Planning Analyst (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 28315 


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 & Function 
Reporting to the Senior Housing Portfolio Planner (Planner III) this position works across the functional groups within the NMH Portfolio Management & Projects Team and also other City Departments. This position interacts with stakeholders such as non-profits (BCNPHA, CHFBC) and key project funders (BC Housing and CMHC) and consultants on a regular basis.This position performs a key role in information management and reporting, coordination and facilitation as well as a variety of research and technical planning work associated with the management of City’s non-market housing portfolio (Vancouver Affordable Housing Endowment Fund – VAHEF) as part of the NMH Portfolio Management & Projects Team.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Info Management, Research and Reporting

  • Develops information systems/tools and processes to capture, consolidate and analyze portfolio information, measure performance against targets and identify gaps
    • E.g. affordability, units, unit mix, location, OPEX, CAPEX, operator, delivery method, funding source, lease term, etc.
  • Develops and manages reporting templates at portfolio, asset and project levels to improve transparency and support decision making
  • Updates, organizes and maintains portfolio-related data;
  • Provides advanced research and analysis on a range of portfolio-wide issues related to housing
  • Prepares presentations and production-ready materials for senior management related to data analysis and interpretation;
  • Coordinates with PDS to integrate data/reporting with HVS/Housing Data book and prepares VAHEF specific reports for Council and Public

Portfolio Plan Development Coordination, Facilitation and Engagement

  • Provides coordination, planning, research and analysis related to VAHEF portfolio plans and targets aligned with the City’s Housing Vancouver Strategy and targets
  • Employs a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to evaluate the housing landscape in Vancouver and VAHEF portfolio and pipeline to define short, medium and long term portfolio targets
  • Conducts advanced research and analysis on a range of portfolio-wide issues and policies related to housing
  • Prepares portfolio, asset and project plan templates
  • Coordinates planning workshops with functional leads to evaluate and define key portfolio plans
    • E.g. portfolio targets, development pipeline, end of lease decisions, capital maintenance, etc.)
  • Coordinates input from functional leads to complete plans as required
  • Technical writing, research, and preparation of material to published quality for City website and other public materials;
  • Coordinates multi-departmental and key project meetings, prepares agendas, records action items and follows up
  • Coordinates and facilitates stakeholder engagement sessions, prepares agendas and engagement materials, and documents engagement summaries
  • Coordinates budgeting for the business unit

Grants, Projects and Leases

  • Supports Senior Portfolio Planner and Project Planner in the administration of capital grant programs, deployment of the City’s turn-key housing assets to deliver social housing and VAHEF development projects
  • Supports Senior Portfolio Planner and Project Planner to evaluate effectiveness of non-profit lessees and designs and implements continuous improvement programs in collaboration with the sector
  • Performs other related duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • University graduation and some professional experience in a field related to urban planning; or university graduation, a post-graduate degree or other recognized diploma in urban planning, or an equivalent combination of education and experience related to the role
  • University degree in a related field such as Urban Planning, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration, or Real Estate and professional experience related closely to the duties is preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge in one of the areas of social, pure or applied science, or sound theoretical knowledge of urban planning.
  • Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in affordable housing/non-market housing.
  • Sound knowledge of information management systems and reporting tools (e.g. SAP, SharePoint, Vandocs)
  • Sound knowledge of research and analysis techniques, including the ability to assess and interpret urban planning data
  • Demonstrated graphics and computer skills in Microsoft Office, Access, and graphics programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills along with the ability to translate complex concepts into accurate, easily readable formats.
  • Ability to work independently and participate successfully on work teams and with the public.
  • Ability to self-manage workload and meet time demands (e.g. prioritize tasks, communicate expected delivery of items with staff, request help when needed, delegate and explain work to subordinate staff if required).
  • Ability to apply sound professional techniques and judgment with an aptitude in the legal and technical aspects of planning work.
  • Knowledge of SPSS or statistics in general will be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of data sources and methodologies used in housing policy research is desired.
  • Knowledge of the City’s development approvals process and related affordable housing polices would be an asset as would a working knowledge of development review and knowledge of the City’s policies and development guidelines relating to social and rental housing.

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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-024: $36.45 to $43.04 per hour

Application Close: April 9, 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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