Project Manager II - Senior Public Space Project Manager

Requisition ID: 34631 


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 
Streets are among the City’s greatest public space assets. As the City grows and densifies these spaces become an even more critical component of the liveability, inclusivity, and vitality of the city.  Street Activities, as a part of the Public Space and Street Use Division, collaborates with external community partners and multiple internal City departments to deliver new public spaces, manage some of the City’s public space assets, and support the use of streets and public spaces for cultural expression, social connection and gathering, community-building, and economic vitality.


The Street Activities Branch is seeking a talented Senior Public Space Project Manager to oversee our public space Planning and Partnership and Design teams. The primary responsibilities of this position are to: co-manage our plaza and parklet programs; coordinate with internal partners to address some of the most acute public space needs in the city; support external partners and communities interested in public gathering spaces and placemaking, particularly as a form of cultural redress; and lead many of the branch’s more complex public space projects and pilots that advance our public life goals. This work requires strong collaboration with internal partners, external community partners, and multiple teams within Street Activities. It also requires strong leadership, project management and creative problem-solving skills.  and project management.


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

This position will report directly to the Streets Activities Branch Manager and supervise unionized and exempt staff within the Branch.  Key external contacts include community partners such as non-profits, community organizations and business improvement associations as well as institutional partners like TransLink or the Province of BC. Internal partners include: Transportation, Social Policy, Cultural Services, Park Board, Planning, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Risk Management, etc.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the Planning & Partnership team and the Public Space Design team
  • Frame the teams’ project work and associated steps, which include helping to coordinate between teams, overseeing input from a variety of stakeholders and coordinating the workflow.
  • Support scoping for a variety of public space initiatives with internal and external partners
  • Develop and manage associated work programs and capital budgets.
  • Manage complex, integrated projects through full cycle from project initiation through to project closeout.
  • Provide direction on and oversees project and project management activities including defining scope, objectives, deliverables, quality measurements to meet the branch needs
  • Co-lead the plaza and parklet program in Street Activities
  • Integrate and support the development and implementation of public  engagement processes
  • Manage work of consultants and external contracts as required.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to work groups, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, performance development and evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and training, and discipline.
  • Identify and manage both project specific and program wide opportunities to enhance public life goals in the branch
  • Acting role for Branch Manager as needed.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in a related field
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer, Landscape Architect, Architect, or Planner with a minimum of 8 years of related experience or eligibility for registration in BC
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred but not required
  • Minimum of 8 years of industry experience in project management with progressively complex projects related to public space planning, land use and/or transportation planning
  • Sound experience in implementation of public space policy and the translation of policy into built form.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and reporting on projects and programs, researching and preparing business cases for various projects and initiatives
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Experience in working collaborating with diverse internal and external  groups


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills including a demonstrated ability to deal with multiple tasks and set/meet competing deadlines.
  • Experience in developing collaborative working relationships with the ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and encourage cooperation and support from both stakeholders and team members
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage numerous projects with competing schedules and resources; including the ability to successfully manage project and program budgets and develop cost recovery models. 
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships with the public, outside agencies and other employees while respecting the sensitivities and trade-offs of decisions. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Experience in construction management project delivery approaches
  • Extensive knowledge of civil engineering practices and procedures related to the design, construction and maintenance of public space and transportation infrastructure.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, and processes
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and manage projects and project teams crossing multiple divisions, multiple business processes and multiple stakeholder groups
  • Ability to manage employee development as well as addressing disciplinary issues
  • Proven ability to innovate, lead and implement change in the workplace



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: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022   


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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