July 4, 2012

Jobs Jar: Senior Planner for the Whistler Centre for Sustainability


Location: Whistler, BC

Type: Full time, permanent

Closing date:  July 27, 2012, 5:00 pm PT

The Centre is seeking a Senior Planner with significant experience in community planning and project management, a passion for community sustainability, and a desire to advance sustainability practices. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Planner will oversee and deliver a diverse range of leading edge projects, including the development of Integrated Community Sustainability Plans, Official Community Plans, Neighbourhood Plans and Energy and Emissions Plans.

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability (the Centre) is an enterprising non-profit organization, with a mission “To lead communities and tourism toward a sustainable future.” The expertise of the Centre is derived from the experience in the development and management of Whistler’s award-winning community sustainability plan, Whistler2020, and through its recognized and respected work with communities across BC.

The Centre provides consulting services to local governments in community sustainability planning and implementation, creative community engagement processes, energy planning and management, and indicator development, monitoring and reporting strategies. For more information, visit: www.whistlercentre.ca

As Senior Planner for the Centre, you will:

 Work with a team of creative, passionate and self-directed co-workers.

 Lead the technical components of all planning projects.

 Provide professional planning advice on a broad range of community sustainability planning issues, as well as land use and development issues.

 Create clear documentation for proposals, plans and implementation strategies.

 Facilitate engagement with diverse groups of process stakeholders and community partners.

 Provide project management.

 Assist with the development and marketing of the Centre’s sustainability product offerings.

 Support the development of the Centre’s sustainability implementation tools.

 Provide thought leadership through written pieces and presentations, representing the Centre at conferences, seminars, webinars and other events.

About you:

An experienced planner.

 You’re an entrepreneur, and love to promote sustainability planning.

  You are equally competent at delivering a compelling presentation as with crunching numbers in project management spreadsheets.

 You love learning about new communities, and are able to travel.

 You are a fabulous facilitator and enjoy leading community engagement processes.

 You are exceptionally organized and excel at working on multiple projects at once.

 You excel at proposal writing.

 You are passionate about sustainability and you walk the talk.

 If you’re literate in web2.0 and social media interfaces, that would be a bonus.

 You love the outdoors and would thrive in a community such as Whistler.

 You’re lots of fun to work with!

 You’re able to relocate to Whistler, or to work from here at least three days/week.

Your qualifications and experience:

A master’s degree in planning, environmental resource management or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 MCIP or are eligible to obtain it.

 Minimum six years direct or indirect experience working with local government, including small communities and development of Official Community Plans.

 Knowledge and experience with energy and emissions plans.

 Consulting and project management experience is an asset.

 Experience working with First Nations communities is desirable.

How to apply:

If this sounds like you and this fabulous opportunity appeals to you, please submit a cover letter and detailed resume (max 4 pages – please refrain from submitting extensive CVs and attachments at this point) by email, with the subject

RE: Senior Planner position to: info@whistlercentre.ca

Also, feel free to give Cheeying Ho, the Executive Director, a call at 604 935 8209 if these qualifications fit you and you’d like to discuss this opportunity further.

We thank all applicants for your interest and submission to the Centre; however, only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

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