Position: Planning and Development Strategy and Process Manager 

Division: Community Services 

Department: Planning and Development

Term: 1 Permanent Full Time position(s) available.

Closing Date: 09/29/2022 

Labour Group: ESA 

Posting:  1405 

Job Summary

This position provides leadership,direction and management within the Planning and Development Department.  This position will provide oversight and coordination across a wide range of planning and land development functions including complex development applications,major neighbourhood development projects and servicing and utility projects. Leading complex project coordination efforts,and a high degree of stakeholder engagement will be primary functions in this role. 
An immediate assignment in the role will be focused on working collaboratively with cross functional teams to effectively implement process transformations across the development approval and coordination functions in various civic departments

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Actively engages, negotiates and resolves complex planning and development issues involving various internal departments, external agencies and various stakeholders.
  2. Addresses complex, sensitive and confidential issues on a regular basis and facilitates collaborative solutions to these issues.
  3. Maintains liaison with building and development industry, First Nations and Indigenous organizations, government agencies, other professionals, property owners, consultants, community and business associations regarding planning and development matters.
  4. Creates and deliver customer focused programs and services, including identifying and implementing significant cross-functional process improvements.
  5. Ensures a customer service culture by displaying and promoting leadership, accountability and recognition.
  6. Conducts and coordinates the preparation of special studies and research relating to planning and development issues, municipal bylaws, legislation, and policy.
  7. Oversees the management of consultant contracts and corporate projects, preparation of tenders and/or requests for proposals, preparing detailed project definitions, identifying terms of reference and reviewing proposals for consultant selections. Makes recommendations and administers consultant agreements.
  8. Manages the activities of a section and ensures its alignment with City of Saskatoon goals, guiding principles, and management commitments.
  9. Manages assigned staff, including hiring, training, and performance management, and organizes and directs staff primarily engaged in section objectives.
  10. Prepares and presents complex reports and recommendations to City Council, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services, the Municipal Planning Commission and other committees as required.
  11. Ensures that public, rights-holder and stakeholder consultation and communication related to mandated areas are conducted in accordance with the City of Saskatoon Community Engagement Policy and Public Notice Policy.
  12. Represents the policy position of the Section, Department and City of Saskatoon with City Councillors, the public, media, external partners and clients.
  13. Collaborates with the Department Director in the preparation of capital and operating budgets related to the Section.
  14. Collaborates with the Department Director and other Section Managers to establish Department priorities and outcomes consistent the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan, civic strategies, and department business plans.
  15. Acts on behalf of the Director, as required. 
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, or a directly related discipline.
  • Seven to nine years progressively responsible experience in Urban Planning and development, including supervisory responsibilities.
  • Possession of an appropriate professional designation. Preference given to Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) professional designations. Must be eligible to attain provincial membership upon hire.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, the development industry, professionals in various fields, First Nations and Indigenous organizations and government officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex issues in a multi-disciplinary environment including conflict management, managing extensive work programs and delivering results on schedule within budgetary constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver consistent quality and performance while managing a high volume of work with multiple responsibilities amongst multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively including the preparation and presentation of complex financial and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions in a prompt, clear and consistent manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the work of professional and technical staff while displaying and promoting leadership, accountability, and recognition.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of Urban Planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable bylaws, policies, and Provincial Legislation and Regulations pertaining to Urban Planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of corporate accounting, budgeting, procurement, and financial procedures.

Weekly Hours: 40 

Salary Range: $117,900.96 to $138,533.28 CAD per annum (2022 rates)


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The City of Saskatoon offers an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds. As an equity partner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the City commits to diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplaces. By having our workforce reflect the community we serve, we support the realization of miyo-pimatisiwin, (me-o-pi-ma-ti-si-win) “the good life”, for all residents. To learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the City, please visit Saskatoon.ca/diversity 


The City of Saskatoon strives to provide an accessible and inclusive workplace for all, including throughout the application and selection process through reasonable access and accommodations. Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please email talent.acquisition@saskatoon.ca.