Senior Planner - Housing Policy

City of VictoriaVictoria, BC5 months ago

Senior Planner – Housing Policy (Continuous) 

Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department


Victoria is a vibrant, diverse and sustainably-focused city, renowned as a global tourist destination, hosting over 3.5 million visitors annually, and a place with excellent quality of life. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, the city of Victoria is home to 92,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents. 


The City of Victoria is recruiting for two (2) Senior Planner positions: (1) Senior Planner, Housing Policy – Competition #20/149A and (2) Senior Planner, Housing Development – Competition #20/08D. Applicants are required to apply through the career portal and must submit an application for each opening they are applying on. 


The Senior Planner, Housing Policy (Competition #20/149A) is a key role responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the City’s affordable housing policies, including leading the advancement of actions outlined in the Victoria Housing Strategy. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Community Planning, our ideal candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of affordable and market housing, a strong understanding of the interconnected roles and responsibilities of different levels of government and private development, and will be expected to provide housing expertise to internal and external stakeholders as well as guidance to junior housing staff. The role will require collaboration and negotiation to support the City’s affordable housing objectives and serve the needs of our current and future residents. 


The Senior Planner, Housing Development (Competition #20/08D) is a new and exciting role that will help implement Victoria Housing Strategy objectives by helping facilitate affordable housing developments throughout the city. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Community Planning, our ideal candidate will bring a strong knowledge of the affordable housing sector, an understanding of the housing market, a passion for affordable housing development and strong negotiating skills that will result in the creation and delivery of new affordable housing in Victoria. This is a unique role that combines both current and long range planning considerations, working closely with the Community Planning team, the Development Services division, the City’s Strategic Real Estate team and external housing providers to help affordable housing projects become realized.  


If you are passionate about what you do and want to contribute to how the City achieves its housing and liveability objectives, we want to hear from you!



Perform functions related to the development and implementation of local community housing issues, programs, projects and policies as identified within broad City goals and objectives. Act as City liaison with other levels of government on social and current housing issues.



Develop social and housing policies and programs; identify community issues/gaps/opportunities; develop and evaluate policy alternatives and long term strategies; determine and implement appropriate community consultation and engagement processes; monitor effectiveness of policies, programs and services. 


Serve as a resource for neighbourhood and community organizations and City staff; respond to enquiries from other departments and the public; provide advice on social and housing issues; facilitate citizen involvement on social issues planning; provide strategic planning, organizational and leadership development advice and training.


Research social and housing issues; conduct studies including trend analysis, and apply research to inform policy, planning and program development and evaluation processes; collect and analyze data and information on neighbourhood resources; prepare neighbourhood profiles; liaise with social service agencies, community organizations, neighbourhood associations and other levels of government; interpret related bylaws and policies. 


Manage, negotiate and coordinate projects and programs with government and community partners; coordinate the Victoria Housing Reserve Fund grant application process; prepare reports and present recommendations to Council, advisory committees and staff and implement action plans; prepare funding and budget proposals; oversee consultant selection processes and guide project contractors.

Critically analyze proposals with emerging local government best management practices and existing City policies, programs and bylaws, and make recommendations for new or amendments to those policies, programs and bylaws in consultation with other City departments; make recommendations for new priorities within broad City goals and objectives.


Represent the department at community and advisory committee meetings; provide advice and recommendations on policies/initiatives/programs to implement Council objectives and communicate City policies.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is generated by departmental work programs, community issues, staff, requests from Council or the public, or referral applications assigned by supervisor. 

Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and department meetings.

New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed with supervisor with recommendations.



Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Meet multiple deadlines. (occasional)

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:


Work irregular hours. (premium item)




Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the principles and methods of social planning and housing.

Understand how social issues integrate within a Sustainability framework.

Working level operation of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.

Compose and present proposals and policies.

Facilitate public consultation meetings and workshops. 

Read and interpret technical information policies and legislation.

Deal effectively with the public and outside agencies.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies. 



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University undergraduate degree in Urban Planning. (4 years)

Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.


6 years of related experience in social planning work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.



Work schedule: Monday – Friday, (35-hour work week) 

$55.24 per hour, Pay Grade 19 

Job Code # 4323

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume


City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.  

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at

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