Planning Assistant III (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 27435 


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 

The Planning Assistant III works as part of the Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing Programs team in Arts, Culture and Community Services, that is responsible for supporting the delivery of low-income, supportive housing, direct services to residents experiencing homelessness, and advocacy and support for all renters., as outlined in the Housing Vancouver Strategy.


For this role, incumbents need a strong understanding of municipal, provincial and federal housing policy and programs, and the structural drivers of homelessness and housing instability. Broad awareness of social policy and practice issues relating to poverty, mental health and the criminalization of the poor is also required. It will require a range of professional and technical competencies described below.


This position formally reports to the Managing Director of Affordable Housing, in Arts, Culture and Community Services, and receives coaching and direction from a Senior Planner and Social Planner 2. The incumbent will work with other City departments, as well as external private, public and non-profit/co-op housing organizations, and will be required to respond to members of the public.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for providing a range of professional and technical services to support the work of the Homelessness Services & Affordable Housing Programs team, with a focus on policies, programs and services that support residents experiencing homelessness and the precariously housed.  You are responsible for:


  • Supporting the work of the broader Team in moving key projects, programs and services forward
  • Assisting staff in organizing and facilitating public meetings
  • Preparing informational and graphic materials
  • Carrying out research on best practice
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Responding to inquiries from the public in a professional and responsible manner
  • Liaising and collaboratively problem solving with a variety of internal and external partners to deliver the City’s housing objectives



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by courses in graphics, statistical/analytical methods, planning or other related courses, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relevant lived experience combined with working knowledge of people with barriers, including social inequity, racism, colonialism and marginalization related barriers, combined with a broad perspective lens on equity, is an asset.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work directly with renters and community members who may be precariously housed or may face challenging circumstances such as experiencing homelessness
  • Significant experience collecting, analyzing and managing a variety of data sources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex concepts into accurate, easily readable formats
  • Demonstrated research and analysis skills and are able work independently and participate successfully on work teams
  • Ability to collaboratively work with other employees, officials and the public, and complete assignments using sound professional techniques and judgment
  • Ability to juggle priorities and meet prescribed deadlines while supporting a variety of teams and projects
  • Excellent knowledge in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) is desired
  • Familiarity with GIS mapping software, such as MapInfo or ArcView would be an asset
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of the City’s housing and social policy approaches, as well as land use, area planning and sustainability policies and regulations

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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2021 

Position End Date: March, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour

Number of Positions: 2

Application Close: May 23, 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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