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Urban Strategies is currently seeking an Urban Planner to join our Vancouver office. You will be responsible for working with Urban Strategies’ team of Planners, Urban Designers, Graphic Designers, Associates, Principals and Partners to undertake a wide range of assignments on projects both large and small, in a variety of settings.

Responsibilities

Practice Area

  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, work with multidisciplinary teams to advance complex projects;
  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, support the analysis and summarization of policy documents, zoning-by-laws and background studies;
  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, develop innovative policies, practices and outcomes;
  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, support the preparation of reports, presentations, panels and other materials for communication with clients and project stakeholders;
  • Work independently and exercise judgement on specific tasks to support the overall project team;
  • Communicate clearly, professionally, and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • Adapt and respond to a dynamic and fast-paced work environment;
  • Quality control and troubleshooting of project work.

Project Management

  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership advance small projects; support the advancement of complex projects as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Support and, where required, lead meeting facilitation with clients and at community consultation events in conjunction with Project Leads. Oversee and support the presentation of concepts at client and public meetings;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership contribute to the preparation and management of client contracts and budgets; oversight of budget utilization and project risk management. Support budget revisions, invoice management and finalization. Follow up with clients as requested with regards to invoicing and collections, highlighting with Project Leadership when there are concerns. In collaboration with Project Leadership, manage the scheduling and logistics for meetings and consultation events;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership, conduct the scheduling and logistics for meetings and consultation events;
  • Report back to Project Leadership any key issues or concerns regarding project processes, budgets and client or subconsultant relations;

Leadership & Mentoring

  • Support the onboarding of (buddy with) new Planners in collaboration with Project Team

Marketing and Business Development

  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, participate in and support marketing and business development discussions and initiatives working closely with the Business Development team;
  • Support the preparation of responses to RFP’s; strongly consider how to structure the components of an RFP and team members.

Engagement and Communications

  • Support community and stakeholder engagement, including building relationships, creating and communicating engagement materials, managing online surveys and social media channels, and experience applying an equity lens.
  • Support the management of the contact database.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a related field.
  • Experience in applying planning policy and regulations in British Columbia including the Local Government Act, official community plans and zoning by-laws
  • Able to connect, engage and influence
  • Organized and detail orientated

Desirable

  • Master’s Degree in planning or a related field.
  • Membership in PIBC and CIP
  • Proven knowledge and/or experience working with GIS, and skills in advances data mapping, management and analysis.
  • Basic skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • A solid understanding of MS Office suite.
  • Fluency in French or Mandarin is considered an asset.
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