Job Title: Senior Planner

Employer: City of Kingston

Department: Planning, Building & Licensing

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: J0419-1184

Job Code: 09B087

Job Category: Planning

Bargaining Unit: CUPE

Employment Type: Replacement

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $42.22-$49.44/hour

Hours of Work: 35 hours / week

Closing Date: May 15, 2019


Opening Statement

Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Development Approvals, the Senior Planner shall research, prepare and present recommendations on development applications to Planning Committee and City Council.


  • Project manage and process development applications and land use policy projects that have city-wide impacts affecting social, economic and environmental factors;
  • Assist with consultant led project work. Prepare study outlines, arrange for expressions of interest and proposal calls, recommend consultant selection, act as the primary contact for the City, and oversee the completion of project deliverables, including the review and oversight of program budgets;
  • Provide an advanced level of planning knowledge to assess all development applications submitted to the City for approval with an emphasis on major, complex applications and projects;
  • Provide professional planning advice and clarification of processes to the public, agencies, and other stakeholders;
  • Present planning recommendations and information to Committees of Council during statutory and non-statutory public meetings; Represent the City at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearings;
  • Respond to planning initiatives undertaken by other jurisdictions and levels of government; Represent the department on various internal and external task forces;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualification, Competencies

  • 4 year university degree in Planning, Geography or Urban Studies;
  • 5 years of recent and relevant experience in planning, preferably in a municipal setting;
  • Membership in, or eligibility for full membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI); Relevant planning experience in an urban/rural municipality an asset;
  • Must demonstrate extensive knowledge of planning principles, concepts, practices, methods and applicable legislation;
  • Must have excellent understanding of municipal government with a well-developed ability to interpret policies and regulations of the Planning Act, the Provincial Policy Statement and other applicable municipal and provincial legislation;
  • Must have an excellent understanding of the relationship between policy preparation and implementation requirements through the various processes of development approval through direct experience with development applications;
  • Experience providing expert testimony at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal or other similar tribunal;
  • Must demonstrate corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Orientation, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

  • Excellent analytical skills showing good judgment and sound problem solving skills;
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to prepare and present complex information, reports and policy documents to the public, elected officials, media and across all levels of the organization;
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks with changing priorities, and work under the pressure of frequent deadlines;
  • Well-developed facilitation and problem solving skills;
  • Effective consulting, conflict resolution and negotiating skills when dealing with the community, developers, consultants, other city departments and public and private agencies;
  • Mediation/negotiation and conflict resolution skills an asset;
  • Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check at candidates’ expense; Must possess and maintain a valid class “G” driver’s licence and provide own vehicle.

Closing Statement

Please apply to Career Opportunities at: Your resumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City’s hiring process, i.e., application, assessment and placement. If you are an individual with a disability and you need accommodation in applying for this position, please email us at, quoting the Job Number and the Job Title. If you are invited to participate in the assessment process, we ask that you provide your accommodation needs in advance at that time. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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