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Supervisor, Land Use Planning

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Supervisor, Land Use Planning Prince George, British Columbia

THE OPPORTUNITY

We have an exciting opportunity for a Supervisor, Land Use Planning to join the City of Prince George, BC.

Reporting to the Manager, Development Services, the Supervisor, Land Use Planning is responsible for effectively supervising the planning function and for developing and implementing policies and bylaws related to current planning and land use management in Prince George. Areas of responsibility include the Official Community Plan, Neighborhood Plans, zoning Bylaw, development permits, development variance permits, liquor licensing, agricultural land reserve, and other land use related applications. The incumbent has additional responsibility for long range plans and studies, long range planning contract administration, data collection and analysis, policy research, community consultation, and report preparation.

The Supervisor is further responsible for overseeing the efficient and professional operation of the front counter, permit and business licensing functions and has supervisory responsibility for unionized administrative staff. There is particular emphasis on business process analysis and improvement and supporting the implementation of software solutions to enhance services relied upon by the public.

THE MUNICIPALITY

The City of Prince George is a city of 74,000 people and is the largest city in northern British Columbia. It is a community with assets that include university and college, affordable housing, well-paying jobs, and comprehensive transportation infrastructure.

For more information, please visit their website at:  www.princegeorge.ca.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides leadership to staff and consultants, supporting other team members to grow and develop, and for overseeing the operations of the land use planning, business licensing, permit and front service counter functions.
  • Plans and implements a wide range of complex programs related to land use policy and planning.
  • Provides technical and professional input and undertaking comprehensive stakeholder and community-wide communication and consultation strategy for policy development and plan implementation.
  • Provides leadership to employees and provides direction on priorities, in consultation with the Manager.
  • Has the authority to recruit, supervise, and direct staff in the delivery of their services and programs.
  • Ensures that new employees receive an orientation, identifies, and implements staff training and development needs, monitors, and follows up on employee absences, and ensures that job descriptions are accurate and current.
  • Appraises the performance of staff and as required, initiates, and implements progressive discipline procedures.
  • Provides technical and professional input on Land Use Planning and land use management issues.
  • The incumbent is responsible for remaining current on provincial and federal legislation and regulations, as well as case law regarding planning and land use issues and initiating action to ensure City compliance.
  • Ensures that the function operates in accordance with the policies established by the City.
  • In conjunction with the Manager, the incumbent is responsible for identifying, developing, and ensuring the implementation of improved workplace practices and procedures.
  • Ensures that existing policies and procedures related to the operation are clearly identified, documented, communicated to staff, and consistently applied.
  • Plays a critical support role in the development and implementation of technological solutions to enhance customer services.
  • Works closely with IT, the Service Centre and other City staff to identify needs and research options, best practices, and other service models.
  • Oversees software upgrades/updates, participates in testing activities, provides feedback, coordinates related training, and maintains documentation.
  • Plays a vital role within the community by liaising with community interest groups and maintains regular contact with the general public.
  • Acts to raise the public profile of planning and land use issues, and as required, represents the Department on assigned committees.
  • Liaises with government officials to address land use planning and land use management issues of concern.
  • Prepares a variety of reports on planning and land use applications, policies, bylaws, and initiatives and is required, from time to time, to make presentations to Council or at other public forums in the absence of the Manager or Director.
  • Drafts or revises bylaws applicable to Land Use Planning and land use issues.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Postgraduate University Degree in Land use, Environmental or Regional Planning, geography, or related discipline.
  • Five (5) years of related planning experience is required, three (3) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity within a unionized environment.
  • Previous experience with Land Use Planning and land use issues is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is desirable.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Exceptional leadership, supervisory and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner.
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making abilities.
  • The ability to openly and respectfully communicate in a way that promotes understanding in both verbal and written form.
  • The ability to build and work within an effective, professional, and motivated team.
  • Considerable knowledge of customer service operations and a demonstrated commitment to quality service.
  • Positive outlook and approach.
  • A results-driven, high-energy team player that approaches challenges, in a constantly changing environment, with enthusiasm.
  • Discretion in handling confidential matters; tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and project management abilities.
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks and a demanding workload, and effectively meet deadlines.
  • The ability to remain current with provincial and federal legislation and regulations and they relate to Land Use Planning and land use issues.
  • Well-developed research and analytical skills, and the ability to creatively resolve problems.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Resourceful and the ability to identify and implement process and service delivery improvements.
  • The ability to deal effectively with the public and the development community.
  • Strong computer abilities in a Windows-based environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Sandy Jacobson | T: 780.944.1327 | E: sandy.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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