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Senior Planner

Job Type: 
Rocky View County
Competition Number: 
J0617 - 0201
Job Description : 

As one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities, Rocky View County offers significant opportunities for professional development.  Our dedicated employees work with a variety of stakeholders to develop innovative and unique solutions for the complexities of rural and urban development. We seek individuals who thrive on challenges, who provide excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment, and whose positive energy enables the County to grow and prosper.

Position Summary:

This is a senior professional planning position in the Planning Services Department that requires the individual to demonstrate and draw on expertise acquired from extensive, varied and progressively more responsible levels of professional planning experience.

This position will often take a lead role in the development of planning strategies, statutory documents and municipal policy.  The Senior Planner will also be expected to handle a wide range of duties related to all manner and size of projects, policies, applications and operations of each of the Planning Sections.

The Senior Planner will work independently or in teams as the situation dictates. Presentations to Council, Boards and Committees are an integral component of the scope of duties. The Senior Planner will act as a resource person and mentor for Planners and other department employees.

Additionally Intermunicipal specialization will require creativity, hard work, and negotiation/mediation skills to take initiative and develop new approaches to inter-municipal relationships. The Senior I Planner will be required to nurture and maintain working relationships dealing with inter-municipal planning while advancing the interests of Rocky View County.

Core Accountabilities:

  • Legislation, policy, processes, plans, and initiatives.
  • Formulating, reviewing, maintaining, updating and implementing strategic and policy documents/programs such as, the Growth Management Strategy, the Municipal Development Plan, Intermunicipal Development Plan(s), Area Structure Plan(s), and Area Redevelopment Plan(s).
  • Taking lead or assisting role as assigned, in formulating, reviewing, maintaining, updating and implementing the Land Use Bylaw.
  • Preparing, reviewing, updating and administering research, grant proposals, consultation processes, consultant contracts, research, and feasibility analyses.
  • Manage assigned projects including the overseeing of planning work, technical and clerical support personnel involved in a project. However, supervision of employees is the responsibility of the Manager and Supervisor.
  • Manages and/or participates in complicated consultation processes, consultant contracts, including the preparation of Terms of Reference, and multi-disciplinary teams/projects.
  • Maintain professional affiliations and demonstrate a comprehensive current knowledge of applicable legislation, new trends and literature.
  • Provide/promote Municipal Planning Goals/Objectives to landowners and applicants.
  • Possess strong problem solving and consensus building skills.
  • Make Public Presentations to various bodies, including Council, Appeal Boards, Committees and Public groups and organizations.
  • Effectively represent the County in public and landowner/applicant meetings.
  • Adhere to Health and Safety Legislation and Rocky View safe work policies and procedures at all times, ensuring the protection and safety of self, co-workers, the public and environment.
  • Perform other related duties.  

Intermunicipal Specific:

  • Liaison between Rocky View County, neighbouring municipalities and the Province on issues of common concern and commenting on Intermunicipal/inter-jurisdictional referrals and formulating professional recommendations.
  • Reviewing and evaluating proposed new (and amendments to existing) statutory plans and planning applications in adjacent municipalities in terms of Rocky View’s interest involving municipal boundary fringe area issues, such as land use, transportation and drainage.
  • Reviewing and evaluating statutory planning applications submitted to assess the consistency of these applications within the context of advancing the interests of Rocky View and sound regional planning principles.
  • Provide strategic advice on regional land and infrastructure planning and development with an emphasis on inter-municipal regional relationships, regional assets and plans, municipal services, strategic plans and physical improvement plans.
  • Maintain knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning as well as applicable legislation and regulatory requirements in Alberta.

Position Requirements:

  • BA Planning.
  • 6 – 10 years professional experience and continuous learning.
  • Demonstration of excellent interpersonal communication and judgment skills.
  • Demonstration of superior organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstration of facilitation, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Demonstration of excellent presentation and written skills.
  • Thorough understanding of rural, urban and regional planning, their interrelationships and the environment, related regulatory environment, implementation techniques and consultation processes.
  • Ability to relate strategic planning initiatives to policy implementation.
  • Demonstration of excellent project management skills, particularly within complex, high profile, large-scale, or time-sensitive projects.
  • Awareness and sensitivity towards the current economic and political environment and its impact on the planning environment.
  • Ability to deal with co-workers and the public in a positive, facilitative, and pleasant manner.
  • Ability to mentor and train other Planning employees.
  • Ability to meet frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Punctuality in attending meetings and the workplace each day.
  • Conduct oneself in a manner which portrays the County in a positive light.
  • Consistently deliver high quality work and professional advice.
  • Alternate education criteria may be considered in combination with greater periods of relevant professional planning experience.
  • A successful record of management of increasingly more complex planning projects, meeting deadlines and a demonstrated ability to provide leadership within a team setting.
  • A successful track record related to facilitating, mediating and or negotiating in complex or otherwise difficult situations.
  • A demonstrated history of successful presentations to small and large groups in both casual and formal settings.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access).
  • Possess a valid class 5 driver’s license

Job Type: Permanent Full-Time

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Salary: $87,234 – $102,500  / Year

Closing Date: 
September 19, 2017
Application Return: 

This opportunity will be posted until a suited candidate is selected. Interested applicants are invited to apply direct to www.rockyview.jobs.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.