Senior Policy and Process Engineer (Rainwater and Groundwater Management) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 23159 

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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 
Reporting to the Manager, Development Water Resources Management, the Senior Policy and Process Engineer will support the implementation of city policies for rainwater and groundwater management through policy and process improvements for development on private property.

The position will work with inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental teams to provide leadership and engineering expertise related to the policy and process improvements related to applications of rainwater, groundwater, and integrated management strategies on private property.

This Senior Policy and Process Engineer will support the City’s efforts to be a leader in holistic and integrated approaches to rainwater and groundwater management to help shape a more livable, equitable and resilient city that helps revive its urban watersheds and ecosystems while supporting green jobs and development.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership to a team of inter-disciplinary professionals supporting rainwater, groundwater, and integrated policy and services on private property.
  • Works cross-functionally with other City departments, external agencies, developers and community stakeholders to develop and/or implement policies, processes, enabling programs and development requirements that support multiple objectives related to growth servicing, affordability, climate resilience, flood protection, water quality, water security, climate mitigation and adaptation urban design, green jobs, habitat and bio-diversity.
  • Engages with internal and external partners, industry and clients to:
    • Identify development review processing and technical guidance needs, barriers and opportunities;
    • Keep abreast of industry trends and practices and develop partnerships to advance planning, design, implementation, and operation & maintenance of rainwater and groundwater management in the private realm; and,
    • Inform and implement recommendations for engineering research, policy, processes, tools or regulatory changes to improve the effectiveness and compliance with the City’s policies and regulations related to rainwater and groundwater management on private property.
  • Serves as an Engineering Department liaison on the Rain City Strategy to develop policies, processes, technical guidance, regulation, guidance materials, training and implementation plans to support rainwater management on private property.
  • Serves both lead and support roles on various internal, public and industry engagements and consultation to support policy, technical guidance and other implementation support needs
  • Presents building policy and regulations to industry stakeholders, interdepartmental staff and at times Council.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A degree in engineering with a minimum of eight to ten years of progressively responsible experience in the application of: 
    • Rainwater management and green infrastructure on development sites, including detention, infiltration, bio-retention, rainwater harvesting, and green, blue-green and blue roof systems.
    • Rainwater management and/or building by-laws, codes and standards or other equivalent related to on site rainwater management
    • Groundwater management practices for private developments
  • Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC is required. 

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of hydraulics and hydrology related to onsite rainwater and groundwater management;
  • Knowledge of current methodologies and practices of rainwater management practices, including calculation methods and modelling; and,
  • Knowledge of site rainwater and groundwater management and design.
  • Knowledge of building construction, structural, mechanical and/or plumbing systems and site design principles and practices related to rainwater and groundwater management.
  • Knowledge of the City of Vancouver Building By-law, Engineering Design Manual, Rain City Strategy, Integrated Rainwater Management Plan, Rainwater and Groundwater Management Bulletins and/or other relevant guidelines, such as the Metro Vancouver Source Control Guidelines, related to municipal, provincial and national code and development processes.
  • Ability to interpret and translate highly technical regulatory requirements and conduct engineering research and analysis for presentation to a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and across departments and disciplines, ability to influence, negotiate and build relationships. 
  • Ability to lead or facilitate meetings, groups and teams which may include controversial subjects
  • Ability to develop consensus and reconcile differing perspectives and secure support from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, prepare clear, well written reports, and records that support technical decision making as well as policy and regulation development work. 
  • Works well under pressure, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight timeframes and with limited supervision and direction. 
  • Ability to respond to difficult or demanding stakeholders with tact, fairness and diplomacy.
  • Ability to represent the Branch in committees, boards, and public forums
  • Proven analytical skills in independently reaching sound decisions and resolving complex problems based on engineering judgement. 
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, develop and implement regulatory requirements. 
  • Ability to perform thorough, complete and accurate work with limited supervision and direction. 
  • Ability to identify and recommend new ideas aimed at improving service delivery or policy outcomes.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: March, 2021 

Application Close: February 5, 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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