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Technical Supervisor - Engineering - Utilities Management

Requisition ID: 12423 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

Reporting to the Branch Manager, Utilities Management, the Technical Supervisor manages a team of technical staff, clerks and site construction coordinators. The Technical Supervisor is responsible for full life-cycle utilities projects including supporting the Senior Engineer in the development of policy, guidelines and procedures for the Utilities Management Branch.


The Technical Supervisor is responsible for developing, analyzing and applying policy through liaising with internal and external stakeholders as well as writing technical responses and memos. This position also provides full support for complex technical work in the Utilities Management Branch involved in the day to day approval and coordination of construction works and projects related to telecommunications and utility coordination issues.



Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to technical staff, clerks and construction coordinators including hiring, assigning responsibilities, evaluating performance, coaching, mentoring, training and development, and providing support to the Branch Manager for discipline and termination of staff.
  • Provides technical expertise for regulating the use of City streets by private telecommunications and utilities; in addition, the work involves supporting participation in proceedings with regulatory agencies such as the CRTC and the BC Utilities Commission and developing policy around these activities. 
  • Initiates and completes detailed design work and technical studies, works with City construction crews and directs other technical and clerical staff to assist in carrying out the required duties. 
  • Performs complex investigations, co-ordination of construction works and innovative projects related to telecommunications and utility coordination issues and participates in meetings with internal staff, consultants, other government organizations and the public. 
  • Oversees the daily branch operations and directs staff in their daily duties of processing plan reviews with an advanced degree of supervisory technical responsibility.
  • Checks and reviews the work performed for technical adequacy and conformance to established procedures.
  • Develops and builds on complex partnerships with internal and external stakeholders necessary to successfully deliver on project objectives, ensuring that stakeholders are identified, engaged, informed and given opportunities to shape project details as applicable.
  • Represents Engineering Services in multi-disciplinary project technical teams to co-ordinate and manage departmental review processes for project design drawings and standards, and making decisions for any identified conflicts as necessary.
  • Negotiates on behalf of Engineering Services with third party utilities, developers, consultants, and government bodies to ensure that the best interests of the City are met with respect to use of streets infrastructure.
  • Reviews and develops construction standards, policies and procedures which are reflected in the Street Utility By-Law, Utilities Design and Construction Manual and several Municipal Access Agreements.
  • Reviews and coordinates large scale utility construction projects for all aspects of utility planning including dealing with issues and concerns as they pertain to the different projects.
  • Receives and responds to all public enquiries, questions and concerns regarding utility work on street right of way as well as working on building relationships and identifying construction coordination opportunities with other public and private utilities.
  • Performs technical duties and special assignments to meet the operational needs of the branch.
  • Researches and provides technical and other information regarding utilities infrastructure for the public, city staff, or private companies.
  • Provides written correspondence as required and maintains records and files.
  • Performs other related work as required.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by relevant advanced technical courses plus considerable related experience with civil construction in a utility, municipal setting and considerable related experience in design, construction and technical supervision including operational and administrative responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • A Certificate or Diploma in Engineering (C.Tech., AScT.) is an asset.
  • Extensive background in the City’s third party utility use of streets and municipal access process and relevant City by-laws is preferred.
  • Experience in technical supervision and project management including planning, detailed design, construction, and contract management of engineering projects and in particular utilities such as BC Hydro, Fortis, Telus or Creative Energy is preferred.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities


  • Familiarity with the City’s street system and third party utility policies and regulations
  • Knowledge of corporate policies, procedures, programs and practices, including EGBC’s OQM processes as well as Project Management methodologies
  • Strong supervisory, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to deal effectively and tactfully and maintain cooperative relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency with both MS Office Suite, AutoCAD, VanDocs, and PlanIt software  would be considered an asset, along with the ability to utilize Blue Beam and POSSE
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Ability to review, analyze, assess and interpret plans, specifications, legal agreements, and other material related to the work.



Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License is a requirement of this position
  • The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities
  • Your driving record will be reviewed as part of the application process. Candidates must demonstrate a safe driving history, as assessed by the City of Vancouver.
  • Occasional local area travel is also a requirement of this position. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of Engineering Services and applicants must be willing to apply for membership in the City’s Car-Share program.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-028: $43.04 to $50.85 per hour


Application Close: January 20, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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