Social Planner I – The City of Vancouver
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Main Purpose and Function
The Social Planner I supports the work of the City of Vancouver’s Renter Office, which is focused improving equitable outcomes for Renters. The Renter Office has a mandate to coordinate internal efforts to support
Vancouver renters to understand and pursue their rights and to work with renters, building owners, landlords, community partners and other levels of government to protect renters and improve rental housing stability. The
Renter Office is part of the implementation of the Housing Vancouver Strategy (2017) which, highlights the critical need to improve housing affordability, security and options for renters. The position provides project management
expertise to support the coordination of City efforts to directly meet renter needs and maximize external partnerships with existing renter serving organizations and advocacy groups. It performs a variety of work as part
of the Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing Programs Team.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
The position works as a part of a Renters Office cross-organization team, and takes project direction from a Social Planner II and Senior Planner, under the Managing Director, Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing
Programs. The position may be required to supervise the work of Planning Assistants, Planning Analysts, professional staff, consultants and contractors. The work requires significant collaboration and cooperation across
City departments, external renter serving organizations, private and non-profit housing providers, and other levels of government to improve equitable outcomes for renters in the City of Vancouver.
Collaborates with partners to support renters impacted by renovation, redevelopment, standards of maintenance issues, and unlawful eviction.
Collaborates with a wide range of internal departments (Planning and Development Services, Development, Building and Licensing, Legal Services, Real Estate Services, Finance, Social Policy) and external stakeholders to improve internal alignment and identify City service, plan and policy improvements to better support renters and rental tenure.
Supports the service delivery of external renter serving and advocacy groups through project collaboration, training and/or non-profit grants for services or research.
Liaises with key external stakeholders including TRAC, SRO Collaborative, VTU, First United Advocacy, BC Housing, the Residential Tenancy Branch, Landlord BC, UDI, and the non-profit sector to influence, affect and deliver system and policy changes that improve the lives of Vancouver’s renters.
Prepares and presents Affordable Housing & Renter reports and recommendations to senior staff and City Council.
Employs a continuous improvement approach to the delivery of data collection and management and analysis, utilizing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques and provide robust assessments of options and outcomes.
Performs other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Education and Experience:
University graduation at the Masters level in Housing, Public Policy, Economics, Urban & Social Planning, or related discipline and 2 years of related experience at a responsible level, or an equivalent combination of training
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
– Knowledge of social and affordable rental housing legislative and policy context, including the Residential Tenancy Act and City of Vancouver Tenant Relocation and Protection Policies.
– Up-to-date knowledge of equity, social, economic, political, technological, demographic, and environmental trends, factors and issues related to renters and rental housing needs of different groups in Vancouver and
– An in-depth knowledge of the factors affecting housing supply and demand, including land use planning, land and development economics, social safety net policies, income distribution and the influence of individual characteristics (e.g. physical disabilities, mental illness, alcohol/drug dependencies, gender, family status, ethnicity, etc.)
– Demonstrated teamwork, facilitation, project management and communications skills, together with considerable skill in collaborative decision making, negotiation, interest-based problem solving, and demonstrated ability to achieve multiple program objectives within defined timelines are essential.
– Direct experience working with renters, low-income, marginalized and affordable housing communities is an asset.
– Ability to adjust to a complex organizational structure with shifting priorities on highly politicized issues.
– Strong communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals and the public.
– Ability to perform planning research and assess option feasibility through financial and social policy analysis.
– Able to work independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment.
– Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills.
– Ability to deal with sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact.
– Considerable skill with electronic spreadsheets, presentation and database software.
– Knowledge of Microsoft Project or use of project management planning and tracking approaches will be considered an asset.
– A current and valid BC Driver’s license is desirable; transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.
Business Unit/Department:Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200)
Affiliation:CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type:Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date:September 16, 2019
Position End Date:March 13, 2020
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application Close:September 8, 2019
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