Internal/External Job Posting
Regular Full Time Non Union Position
Supervisor of Resource Planning
Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has an international reputation for excellence in managing the natural resources of the largest inland river system in southern Ontario. Encompassing approximately 6,800 square kilometres, the Grand River watershed has a population of almost one million people in 39 municipalities and two First Nations. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River, the Grand River and its major tributaries boast many outstanding human heritage features and excellent recreational opportunities. The GRCA is committed to environmental protection by delivering services that ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants.
The Supervisor of Resource Planning is responsible for preparing recommendations to senior staff on applications under the Conservation Authorities Act, through the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (Ontario Regulation 150/06). The position coordinates the Authority’s response to municipal planning matters, including applications under the Planning Act; projects under the Environmental Assessment Act, and applications under other legislation. The position is responsible for building and maintaining working relationships with municipal and agency partners.
The primary responsibilities of the job are to:
- Supervise, design, and implement the Resource Planning program of the Grand River Conservation Authority.
- Administer/supervise program, staff, and budgets required to support the Resource Planning Department.
- Work in co-operation with other supervisors in Engineering, Resource Planning, and Natural Heritage to ensure consistent Resource Planning program delivery across the watershed.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with municipal, federal and provincial agencies, user groups, and private interests.
- Coordinate and present reports regarding the regulation and other planning matters to the General Membership.
- Coordinate appeals to the Mining and Lands Tribunal and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal as required.
- Coordinate a program to provide a statement of the Authority position for specific applications and development proposals directed to the Authority by Municipal, Provincial, and Federal agencies.
- Prioritize, direct and coordinate the investigation and prosecution of violations under the Conservation Authorities Act.
- Direct and manage contractual obligations with professionals (lawyers, Consultants, etc.) who are hired to provide GRCA with advice on resource planning matters.
- University degree in planning, environmental science, engineering, or equivalent.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience with a minimum of 6 years of management experience in a public sector organization.
- Demonstrated organizational, leadership, and team-building skills with experience managing staff in a unionized environment. Strong collaboration skills with employees in all areas of the organization, external agencies, other partners, and third parties as applicable.
- Strong strategic thinking skills in combination with strong research, analytical and problem-solving abilities and demonstrated experience effectively preparing and managing budgets.
- Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare correspondence, technical reports, board reports, and other documents. Experience with proposal writing, policy development, procurement, and contract administration.
- Strong verbal communication skills with experience presenting information and making recommendations to boards, councils, or committees. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Proven ability to interact effectively with other managers and contribute significantly to the strategic decision-making process of a senior leadership team.
- Current working knowledge of relevant federal and provincial legislation, policy, and guidelines such as the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, provincial natural hazard and stormwater management technical guidelines, and other environmental legislation and guidelines. Solid understanding of workplace legislation including but not limited to the Employment Standards Act, WSIA, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and AODA.
- Demonstrated experience with the review and interpretation of legislation and policy and legal cases before the courts.
- Membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and/or Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario is considered an asset.
- Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, MS Office and GIS mapping software.
- Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout the watershed.
Education and Designation Requirements:
- Degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Planning, or related discipline.
- Current designation as a Provincial Offences Officer or eligibility for designation. Eligible for membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
- A minimum of 6 years of related work experience and three years of supervisory experience.
- Strong and effective interpersonal and communications skills to supervise staff and program. Ability to liaise and negotiate with many different clients and groups. Ability to develop and maintain a network of professional and client contacts is essential.
- Strong and effective organizational skills. Ability to prepare and administer budgets, work plans, and reports. Ability to balance and coordinate many projects/demands at once is essential.
- Knowledge of relevant federal and provincial legislation, policy, and guidelines such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Conservation Authorities Act, the Planning Act, and other environmental legislation.
- Knowledge of the Provincial Offences Act, court and legal procedures, and compliance and enforcement principles and practices.
- Ability to understand technical reports such as Environmental Impact Statements, Stormwater Management Reports, Sub-Watershed Plans, Geotechnical and Hydrogeological studies, Biological Inventories, and Fisheries reports and relate them to current Policies and objectives.
- Ability to coach staff to ensure they conduct effective site visits, provide practical advice to project proponents, and make appropriate decisions.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record check for Provincial Offences Officer designation.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the watershed.
Competencies and Abilities
Professional Judgement – demonstrated ability in the area of critical thinking, analysis, and assessment of implications, making connections of underlying issues, and the ownership of the outcome. Sound judgment resulting in fair, efficient, and effective decision-making, bringing clarity and resolution to complex and ambiguous situations. Ability to carry out skillful negotiations and interest-based conflict resolution. Appropriately balances the interests of both internal and external stakeholders, when dealing with complex files.
Integrity/Ethics – the willingness to hold oneself and others accountable for acting in ways that are consistent with stated values, principles, and professional standards. Maintaining impartiality, objectivity, confidentiality, and fairness when dealing with employees, stakeholders, and special interest groups.
Goal /Action Oriented – Does not shy away from challenges and seldom gives up, especially in the face of resistance, setbacks, or change. Seizes opportunities; takes initiative and is self-motivated. Organize work, plan activities, and set priorities in a manner that meets competing needs and timely resolution of matters. Maintains a high level of productivity and self-direction. Demonstrated experience in Project Management with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks simultaneously with changing priorities. Achieving high standards of performance from others is important.
Team Work – Interacts with people effectively. Able and willing to share and receive information. The ability to gather facts and pertinent information to gain an understanding before drawing conclusions, taking action, or resolving conflict. It involves active listening and comprehension of verbal and non-verbal signals to enhance understanding. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with municipalities, business communities, partners, and staff. Exceptional internal communications skills are needed for staff relations, working inter-departmentally with respect to resource planning matters, and to provide support to other programs within GRCA.
Customer Focus – Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Exceptional communication and negotiation skills to create, maintain and enhance relations with municipal partners, the development industry, stakeholders, etc.
The GRCA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision care, life, and disability insurance; membership in the OMERS pension plan, and a pass for free entry into GRCA conservation areas.
Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm, September 28, 2022
Approximate Start Date: October 2022
Annual Salary range for this position is $92,882 to $113,005 Hours of work: 35 hours per week.
To Apply: If you would like to be considered for this career opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Supervisor of Resource Planning” in the subject line.
We thank you for your interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
GRCA is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. If you require any accessibility accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact us. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.