Planning Analyst – Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 31766 


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 and Function

As a member of the Social Policy and Projects Research and Data team, the Planning Analyst is primarily responsible for quantitative and qualitative research and analysis that informs social and cultural policies, plans and initiatives. This position will have a specific focus facilitating department-wide efforts to develop relationships, governance structures, data sources, analysis methods and policies relating to data on Indigenous peoples in Vancouver. This work will inform plans, policies and strategies such as the Healthy City Strategy, Culture|Shift and other efforts within Social Policy and Cultural Services.

Key activities of this position include collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, developing surveys and evaluations, preparing graphic representations of data, developing and delivering presentations, internal and external communications, key partner convening, engagement, policy analysis and making recommendations for implementation.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Social Policy and Projects through the Social Policy Research and Data Team. This position will also work closely with the Senior Planner for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation within Arts, Culture, and Community Services to identify research and data priorities and needs across the department.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

This position provide research, analysis and other supports across the work of Social Policy and Cultural Services in Vancouver. Specific responsibilities are anticipated to include:

  • Operationalizing research and data practices and methods that align with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the implementation of BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.
  • Identifying opportunities for systematizing research and data alignment with Vancouver’s City of Reconciliation goals.
  • Helping incorporate Indigenous wellness indicators into the Healthy City Strategy, Vancouver’s overall social sustainability plan.
  • Identifying, accessing, warehousing, analyzing and evaluating new sources of quantitative and qualitative data relating to social indicators and trends among Indigenous populations in Vancouver.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of research and data governance models with Indigenous communities in Vancouver, including Nations whose territory Vancouver occupies as well as urban Indigenous communities.
  • Support research and data intake, analysis, coordination and outcome measurement in cross-departmental projects.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships to enable meaningful and respectful engagement with Indigenous communities in Vancouver.
  • Contributing to ongoing development and definition of the role of Indigenous relations and reconciliation within the City of Vancouver organization and metrics of success.
  • Preparation of communications materials such as charts, graphics and presentations for both internal and external audiences.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Education, preferably a post-secondary degree, in an area such as social sciences, Indigenous studies, policy analysis or other relevant disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation, demographic analysis, report writing and research coordination, preferably with experience related to decolonization, equity, social issues, health indicators and/or population health.
  • Experience developing data governance models, workflows and systems is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in a research and/or policy setting working in a complex environment as part of a team, preferably direct experience relating to social and community development policies and programs.
  • Relevant lived experience as an Indigenous person combined with proven ability in applying an anti-racism, equity, an intersectional lens in an institutional context is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of cultural safety, health impacts of racism and colonization, and experience working with Indigenous people;
  • Knowledge of health and social inequities and social determinants of health;
  • Knowledge of relevant social and health policies, systems, roles and responsibilities of local government;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to self-manage work;
  • Ability to adapt to priorities and meet prescribed deadlines in a changing environment;
  • Ability to work effectively individually and collaboratively as a team member in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent information and data management and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency in software for data analysis, reporting, presentation and graphic design;
  • Experience with specific office software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), GIS software (ArcGIS Pro and/or MapInfo), graphic design and publishing software (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) and creating and maintaining relational databases will be assets.

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: September, 2021

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-24: $37.92 to $44.78 per hour

Application Close: August 8, 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.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

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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