City of Calgary
General Manager, Planning and Development Services
REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer
ORGANIZATION: The City of Calgary
DATE: September 2023
About The City of Calgary
Calgary’s roots are at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. The Blackfoot called it Moh’kins’tsis – the place where two rivers meet. The municipality of Calgary is committed to creating a respectful, inclusive and equitable workplace which is representative of the community it serves. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and reconciliation.
About The Department of Planning and Development Services
The Department Planning and Development Services is striving to plan and imagine a great city by preparing for its next milestone: becoming home to a population of two million Calgarians (Calgary2M). A home that is more sustainable, diverse, accessible, equitable and liveable for everyone.
The mission of this department is “to plan and facilitate building a great and sustainable Calgary”. It does this by:
- Driving policies that guide long-term planning.
- Setting parameters for land development processes.
- Integrating strategies and actions to grow a resilient and sustainable city.
- Enabling businesses to open and operate.
- Ensuring Calgary’s buildings are safe to occupy.
About The Position of General Manager, Planning and Development Services
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) the General Manager, Planning and Development Services (PDS) will provide strategic leadership and operational management of this department ensuring effective and responsive delivery of all planning services and functions on the planning and approvals continuum. Working closely and collaboratively with City Council, the Executive Leadership Team and the departmental team, the General Manager will establish a mandate, strategic direction and prioritized actions that is aligned with Council direction and the organizational business plan.
The General Manager will provide leadership, inspiration, direction, coaching, mentorship and oversight of five directors and a Service Excellence Manager:
- Director Downtown Strategy
- Director Climate and Environment
- Director, City and Regional Planning
- Director Community Planning
- Director, Development, Business and Building Services
Collaboratively, you will establish a high-performing department with dedicated, skilled, engaged and customer-focused team members, efficient service delivery and administrative processes and risk practices that ensure the reputation and assets of The City of Calgary are protected for its citizens.
The General Manager will nurture and foster a culture and environment that promotes continuous improvement and a positive employee experience that supports equity, diversity and inclusion, psychological and physical safety and health and wellness.
The General Manager will be the primary planning and development advisor to City Council and Council committees, providing recommendations, input and insight to public hearing meetings, and Council and Committee meetings.
Are you ready to lead a dynamic team and contribute to the future of The City of Calgary? We are seeking a visionary General Manager who thrives on challenging the status quo and has the drive to usher in a new era of innovation and excellence. Be a driving force behind their exciting journey towards uncharted horizons.
About the Education, Experience and Competency Requirements
The General Manager, Planning and Development Services is responsible for ensuring the overall success of the department and requires strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and maintain an environment aligned with The City of Calgary’s core values. Candidates must meet the following education and experience requirements and be able to demonstrate several leadership and technical competencies.
The successful candidate for this position will have a degree in business, finance, public administration or a related discipline complemented with a minimum of ten years of diversified and progressively responsible experience (at least five of which are at a senior management level) preferably in a large, complex and multi-services organization. A related Master’s degree in Business Administration or Public Administration is strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or Alberta
Professional Planners Institute or eligibility for these memberships is preferred.
A demonstrated track record of streamlining and enhancing efficiencies in systems and processes is needed. A strong understanding of government policies and practices, and a successful record implementing innovative but cost-effective approaches to the delivery of services within regulated, legislated and / or publicly accountable environments is required. Relationship building is an essential ability. The ideal candidate must have the capacity to establish, cultivate, and maintain meaningful, trusting and complex relationships with individuals across departments and functions.
Extensive experience working in a public sector environment (municipal government especially) that is unionized, and reporting to a governing body like City Council are preferred assets.
We ask those individuals with an interest in further exploring this exciting opportunity to contact:
LILLIAN WONG, Director
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General Manager, Planning and Development Services
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Planning & Development
Executive / Administrative Management
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