Senior Project Manager - Development and Major Projects

Requisition ID: 27253 


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 
The Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing a number of complex, high priority development projects. The position is a part of a technical cross-disciplinary team that works closely with a team of Branch Managers, Project Managers, Corporate functional groups, Design and Operations groups, along with multiple internal and external stakeholders and partners.


The Senior Project Manager also provides overarching project management responsibilities for Engineering Services for a number of development projects.


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Manager, Development and Major Projects Branch. The position oversees and leads cross-functional staff, which includes Planning, Legal Services, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Engineers, and other technical and support roles.


The position also works closely with project sponsors, the Engineering leadership team, department financial analyst, other City Departments and externally with groups such as other municipalities, and various partners, stakeholders, and agencies. 


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for facilitating large area developments in the policy, rezoning, development permit, and construction phases
  • Manages/fosters the relationship between the City and the development/construction industry, with a focus on minimizing impacts to residents, business owners and the public
  • Oversees the design, construction, and acceptance process for large scale developer funded road works
  • Represents Engineering Services in multi-disciplinary project technical teams that process large and/or complex developments
  • Liaises with consultants, contractors, engineers, other professionals, stakeholders, developers, land owners and regulatory agency representatives for development application review and approvals
  • Responsible for instructing Legal Services and reviewing legal agreements to facilitate development, primarily for the purposes of securing public works, rights-of-ways, encroachments and options to purchase, while limiting risk and liability to the City
  • Provides direction on and oversees development project and project management activities including defining project scope, objectives, success factors, deliverables, and quality measurements to meet the business needs;
  • Identifies and engages stakeholders to identify and manage risks throughout the project; identifies funding gaps and prepares reports and presentations;
  • Facilitates and leads project progress reporting and decision-making meetings with the project departmental leadership;
  • Works with a team of Project Managers, Planners, Engineers, Lawyers, Design and Operations groups, multiple internal and external stakeholders, and partners to project manage externally led projects (some exceeding $10M in value),
  • Provides project status reports and makes recommendations on items such as scope change or mitigation strategies to the Project Sponsor(s),
  • Contributes to the adoption of project management practices through mentorship, project management framework development and training opportunities;
  • Identifies and manages both project specific and program wide opportunities to enhance overall value to the public from the perspectives of scope, quality, schedule, cost, risk, resources, stakeholder expectations and overall public disruption;
  • Responsible for developing and updating relevant department by-laws, policies and guidelines
  • Provides leadership and guidance to junior Engineers and Engineering Assistants, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, evaluating performance, coaching, mentoring and training and development
  • Leads meetings between internal staff, developers, and consultants
  • Responsible for administering project accounts and identifying financial risks
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Planning and a minimum of six years’ related experience leading multi-disciplinary teams through the various stages of complex development projects, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience developing and reporting on projects and programs, researching and preparing business cases for various projects and initiatives, developing analyses and reports; and formulating options for presentation and decision-making.
  • Experience in public consultation and conflict resolution with the ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from both stakeholders and team members
  • Experience working in public sector environment


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge in infrastructure or engineering projects
  • Extensive knowledge of the City’s land development process
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, processes and policies and their application
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate, engage and mentor staff
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively negotiate complex issues with developers in the best interest of the department, City, and taxpayers
  • Ability to build relationships and influence others while respecting the sensitive and political challenges that impact decisions
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects and processes with competing schedules and resources
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and manage projects and project teams crossing multiple divisions, multiple business processes and multiple stakeholder groups
  • Ability to innovate, lead and implement change in the workplace
  • Ability to converse with, write reports for and create/deliver presentations to all levels of colleagues and peer groups in ways that support problem solving and planning
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with technical and professional staff, as well as external third parties
  • Ability to manage change and assist others with adapting to change
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and resolve conflicts arising within the project team or in interactions with others in the most advantageous manner to all parties



Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2021 

Position End Date: June, 2022


Application Close: May 24, 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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