• Senior Planner - Policy

    Job ID
    # Positions
    External Closing Date
    Planning and Regulatory Services
    Internal Closing Date
    Policy Planning
    Closing Time
    4:30 pm EST.
    CAD $48.35/Hr.
    Posting Type
    CAD $56.88/Hr.
    Job Type
  • Overview

    Contract (approx. 24 months)


    Reporting to the Manager, Policy, the Senior Planner - Policy provides an advanced level of long-range planning knowledge and expertise in order to develop, monitor and facilitate the implementation of the Town's Official Plan. Key duties and responsibilities include:

    • Envision the scope, develop comprehensive terms of reference, liaise with Procurement and participate in the RFP process for policy projects/workplans
    • Oversee and collaborate with consultants and other technical staff to prepare draft policies, reports, or studies that satisfy technical needs, legislative requirements and moves the Town toward its planning goals
    • Coordinate and facilitate internal, agency, and public consultation meetings as necessary, and incorporate feedback into study materials
    • Present information to stakeholders, including Council and Committees of Council
    • Provide advice and guidance on departmental and planning project objectives, and delegate appropriate tasks to junior staff
    • Act as a subject matter expert within working groups and inter-municipal teams
    • Lead the annual hiring process for the Intern position
    • Establish or refine methodology used to monitor trends and maintain an understanding of the evolving picture of the Town's land use policy implementation
    • Work with junior staff to analyze data, and communicate trends to senior staff and management as appropriate
    • Recommend projects to address emerging trends, and review policies in operating procedures accordingly
    • Monitor, review, analyze and comment on proposed regional and provincial planning legislation, policy and guidance material; make recommendations that align with the Town's Strategic and Official Plans
    • Attend meetings, represent the Town's interests, and make recommendations to senior staff and management
    • Prepare staff reports to Council that summarize, analyze and provide Town staff comments in response to new provincial or regional initiatives
    • Recommend new policy projects to respond to changes in legislation, provincial plans, policy statements or regional direction including analyzing the implications on the Town
    • Participate in Town or inter-municipal working groups regarding land use planning related initiatives, provide support in terms of data, analysis and policy interpretation
    • Prepare staff reports in support of the Town's planning objectives that will form part of the LPAT record, and attend hearing events as required
    • Ensure that Town records regarding matters before the Tribunal are kept up to date
    • Act as a technical resource for other planning staff, and respond to enquiries from the public and other stakeholders on a range of land use planning matters, the interpretation of the Official Plan or other ongoing policy projects


    Your degree in Urban Planning or related discipline is complemented by a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible land use planning experience. Full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, or equivalent, is also required. A post-graduate degree in Planning, or Project Management certification would be considered an asset. Other qualifications include:

    • Comprehensive knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act, Provincial Plans and other related legislation
    • Proficiency in computer skills (word processing, data management, and presentation/publishing software); some proficiency with design and GIS software is an asset
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience making presentations in public forums and preparing reports, policy documents, and briefing notes that are geared to a specific audience
    • High degree of problem solving, research, analytical and communication skills
    • You demonstrate Richmond Hill's corporate values of care, collaboration, courage, and service
    • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills, with the ability to exercise discretion and tact
    • Ability to effectively influence and collaborate with internal and external clients
    • Effective time and project management skills to handle competing priorities with varying deadlines
    • Mentoring and coaching skills
    • Occasionally required to attend after-hours meetings, and attend off-site meetings or site visits.

    This position is being advertised concurrently to internal and external candidates. External candidates shall only be considered after current qualified Town of Richmond Hill qualified Association members.


    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


    The Town of Richmond Hill is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.


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