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Senior Planner, SIPA
Reporting to the Manager and/or Project Manager in the SIPA section, the Senior Planner leads, and coordinates complex planning, policy and research assignments and initiatives in the City Planning Division. The emphasis for these positions will be on broad experience and understanding of planning policy, with specific experience on retail and office planning and development. Example of current initiatives and activities includes: Unilever and TOcore office and retail analysis. Conducts complex planning studies, policy analysis and/or research, including the coordination of staff and consultant teams to support the preparation and evaluation of urban and/or regional planning policy, research and analysis.
- Undertakes and reviews land economic studies including market analysis, impact studies, development viability, and other initiatives that combine planning and land economics.
- Investigates, analyzes and makes recommendations on planning issues both individually and as the lead of a team of professional planners to the Division and/or Standing Committees and City Council.
- Identifies approaches and methods of analyzing complex planning issues and emerging trends. Develops innovative solutions to planning challenges and informs colleagues, elected officials, stakeholders and the public through reports, presentations and other appropriate means.
- Develops and coordinates multiple work programs to support planning, research and policy studies and initiatives.
- Serves as a team leader and coordinator of other planners and support staff to ensure high quality work and on time project delivery.
- Represents the Division and provides professional advice and support in regards to corporate initiatives, planning and policy studies and in the review of development applications to Council, Community Councils and Standing Committees and at meetings with community groups, stakeholders, elected officials and other divisions.
- Prepares reports and a broad range of presentation materials for consideration by City Council and its Standing Committees, the community and various stakeholders.
- Provides policy leadership, professional advice and support to the Division as a participant in and team lead of corporate initiatives and in intergovernmental relations.
- Prepares and/or coordinates the development of terms of reference and study designs to support planning, research and policy studies.
- Coordinates consultants’ studies, including leading both the overall and day-to-day scope of work for the study and ensuring the successful completion of the required deliverables.
- Facilitates stakeholder meetings and major community engagement initiatives. Leads the engagement discussion by providing relevant expertise, information and analysis.
- Carries out special planning tasks as assigned.
- Acts as an expert witness on behalf of the City at the Ontario Municipal Board.
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Post-Secondary education in planning, urban geography, public policy, management or a field relevant to civic management or in a professional discipline pertinent to the job function, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Extensive experience conducting complex planning studies involving the coordination of a staff team and/or consultant.
- Extensive experience undertaking planning and infrastructure related analysis requiring critical judgment and analytical thinking with a demonstrated knowledge related to land economics, market analysis and commercial real estate.
- Extensive experience delivering complex planning, research and policy projects with minimal direction, while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interest.
- Extensive experience dealing with conflict resolution in complex, multi-stakeholder situations.
- Extensive community engagement and leadership experience on planning related studies and initiatives.
- Considerable experience leading projects for planning, policy and research studies including the hiring and oversight of external consultants.
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.
You must also have:
- Extensive knowledge of the Planning Act, provincial policies and legislation related to land use planning, the Official Plan and the Development Review Processes as well as current regulations and evolving policy trends in the City.
- Proven ability to communicate complex subject matters in a timely, clear and effective manner appropriate to different audiences.
- Excellent project coordination skills with proven ability to complete multiple project assignments.
- Highly developed communication skills, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to effectively present the division’s interests at community meetings and in other public forums.
- Highly developed presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing at all levels of the organization and with elected officials, and the public.
- Highly developed communication skills, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to represent the division and effectively present the division’s interests at hearings and community special interest meetings.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain solid internal and external relationships.
- Demonstrated proficiency in research methodologies and their connection to long range policy formulation. Maintains current knowledge of municipal policy and research activities and develops information management techniques and methodologies.
- Excellent technical, dataset management and project management skills.
Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set-up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.
The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City’s hiring process.
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