Policy Analyst – City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

By | April 20, 2018

Policy Analyst – City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

City of Vancouver

Policy Analyst

Requisition ID: 10992 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world’s most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function

The position of Policy Analyst in Affordable Housing supports the emerging directions from the new Housing Vancouver strategy; and the implementation of the City of Vancouver’s Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2012-2021, with the goals of ending homelessness and increasing affordable housing options for Vancouverites.
This includes supporting the development and coordination of projects, programs, plans, policies, and strategies aimed at improving the availability and accessibility of affordable housing in Vancouver, especially for low-income renters, residents experiencing housing insecurity and/or at risk of homelessness. This position will bring creativity, compassion and strategic project management to a range of complex issues and will require a range of professional and technical competencies.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position reports to the Senior Planner, under the Director, Affordable Housing.  The incumbent will help supervise Planning Assistants, professional staff, consultants and contractors. The work requires significant collaboration and cooperation across City departments, as well as external private, public and non-profit organizations.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities
This position will:

  • Liaise and collaborate with a wide range of internal departments (Planning and Development Services, License and Inspections, Law, Finance, Social Policy) and external partners and stakeholders on affordable housing enquiries and applications and assist with regulatory matters, such as negotiating and securing new social housing units, assisting to develop Housing Agreements, and overseeing, securing and monitoring Tenant Relocation Plans;
  • Administer and manage the Single Room Accommodation (SRA) By-law including processing applications, providing policy review and advice, negotiating permit conditions and writing council reports;
  • Support the development and implementation of housing programs and strategies aimed at protecting, renewing, and improving the affordable housing stock in Vancouver;
  • Provide affordable housing policy advice related to re-zonings and development enquiries and applications;
  • Provide research, analysis, and technical support to develop annual surveys and reports, and support other team projects as required;
  • Liaise with the public, community groups, and representatives of the development industry, non-profit housing and advocacy groups, and senior government representatives and agencies;
  • Prepare and present Affordable Housing reports and recommendations to senior staff and City Council;
  • Support the team in continuously improving our approach to data collection, management and analysis, utilizing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques including survey development, economic analysis, review of housing and land-use policies to develop effective housing policies and provide robust assessments of options and outcomes in the goal to end homelessness and support vulnerable populations; and,
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Position Requirements

  • University graduation at the Masters level in planning, public policy, or related discipline.
  • 2 years of related experience at a responsible level, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • A current and valid BC Driver’s license is desirable; transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of municipal planning, land development, community development, housing planning, and social and affordable housing legislative and policy context.
  • Understanding of the legal mechanisms to secure housing tenure and affordability through such mechanisms as, Housing Agreements, Operating Agreements, Option agreements and Covenants.
  • Ability to build consensus on housing policy and projects both with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders in potentially contentious environments.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals, stakeholders and the public.

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Position Start Date: May 21, 2018 
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $43.95 to $51.97 per hour
Application Close: April 27, 2018​​​​​​​

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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Published at Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:12:00 +0000