Planner II – Public Space Amenities
Requisition ID: 29375
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.
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Main Purpose & Function
Reporting to the Senior Public Space Engineer and in partnership with Business Planning & Project Support (BPPS), The Planner II is responsible for leading the planning, development and procurement of a multi-year, City-wide street amenities contract. This role handles subject matter that has significant long-term operational and financial implications to the City. Street amenities include automated public toilets, bus shelters, benches, garbage cans, bikes racks, digital advertising panels and similar.
The Planner II reports directly to the Senior Public Space Engineer in the Street Activities Branch, will have one Planning Analyst directly reporting to them, and will work closely with multidisciplinary planners, engineers, communications, special events, and technical staff and various internal and external stakeholders.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Manages multiple, complex projects under the portfolio of street amenities, including developing project terms of reference, scope and budget
- Administers requests for proposals related to street amenities and engagement
- Liaises with other city staff including staff in BPPS, Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, Park and Recreation, Real Estate and Facilities Management and Arts, Culture and Community Services
- Designs assessment criteria and success factors, to evaluate outcomes of existing street amenity programs, contract revenue generation, and inform policy development.
- Develops study parameters, conducts research and surveys, analyzes results, write reports, and formulates policy recommendations
- Represents Public Space and Street Use interests and priorities on inter-departmental working groups for how street amenities are and will be integrated into development community plans, official development plans, large-site redevelopments, rezonings and other city-wide planning initiatives
- Designs and conducts public engagement and consultation with stakeholders and other departments and agencies
- Chairs meetings and attends City Council meetings, and other civic and outside meetings (may include weekday evenings and weekends)
- Coordinates project communication channels internally and externally (web, written etc.)
- Supervises junior branch/technical/professional staff, provides direction to various project team members and oversees consultant teams
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- A post-secondary degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners;
- A minimum of two years’ experience as an urban planning or urban design professional, preferably supplemented by supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Considerable knowledge of urban planning, architecture or research subjects and a working knowledge of best practices in street amenity policy and delivery
- Considerable knowledge of the City’s policies and processes is preferred
- Experience with working in interdisciplinary project teams, evaluating proposals and making strategic recommendations
- Experience with public engagement and working with community groups
- Good knowledge of sources of information and external resources.
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and ability to communicate ideas effectively
- Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and work diplomatically with community groups, professional personnel and effected officials
- Ability to work on multiple program objectives within defined timelines and manage complex projects, budgets, staff and consultant teams
- Ability to use sound judgement
- Ability to supervise staff
- Strong decision making abilities, negotiation skills and interest-based problem solving abilities
- Ability to work independently and within a team environment
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: August, 2021
Position End Date: August, 2023
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-031: $48.78 to $57.7 per hour
Application Close: July 31, 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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