We're looking for a Planning & Policy Advisor to join the office of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 13 Toronto Centre. Toronto Centre is one of the most diverse and populous wards in Toronto and growing much faster than the city average. We’re looking for someone familiar with urban planning who can advise on a range of issues related to planning, development, and infrastructure and act as a key link between the Councillor’s office, City Planning, and the community.
This position is ideally suited for an energetic self-starter who is keenly interested in understanding the mechanics of municipal government on a day-to-day level.
The Planning & Policy Advisor will provide stakeholder and policy support related to city-wide and local issues and will also develop inclusive outreach strategies to engage residents and other community members.
- Experience in urban planning, public policy or a related field;
- Legislative and governance experience
- Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and attention to detail;
- Strong organizational and time management skills;
- Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders, which will include residents, local organizations, and City staff;
- Experience managing diverse projects, activities and responsibilities concurrently; and
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Planning & Policy Analysis/ Development – 50%
- Act as office lead on planning policy and questions, offering support and guidance to team members
- Maintain an understanding of local planning matters, infrastructure projects, and other local initiatives;
- Communicate with residents and stakeholders with respect to local development applications, answering questions relating to specific applications and planning policies/processes;
- Monitor policy matters that impact the Councillor and her constituency, and identify possible policy solutions and opportunities (policy areas include: urban planning, housing, transportation, and transit);
- Assist the Chief of Staff in preparing the Councillor for City Council and board/committee meetings, including Planning and Housing Committee;
- Review and summarize relevant reports and documents for the Councillor;
- Operate as a liaison between the Councillor and City staff; and
- Organize the Councillor's briefing material and log relevant information.
Constituency Work – 50%
- Act as front-line staff in managing day-to-day inquiries from residents;
- Correspond with relevant City staff to ensure resident concerns are addressed in a timely manner; and,
- Ensure all correspondence with constituents and city staff are recorded and logged in the internal database.
- Organize and facilitate local meetings, consultations, and workshops related to planning, development, and infrastructure;
- Represent the Councillor at meetings with City staff, constituents, community organizations and associations, and special event functions. Communicates the Councillor’s position and obtains feedback and support for that position at these meetings if necessary;
- Accompanies the Councillor to meetings providing assistance and advice;
- Post-secondary education in planning, urban geography, or related fields.
- Knowledge of planning legislation, procedures and issues affecting municipal planning and policy;
- Experience working from a community development perspective;
- Experience with planning and executing community events/ consultations;
- Experience in workshop and/or group facilitation;
- Experience and commitment to working with residents from diverse communities from an anti-discrimination/anti-oppression perspective;
- Experience with networking and working collaboratively with local agencies and community groups;
- Ability to work with assignments demanding critical judgement, analytical thinking and problem solving;
- An understanding of municipal services, issues, and politics
Salary: $45,603.20 – $74,874.80
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Paid time off
- Vision care
Monday to Friday with regular evening and weekend events/ meeting
The position is a fixed-term, full-time contract to November 2022 and begins immediately. Options for renewal to be discussed. We are working remotely temporarily due to COVID-19 but the position will be based out of City Hall.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning immediately. We thank all interested applicants; however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.
Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] using the subject line “Application: Planning & Policy Advisor.
We look forward to working with you!