Planner II (Economic Planner) – City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

Planner II (Economic Planner)

Requisition ID: 22395 

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
The City-wide Plan, coordinated and managed by Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability is a major cross-departmental program to develop, implement, monitor and steward a long-range strategic plan to guide Vancouver to a bright, sustainable future looking out to 2050 and beyond.  This transformative initiative advances and integrates policy areas across all disciplines of the City encompassing social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives through an over-arching lens of equity, reconciliation and resiliency.  It will guide strategic planning and policy at the City in the future in alignment with Council, corporate and departmental policies, priorities, investments and actions.
The Planner 2 (Economy: Citywide Plan) provides professional long range community planning and policy development services for the City of Vancouver.  Working in close collaboration with key external partners, the Planner 2 will be responsible for project management work relating to the creation of an economic vision for the future of the city and associated policies as part of the ongoing City-wide Plan process.  The incumbent will assume a leadership role in partnership building, the convening of stakeholder dialogues and the development of public policy related to equitable economic development in Vancouver.  This is a professional position that involves managing junior staff and consultants.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position reports to a Senior Planner while working collaboratively with colleagues across City Departments.  The position will be expected to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of internal and external partners including VEC, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, TransLink and Metro Vancouver and others.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Builds and maintains relationships with internal and external partners involved in economic development planning work in Vancouver
  • Project management of stakeholder consultation initiatives related to economic development policy research, studies and initiatives
  • Develops, presents and defends public policy relating to economic development planning Vancouver
  • Application of economic planning concepts to land-use, transportation and financial policy and planning projects
  • Prepare strategic plans to carry out economic development initiatives
  • Review and research economic trends, policy and the future of work
  • Support business retention and growth through policy and programs
  • Source and develop economic, property, demographic and or other statistical information to support economic planning initiatives
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis of economic and demographic data for use in projects and for making recommendations
  • Convene and work with technical and citizen advisory and stakeholder groups to support economic development planning initiatives
  • Prepare and disseminate communication materials
  • Write reports, facilitate meetings and present to other staff, management, external stakeholders and City Council
  • Supervise technical, and clerical staff
  • Provide direction and guidance to the work of professional consultants engaged by the City.
  • Support and facilitate public consultations including community events, workshops and meetings (including weekday evenings and weekends)

Minimum Position Requirements
Education and Experience

  • Proven and extensive experience in collaboration and community facilitation related to the duties of the position
  • Experience leading the development of public policy in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment
  • A university graduate degree in planning, public policy or a related discipline with progressive experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position (minimum of 2 years’ professional experience); or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desired.
  • Experience leading staff and delegating work.
  • Experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to successfully manage complex and controversial policy planning projects is required
  • In depth knowledge of economic development and land use issues in Vancouver is required.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgement in managing workload while delivering complex projects on time and on budget.
  • Proven experience developing urban planning policy in a multi-stakeholder environment, including the use of conflict resolution and interest-based mediation skills to achieve mutually agreeable solutions.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues through Council reports and presentations, or comparable documentation and presentations.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of Vancouver’s land use, transportation and financing growth policy as well as experience with capital planning is preferred.
  • Knowledge of City of Vancouver processes and project management methodologies would be an asset.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 
Position Start Date: December, 2020 
Position End Date: March, 2022
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.70 per hour
Application Close: October 25, 2020

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

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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