Urban Planner - Team Lead

April 30 2021
Industries Architecture, Engineering and related
Categories Architecture, Urbanism, Project Management, Business Analysis, Project, Project management, Planning, Trades, Technicians, Construction, Urban Planning, Architecture, Real estate
Waterloo, ON

Urban Planner - Team Lead - ( 2100013X )


Strong communities don’t just happen—they’re built. They’re creatively imagined, collaboratively planned, and readied to face tomorrow with optimism. We’re driving the future of Community Development. Our experts lead their fields, collaborating on projects that are as technically challenging as they are impactful, creative, and fulfilling. We’re a place where you can apply your passion—and find endless opportunities to help make communities more equitable, resilient, and livable.

Your Opportunity

As the Team Lead for Stantec’s Urban Planning team based in our London or Waterloo office, you will have the opportunity to lead a range of community-building projects for public and private sector clients across southwestern Ontario. Current projects include - creation of community design plans, mixed-use redevelopment schemes, zoning and official plan reviews for development, public consultation, as well as planning support for major transit, public space and infrastructure projects.

Our planning team in Ontario Southwest consists of a group of passionate and dedicated individuals in a range of planning and development-related fields. The ideal candidate would have experience and an interest in both public and private sector work, however the position can be tailored to suit an individual with experience in a specific area of practice. As a 23,000 person interdisciplinary firm, the business opportunities within Stantec are endless. Our local Community Development team consists of almost 100 staff members including knowledgeable planning staff, engineers, technicians, landscape architects, and surveyors. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our growing team.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Lead marketing initiatives including strategic planning, opportunity identification, proposal pursuit and preparation, client liaison, preparation of on-line marketing content and social media monitoring;

  • Maintain and strengthen client relationships and play a key role in client management and satisfaction;

  • Manage the processing and approval of development applications; including Official Plan Amendments, Zoning Bylaw Amendments, Site Plan Applications, minor variances and consent applications, and Plans of Subdivisions;

  • Utilize your knowledge of provincial and local planning policy in the preparation and management of planning policy studies for public sector clients;

  • Prepare comprehensive plans and manage complex design projects;

  • Manage and organize public consultation programs including making recommendations of key findings to the client;

  • Plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate the technical aspects of projects for the team;

  • Coordinate with clients, agencies and others to obtain and determine project requirements and approvals;

  • Travel between London and Waterloo offices and other areas for project and office coordination;

  • Act as a mentor to junior level planners and provide career development recommendations;

  • Assist senior leadership in managing and maintaining team workload/backlog, staffing expectations, collaboration with other disciplines and achieving financial performance indicators.


Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Highly effective in building and maintaining client relationships and leading multi-discipline teams on complex projects;

  • In-depth knowledge of planning policies and processes in Ontario;

  • A combination of experience undertaking development approvals; developing municipal planning policy and/or leading community design projects in Ontario;

  • Additional technical background in areas related to land economics, transportation planning and/or public engagement considered an asset;

  • Experience presenting before Planning Committees, Committees of Adjustment, and preferably the OMB/LPAT;

  • Demonstrated ability to readily identify potential problems on a project;

  • Efficient project and team management of multiple concurrent projects.

Education and Experience

A relevant Urban Planning degree (Masters-level an asset) and Full membership in the OPPI (or eligibility to apply) and industry planning experience of at minimum of 7 years. Exceptional candidates with less than 7 years’ experience may also be considered.

Some travel may be required such as delivering plans or documents to reviewing agencies or clients or to attend meetings. May occasionally visit study areas, construction sites and/or be exposed to outside elements and inclement weather conditions.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Primary Location : Canada-Ontario-Waterloo

Other Locations : Canada-Ontario-London

Job : Urban Planner

Organization : BC-1614 Community Development-CA Ontario West

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : Yes, 10 % of the Time

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Apr 30, 2021, 2:45:55 PM

Req ID: 2100013X

Vaccine Policy: Beginning December 8, 2021, Stantec requires North America employees in many positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except those for whom a reasonable accommodation has been granted because a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, as required by law.

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. EEO including Disability/Protected Veterans

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