Social Planner II – South Asian Apology and Cultural Redress (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 28016 


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 City recognizes that Indigenous people, people of South Asian descent and other racialized people experience significant inequities in Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is undertaking the development of a colonial audit and a city-wide anti-racism strategy to address racism affecting the well-being of South Asian communities along with all Vancouver residents.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Social Policy and Projects, with direct supervision from the Anti-Racism and Cultural Redress Social Planner III, the Social Planner II works with an inter-departmental team to; lead a response to racism and cultural redress with South Asian communities; convene individual, community, and government stakeholders; advise City departments as they coordinate and enhance programs and policies related to anti-racism; and, work collaboratively with all partners to further develop and implement recommendations.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports the City’s advocacy and public engagement role with other levels of government to take a stand against racism and discrimination against people of South Asian descent in Vancouver
  • Supports the development and implementation of anti-racism and cultural redress policies and initiatives based on recommendations from Vancouver’s South Asian communities to the City:
    • engage South Asian communities members (including, business leaders, and elders), community organizations, City staff and advisory committees and other levels of government
    • Conducts analysis, research, literature review, focus groups, and interviews to deepen actions against racism internally and, advocate for  actions externally, in laws, regulations, policies, procedures, practices, services, and programs
  • Contributes to the development of a comprehensive, holistic and long-term plan to address the various dimensions through which racism and discrimination plays out including but not limited to:
    • Support reconciliatory and cultural redress efforts specific to South Asian communities including Punjabi Market
    • Support advisory committees with development, delivery, and evaluation of apology, and cultural redress efforts with South Asian communities
  • Contributes to addressing racism within the City’s role including, but not limited to, commercial, business and retail support services, community support services, housing and homelessness; arts and culture; and work with public partners and communities to highlight and address racism in other systems including criminal justice systems; employment; and education
  • Promotes the rights and freedoms of South Asian community members and provide information and support regarding redress when rights and freedoms are violated
  • Contributes to Public Partner and Community Working Group on Anti-racism’s efforts
  • Mobilizes and coordinates City’s South Asian cultural redress, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination efforts in collaboration with community and other governmental partners 
  • Convenes internal and external stakeholders; and, collaboratively makes recommendations with partners;
  • Supports the development of recommendations including budgets, reports and presentations to City Council, and Council Committees;
  • Leads planning, researching, implementing, facilitating, coordinating and executing initiatives and supervises a Planning Assistant as required;
  • Consults with and advises other City departments on matters related to project assignments; liaises with other internal stakeholders to advise on other priority strategies and projects as well as alignment of policies, actions, granting, etc.;
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • University graduate degree in Social Sciences (Master’s level preferred) in a related field with considerable, progressive experience at a professional level or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in applying an anti-racism, equity, intersectional lens in an institutional context is essential.
  • Strong relationships and experience working with South Asian communities is needed to do this work.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, including local First Nations xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), urban Indigenous peoples and other racialized communities and marginalized groups is also preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable understanding and knowledge of racism, discrimination and its connection to systemic racism, intergenerational trauma, trauma from incidents, cumulative impacts of racism, and systemic inequalities and injustice;
  • Considerable understanding and knowledge of racism and discrimination as it relates to anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Black racism, sexism, transphobia, misogyny, homophobia, classism, xenophobia, and ableism;
  • Considerable understanding and knowledge of compounding impacts of systemic discrimination and inequities experienced by South Asian community members with varied abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status in Canada, and others;  
  • Considerable experience in research, analysis, literature review, focus groups, and interviews
  • Experience engaging people with lived experience, children, youth, and elderly community members
  • Demonstrated experience in public engagement and planning processes and report writing;
  • Demonstrated experience in training and facilitation with racialized and non-racialized communities
  • Demonstrated experience in public engagement, education, planning processes, report-writing, and oral presentation
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising staff, contractors, and managing budgets
  • Current knowledge of local organizations, including organizations, social agencies, services, and businesses operating in Vancouver led by and in-service of South Asian communities
  • Current knowledge of, and sensitivity to, cultural safety issues in engagement processes; Ability to navigate complex and sensitive conversations with tact, and excellent facilitation skills;
  • Ability to co-create with others, both internal City and external partners, towards common goals;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple initiatives, projects, report on outcomes, and meet deadlines; and,
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, initiative and work independently as well as part of a team.

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services 

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2021

Position End Date: May, 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.70 per hour

Application Close: May 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

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