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Director of Policy Planning & Environmental Sustainability

City of Vaughan

One of Southern Ontario’s fastest growing municipalities, with a mix of urban and rural areas, Vaughan is a sought-after place to live and work. Considered one of Canada’s most family and business friendly communities, the City of Vaughan has a dynamic and diverse population of over 320,000 and a large and successful employment sector. Vaughan, in policy and action, is committed to building “a city of choice” that promotes sustainability, diversity, innovation and opportunity for all citizens, supported by timely public and stakeholder engagement. Vaughan is committed to safe residential neighbourhoods, great public services, diverse recreational and employment opportunities and abundant green space. The City is now in the early stages of planning to the 2041 horizon, based on the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017), which will entail an increase in the planned population and employment allocated to the City. This will be supported by major city-building initiatives such as the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, the implementation of Regional Express Rail on the Barrie GO Corridor, the Highway 427 Extension, the opening of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the completion of the Viva Rapid Transit system.

Reporting to the Deputy City Manager, Planning and Growth Management, who is a Member of the Corporate Management Team and the Chief Planner for the City, the Director of Policy Planning & Environmental Sustainability provides leadership in the development of policies and strategies that will guide the sustainable growth and development of the City. The Director is responsible for a team of 17 staff, including 8 direct reports, engaged in the preparation, monitoring and the periodic renewal of the Vaughan Official Plan and Green Directions Vaughan – Community Sustainability and Environmental Master Plan. The Director works across the City, partnering with a range of departments on infrastructure availability and development capacity; and engages with external agencies to advance the implementation of City policies. Through the creation of land use, environmental, and infrastructure plans, policies and guidelines, the Director will ensure that Vaughan will continue to develop as a sustainable city featuring vibrant communities, a healthy environment, and a strong economic base. 

The Director will be a Registered Professional Planner with more than 15 years of progressive experience in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, including senior leadership roles in a municipal setting. Ideal candidates will have significant experience mentoring staff and leading project teams. The Director will possess deep knowledge of the policy requirements and implementation measures of the Ontario Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Familiarity with other plans and policies such as the York Region Official Plan, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Municipal Act, the Parkway Belt West Plan and the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan will be highly beneficial.

You are a skilled facilitator and negotiator, leading public and stakeholder discussions, and proactively encouraging broad-based participation. You are comfortable and experienced in being an advisor to Council and an expert witness at the OMB and as a lead negotiator in mediation processes. The Director, as a member of the City’s Senior Management Team, will be strong team player and an accomplished professional with a proven track record in delivering Official Plans and supporting measures that will serve to implement the plan.

The Director will have an understanding of the emerging economic, technological, environmental, regulatory and social forces that will shape the vision and substance of municipal planning over the next decades, as the City looks to the year 2041. The position will require the application of sound planning principles that support City Building measures that will result in the creation of a successful mid-21st Century city.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Julia Robarts in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office at 416-366-1990 or submit your resume and related information online by March 8, 2018 at

The City of Vaughan is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the City of Vaughan throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Director of Policy Planning & Environmental Sustainability Vaughan Ontario

Expiry Date: 2018-03-08
Date Posted: 2018-02-08
Province: Ontario
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