Transportation Planner II

Requisition ID: 2583 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and we are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top 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

The Transportation Planner 2 plays a key role in delivering Transportation 2040 Plan objectives and policies, and providing leadership in linking with other key citywide policies including the Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and Healthy City Strategy. The position will also help identify emerging trends and lead the development of new citywide transportation-related policies. The Transportation Planner II would also support other teams implementing policies and programs within the Transportation Division on an as-needed basis.


Reporting Relationships

The Transportation Planner II sits within the Transportation Planning Branch within Engineering Services. This position reports directly to the Senior Regional & Capital Planning Engineer and will work closely with multidisciplinary transportation engineers, planners, and technical staff with Transportation Planning, among other Engineering branches and various City of Vancouver departments.   


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

This position will independently lead and strategically implement with minimum supervision the following:


  • Be a subject matter expert for long range transportation policy planning and ensure broad organizational alignment to support the delivery of Transportation 2040 policies and objectives
  • Represent transportation interests on other key citywide strategies including the Greenest City Action Plan, Healthy City Strategy, and Renewable City Plan
  • Develop and deliver a periodic report-back and update strategy for Transportation 2040
  • Identify emerging trends and lead the development of new transportation policies, e.g. around disruptive technology, automated and connected vehicle technology, citywide parking policy
  • Provide policy leadership and planning support to other staff teams over a 30 year horizon around active transportation, transit, complete streets, community plans, mobility pricing and other citywide programs as needed
  • Participates and provides leadership in designing and facilitating broad stakeholder engagement on citywide transportation issues and trends
  • Develop and deliver reports and presentations to diverse audiences, including senior management, Council, external stakeholders, and visiting delegates
  • Acts as a liaison with other departments and outside agencies, including TransLink
  • Keeps current on emerging transportation planning and policy trends
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



 Education and Experience:

  • University degree in planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and a minimum of two to five years’ experience as a planning professional, preferably supplemented by supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an interest and training in Urban Transportation Planning (ie. Master’s degree, certification or other course work)
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is preferred.
  • Experience working in and leading interdisciplinary teams, facilitating, evaluating proposals, communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences, and making sound recommendations
  • Demonstrated experience leading and developing engagement strategies and strategic plans, and in identifying, engaging, and building trust with stakeholders
  • Strong leadership abilities with demonstrated experience overseeing junior staff
  • Experience in long-term policy planning, urban and spatial analysis, and preparing  and delivering reports and presentations for senior decision-makers


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional understanding of sustainable transportation, parking, urban design, and land use best practices;
  • Ability to navigate local political landscape, diverse stakeholder perspectives, and public opinion
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and visual communication skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines and provide leadership on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Expertise in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; GIS an asset
  • Ability to achieve multiple program objectives within defined timelines, manage complex projects, budgets, staff and consultant teams effectively
  • Ability to facilitate collaborative decision making, negotiation, interest-based problem solving
  • Ability to work independently, be creative and use sound judgement
  • Strong leadership abilities and demonstrated experience supervising junior staff
  • Ability to communicate ideas and make recommendations to governmental officials
  • Ability to act in a coordinated capacity internally within the department and with City officials and other interested  groups including citizen groups

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: April (or May) 2017 

Position End Date: Two years from start date, with possibility of extension

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $46.88 to $55.46 per hour, based on a 35 hour work week


Application Close:  April 21, 2017
The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

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.