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Manager of Planning and Development

Job Type: 
Policy / Planning / Research
District of Sparwood
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Sparwood is a Rocky Mountain community of about 4,000 people that is abundant with ambition and welcoming of determination. It is a community where residents value small town familiarity and embrace progression and diversity. Located in the beautiful Elk Valley, within the East Kootenays, Sparwood is 1.5 hours away from Cranbrook, BC and 2.5 hours away from Calgary, AB - offering easy access to big city amenities while enjoying all that rural living has to offer.

For people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, Sparwood will exceed expectations offering instant access to mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes filled with an array of fish and wildlife. In this Rocky Mountain landscape one can easily participate in fishing in the Elk River and Michel Creek, hiking, mountain biking, camping, golf, numerous lake activities, hunting, cross country skiing and world class skiing and snowboarding at nearby Fernie Alpine Resort. In the summer you can expect it to be warm enough to swim in lakes and rivers with a winter cold enough to let you ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, and ice skate to your heart’s content. As an active community, Sparwood boasts great indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and a vast and ever-growing trail network suitable for all skills and abilities.

The District of Sparwood is searching for its next talented and experienced Manager of Planning and Development. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, energetic and rewarding workplace.

The Manager of Planning and Development, under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, will primarily be responsible for overseeing the development and building functions of the District of Sparwood, helping the District take steps toward its short and long-term planning and development goals, and continually improving processes and service delivery. The Manager of Planning and Development will be part of the executive team and as such should be a collaborative thinker with the ability to adapt to change and interact with people in a professional and courteous manner.

We are seeking a collaborative, results-oriented leader with excellent knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of municipal planning, sustainability and design. The ideal candidate will have:

  • University Degree in land use planning, and either is a full member, or eligible to be a member, of the Planning Institute of BC;
  • At least three (3) years of experience in a municipal environment or equivalent experience in the private sector;
  • At least three (3) years of experience in a management role;
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills; and
  • A positive, energetic approach to work.

The salary for this position is between $80,000 and $90,000, and includes a full range of employer paid benefits, an earned day off program, up to 3-weeks of banked overtime and an Active Living Pass for access to District recreation facilities and programs. More information and a detailed job description can be found on the District of Sparwood website at https://sparwood.ca/job-opportunities.

Qualified applicants who are offered and accept the position may be required to complete a satisfactory pre-employment background check. This may consist of all or a combination of the following: Canadian criminal record check, an employment verification and/or an education and accreditation verification and a clean drivers’ abstract.

Closing Date: 
December 17, 2019
Application Return: 

Applicants are invited to submit their resumes, complete with cover letter, in confidence by December 17, 2019 at 16:00, quoting competition #15-2019, to the attention of:

Ms. Michele Schalekamp
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Sparwood