Planner I (City-wide Plan) - Child & Youth

Requisition ID: 14210 


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 & Function


The City-wide Plan coordinated and managed by Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability is a major cross-departmental program to develop, implement, monitor and steward a long-range strategic plan to guide Vancouver to a bright, sustainable future looking out to 2050 and beyond.  This transformative initiative advances and integrates policy areas across all disciplines of the City encompassing social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives through an over-arching lens of equity, reconciliation and resiliency.  It will guide strategic planning and policy at the City in the future in alignment with Council, corporate and departmental policies, priorities, investments and actions.


This is a RFT Planner I position within the newly formed City-wide Plan integrated project team, Long-Range and Strategic Planning, PDS. As part of the project team this position will help develop and implement child and youth engagement programs and will contribute to policy development for the city-wide plan. The Planner reports to the Senior Planner, Public Engagement. The position will coordinate with other City departments, other divisions within PDS, external partners and agencies, and the public.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the development of city-wide plan policy proposals for public and Council consideration by designing and implementing effective outreach and engagement programs for children, youth and young people.
  • Play a key role in analyzing engagement feedback for policy development including data collection, analysis and report writing.
  • Establish and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with Vancouver City departments and external stakeholders to initiate and facilitate key programs in a timely and effective way.
  • Support the development of collaborative and robust approaches to engagement and communication with internal and external partners and the public that includes designing, attending and facilitating engagement processes in a sometimes contentious environment.
  • Provide liaison with the public, community groups, Vancouver School Board, non-profit child and youth groups, and senior government representatives and agencies.
  • Prepare and present reports and recommendations to senior staff, City Council, Committees of Council, external stakeholders, and community groups
  • Assist in leading junior members of the City-wide plan project team
  • Contribute to supporting the Senior Planner in managing shifting work demands, providing project management support and ensuring the City-wide plan team meets milestone targets and is responsive to changing priorities.
  • Provide research, analysis, and technical support
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • A post-secondary degree in planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and a minimum of one year professional experience in the planning field, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.
  • University graduation at the Masters level would be an asset.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current and significant planning, transportation, sustainability, housing, economic, cultural and social policies of the City of Vancouver, as well as municipal development approval processes and regulations.
  • Experience in developing collaborative and robust outreach and engagement programs with community groups and external stakeholders for local government. Experience in outreach/engagement with children, youth, and young people highly desirable.
  • Ability to perform moderately complex technical research and prepare related reports.
  • Ability to undertake data collection, management and analysis, utilizing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques.
  • Ability to facilitate effective dialogues to build consensus on city-wide plan policy directions both with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders in potentially contentious environments.
  • Ability to creatively, simply and clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, external stakeholders/partners, and the public.
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Professional creative ability and ability to use sound judgment.


Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable


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

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: October, 2019

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


Application Close: September 20, 2019


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

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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