discussions and move forward source control policies and plans.
  • Acts as the Liquid Waste Services staff lead on committees such as the Regional Engineers Advisory Committee’s (REAC) Liquid Waste sub-committee.
  • Works collaboratively to address challenges or perceived challenges brought forward by senior managers, the board, other departments and external stakeholder groups that may be impacted by plans and policies related to wastewater collection systems at both the regional scale and within the organization.
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership to project teams involved in the development of policies and plans.Anticipates and navigates challenges and guides staff in resolving technical, operational or relational issues encountered while doing their work.
  • Supervises, directs and motivates staff and monitors performance towards division, department and corporate objectives; ensures staff adhere to corporate workplace policies.Leads, coaches, mentors and develops staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training; develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience; monitors work assignments ensuring they are adequately staffed and funded.
  • Liaises with and manages relationships with external agencies and stakeholder groups, including government representatives, and manages cross-functional internal relationships.May represent the organization to the public and the media on matters related to wastewater collection system policies and plans.Performs strategic planning related to identifying and prioritizing industrial, business and other sectors or source categories for policy, regulation and other program development.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline. 10 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic policy and plans as it relates to wastewater collection systems, including source control.
  • Considerable knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation, bylaws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to wastewater collection systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including contact with the public, member municipalities, elected officials, government agencies, regulated industry and businesses and contractors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including well developed report writing and public presentation skills; ability to synthesize and communicate complex information and implications to diverse audiences including those disinclined to accept or support government policies or plans.Demonstrated ability to write, revise and review reports, policies and plans.
  • Proven ability to use judgment to resolve challenges in a complex political environment; flexible and able to develop and revise strategies that balance the interests of affected parties without losing sight of the public health and environmental goals driving the service.
  • Demonstrated ability to address changing circumstances and manage a complex portfolio of work while establishing and achieving ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles and considers the long term implications of decisions beyond the work at hand.
  • Upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.Understands the corporate and departmental structure and key partnerships within and external to the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness.Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.

Our Vision: 
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 March 28, 2019.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Engineering, Sewer & Wastewater, Water Services
Posted: March 14, 2019, 12:23 pm
Expires: March 28, 2019, 4:30 pm

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