Position Summary

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COMMUNITY PLANNER  (Regular Full-time)

The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the River Grass. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit


Position Summary

Musqueam’s Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP), nəc̓əmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct (We Are of One Heart and Mind), was approved by Musqueam Chief and Council in 2011. The Community Plan provides leadership, administration, and membership with direction and guidance on community development. Musqueam updated this plan in 2018, using results from a monitoring & evaluation initiative and extensive community engagement. The planning team works with cross-departmental program leads and staff to promote and implement the updated CCP and to support community engagement and other planning-related initiatives.


Working as part of the Policy and Planning team and in close collaboration with the Lands Department, the Community Planner is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating community planning initiatives.  The Community Planner also coordinates the work of the planning team to support strategic planning initiatives, community engagement, and land development processes by collaborating closely with Finance and Administration, Lands, Capital and Housing staff, as well as other Musqueam departments, community, and leadership.  This position helps to ensure the effective development, implementation and evaluation of research and planning, policies, and communications strategies to support cross-organizational decision-making, as well as community and broad organizational priorities across all of Musqueam’s cultural and business operations.  The Community Planner is also responsible for establishing and maintaining working relationships with external organizations and local governments conducting planning and development work within Musqueam territory.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead Census and Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) processes to ensure timely and accurate information for the Musqueam community; lead the creation and implementation of related planning procedures and strategies
  • Manage planning-related projects, including preparing and overseeing project proposals, work plans, and budgets
  • Consult with community, administration, and leadership through workshops, meetings, online outreach, and other methods
  • Support the recruitment, training, and supervision of planning team members and liaise with consultants; provide leadership to planning staff, keeping apprised of day-to-day activities to ensure individual and departmental objectives are achieved in line with organizational goals
  • Facilitate the collaborative development and implementation of community engagement strategies; conducting community outreach and facilitating group engagements, including leading discussions, making presentations, soliciting ideas, and recording feedback
  • Prepare memos, briefing notes, and Band Council Resolutions, and presenting to Council and standing committees
  • Contribute to the conceptualization, writing and design of various reports, informational materials, and other communications materials to inform and engage community, staff and leadership; assist other departments with document development, communications, and design requests; develop grant applications and report back, as per contribution agreements
  • Conduct research, and compile and analyze qualitative and quantitative information relating to social and physical planning and development, and report information to administration, leadership, and the community
  • Provide support to Floor Managers and Program Leads working on planning-related initiatives, such as operational planning, plan implementation, performance indicator tracking, and community outreach
  • Oversee the review of development permit applications on Musqueam reserve lands and providing recommendations to senior staff
  • Issue development and building permits and making reports and recommendations to Council on permit applications
  • Establish relationships and work effectively with planners and representatives of external organizations (including municipalities, regional districts, and other planning authorities undertaking planning activities within Musqueam territory) to assert Musqueam’s expectations for fulsome consultation and rights recognition, including:
  • coordinating internal working groups to review plans and documents to provide feedback, edits, and content suggestions to ensure accurate representation and collaborative policy development
  • participating in working groups to represent Musqueam’s planning-related interests and expectations
  • facilitating engagement with Musqueam community
  • maintaining positive, respectful working relationships with the aim of promoting reconciliation and public education
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and teachings to external learners about Musqueam’s planning work
  • Assist administration in planning community and staff events
  • Other duties, as required


Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

  • A post-secondary degree in Community Planning, Urban Planning, and/or a related field. A Master’s degree in planning or related discipline would be a strong asset.
  • Minimum 2 years applied experience in community planning, and conducting outreach and participatory engagement, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Respectful and clear communicator – excellent oral and written communications skills, demonstrated ability to present clear and concise findings for decision makers (including reports, memos, and briefings) and information to diverse stakeholders, demonstrated high standard of quality and attention to detail
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, as well as lead and develop the performance of others
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills – including ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines to achieve sustainable results
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality, and ability to use tact and good judgement in dealing with sensitive and complex issues.
  • Project management expertise, including knowledge of governance structures, work plan development, risk mitigation and reporting
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills – strong proficiency in conducting research and analyses, interpreting statistical data, and developing recommendations regarding complex planning and policy issues
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), and publishing software (MS Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, including familiarity with Musqueam community and its cultural traditions.
  • Knowledge of Musqueam’s Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP), nəc̓əmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct (We Are of One Heart and Mind) and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language is a strong asset
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule (which may include occasional evenings and weekend) to accommodate community engagement


Working Conditions

  • A Criminal Record Check satisfactory to MIB must be completed
  • Work is performed in the office and out in the community, located on the Musqueam reserve in southwest Vancouver
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required
  • Must sign confidentiality covenant.


To apply, please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected] and reference “Community Planner” in the subject line


Applications close July 18, 2019

Position will remain open until filled.

Applicants of Musqueam and/or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.


* Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.