Manager of Planning – Fraser Valley Regional District (Chilliwack, BC)

Manager of Planning

Competition #2020-58
December 18, 2020

The Fraser Valley Regional District, located in Chilliwack, is surrounded by mountains, rivers, farms and parks. Our staff are able to enjoy work-life balance with backyard access to many outdoor recreational and healthy activities from biking, hiking, boating and fishing. If you have a positive, can-do attitude, keen sense of  humour and enjoy having fun at work, then you will fit right in.

We are the third largest regional district in BC and deliver over 100 services to six municipalities and eight electoral areas. Our region covers more than 13,000 km2 from the City of Abbotsford to Boston Bar and is home to more than 330,000 residents. If you have a passion for working on projects that balance the environmental, economic and social needs of rural communities, while preserving land for the enjoyment of current and future generations, then you should consider joining our team.

The Manager of Planning reports to the Director of Planning & Development. In collaboration with the Director you will guide all aspects of community planning, development approvals and the soil removal service for FVRD’s eight electoral areas. You will manage a dedicated team of high-performing staff; find solutions to development challenges; balance private and public interests; prepare and update OCPs, neighbourhood plans, policies, zoning bylaws and other key planning documents; and, foster meaningful public participation in planning processes.

In addition to being results oriented and a critical thinker, you will provide empathetic leadership, proffer strategic and technical advice, prepare reports, attend board and committee meetings and participate as a member of our Emergency Management Team.

We offer a positive, supportive, team-based work environment with an emphasis on collaboration and continual improvement. We encourage lifelong learning and are committed to providing training and professional development opportunities.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A recognized post-secondary degree in community planning or a related discipline supplemented by general supervisory or management training and other applicable courses;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressive, related experience, including supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners;
  • In-depth knowledge of land use regulation, community planning, public engagement, the development process and development approvals;
  • Excellent communication skills and strong analytical and problem solving abilities; and,
  • A positive outlook with the ability to motivate and mentor others.

The salary for this full-time exempt position is commensurate with experience and is supplemented by a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

If this opportunity excites you, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume, along with a cover letter, indicating how you meet the qualifications to by 4:30 p.m. on January 28, 2021. Please visit for further information. The successful applicant may be required to provide a criminal record check as a condition of employment.

While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted

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