Social Planner I – City of Vancouver

17 June 2023

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Social Planner I

Requisition ID: 38829 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The focus of this position is to support and advance cultural redress and equity initiatives across work programs in Cultural Services. The work includes: supporting policy development and implementation, facilitation, research, community engagement, formulation of recommendations, and the preparation of presentations and reports. This dynamic role is grounded by the City’s culture plan, Reconciliation Framework, UNDRIP Strategy, Equity Framework, Accessibility Strategy and other key City directions, policies, and projects. This position brings substantive expertise and creativity to a range of complex cultural and social issues and works towards creating systems change.

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Cultural Services with direct supervision from a Planner II.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the development and integration of policy and initiatives related to cultural redress, equity and reconciliation across work programs in Cultural Services. This includes initiatives that attempt to repair the harms of systemic exclusion, colonial dispossession, and discrimination.
  • Contribute to establishing collaborative working relationships across internal City teams and departments to identify and integrate cultural redress, equity, and reconciliation related priorities.
  • Coordinate community engagement including community forums, workshops and meetings (including weekday evenings and after hours on weekends);
  • Conduct research and policy analysis, and develop recommendations.
  • Write reports, including Council reports, and present material to various internal and external groups.
  • Support responding to sensitive enquiries and correspondences with the public and other departments on matters related to projects and policies.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in Arts, Social Sciences or other related discipline, preferably at the Master’s level and considerable experience related to the work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of supporting best practices in advancing equity, reconciliation, and decolonization.
  • Thorough knowledge of community development and capacity building approaches
  • Ability to exercise considerable judgment and demonstrating professionalism, diplomacy, tact, and discretion;
  • Ability to develop and implement a range of engagement processes, particularly with equity-deserving communities, the arts and culture and heritage sectors, and other ethno cultural minority and language groups.
  • Strong relationships and experience working with Indigenous communities, including local Host Nations xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and urban Indigenous peoples.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to prepare and present complex material to the public and elected officials;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple initiatives/projects, report on outcomes, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $47.57 to $56.25 per hour

Application Close: June 25, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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