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Niagara Region: Commissioner Planning & Development Services

Niagara Region

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted February 18, 2021.

Niagara RegionWith a population of 479,000, Niagara Region is a ‘location of wonder’ with breathtaking views, nature trails, lush vineyards, events, and festivities, located at the southern part of Ontario in Canada.

It issurrounded by three bodies of water Lake Ontario, the Niagara RiverandLake Erie.

Niagara consists of twelve municipalities, each of which has its own distinctiveness, history, geographical differences, and culture, that together make the mosaic that is Niagara Region.

With the world famousNiagara Falls, the man-made wonderWelland Canal, wine regions,historical sites, agricultural lands, casinos, festivals and shows, the entire Niagara Region has a vibrancy that will entice any visitor.

The Niagara Region attracts over 13 million visitors on an annual basis.

Niagara Region employs a dynamic workforce of approximately 3,500 union and non-union staff, working in multiple locations, jobs and shifts.

The PositionNiagara Region is seeking to hire a Commissioner of Planning and Development Services to lead a team of 51 professionals and work with key stakeholders in a collaborative, consultative environment.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) this role provides strategic leadership, in the management, implementation and administration of policies and programs of the department.

The mandate is to guide long term sustainable growth patterns, quality development and environmental integrity through the land use planning process, ensuring that programs and services respond to the current and future priorities, objectives, and initiatives of the Region.

Key accountabilities for the role include: Overseeing the development and implementation of planning and development services for the Region of Niagara, comprised of community development (including financial incentives and tax increment financing), growth management, population and employment forecasting, planning policy development, local and development plan and amendment approvals, urban design, environmental planning, capacity planning, development engineering and the delivery of the Official Plan and the affordable housing strategy.Participating in the development and implementation of corporate-wide-strategies, structure, systems and policies as a member of the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT).Developing and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring department strategies are managed and financial and performance expectations are fulfilled.Accountability for strategic, long range people resource planning for the business unit, supporting corporate culture and strategy, ensuring an engaged workforce resulting in optimal people performance, by determining ideal organizational structures, identifying desirable role and skill mix requirements and ensuring ongoing work quality and deliverability of results.Developing, managing and approving annual and multi-Year Capital and Operating budgets ensuring support of Council’s budget.

Knowledge, Experience & QualificationsThis role will be attractive to a professional with a post-secondary degree (Master’s preferred) in Urban/Regional/Rural Planning, Public/Business Administration, with 10 years of senior management experience in the leadership and administration of planning and development services in a municipal or regional setting.

Certification as a Registered Professional Planner is also required, along with a full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners.

In addition to your level of experience and academic underpinning, you are an advocate for the regional Mission and are a leader, influencer, facilitator, collaborator, active listener, and are highly diplomatic.

The successful candidate will also have: A collaborative, strategic, leadership style and a proven record of addressing the emerging issues, requirements and environmental demands.Demonstrated success in developing and implementing multi-faceted strategic plans with wide-ranging impacts.Experience with diverse and dynamic communities and stakeholders, along with a sensitivity to and understanding of agricultural, rural and small communities.

An aptitude for developing strong and effective working partnerships, rapport and relationships with senior leaders, governance boards, stakeholders, councils, and all levels of employees.An ability to communicate across all mediums and methods in an articulate, compelling, and engaging manner to ensure understanding of issues.

The ability effectively manage expectations and a reputation for being highly responsive to issues, concerns and feedback.

A strong degree of integrity, openness, objectivity, discretion, trustworthiness, ethical conduct and transparency, while reflecting strong interpersonal skills.