History and innovation thrive in Kingston, located at the head of the St. Lawrence River and the junction of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Kingston is a dynamic city with a sound and diversified economic base - consisting of prestigious public institutions, government bodies, leading healthcare and education facilities, significant tourism and entertainment activity, and a large private sector. Kingston offers quality of life of a smaller community with the amenities of a major centre.
Day to day management of the comprehensive zoning by-law review project, including providing direction to the consulting team and general oversight and accountability for project outcomes, including schedule and budget;
Strong written and verbal communication skills are required to liaise effectively within the organization and with external stakeholders, developers and the consulting team;
Provide advice, guidance and direction to the project team, the public and stakeholders in relation to the project;
Provide regular status reports to the Director on the project;
Prepare requests for proposal, administer professional contracts in relation to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law;
Coordinate and provide direction to project components with activities and programs of other corporate business units;
Work to advance the preparation of the Zoning By-law with minimal supervision through the statutory approval process;
Prepare and present formal reports and regular progress reports to Senior Management, Council and Committees;
Demonstrate initiative and effective planning and organizational skills to meet deadlines and complete quality work. Establish sounds project plans which include appropriate levels of stakeholder input, research, communications, metrics and financial indicators. Ensure planning aligns with Group and Corporate priorities and goals;
Manage and monitor project budget for the comprehensive zoning by-law review; identify issues and reallocate resources as required in order to ensure achievement of project objectives. Demonstrate understanding of community/municipal issues and fiscal awareness through project planning and implementation. Perform budget monitoring and appropriate resource allocation through various project planning and implementation phases. Identify issues, recommend solutions, and ensure appropriate reporting and documentation;
Build effective relationships, internally and externally (including with community partners, developers, Council, committees, KEDCO and internal departments); educate, inform and consult with key stakeholders in order to advance the comprehensive zoning by-law review project. Draw resources as required from the Planning Policy and Development Approval groups as agreed to by the managers responsible. Facilitate involvement in the project by the appropriate staff from other departments in the organization;
Represent the corporation at various meetings and hearings including provision of evidence at Hearings and/or Court actions. Act as the primary point of contact for the project on behalf of the Planning & Development Department. Interact with and ensure appropriate communication and interaction with partner Departments;
Coordinate and oversee all stakeholder engagement related to the project; consult with the development community, various stakeholders and the public related to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Project. Lead and support consultants to carry out innovative methods of public consultation with respect to the project;
Apply sound project management practices and methods in all project phases including research, design, implementation, measurement and follow up monitoring. Demonstrate strategic thinking and sound judgment to prioritize and organize on-going project work. Develop related project documents, schedules, and communication tools;
Model, promote and support a culture of health, safety, well being and respect in order to support a healthy work environment;
Other duties as assigned.
A degree in Planning or a related field;
8 or more years of relevant senior experience in the planning field including specific experience in the preparation of comprehensive zoning by-laws and experience with complex development applications and large planning projects;
Demonstrated experience in project management, budget management and managing the work of consulting teams on complex and high profile projects;
Experience with preparation for and testifying at the OMB is also required, preferably in a municipal setting;
Full membership in OPPI;
Extensive knowledge and experience with planning procedures and processes, the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement;
Must demonstrate corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Orientation, Integrity, and Teamwork.
Skills, Abilities, Work Demands
Superior communications skills in oral and written work;
Superior project management skills;
Strong organizational, analytical, decision making and project management skills;
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with ability to influence, negotiate and mediate conflict and opposing opinions;
Exceptional ability to prepare clear and comprehensive written reports and make effective presentations;
Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and ensure work aligns with broader goals and priorities along with excellent attention to detail skills;
Strong presentation and public relation skills with ability to advance a complex project involving multiple stakeholders;
Well-developed facilitation skills with an ability to deliver innovative solutions, find common interests and collaborate effectively;
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with strong leadership abilities;
Ability to research and analyze complex issues and clearly communicate findings;
Proficiency in MS Office Software (Word, Excel and Powerpoint);
Must be able to attend meetings outside of normal business hours;
Must possess and maintain a valid class “G” license with a satisfactory driver’s abstract.
Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers
Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.