Senior Planner - Social Policy

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/30/2021 1:25 PM)
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Regular Full Time
Sustainable Planning and Community Development
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Competition #21/58

Internal/External Posting

Closing date: April 20, 2021


Senior Planner – Social Policy (Continuous)  

Sustainable Planning & Community Development Department


The Senior Planner - Social Policy is a new and exciting role that will help implement the City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework and support Victoria’s Housing Strategy by developing social policies and programs to improve community health and well-being. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Community Planning, our ideal candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of social planning and housing, and have a strong understanding of principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion with the goal of systemic barrier removal. The role will collaborate with staff in the City’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and build relationships and partnerships with a range of community organizations to inform projects and initiatives. 


If you are passionate about what you do and want to contribute to community well-being in Victoria, we want to hear from you!



Perform functions related to development and implementation of social policies, strategies, and programs to improve community health and well-being.



Develop social planning policies and implementation strategies to support current and emerging initiatives and actions. Provide social planning advice, expertise and guidance. Conduct research, analysis and carry out planning studies on topics such as socio-economic indicators, social and housing policies. Research, collect, monitor and analyze relevant data. Prepare reports, recommendations and make presentations to City Council.   


Contribute to the coordination and implementation of the City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework, and associated strategies and initiatives related to poverty reduction, age-based strategies for inclusion, and application of an equity lens in the development of social planning policy and housing strategy implementation. Assess priorities for social planning functions, including a focus on vulnerable populations and supporting community well-being.


Liaise and build relationships and partnerships with a range of external organizations, including other levels of government, non-profit agencies, service providers and community groups.  Respond to and manage emerging social issues in municipal jurisdiction. Represent the department in an advisory and liaison role to a variety of Council committees or task forces.  Undertake public engagement and facilitation to inform projects and initiatives.


Support homelessness initiatives including response teams and task forces. Support land use and development application processes by providing social planning advice based on City policies, frameworks, and strategies.


Oversee consultant selection processes, manage project budgets and guide project contractors.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is generated by Council priorities, departmental work programs, community needs, development activity, committee requirements or assigned by supervisor. 

Work is reviewed through discussions with supervisor and department meetings.

New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed with supervisor with recommendations.


Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of source data for short periods. (often)

Work Environment:


Work irregular hours.  (premium item)



Understand and apply the principles and methods of social planning and housing.

Understand and apply the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion with the goal of systemic barrier removal and social justice.

Proficiency in Office 365 applications including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and other speciality software as required.

Organize and prioritize work.

Compose and present proposals and policies.

Facilitate public consultation meetings and workshops.

Conduct research and analysis; read and interpret technical information, policies, and legislation.

Work effectively with the public and outside agencies through communication and listening.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies. 



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University degree in Planning or Social Policy (4 years)

Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners would be an asset.


6 years of related experience in social planning work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday – Friday, (35-hour work week)

$55.24 per hour, Pay Grade 19 (under review)

Job Code # 4194

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume


City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at


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