Assistant to Council Committees (Meeting Coordinator) – City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

Assistant to Council Committees (Meeting Coordinator)

Requisition ID: 21421 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world’s most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
This position in the City Clerk’s office supports City Council legislative operations by playing a key role preparing council meetings, taking minutes during the meetings and supplying post-meeting services for City Council and its committees. The position provides meeting services for regular, committee and special meetings of Council, public hearings as well as business license hearings and most meetings of Council-appointed advisory committees.
Reporting to the Director, Legislative Operations, with strong linkages to the City Clerk, the position has considerable contact with elected officials, senior City staff, outside organizations and officials as well as members of the public.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Leads the preparation of Council meeting agendas by liaising with departments and report authors to track reports, ensure they are submitted to the document management system, properly formatted and receive the necessary inter-department approvals in readiness for review by the City Manager, all on an established timetable.
  • Ensures approved meeting agendas are assembled accurately and sent to the advance distribution list of recipients and posted to City website per department procedure.
  • Prior to the Council meeting, the incumbent will prepare the minutes and other meeting documents based on the agenda, ensure the agenda is uploaded to the Creston meeting management system and schedule the video system to record the meeting.
  • The Meeting Coordinator will also track and liaise with members of the public and community officials who would like to speak to Council at its meetings and process correspondence for Council meetings and hearings.
  • During the meetings, the incumbent will minute the decisions made at the meeting, operate the Creston audio visual and meeting management system and assist the meeting chair and others with parliamentary procedure and meeting management advice as required.
  • Following the meeting, the incumbent will prepare the decision-based minutes and ensure they are completed, accurate, distributed and posted to the City website according to the department procedure. After the meeting, the incumbent will also distribute any requests made of staff and prepare motions and correspondence for other agencies or levels of government regarding the decisions of Council.
  • The meeting coordinator will keep all Council and meeting records up to date and filed in the appropriate locations in the corporate document management systems.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned 

Specific Civic Agency Responsibilities:

  • Meeting Coordinators are also responsible for providing support to some of the City’s civic agencies
  • The incumbent will assist the committee by preparing a proposed annual calendar of meetings and scheduling the time and place for the meetings once the calendar is confirmed
  • The meeting coordinator liaises with the committee chair and members to assist with the distribution of the agenda and other committee materials and determining attendance and absences to best inform quorum requirements
  • The coordinator prepares decision-based minutes of each meeting and ensures they are distributed and posted to the City website
  • The meeting coordinator will also assist the committee by distributing their correspondence to Mayor and Council and other elected officials following appropriate City protocols for the distribution of such correspondence
  • The responsibility for handling the committee member intake process, supporting the nominating committee and leading the appointment process is a portfolio of tasks that may be rotated between meeting coordinators

Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 graduation supplemented by courses or training in business writing and Microsoft Office and considerable related experience in the areas of meeting management and parliamentary procedure (e.g. use of Robert Rules or Order and/or a municipal procedure bylaw) or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Minimum five years of experience in a government governance structures and systems, the role of Mayor and Council, the legislation and supporting bylaws and policies that govern the City as well as record management practices and systems is strongly preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound knowledge of government governance structures and systems, the role of Mayor and Council, the legislation and supporting bylaws that govern the City as well as record management practices and systems
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Office and SharePoint software, Adobe Acrobat and Contribute software and meeting AV system and software, preferably Crestron and SLIQ Technologies
  • A thorough knowledge of agenda preparations, minute taking and Council meeting protocols including formal rules of procedure
  • A keen sense of accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to produce products that reflect the highest standards of accuracy and detail
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with a strong knowledge of business English including sentence structure, grammar and punctuation and a demonstrated writing skil. Experience in responding to inquiries from Council and advisory body members regarding parliamentary procedure while in Council and committee meetings
  • The ability to comprehend, interpret and independently carry out written and oral instructions
  • Strong time-management skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and work independently as well as the ability to work under pressure with firm and at times, changing deadlines while remaining calm
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of confidential information
  • Ability to focus during meetings and remain in a static position for long periods of time
  • Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good relationships with elected officials, staff and the public

Business Unit/Department: City Clerk’s Office  
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Position Start Date: October 2020
Position End Date: October 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-022: $33.60 to $39.56 per hour
Application Close: September 27, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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