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City of Victoria
Director, Sustainable Planning & Community Development

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the homelands of the Lekwungen-speaking people, Victoria is a forward thinking, active community, home to a dynamic, thriving economy and vibrant arts and culture scene, Victoria has a population of over 92,000, is the core downtown area of the Capital Regional District which has an overall population of 413,000 and is the home of the provincial capital as well as much of the economic activity of southern Vancouver Island. With an unparalleled natural environment enjoyed by residents and visitors, Victoria is a place where sustainability, health and well-being are the cornerstones of creating a prosperous future.

With a mandate to find innovative and unique solutions to Victoria’s acute housing crisis, the Director, Sustainable Planning & Community Development plays a critical role in the continued evolution of Victoria, using creativity and collaborative approaches to support systemic change in the region. Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Director, Sustainable Planning & Community Development is a member of the City’s senior management team and is responsible for leading the strategic direction, performance outcomes, organizational development priorities, and policy and resource allocation decisions on matters pertaining to the social, economic and physical development of the City. The Director provides professional advice to Council and other City departments, defining land use and development policies appropriate to the City and the strategies for their implementation.

For this high-profile role, the ideal candidate is a proven leader with a passion for public service. The Director is a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, an outstanding communicator, and committed to providing services and seeking solutions for a livable and prosperous City. The Director is comfortable and skilled at working with elected officials and community representatives and has experience turning their vision into reality. The incumbent has a reputation for being a nimble leader, working within a local government environment and can lead a diverse team and coach and mentor for future succession. The Director brings an exceptional track record of building relationships and achieving results in a multi-stakeholder environment, taking a systems view of issues. The Director’s years of experience in a local government setting are augmented by a professional planning designation and a sharp focus on initiatives supporting sustainable, multi-faceted housing and city-scape environments.

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