Policy Analyst

Requisition ID: 35151 


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

This position oversees the technical and administrative priorities in the delivery and implementation of a variety of by-laws aimed at ensuring liquor based businesses have met regulatory requirements.  


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

Reporting to the Manager, Licence Office and the Deputy Chief Licence Inspector. Directly supervising two staff members – Information and Applications Specialist and Clerk III. Works closely with other internal departments, including other branches within Development, Buildings and Licensing, Engineering, Planning, Social Policy, Finance, Legal Services, Fire and VPD. This role also regularly interacts with other government agencies, including staff and director level functions at the Provincial government level. The Coordinator is required to work directly with industry representatives, community interest groups and the public on a number of projects involving liquor based businesses applications, amendments and community complaints under sometimes demanding timeframes and conditions.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities



  • Provide overall supervision, leadership and direction for the liquor group.
  • Lead role in application and review process for liquor licenses and events
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders as it related to Liquor licensing.
  • Decide on notification requirements and extent of notification. Prepare public notification and site signage wording and then analyze responses and opinions
  • Present at public meeting.
  • Meet with applicants about their proposal and provide feedback, on items such as Council policy and Neighbourhood impacts.
  • Make recommendations on applications to senior management and Council.
  • Prepare and present reports to Council, responding to questions as required.
  • Provide input into Special Events city wide where liquor service is a component
  • Review Licence Bylaws to address inconsistencies resulting from Provincial liquor changes and proposing bylaw amendments to reflect new / amended City liquor licensing policies.
  • In consultation with planning staff, develop and /or amend definitions and land use categories, and regulation in the Zoning and Development Bylaw to address liquor licensing issues and policies.
  • Provide verbal and written advise on liquor licensing issues to the public, staff, Council and outside agencies.



  • Enforcement lead for liquor based establishments, review police information and taking appropriate actions.
  • Respond to public complaints regarding liquor establishments and noise issues.
  • Meet with owners of problem premise.
  • Make recommendations on escalated enforcement action to Deputy Chief License Inspector.



  • Document and maintain Standard Operation Procedures (SOPS)
  • Update public webpages with respect to processes and policies
  • Develop minor policy updates and coordinate with various policy groups.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of university graduation in the social sciences, economics or a related field, preferably at the post-graduate level, coupled with considerable related experience in local government or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the by-laws, regulations, policies and procedures as it relates to the work performed.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable Provincial regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge of departmental regulations and procedures for by-law enforcement.
  • Ability to supervise a group of employees.
  • Ability to promote and maintain harmonious relationships with Departmental staff, outside agencies, business community and the public.
  • Ability to enforce by-laws and regulations with firmness, impartiality and good judgement.
  • Ability to assist in developing policies and procedures, to evaluate the implications of proposals and to identify problems and recommend solutions and to prepare a variety of reports related to the work.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records on various aspects of the program.
  • Ability to act as a resource to external and internal contacts on a variety of projects or events.


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: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022 

Position End Date: January, 2023 

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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