Heritage Planner I (Planner II) – REPOST (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 30903 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The Heritage Planner will be responsible for complex professional heritage planning work primarily related to heritage review of development and rezoning permit applications,  Vancouver Heritage Register upgrade policy development and implementation of all aspects of the Vancouver Heritage Program. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Urban Design and it is supervised by the Senior Heritage Planner. The successful candidate will be well–versed in heritage conservation and policy development, and familiar with urban design, land development, community planning processes including consultation, negotiation, and permit documentation review, as related to variety of applications from small developments to large rezoning proposals.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Project manage heritage review input from the initial enquiry through to the issuance of development or other permits.
  • Manage policy development related to Vancouver Heritage Register upgrade.
  • Prepare reports and make presentations to relevant Committees, including Vancouver Heritage Commission, Heritage Committees, Urban Design Panel, Development Permit Board and City Council.
  • Presentation at public meetings and sessions is required.
  • The nature of this work is multi-disciplinary, within a team environment and can be controversial. It also involves supervision of junior professional staff.
  • The position requires considerable professional experience with proven ability in the areas of heritage conservation and policy development, the City’s land use and heritage policies, procedures and processes.
  • Familiarity with the heritage conservation content of the Vancouver Charter is required.
  • Familiarity with the Vancouver Heritage Register, heritage evaluation and SOS process.
  • The position requires a high degree of skill and versatility, and sound judgement in the application of heritage conservation principles to a range of projects and independent action within the parameters of work assignments, planning policies, by-laws and design guidelines.
  • The work may also involve a high number of enquiries and public contact that requires consistent and accurate advice be given.  


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation from a recognized university, in architecture, with specialized training in heritage conservation
  • Minimum of two years professional experience including practical experience related to heritage building conservation and/or restoration and experience dealing with the public and with citizen committees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in the areas of heritage conservation, architecture, urban design, building construction and understanding of proforma financial analysis.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in leading teams and in project management.
  • Ability to work within a team environment and within defined time lines.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in negotiating and conflict resolution.
  • Working knowledge of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and values-based heritage planning.
  • Understanding the principles of conservation plan development, heritage evaluation, Statement of Significance, and the concept of Heritage Revitalization Agreement..
  • Familiarity with the meaning of Truth and Reconciliation and Cultural Redress in the context of Vancouver.
  • Understanding of the importance of both tangible and intangible values for proper stewardship of Cultural Heritage.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and/or the Planning Institute of British Columbia is desirable.

Membership or eligibility for membership with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) is desirable. 

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.7 per hour

Application Close: July 2, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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