Regional Planner I (Housing Policy): Metro Vancouver

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Department: Regional Planning & Housing Services
Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31
Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby
Salary Range/ Wage Rate: PG T30 $3,526.40 - $4,175.28 bi-weekly

Our Regional Planning & Housing Services Department is seeking a Regional Planner I who will support the development and implementation of regional housing policy, lead and contribute to best practice research and policy development, and support implementation of the Metro Vancouver Housing 10-Year Plan. 
You are: Knowledgeable of housing policy and other factors affecting affordable housing including land use planning, development approvals processes, land and development economics, housing and demographic data, and the effects of social inequality and marginalization. You bring sound planning/policy experience and are keen to use this knowledge to advance the goals of Metro Vancouver Housing and to identify and pursue opportunities to increase the amount of affordable housing units in the region. You are a good communicator and passionate about providing affordable, safe and secure housing in the region. 

This role:

  • Using knowledge of regional housing issues, trends and policy development, this role supports the development of work plans, conducts research and data analysis, prepares and contributes to reports on housing matters, develops and prepares policy proposals, assesses policy alternatives, and collects and integrates the results of decisions from technical and political committees relative to their consideration of regional housing matters.
  • Organizes, coordinates, designs and implements processes to collect feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders including municipalities, the development industry, housing providers and other levels of government.
  • Acts in a liaison capacity between consultants, municipalities and Metro Vancouver to facilitate effective integration of project schedules; maintains liaison with various internal and external contacts concerned with municipal planning and regional housing development issues and trends.
  • Participates in the development, maintenance and operation of regional development, land use, housing and demographic data and computer models; interprets results of same to political and technical committees, municipal staff and others.
  • Attends related internal and external meetings and, as required, represents the Department to provide technical and professional advice on policy, goals and objectives, and regulations as they related to regional planning and related issues.
  • Prepares and presents, as required verbal and audio-visual presentations and related material and displays on housing and regional development programs and projects.
  • Assigns, checks and supervises the work of one or more technical and clerical staff engaged in research projects. 
  • Conducts regional planning, development, and housing policy studies and prepares and contributes to detailed reports resulting from such studies.
  • Performs related work as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • University graduation in Regional or Urban Planning or a related field at the Masters level and sound related experience; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, methods and procedures applicable to municipal planning and regional development and affordable housing policy including needs, trends, common data sources and the roles of non-profit housing providers & governments.
  • Considerable knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations governing the work performed.
  • Considerable knowledge of the legal aspects of municipal development and of the bylaws and legislation related to planning and regional development activities performed.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer operational and programming principles and practices where applicable and of current literature, trends and developments in fields related to the work.
  • Ability to produce professional quality regional development work under general supervision and use independent judgement as required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to assign and supervise the work of one or more subordinates engaged in technical and clerical work.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Skill in the operation of equipment used in the work, including the operation of computer modelling where applicable.
  • Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia. 

Our Vision

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve. We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities.

Metro Vancouver requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any exemptions and accommodations) and provide proof of vaccination upon hire.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by February 1, 2023.

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