Policy Planning Coordinator

Halifax Regional Municipality
May 29, 2022
(902) 802-9853

We’re looking for a leader to make a difference in the development of the policies and strategies related to parks and recreation facilities and services. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the development of the fast-growing municipality and the services it provides.

Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the permanent, full time position of Policy Planning Coordinator in Strategic Planning & Design, Parks & Recreation. We encourage applications from African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Reporting to the Manager of Policy & Planning, the Policy Planning Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of policies, strategies, guidelines, plans, and procedures related to the public’s use of and access to parkland and recreation services and facilities. This position requires an individual to lead a team with multi-disciplinary experience in parks and recreation planning.

Education and Experience: 

  • University degree in urban and regional planning, geography, recreation, or a related discipline
  • Membership or membership eligibility in a related professional association
  • Minimum five years of experience in urban and regional planning, geography, or recreation

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principles, and practices associated with community planning, environmental planning, and parks and recreation planning, including cross-functional knowledge involving other disciplines
  • Advanced knowledge of current planning trends, residential and community development patterns, environmental conditions, and recreation trends
  • Experience in park and facility development planning processes
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to lead and supervise teams and projects
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Advanced skills in the techniques of facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and public participation
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills
  • Superior skills in the areas of research, analysis, writing, evaluation, and presentation
  • Experience in developing and interpreting demographic profiles, trends, and user data
  • Ability to lead stakeholder and public engagement through a variety of formats
  • Ability to anticipate the issues of community groups, council, other business units, senior management, special interest groups and other stakeholders and be able to think critically and strategically in the resolution of those issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills which enable credible and effective relationships with people at all levels, including senior management and elected officials
  • Knowledge of standard office software and technology including Microsoft Office Suite, internet applications, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS and other similar systems and technology, graphic document design, and presentation software
  • Advanced knowledge of municipal, provincial, and federal legislation including the Municipal Government Act, the HRM Charter, the Subdivision By-law, various HRM Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws, and other relevant legislation and municipal by-laws related to construction approvals, engineering specifications, and planning applications, including a clear understanding of their interrelationships
  • A broad knowledge of the legislative framework under which community planning law operates and the ability to interpret and draft by-laws and contracts which affect the rights of landowners, neighborhoods, and communities

Competencies:  Analytical Thinking, Visioning, Strategic Thinking & Innovation, Teamwork & Cooperation, Communication, Organization & Planning, Developing Others, Values & Ethics, Customer Service, Risk Management, Valuing Diversity

Job Status:  This is a permanent, full time position, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.  The work location is 88 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.  This is a non-union position with a salary range of $81,000-$111,400, to be commensurate with education and experience.

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted up to 11:59pm on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation.  Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

For a more detailed description and to apply for this position please go to our website: http://www.halifax.ca/employment/index.php

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