Planner III – Senior Public Space Planner (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 24494 

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Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and 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 and Function
Streets are among the City’s greatest public space assets. As the City grows and densifies these spaces become a critical component of the liveability, inclusivity and vitality of the City.  Street Activities, as a part of the Public Space and Street Use Division, collaborates with City departments and key stakeholders to deliver new public spaces identified through community planning and engagement, and the branch supports the use of streets and public spaces for active living, cultural expression, social connection and economic vitality.
 
The Senior Public Space Planner will undertake a range of urban design, project management and planning duties with a focus on public space requirements. This work supports population growth by creating opportunities for creative expression, social connectedness, business vitality and vibrant public life. 

Other public realm initiatives to be piloted and/or advanced are new spaces for our vulnerable populations, increase visibility for our diverse cultural communities, and the role of placemaking as a tool to increase safety for all.  Additionally, the Senior Public Space Planner will ensure that public spaces are managed with an equitable lens, with a focus on inclusivity. 
 
The position will oversee a team of staff who support innovative public life and public space programs and projects (stewardship, evaluation and monitoring, activations, and varying public space policies), strategic partnerships, policy development and related issues, and development reviews.
 
Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a diverse team dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in the City’s public realm.
  • Manage (program and project management, budgeting, reporting, performance development) an innovative public space program
  • Oversee key policy reviews plaza stewardship, monitoring, evaluation and activations of the City’s public spaces, process improvements, innovative public space projects, a plaza stewardship program,
  • Collaborate with staff in various departments to draft/amend short-term actions and long-term strategies as needed including drafting design guidelines, policy, and innovative public space criteria for new proposals
  • Look for process improvements of public/private applications, consultation, managing consultants, partnership negotiation, resolving conflicts, urban design and landscaping analysis, and public engagement
  • Assist with development inquiries, other public space policy initiatives, and preparing reports and presentations to relevant boards, panels, public meetings and City Council
     

Qualifications
Education and Experience:

  • 10-15+ years’ experience managing large scale, cross-functional, and/or multi-disciplinary programs and projects
  • University graduation in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design, Planning identifying or related studies and preferably a post-graduate degree and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in urban design, regulatory review and by-law administration

 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the City of Vancouver’s relevant By-laws, land use regulations, policies and guidelines is required
  • Ability to develop complex long-term partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, coach and supervise a team.
  • Experienced Program Manager who can think strategically but roll up your sleeves to make things happen as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a program including budgeting, scheduling, and collecting metrics and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects, to be creative and use sound judgement, to apply strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in review of landscape design, urban design and development projects
  • Demonstrated experience in producing consultation and engagement plans
  • Strong analytical skills, including data collection, interpretation and presentation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to facilitate problem solving among diverse population groups with competing interests
  • Ability to work independently and participate successfully on teams
  • Ability to effectively communicate, present information, and respond to executives, managers, employees, partners and the public in an intelligent, clear, concise, professional and diplomatic manner
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite. 
  • Membership or eligibility for membership with the Planning Institute of BC is desirable
  • Membership or eligibility for membership with the BCSLA is desirable.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Parks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: March, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-034: $55.35 to $65.47 per hour

Application Close: February 12, 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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