Planner II (City Design Studio)

Requisition ID: 34624 


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 Vancouver Plan coordinated and managed by Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability (PDS) 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 Urban Designer / Planner II position within the City Design Studio that will be work closely with the Vancouver Plan integrated project team, and with the City Design Studio. The City Design Studio is a multi-disciplinary urban design group within the Department of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability that provides direction, guidance and support in the physical design of Vancouver’s built environments.


This is a complex professional urban design position that will be responsible for leading, contributing and working collaboratively on large scale, multi-disciplinary urban design projects from the area plan to the city scale. As part of the Vancouver Plan team, the successful applicant will contribute to: the development, analysis, visualization and evaluation of trade-offs of future city scenarios; play a key role in leading internal and external work toward a structure plan; work as a part of the integrated project team throughout the project, including participating in public consultation; and, help coordinate the work of the City Design Studio supporting the City-wide Plan.  The role will coordinate, support, develop and implement urban design projects; plan and provide support to PDS programs such as the Broadway Plan, the Climate Emergency Response, and major project sites; and consult with and advise other civic departments, external agencies, and proponents. The position will lead built form and public realm studies and projects, as well as on-going research and innovation related to the built environment.


The successful candidate will play a key role in advancing the work of the Vancouver Plan and City Design Studio in developing and applying data analytic tools to assist in scenario modelling and evaluation of urban design alternatives across a holistic spectrum of indicators and metrics. The position will lead and direct research and application of best practice regarding key indicators and metrics in collaboration with other city divisions and departments, as well as external experts and advisors.  The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional ability to communicate and frame complex relationships between research, data driven analysis and urban design principles. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize, develop, test and refine structure plan concepts, urban design approaches and city-wide systems plans, including exploration/testing of building and public realm/right-of-way typologies at an area level.
  • Document and present complex urban design themes and analysis, including: illustrative work, report writing, meeting facilitation, and presentations to other staff, management, Council and stakeholders.
  • Provide professional urban design input and advice for the Vancouver Plan, selected major projects and area plans, as well as expertise on special projects involving physical city-building issues or projects of particular public interest including the Broadway Plan the Climate Emergency Response.
  • Work collaboratively and in an integrated way with other members of the Vancouver Plan, the City Design Studio, the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department, and other City Departments.
  • Advance development of resilient neighbourhood design performance metrics and indicators, with particular focus on applications to the Vancouver Plan future scenarios, policy option development, and the Climate Emergency Response, working collaboratively with multiple City departments to incorporate current best practice related to data-based design strategies, and developing and building partnerships to integrate with the research and work of external agencies such as UBC.
  • Supervise professional, technical, and clerical staff engaged in the work.
  • Support and facilitate public consultations including community events, workshops and meetings (including weekday evenings and weekends).



Education & Experience:

  • A University graduate degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia.
  • Extensive professional experience in urban design (minimum 5 years preferred) including experience in the private sector, or an equivalent combination of University education and experience.
  • Experience working in a design capacity, from concept through to detailed design, on a range of project scales.
  • Experience integrating various layers of urban design (including built form, land use, open space, transportation and infrastructure) and working across scales from building typologies, to area plans, neighbourhood and city-wide analysis and evolution.
  • Experience working with and developing urban design data-driven analysis and scenario planning, creating and building decision making frameworks, criteria and performance metrics at the neighbourhood and city scale.
  • Experience providing review, advice and comment on urban design and architecture proposals and applications desired.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated design ability through a range of scales.
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, modeling, analyzing and visualizing urban design concepts.
  • Superior 3D modelling and data analytic skills, particularly at the district scale.
  • Strong graphic visualization and representation capabilities in a variety of mediums.
  • Considerable knowledge of public consultation, land use issues, site planning, urban design, transportation, and sustainable design practices is essential.
  • Strong interpersonal, public engagement and communications skills while engaging with other planning staff and members of the community.
  • Considerable skill in collaborative decision making, negotiation, conflict resolution, and interest-based problem solving.
  • Ability to lead and collaborate on project teams and be accountable for developing work plans and completing deliverables on time in a  high pressure environment.
  • Ability to supervise staff assigned to various projects and direct the work of consultants engaged on planning projects.
  • Ability to develop planning policies, regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to facilitate public consultation processes.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues through Council reports and presentations, or comparable documentation and presentations.
  • Full working knowledge of GIS, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and the Adobe Creative Suite is desirable.  Experience in Revit, Dynamo, Rhino and Grasshopper is an asset.


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: Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability (1275) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $51.78 to $61.23 per hour


Application Close: January 21, 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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