Planner I - Transit Integration and Projects - RE-POST

Requisition ID: 33038 


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 Planner I is an integral part of a team of architects, planners and engineers and is responsible for providing a range of professional services. The position is part of the Transit Integration and Projects (TrIP) Branch and is guided by the Senior Architect of Transit Integration (P2) to ensure alignment with principles and strategic objectives of the Architecture and Urban Interface practice within TrIP. The position is physically located in the City of Vancouver’s Transit Integration and Projects and is co-managed through the Planning and Engineering Departments. The position supports complex planning assignments and assists staff in conduct policy research and technical analysis that supports transportation and land use planning. The focus of the work is on urban design and transit integration for the UBC Extension, Broadway Subway Project, Skytrain station upgrades, and future rapid transit lines within the City of Vancouver.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing and supporting urban design plans for integration of rapid transit stations and alignments or upgrading of existing stations
  • Reviews station upgrade plans and designs
  • Reviews and analysis of external agency plans and policies
  • Conceptualizes, develops, tests and refines public realm plans.
  • Supports design and planning work for public realm and station area planning
  • Facilitates consultant work related to rapid transit facility design and costing as necessary
  • Works in partnership with the Engineering Department, Planning and Parks Board and to develop holistic public realm strategies for station areas
  • Documents and prepares presentation materials for complex urban design themes and analysis, including: digital models, illustrative work, report writing, meeting facilitation, and presentations to other staff, management, Council and stakeholders.
  • Assists in providing professional transit integration and public realm input and advice for transit projects and station areas
  • Applies skill and versatility in design, sound judgement and independent action within the parameters of work assignments, planning policies, by-laws and design guidelines
  • Works collaboratively with other members of Transit Integration and Projects, Engineering, the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department, Transportation Engineering and other City Departments. Support and facilitates public consultation processes, including community events, workshops and meetings (including evenings, and weekends)
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Architecture or related degree such as Planning, preferably with a post-graduate degree in Urban Design or Community and Regional Planning, plus a minimum of one year professional experience in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Architectural Institute of British Columbia is desirable
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia is desirable
  • Experience providing review, advice and comment on urban design and development proposals and applications desired.
  • Professional experience in architecture and urban design preferred, including professional experience in the private sector preferred.
  • Experience with land use and transportation planning
  • Experience in Rhino and Grasshopper is an asset.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of working in a design capacity, from concept through to detailed design, construction and implementation on a range of transit, development and urban design projects
  • Considerable knowledge of various layers of urban design (including built form, land use, open space, transportation and infrastructure)
  • Good knowledge and understanding of governmental structures and systems
  • Good knowledge of and ability to facilitate public consultation, land use issues, site planning, urban design, transportation, and sustainable design practices is essential
  • Good knowledge of the City of Vancouver policies, organization and interdepartmental relationships and reporting structure is preferred along with familiarity of the City’s processes, policies regulations and guidelines for development planning and urban design including the integration of Engineering, Parks and Planning considerations and requirements
  • Sound knowledge of AutoCAD, Sketchup, ArcGIS Pro and the Adobe Creative suite.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to work within a team environment and within defined time lines
  • Ability and experience in managing competing priorities
  • Demonstrated design ability
  • Strong graphic visualization and representation capabilities in a variety of mediums
  • Strong interpersonal, public engagement and communications skills while engaging with other planning staff and members of the community
  • Ability to work with staff assigned to various projects and facilitate the work of consultants engaged on planning projects.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues through Council reports and presentations, or comparable documentation and presentations. 


As part of the pre-screening process, candidates will be asked to provide a portfolio (5-pages maximum,) which illustrates examples of urban design and built form.


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022

Position End Date: February, 2024

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $47.57 to $56.25 per hour


Application Close: January 23, 2022

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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