The City Planning Division’s Strategic Initiatives unit is involved with a diverse range of city-wide, local and policy initiatives and studies. This is your opportunity to apply your planning skills and experiences in a multi-disciplinary team environment to help plan for growth and investment at the local level, such as the Don Mills and Eglinton area, in Toronto.
Reporting to the Manager and/or Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis, the Planner will undertake study-related work including:
- Initiates and completes planning, policy and/or research assignments, including the review development and recommendation of policies, research findings and planning studies
- Assesses, formulates and implements policy, planning and research studies and/or initiatives and is responsible for preparing reports and recommendations for City Council and its Standing Committees.
- Provides support and professional expertise to planners within the Division undertaking planning studies and/or review of development applications.
- Assesses, formulates and implements policy and/or programs as required
- Develops and implements project plans for work assignments, balances and delivers on a diverse and challenging work program and meets deadlines
- Prepares terms of reference and study designs to support planning, research and policy studies. Monitors projects and the progress of consultants’ studies, including assisting with the day-to-day coordination and liaison of consultants.
- Identifies issues, assesses the required resources, and develops strategies. Researches current and projected needs for communities and makes recommendations for meeting those needs including implementation strategies
- Liaises with staff from City Planning and other City divisions, citizens, community groups, individuals, property owners, planning professionals such as consultants, planners, solicitors and other stakeholders
- Represents the City Planning Division by making presentations to the general public, committees of City Council, stakeholders and agencies of local and/or senior governments
- Coordinates and/or supports community engagement initiatives for various planning and policy studies including: preparing material for the outreach, organizing the logistics and reporting out on the event.
- Delivers high quality work both on an individual basis and as a team member, including assuming the role of team leader where required
- Provides pragmatic advice on existing and emerging policy matters, acts as an expert witness on behalf of the City at the Ontario Municipal Board and provides policy leadership, cooperation and advice to other departments in the Corporation
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Post-secondary education in planning, urban geography, public policy or a professional discipline pertinent to the job function, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Considerable experience in formulating and implementing planning and policy analysis while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interests.
- Considerable experience with planning legislation, procedures and issues affecting municipal planning and policy.
- Considerable experience participating and organizing study designs for planning, policy and research studies and/or external consultant studies.
- Considerable experience using appropriate research methodologies to properly apply to and interpret data including census data.
- Considerable experience undertaking community engagement initiatives.
- Membership or eligibility for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.
You must also have:
- Demonstrated ability to work with assignments demanding critical judgement, analytical thinking and problem solving.
- Demonstrated ability to perform effectively on an individual level and in team settings.
- Highly developed verbal and written communications skills with the demonstrated ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences
- Demonstrated proficiency in applying conflict resolution skills in complex multi-stakeholder situations.
- Demonstrated ability to work within and meet tight deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain solid internal and external relationships.
- Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations that apply to the job duties.
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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.
To avoid any delays in the recruitment process, if you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, you must provide your accommodation needs in advance. You may also be required to submit adequate medical/other documentation to Human Resources to support your request for accommodation.