Social Planner I (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 22555 


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

The Indigenous Planner I provides strategic guidance to staff across Planning, Design and Sustainability (PDS) on how best to understand and consider the interests, perspectives and needs of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh nations (MST) and urban indigenous peoples as we advance the PDS work program. The intent of this guidance is to build staff capacity so that staff can more effectively bring these perspectives into all aspects of their work. The work program includes projects and initiatives across multiple units, from developing long-range plans, to heritage planning, to community development.

This position advises on interests, issues and information of (MST) and urban indigenous peoples by providing and supporting needs for training and capacity building for PDS staff on MST and urban Indigenous peoples’ processes and engagement approaches. The incumbent communicates and coordinates with Indigenous planning staff from other City departments, as well as with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, to ensure a collaborative and consistent approach towards building staff capacity across City departments is maintained.  Further, the Indigenous Planner ensures PDS is following the City Manager’s Office overall direction and approach to the government relations with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh nations. 

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Senior Planner of the Complete Communities team, with reporting up to the A/Director, Community Planning and liaises with staff across PDS, including units in both Long Range and Strategic Planning and Current Planning. The position has significant liaison with other City departments, the Manager of Indigenous Relations in City Manager’s Office, the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh nations, urban Indigenous peoples, and intergovernmental agencies.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Advises project teams on local and cross jurisdictional best practice and methodologies to address inequities in the social, economic and cultural matters of the local First Nations and urban Indigenous communities and address very complex  issues created by the effects of colonization and the residential school system that include such effects as racism, and the over representation of Indigenous people in key social indicators of health, including poverty, homelessness, the justice system, mental health and addictions, and Indigenous youth in care.  
  • Conducts research projects, policy and strategy review,  and evaluates services and initiatives and use the findings to  help staff develop a deeper understanding for how they can better integrate the interests, perspectives and needs of the MST and urban Indigenous peoples into current planning initiatives. Prepares related reports to inform PDS and public on priority actions and issues.
  • Corresponds and speaks before the public and community groups on matters relating to the PDS implementation of the City’s Reconciliation policy, with support and guidance from the City Manager’s Office Intergovernmental Relations Manager.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • A post-secondary degree in public policy and administration, social work or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working effectively with First Nations groups and urban Indigenous communities on complex issues. Or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Significant experience in social planning, quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation, public policy development and the formulation of major strategies.
  • Experience working in a municipal planning setting and an understanding and experience with good results in multispectral planning and implementation of complex socio-economic initiatives.
  • Experience with good results in public consultation and facilitation.
  • Diverse experience that includes undertaking major research and writing of reports, strategie.
  • Experience with good results in developing complex and highly sensitive collaborative partnership approaches with First Nations Government, Indigenous Leaders, Indigenous communities, and public engagement processes is critical. This includes an understanding of Indigenous governance structures and organizations.
  • Relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on reconciliation and decolonization is preferred.
  • Experience with diversity, inclusion and equity considerations in a workplace environment, is preferred.
  • Applicants of Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and/or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of social and political structures and social and economic problems in the Indigenous community, with specific knowledge of Indigenous resiliency and community-led solutions and/or organizations;
  • Considerable knowledge of the various social agencies and services operating in the metropolitan area;
  • Considerable knowledge and experience with research methods particularly as they relate to the solution of socio-planning issues;
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, to recommend appropriate solutions and to prepare related reports;
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team;
  • Ability to interact well and communicate with other employees, officials and the public;
  • Ability to complete assignments in a high pressure, time-sensitive environment using sound professional techniques and independent judgment within the parameters of work assignments.

Business Unit/Department: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: April 16th, 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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