City of Thunder Bay

  • Supervisor - Planning Services

    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 week ago(11/9/2018 12:01 AM)
    Competition Number
    Development & Emergency Services
    Posting Category
    Planning Services
    Job Type
    Number of Positions
    CA-ON-Thunder Bay
    CAD $78,205.30/Yr.
    CAD $92,006.25/Yr.
    Pay Band
    Post End Date
    Effective Date
    October 28, 2018
    Supersedes Date
    September 9, 2011
  • General Information:


    As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.


    ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE:  It is a contravention of the Human Rights Code of Ontario to discriminate on the basis of: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age, record of offences, gender identity or gender expression.  Therefore, a resume submitted to the City must not include references to any of the above characteristics.  Do not include: 

    • Photos
    • Any certificates that have photo identification
    • Driver’s licences
    • Police records checks

    Note: The above documentation will be requested by the Human Resources & Division should you be the successful applicant.  If a Criminal Record Check is required it will be requested by Human Resources should you be the successful applicant.  Please do not submit your Criminal Record Check with your application.


    ACCOMMODATION:  Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.


    Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources.


    Job Description

    POSITION SUMMARY:      Under the direction of the Director and as a member of the Development & Emergency Services Department Management Team, the Supervisor is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective operation and delivery of services by the Planning & Policy Development Section and the Committee of Adjustment within the Planning Services Division. In addition, the Supervisor participates in the supervision of the Mapping Section staff in accordance with the direction set by the Director.



    1. Participates as a member of the Development & Emergency Services Department Management Team by providing input into Department organizational and operational reviews, human resource management, budget issues, technical matters and major issues management. Also participates by providing input into the identification and development of Departmental policies, strategic initiatives, projects and priorities.



    1. Supervises the direction and day to day operation of the Planning & Policy Development Section and participates in the supervision of the Mapping Section in accordance with the direction set by the Director.
    2. Maintains thorough knowledge of legislation, regulations and by-laws governing land use planning.
    3. Supervises all land use planning activities of the Planning Section including but not limited to land use planning policy development, updating and processing amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, processing Subdivision/Condominium Applications, Site Plan Control Agreements, Development Agreements and various Notification Agreements, and provide general customer service.
    4. Ensures the provision of support to the Committee of Adjustment and the review of minor variance and consent applications.
    5. Participates with the Director in planning and implementing short and long range goals and objectives, projects, and work priorities.
    6. Assesses Planning & Policy Development and Mapping Section staffing requirements; makes recommendations for amendments to complement and organizational structure, participates in recruitment processes, and makes effective hiring decisions.
    7. Supervises Planning & Policy Development Section staff in the areas of staff development, performance management/review, coaching/mentoring, health and safety, collective agreement administration, and discipline and termination decisions.
    8. Develops, administers, and maintains Planning & Policy Development Section policies and procedures consistent with Corporate and Departmental objectives.
    9. Prepares information, reports, letters and memoranda to the Director, General Manager, City Manager, Mayor and members of Council; attends Council/Committee meetings, public hearings, community and other public meetings as required; makes presentations and provides recommendations on matters pertaining to the Division.
    10. Participates with the Director in the development of the annual operating budget for the Division; participates in the preparation of the capital budget; participates in budget administration and control.
    11. Participates on committees and cross-functional teams as appropriate.
    12. Liaises with and responds to inquiries from internal divisions/departments, other municipalities and levels of government/agencies, builders, the development community, and the general public; maintains appropriate media relations on issues relating to the Division.
    13. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.





    • Degree in planning, geography, or a related discipline, together with 5 years of land use planning experience; or
    • Diploma in planning, geography, or a related discipline, together with 7 years of work related experience
    • Experience in a supervisory capacity
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the various components of human resource management
    • Knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable municipal by-laws, provincial legislation and related regulations; specifically the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement




    • Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Superior ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences and to skilfully handle on-the-spot questions from senior officials, members of City Council, special interest groups, and the media
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with members of City Council, the Committee of Adjustment, private and public officials, subordinates, co-workers, and the general public
    • Ability to identify, understand, and meet/exceed the requirements of internal and external customers
    • Ability to think and act strategically in a public sector environment, including the ability to conceptualize and implement departmental change strategies
    • Excellent project/time management, analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
    • Proven acumen in business and financial management, with the ability to improve Divisional effectiveness and efficiency through the management and utilization of human, financial, and physical resources
    • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to direct, motivate, evaluate, and recognize staff; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others
    • Proven conflict management abilities and mediation skills
    • Proficiency with office computer equipment and software
    • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act




    • Knowledge of the functions of the City’s departments, outside boards, agencies and local community groups
    • Experience providing factual and expert opinion evidence to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board)
    • Knowledge of ESRI based GIS




    • Must have and maintain full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners
    • Must possess or be able to obtain designation as a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario within 2 years of hiring
    • Must undergo a successful police records check, Type 1
    • Must work and attend meetings outside regular working hours
    • May be required to travel to various work locations and provide own transportation
    • Must sign and abide by Employee Confidentiality Statement


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