This position is eligible to participate in the County’s Pay for Performance compensation structure.
• Health and dental benefit coverage
• OMERS pension plan
• Flexible work arrangements
• Career development and training
• Employee and family assistance program
• Tuition assistance program
4 Year Degree
The Senior Policy Planner provides expert guidance in the creation and review of County wide land use planning policies and studies. The Senior Policy Planner is responsible for monitoring, commenting and reporting on emerging land use policies, changing legislation and initiatives. As a key member of the Planning Team, they will lead research and analysis as part of the monitoring of the Official Plan and will be responsible for long range projects and public engagement processes. The Senior Policy Planner will act as a mentor to the Planners and oversee planning staff while undertaking tasks relating to policy matters.
Planning and Development: • Provides expert guidance and advice on complex and high-profile development applications for conformity with Provincial and Municipal plans • Participates in research and analysis in responding to notices posted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO), while coordinating and consolidating comments and prepare draft responses to the ERO • Leads implementation of the County’s Official Plan and secondary plans as applicable • Investigates, analyzes, and makes recommendations to the member municipalities and County Council on planning issues, applications and studies • Represents the County and/or gives planning evidence at various judicial/quasi-judicial tribunals. Manages special projects, such as Official Plan review, Zoning By-law review, development of guidance documents, research and/or analysis studies, and outreach • Coordinates the activities of consultants working on studies or technical reports for the County, including preparing study outlines, arranging for requests for proposals or quotations with County Purchasing staff, assisting with consultant selection, acting as a contact for the County, and oversees the completion of project deliverables. Writes and recommends policies affecting land use, community facilities, housing and transportation and a broad range of other planning related issues • Develops policy implementation and monitoring programs for Planning departmental strategic initiatives, along with the Manager of Planning, with support from departmental staff • Attends off-site meetings • Attends and make planning presentations respecting development and land use matters to local • Councils, Committees, and public meetings/open houses • Represents the County by sitting on special interest and advisory committees • Engages the public on planning policy matters, while also furthering public knowledge and understanding of planning
Leadership: • Directly supervises the Associate Planner and student planner(s) as applicable. Provides indirect leadership and mentoring to the Planners • Provides leadership, guidance, and encouragement to staff throughout the organization who are engaged in planning and development activities • Maintains a work environment that promotes participation, teamwork, and positive employee relations. Acts as back-up/back-fills the Planning Manager for incidental coverage • Providing excellent customer service by responding to external and internal inquiries in a timely manner • Assists the Manager in the development of departmental work plans, priorities, and strategic decisions for the department. Contributes and sometimes leads internal professional development workshops • In the absence of the Manager, assume responsibility for the Planning & Development division.
Technical: • Ability to provide professional advice on complex development planning projects and initiatives with minimal direction, while balancing political, community and other stakeholder interests • Sound knowledge of the Planning Act and Regulations, Provincial policies, plans, guidelines, County Official Plan, regional and local planning policies, infrastructure, planning and environmental assessments • Proven skills in developing partnerships and collaborative approaches • Ability to conduct specialized planning studies • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills • Highly developed communication skills, both orally and in writing at all organizational levels • Maintains skills at a high level through courses, seminars, and selected reading, as per the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Continuous Professional Learning requirements • Strong organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines in a demanding environment • Proficient in Windows based applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) • Other duties as assigned by Manager • Ensure that Occupational Health and Safety practices and County of Perth policies and procedures are adhered to; wear any personal protective equipment required to ensure personal safety and report any known hazards and/or incidents in the workplace to the Manager
Qualifications: • Successfully completed University education in a planning discipline or equivalent with related experience • Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) • Registered Professional Planner (RPP) • Five (5) of progressive municipal planning and development experience with project management experience related to environmental planning, community planning, and policy and research • Advanced knowledge of and ability to apply expertise in community, rural, environmental, and recreational planning principles, and concepts • Advanced knowledge of planning and related legislation, including associated regulations and processes • Advanced knowledge of project management and implementation monitoring • Advanced knowledge of public policy, practices and current issues affecting local government with a broad understanding of two-tier municipal governments • Analytical mindset with the ability to provide timely solutions and proactive problem solving • Excellent communication skills – negotiation, collaboration, policy writing, report writing and presentation skills • Proficiency in multiple computer software applications including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite and GIS viewing software • Extensive experience in developing and delivering reports, planning documents and presentations to a diverse group including elected officials, committees, developers, community groups, etc. • Considerable experience in statistical analysis, research, evaluation and policy development • Knowledge of official plans, by-laws and related legislation and regulations as they apply to the Planning Department • Experience in mentoring or developing Planners
The County of Perth is a rich agricultural community, diverse in its heritage and culture. It's located in the centre of Southwestern Ontario and is comprised of thriving communities that are fit for your business and life.
The four lower tier municipalities are the Municipality of North Perth, the Municipality of West Perth, the Township of Perth East, and the Township of Perth South. The City of Stratford and the Town of St. Marys operate under their own municipal governments that are independent from the County's government.