Administrative and Office Personnel

Planner

Permanent

Richardson Executive Search

Planner Cranbrook, BC

PLANNER

THE OPPORTUNITY

We have an excellent opportunity for a Planner to join the City of Cranbrook, BC. Reporting to the Director of Engineering and Development Services, the responsibilities of the Planner will include corporate research and development; analysis of proposals, such as, development permits, zoning and land use changes and ensuring that proposals meet the requirements of current bylaws and related objectives of the Municipality. The ideal candidate will have experience/exposure working in a local government setting, knowledge of the Local Government Act, and other related legislation, and be skilled in the preparation and presentation of reports and submissions.

The successful candidate is a results-oriented team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment with exposure and/or experience consulting with the public, committees and Council and possessing a solid knowledge of planning principles, practices, and objectives of municipal planning.

THE ORGANIZATION

The City of Cranbrook is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia amongst the majestic Rockies and Purcell mountains, in close proximity to Alberta and the Canada/USA border. With a population of approximately 20,000, Cranbrook is the largest community in the East Kootenay with a trading base of approximately 70,000. Cranbrook provides an inviting lifestyle in a beautiful setting that has made the City of Cranbrook a welcoming and growing place in which to live, work and play.

For more information visit their website at:  www.cranbrook.ca.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertakes special projects, Corporate research and development.
  • Involved in long range and current planning functions.
  • Responsible for research on land use plans and the processing of all development applications under the Local Government Act and related legislation.
  • Assist in policy and community planning related research, including:
    • coordinating and conducting various development and policy planning studies.
    • preparing detailed reports and related policy statements.
    • preparing/revising plans to ensure compliance with existing planning legislation, bylaws, regulations, and planning policies.
  • Prepare bylaws (including Official Community Plan and other land use bylaws), reports, permits, contracts, and development agreements as required by the Municipal Clerk and/or the Director of Corporate Services.
  • Perform professional planning work; design, implement and evaluate planning projects of significant impact; develop and administer land and development inventory and other processes.
  • Respond to project enquiries and correspondence from the general public, developers and others; explain matters of civic policy, regulations and bylaws.
  • Prepare notice of meeting and agenda and ensure appropriate follow-up is completed – i.e.: minutes, directives, and correspondence.
  • Attend, participate and/or organize meetings, as required, with City Committees, Provincial and Federal Government agencies and committees, community or special interest groups and other groups; represent the department, facilitate presentations, and answer questions on project basis.
  • Coordinate and conduct development and policy project assignments by investigating problems and identifying issues; research projects, assign and organize surveys, analyze results and formulate recommendations; prepare and present reports to various committees, Director of Corporate Services, City Administrator and City Council.
  • Prepares Terms of Reference for consultant studies, establishes selection criteria, undertakes initial evaluation of consultants, and recommends selection; provides direction and professional guidance to consultants hired by the City of Cranbrook.
  • Assist the Director of Corporate Services in departmental budget preparation; develops project details impacting on budget and assists in preparing departmental work plans.
  • Provide support to senior staff and City Council as required.
  • Supervise subordinate staff members on a required project basis and provide guidance and expertise.
  • Perform related work as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University degree in Planning or other related discipline.
  • Planning experience in British Columbia.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of computer based graphic mapping programs (Autodesk, AutoCAD Map and ESRI ArcGIS software along with a broad general knowledge of information technology systems and database programming techniques).
  • Membership or eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Progressively responsible professional planning experience with an emphasis on development and policy planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of municipal planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of Local Government Act, related planning legislation, planning policies, bylaws and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with a wide range of public consultation and facilitation methods.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to teamwork.
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in the area of work assigned.
  • Ability to deal tactfully on political issues and present professional recommendations and advice for committee and Council consideration.
  • Ability to understand and respond to legal opinions and government policy documents.
  • Skill in preparing and presenting comprehensive plans, reports, and submissions.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, primarily WORD, EXCEL and POWERPOINT.
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License
  • Clean Background Check

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Familiar with Scada systems.
  • Must be proficient with computerized accounting system.
  • Time management and organizational skills desired.
  • Ability to track and log data.
  • Ability to perform duties with limited supervision.
  • Works well in team setting.
  • Basic accounting skills and familiarity with Municipal finances and budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact well with, and respond to inquiries from employees, Management, Council, Ratepayers and Vendors.
  • Must be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time constraints.
  • Ability to interpret, implement and adhere to organizational policies and procedures.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Jesse Jacobson | T: 587.453.4242 | E: jesse.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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