Project Manager II - Site Planning and Rezoning

Requisition ID: 25675 


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 Project Manager II focuses on the early stages of development of PEF (Property Endowment Fund - within the Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFM) department properties and VAHEF (Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund in the Arts Culture Community Services (ACCS) department properties. The emphasis is on the early stages of capital projects, with an emphasis on long-term planning, site optimization and feasibility options that test land use and built form. The objective of this work is to find the best value and outcome and to inform the decision making process going forward. Long-term facility planning ensures that the City meets its present and future service needs in the most efficient and financially sustainable manner, aligning with the City’s strategic goals. This position is responsible for providing technical oversight of spaces delivered to the City via private development projects. The Project Manager may also lead project teams in the design, construction, and delivery of civic capital projects.


Working in support of and collaboration with Real Estate’s Senior Leadership Team and VAHEF Leadership and Development Managers, the Project Manager II will also be responsible for providing a high degree of knowledge associated with zoning, rezoning, planning tools and methodologies while providing leadership in negotiations with various departments and internal and external stakeholders.



Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Focuses on the early stages of projects, with an emphasis on long-term planning, site optimization and feasibility options that test land use and built form.
  • Oversees physical master planning, site planning, feasibility options that test land use and built form.
  • Prepares rezoning submissions, reports and graphics, makes presentations to the Real Estate department as well as, to relevant Panels, including the Urban Design Panel, the Development Permit Board, City Council and in public meetings and sessions.
  • Monitors the progress of the work related to budget, schedule, sustainability, quality and completeness; identify problems; evaluate if alternate approaches should be taken to meet the targets.
  • Ensures that projects meet all the program requirements and are delivered within the approved budget and timelines.
  • Represents the City interest in meetings as the owner’s Project Manager.
  • Reviews legal agreement with consultants, contractors etc. and recommend actions as appropriate.
  • Reviews and recommend change orders and invoices.
  • Assists other City Departments in the receipt of Amenity Bonus spaces, including liaising with Law Department on the agreements related to these spaces.
  • Represents the Department on City committees as required.
  • Prepares project descriptions and/or conceptual plans to illustrate project requirements for project justification.
  • Provides technical oversight of spaces delivered to the City through private developments.
  • Prepares project budget and Council Reports for approval by senior staff and Council.
  • Acts as the City’s representative and liaise between consultants, clients and City departments in matters pertaining to projects program, design, construction and contracts.
  • Manages projects to ensure that the program of requirements, including the City’s sustainability policies, is incorporated into the project.
  • Reviews tenders and construction documents and obtain tenders.
  • Reviews plans at various stages for conformity with the program of requirements, cost-effectiveness, and inclusion of later requests made through correspondence or meetings.
  • Reviews change orders, progress payment certificates and recommends payment.
  • Reviews and maintains project cost data and issue monthly reports.
  • Reviews construction to ascertain it is in general conformance with contract documents.
  • Reviews consultants’ review and testing reports and recommend action where appropriate.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • University degree in Architecture and registration as a Professional Architect in the Province of BC.
  • Project Management training/certificate such as a PMP designation and /or membership or eligibility for membership in the Planning Institute of British Columbia would be an asset.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in professional experience in architecture and urban design or an equivalent combination of education and experience and a minimum of 8 years proven and progressive project management experience in facility development.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of institutional building design and construction practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of sustainable building design and construction practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of structural and non-structural design principles.
  • Considerable knowledge of City of Vancouver Permit practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the City of Vancouver Planning processes, tools and methodologies
  • Knowledge of the design and construction of civic buildings.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD or similar drafting software, Sketch Up, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator etc.
  • Ability to utilize urban planning principles and urban site optimization 
  • Ability to project manage civic buildings and related facilities.
  • Ability to estimate costs of a variety of building projects, types of materials, methods of estimating and classes of estimates.
  • Ability to prepare and manage capital budgets.
  • Ability to prepare construction specifications and consulting agreements
  • Ability to review, analyze and effectively critique building plans, specifications and contract documents.
  • Ability to deal effectively with architects, engineers, contractors, City Departments and the general public to establish cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations, determine appropriate courses of action and prepare reports related to the same for discussion.
  • Ability to write clear, concise and complete reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects with tight time lines.
  • Knowledge of the City’s set of business programs: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook etc.


Drivers License and Record Checks:

  • Valid Driver’s License for the Province of BC.


Business Unit/Department: Real Estate & Facilities Mgmt (1100) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: April, 2021 

Position End Date: April, 2023 


Application Close: April 14, 2021

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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