Senior Planner – Climate Action – District of Oak Bay

June 12, 2024

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Senior Planner – Climate Action

Regular Full-Time ($56.33/hour – $62.50/hour – 2024 Rates)

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the ləkʷəŋən Peoples, notably the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, the District of Oak Bay is committed to recognizing and celebrating their historic and ongoing connection to these lands..

  Oak Bay is a picturesque seaside community located within the Greater Victoria Region, with a population of +18,000. While offering all the amenities of a large metropolitan urban centre, Oak Bay has succeeded in maintaining all the peacefulness and charm of a small town. Residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life, with miles of spectacular West Coast shoreline, brilliant beaches, parks and greenspace, quaint tree- lined streets and vibrant, boutique villages just beyond their doorsteps.
The Community Building & Planning Services Department invites applications from skilled and ambitious candidates for a newly created Senior Planner – Climate Action role. Responsible for leading and coordinating municipal climate action priorities to advance the District’s response to climate change through policy and development and implementation, this position represents an opportunity to play an active part in spearheading climate action in Oak Bay. If you have strong project management skills, have passion for climate action, energy planning, planning policy, community planning, and want to contribute value to our busy yet relaxed office environment, we’d love to hear from you.
As the District’s Senior Planner – Climate Action, you are a generalist who will focus on coordinating municipal climate action priorities and advance the District’s response to climate change through policy development and implementation. In addition, depending on your skills and interest, you may also support the development, facilitation, and implementation of other Council Priority Projects including infill housing, village area planning and responding to regulatory changes at the provincial level. Given the small size of our team, you will have ample room to take initiative in shaping and carrying out this program. As an experienced planner you have a sound in-depth understanding of climate change and sustainability issues, as well as affinity with housing policy issues, political sensitivity. You are also able to apply creativity and innovative thinking.
Our ideal candidate has a university degree in Urban Planning or a similar field, as well as a minimum of 6 years  of  progressive  responsibility  in  professional  climate  action,  preferably  in   a   local  government environment. Membership or eligibility for membership to the Planning institute of BC (PIBC) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is also required. This position is represented by CUPE Local 374.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a supportive and collaborative work environment, continued career and professional development opportunities, employee engagement  events,  work- life balance, and a staff membership to the weightroom, fitness classes, skating and pool. An employer of choice, the District of Oak Bay is committed to fostering a culture of empowerment, accountability, and teamwork.

We want to hear from you if you are qualified and thrive on the challenges this position has to offer. Please apply in confidence, by 4:30 p.m. on July 2, 2024, with a resume and cover letter to:
A detailed job description can be found on our website at hall/employment-volunteering/employment, which outlines, in more detail, the key accountabilities and required qualifications.
We thank you for your interest in working for the District of Oak Bay.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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