Director, Community Planning


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Urban Planning April 18, 2018 City of Calgary Calgary, AB, Canada

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Are you excited about contributing your leadership and management skills, coupled with your visionary and practical urban planning expertise, to planning, growing and building a great urban city with a current 1.2 million population? We are seeking a strategic public service leader who is passionate about enabling the creation, redevelopment and improvement of communities that are vibrant, complete and sustainable. The Community Planning (CP) Director will use their leadership and management, professional planning, creative and innovative skills, working with City of Calgary colleagues, customers and citizens, to provide complete, safe and inspiring neighbourhoods for Calgary customers, communities, citizens and businesses.

We are looking for someone who can chart our course toward achieving our Calgary Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) goals, and is an ambassador of The City’s values, vision and culture . The CP Director will provide leadership and management to inspire approximately 100 staff comprised of three functional planning divisions: North, South and Centre West. Each geographic area has unique community and neighbourhood planning needs that are met through a consistent service delivery model focused on continuous improvement. In this position, the Director leads, manages and directs teams to navigate relationships with Council, customers, communities, government bodies and citizen engagement across all geographical areas. Through cohesive, seamless and customer-centric services, the Director executes compliant, integrated and sustainable plans for growth and renewal.

The Community Planning Business Unit contributes to two main lines of service for the City of Calgary: 1) creating and recommending local area policy plans to achieve MDP goals, and 2) enabling development through planning applications approvals. The scope of work includes consideration of population, employment and economic forecasting for new and redeveloping community area plans, master plans and special studies required for major redevelopment sites. This Business Unit is also a corporate leader in the Corporate Planning Applications Group (CPAG) process, where complex planning applications are reviewed, working with the input of three other departments, including Transportation, Utilities & Environmental Protection, and Community Services.
The CP Director position is a member of The City’s Senior Management Team (SMT). In addition to having accountability for leadership, planning and issues management, the Director is responsible for an expenditure budget of $13M. In achieving outcomes, the CP director will need to work collaboratively with the other three Business Units in the Planning & Development Department (Calgary Building Services, Calgary Growth Strategies, Calgary Approvals Coordination), and other departments integrally involved in the planning process. The CP Director also will be responsible for developing collaborative working relationships with Council, Administrative Leadership Team (ALT), industry and community leaders, and will represent The City through committee meetings, Council presentations, public meetings and the media.
  • A degree in Planning or Management with a minimum of 15 years professional planning and progressive management experience in a complex technical and public policy environment. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be considered;
  • Extensive experience with enabling planning legislation and policy such as that used in Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw, MDP, CTP, and the Municipal Government Act (MGA);
  • Professional designation and membership with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), or American Planning Association (APA) will be considered an asset;
  • Strong leadership and management skills.  As a City leader, you will model our corporate values and demonstrate key leadership behaviors: encourage open communications, focus on customer service, ensure a respectful, inclusive and accessible environment, and promote employee health, safety and wellness.