Policy Analyst

Requisition ID: 1821 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and we are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
The position of Policy Analyst in Housing Policy & Projects (HPP) supports the implementation of the City of Vancouver’s Housing & Homelessness Strategy 2012-2021 goals of ending homelessness and increasing affordable housing options for Vancouverites.
This includes supporting the development and coordination of public policies, projects, programs, plans, and strategies aimed at improving the availability and accessibility of affordable housing in Vancouver. This position will bring creativity to a range of complex issues and requires a range of professional and technical competencies.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
This position reports to the Senior Planner, under the Director, Housing Policy & Projects. The incumbent will help supervise Planning Assistants, professional staff, consultants and contractors. The work requires significant collaboration and cooperation across City departments, as well as external private, public and non-profit organizations.
Specific Duties/Responsibilities
This position will:
  • Administer and manage the Single Room Accommodation (SRA) By-law including processing applications, negotiating permit conditions and writing council reports;
  • Support the development and implementation of housing policies and strategies aimed at protecting, renewing, and improving the affordable housing stock in Vancouver;
  • Provide housing policy advice related to re-zonings and development enquiries and applications;
  • Provide research, analysis, and technical support to develop of the biannual Low-Income Housing Survey of the Downtown Core, the annual Homeless Count, the annual Housing Report Card and support other team projects as required;
  • Liaise and collaborate with a wide range of internal departments (Planning and Development Services, License and Inspections, Law, Finance, Social Policy) and external partners and stakeholders on SRA and other housing enquiries and applications and assist with regulatory matters related to other housing issues, such as secondary suites and Housing Agreements and Tenant Relocation Plans;
  • Liaise with the public, community groups, and representatives of the development industry, non-profit housing groups, and senior government representatives and agencies;
  • Prepare and present Housing Policy & Project reports and recommendations to senior staff and City Council;
  • Support the team in continuously improving our approach to data collection, management and analysis, utilizing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques including survey development, economic analysis, review of housing and land-use policies to develop effective housing policies and provide robust assessments of options and outcomes in the goal to end homelessness and support vulnerable populations; and,
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Position Requirements
  • University graduation at the Masters level in planning, public policy, or related discipline.
  • 2 years of related experience at a responsible level, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • A current and valid BC Driver's license is desirable; transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of municipal planning, land development, community development, housing planning, and social and affordable housing legislative and policy context.
  • Understanding of the legal mechanisms to secure housing tenure and affordability through such mechanisms as, Housing Agreements, Operating Agreements, Option agreements and Covenants. 
  • Ability to build consensus on housing policy and projects both with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders in potentially contentious environments.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to clearly articulate complex planning information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals and the public.
Business Unit/Department: Community Services (1200) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Position Start Date: April 3, 2017 
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $43.09 to $50.95 per hour
Application Close: March 24, 2017 

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Policy & Research
Posted: March 20, 2017, 12:07 pm
Expires: March 24, 2017, 11:45 pm