Director of Planning Services/Chief Planner - City of Kingston

City of Kingston

Director of Planning Services/Chief Planner
City of Kingston


Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in this dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers its 180,000 residents access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living, and vibrant entertainment, and tourism activities.

Reporting to the Commissioner, Community Services, the Director of Planning Services/Chief Planner provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for all land-use planning related policies and initiatives for the City’s Planning Department. With a team of 31 staff, the Director collaborates across the corporation, advising on economic development, brownfield redevelopment, heritage, transportation, accessibility, and environmental aspects of city development. The Director is Council’s guide on all planning matters, providing creative and best practice solutions for how the City is formed and connected. Visible and engaged in the community, the Director proactively seeks input from citizens, developers, and the broader building community.

With your degree, RPP designation, and at least 10 years of relevant experience, you are a progressive land-use planner. You possess a solid understanding of the public sector and have worked in government or a consulting firm advising governments on city building. You are a champion of people and showcase a positive attitude in all that you do. Your track record demonstrates your ability to facilitate complex and high-profile public discussions and an appreciation of building and development pressures from all perspectives. Your ability to balance being firm yet flexible are key to your success. A commitment to high customer service standards has enabled communities to develop in a timely way. Here is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping one of Canada’s most livable cities.

The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the City of Kingston throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Joanne McMullin at Odgers Berndtson at joanne.mcmullin@odgersberndtson.com or submit your resume and letter of interest online to https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/16790 by May 21, 2021


Organization: City of Kingston
Location: Kingston, ON
Region: Zone 6
Professional Category(s): Planning & Development
Posted: April 19, 2021, 12:21 pm
Expires: May 21, 2021, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: 5 years or more

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