Indigenous Planner (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 29093 

Company: Vancouver Public Library
Worksite: Policy and Planning

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 21 branches across the city. VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service. Consider joining our committed team of staff and help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, Reconciliation, and equity while being part of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.

Job Summary: The Indigenous Planner is a newly created role at the Vancouver Public Library, reporting to the Manager, Policy and Planning.  The Indigenous Planner will bring an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing to the Library, providing guidance to staff and senior management in development of strategies and plans that reflect our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

The Indigenous Planner is primarily focused internally, helping to increase organizational capacity and understanding of Indigenous relations at VPL, providing support and leadership to the development and implementation of a range of Library priorities, including VPL’s Truth and Reconciliation Plan and initiatives that address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).


The Indigenous Planner supports the development and monitoring of Library plans and policy, and undertakes research and evaluation of initiatives with an Indigenous community focus. Additionally, the Indigenous Planner provides guidance for relationships between the Library and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, on whose ancestral and unceded lands our work takes place, and coordinates communication with these Nations.

Job Requirements:


  • Successful completion of a university degree, preferably at the Master’s level, in Public Administration, Indigenous Business Leadership, Community and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Social Science or a related discipline, with consideration given to an Indigenous community planning focus.


  • Proven experience working with the local First Nations and Urban Indigenous communities.
  • Considerable experience in planning, research, evaluation, and public policy development, including the formulation of major strategies involving the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and Urban Indigenous communities
  • Experience in project management, public engagement and facilitation
  • Experience undertaking major research and writing of reports or strategies

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge in the development, implementation and monitoring of organizational strategy, plans, policy, and initiatives
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of research and evaluation methodologies in the field of social science
  • Substantial knowledge of social and political structures, socio-economic challenges, and cultural ways of knowing, being and doing in the local First Nations and Urban Indigenous communities
  • Current knowledge of Indigenous organizations located in the Lower Mainland
  • Expertise in developing collaborative partnerships with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and Urban Indigenous communities
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, recommend appropriate solutions and prepare related reports
  • Ability to provide support, facilitation and leadership in an organizational setting within the parameters of work assignments
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Ability to interact well and effectively communicate with other employees, senior leaders and the public
  • Ability to complete assignments in a high pressure, time-sensitive environment using sound professional techniques and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated coaching and mentorship skills with the ability to support colleagues in their learning and development
  • Strong relationship-building skills with staff at various organizational levels and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including preparation and presentation of reports or other information to staff, senior managers, the Board, and the public
  • Strong facilitation and public participation skills

Affiliation: CUPE 391
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Salary: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour


Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30pm

Note: Work schedules may change with reasonable notice.

Closing date: Monday, May 24, 2021, at 11:59pm

While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and candidates, during the pandemic we are offering the option of in-person or virtual interviews to candidates selected for an interview.

As the Vancouver Public Library is responsible for the well-being of its patrons, a Police Record Check clearance is a condition of employment. Please refer to our policy for further information. Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Vancouver Public Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous applicants, people of colour, people of all sexual orientations and genders, LGBT2Q+, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to further diversifying the Library.  Preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous (Metis, First Nations, or Inuit) who can demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous cultures and social/political structures. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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