Social Planner II - Childcare

Requisition ID: 32249 


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 Social Planner II in Social Policy and Projects is responsible for working with investors and partners, private and non-profit sectors, and the Provincial government, to deliver social infrastructure with a focus on childcare. The position plays an important role in coordinating, planning and implementing a variety of programs and project specific work related to securing social infrastructure/childcare and supporting childcare providers in the delivery of affordable, quality, licensed childcare through the City’s planning and Social development processes, legal agreements and capital grants. The position brings expertise to a range of complex issues, undertaking rigorous analytical and research activities to support critical decisions, partnerships, projects, plans and strategies. The work requires significant collaboration and cooperation across City departments, the private sector, non-profit sector, advocacy groups and other external stakeholders.


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Managing Director of Social Policy & Projects, as well as receiving direction and support from a Senior Planner. The incumbent works with other City departments, as well as external private, public, non-profit organizations and senior levels of government. The position also supervises professional and technical staff and external consultants.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develops, reviews and implements childcare strategies, policies and guidelines aimed at preserving, renewing and replacing the existing stock in Vancouver, through various regulatory and other legal mechanisms.
  • Provides coordination, planning, research and analysis related to the expansion of the supply of affordable, quality, licensed childcare through planning and development processes
  • Liaises with key external stakeholders, including, but not limited to: the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Vancouver School Board, BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Urban Development Institute and non-profit sector to deliver projects as well as influence, affect and deliver broad system and policy changes that improve the lives of Vancouver citizens.
  • Collaborates with MCFD and other governmental entities and ministries to assist in creating opportunities for the delivery of new licensed childcare spaces.
  • Collaborates with a wide range of internal departments (e.g. Planning & Development Services, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Development, Buildings & Licensing, Finance, Law).
  • Provides oversight on non-profit operator selection for turn-key childcare facility projects, including leading negotiations with proponents on lease and operating agreements.
  • Provides input and implements city-wide childcare policies.
  • Prepares and manages work programs, including supervising other professional and technical staff and external consultants.
  • Writes reports, including complex Council reports and presenting complex material to staff, senior management, external agencies, the public and City Council.
  • Develops and leads collaborative and robust approaches to engagement and communication with external and internal partners that include designing, attending and facilitating public processes.
  • Employs a continuous improvement approach to the delivery of data collection and management and analysis utilizing a diverse range of qualitative and qualitative analytical techniques – including economic analysis and review of land use policies – to enable effective implementation of social infrastructure/childcare facilities and provide robust assessments of options and outcomes.
  • Provides leadership for the development and implementation of multi-funder innovation granting initiative including creating informal partnership agreements in collaboration with Law.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • A university degree in Social Sciences, Planning, or related studies, combined with considerable experience in and commitment to developing social infrastructure including affordable, quality, licensed childcare, preferably supplemented by supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on supporting best practices in advancing equity, reconciliation, and inclusion within social infrastructure and childcare, is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of civic childcare policies, grants and role of senior levels of government
  • Thorough knowledge of land use planning, land and development economics and social policies
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in project management and facilitation of complex projects and issues
  • Considerable knowledge of project management philosophies and practices, including project scope, budgeting, scheduling and coordination of team activities
  • Thorough knowledge of the non-profit, community-based social service sector in Vancouver including government and private funding sources
  • Considerable knowledge of community development approaches and principles
  • Considerable experience with spreadsheets, presentation and database software
  • Up to date knowledge of social, economic, political, demographic trends, factors and issues related to early care and learning, planning and development, and community economic development
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) including the ability to clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with managers of senior government childcare programs, non-profit sponsors, and with senior personnel in other City departments (e.g. Planning & Development Services, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Budgets, Law)
  • Ability to develop childcare strategies and policies aimed at preserving, renewing and replacing the existing stock in Vancouver, through various regulatory and other legal mechanisms
  • Ability to prepare complex reports and information to Council and present complex material to City staff, senior management, external agencies, the public
  • Ability to supervise professional and technical staff assigned to various projects and direct the work of consultants engaged on planning projects
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and the public
  • Ability to perform planning research and assess option feasibility through financial and policy analysis
  • Ability to deal with sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment
  • Ability to adjust to a complex organizational structure with shifting priorities on highly politicized issues
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements.



Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: November, 2021

Position End Date: August, 2022

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-31: $50.76 to $60.03 per hour


Application Close: October 17, 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.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.


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