Planning Assistant III

Requisition ID: 41720 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ y̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ x̱ wú7mesh(Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City ofReconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towardsbeing the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, andCanada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our corecommitments to sustainability, reconciliation, 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 Planning Assistant III is responsible for helping implement the City of Vancouver Transportation 2040 Plan (T2040), Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP), Vancouver Plan and related projects across a number of areas including walking, cycling, transit and goods movement. This includes supporting corridor planning studies, data analysis and visualisation, as well as creation of graphics and presentations and coordinating stakeholder engagement.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provides research, analysis, communications and graphic design support for projects related to the implementation of T2040, CEAP, Vancouver Plan, Corridor planning projects and others.
  • Develops plans, presentations, maps, and data visualization graphics for Council reports, public engagement and internal communications.
  • Handles public inquires both verbally and in writing as well as using City’s internal applications to document and analyze public requests
  • Liaises with staff from a variety of divisions and departments, including Planning, Engineering and Sustainability, and external stakeholders as necessary
  • Provides data analysis support, including use of GIS data, as part of corridor planning and alignment options review and other projects as required
  • Creates graphical corridor cross section options and evaluate them against each other
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes and interprets transportation and land use data.
  • Provides support in analyzing and prioritizing transportation networks. 
  • Attends occasional public events as required outside of regular work hours.
  • Performs other technical office and field work duties (site visits) as required.
  • Supports the branch such as compiling and analyzing various data spreadsheets and management of the photo library
  • On occasion, assists in coordinating the logistics associated with engagement activities, including organizing and participating in public meetings, preparing mailing lists and public notifications, coordinating logistics, preparing informational and graphic material.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, supplemented or including post-secondary training in planning, public policy, transportation or a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Sound experience as a Planning Assistant II or equivalent work experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound knowledge of local transportation issues and best practices for sustainable transportation.
  • Clear interest and passion for active transportation and transit, addressing climate change, healthy cities and urban resiliency
  • Sound knowledge of transportation corridor general needs and constraints as well as associated transportation data
  • Good knowledge of the City’s transportation network including roads, transit and cycling, as well as transportation policies and regulations.
  • Ability to improve efficiency of existing processes
  • Ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines, and function as a team player while also working individually with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to deal effectively with staff, the public and external agencies are needed.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse group to develop optimal solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
  • Consultation, research and analysis skills and a basic understanding of transportation network and circulation needs
  • Passion in learning new technical subjects and skills
  • Advanced graphic skills (to create presentations) and a demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts into accurate, easily readable products.
  • Proven proficiency with analysis/graphic software packages including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with municipal scale transportation planning, policy analysis and street design (walking, cycling and transit) would be an asset.
  • Proficiency with graphic design software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop), design software (AutoCAD, SketchUp) as well as ArcGIS software would be an asset.
  • Ability to meet transportation needs



Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2024 

Position End Date: July, 2026 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $37.2 to $43.78 per hour


Application Close: July 14, 2024

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders 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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