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TL - Planner, Partner Planning

Job ID


Full/Part Time


Transport & Land Use Planning


Provides transportation planning expertise and leadership to projects of smaller/medium scope in support of a designated program related to transportation policy, forecasting, infrastructure/service development in an integrated multi-modal environment.

  • Contributes transportation planning expertise and leadership to the development of program strategies, plans and tactics and to designated projects.
  • Develops transportation planning methods, techniques and models in support of designated program and project deliverables, ensuring compliance with department standards, policies and procedures.
  • Contributes as a member of a program team, providing transportation planning expertise and identifying planning and project risks and opportunities based on analysis of transport data, trends, and issues. Alerts Senior Transportation Planner and Manager to critical issues.
  • Collaborates with leaders and professionals across the organization, with a view to optimizing planning services and project outcomes.
  • Researches and analyzes transportation data, trends and issues. Develops technical reports and delivers presentations for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develops and manages relationships with stakeholders to understand needs, maintain communication and resolve moderate issues within defined limits. Provides technical support and advice to municipal/provincial working teams and advisory committees.
  • Provides work direction to contractors and consultants and monitors contract compliance.
  • Provides technical guidance to junior planning staff where applicable

Education and Experience:
The competencies for this position are typically acquired through a Masters degree in Planning, Engineering or a related discipline, plus 3 years' experience providing expertise and leading projects in an agency specializing in planning or transportation.

Other Requirements:
  • Sound knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of transportation planning
  • Basic knowledge of plans, products, roles and responsibilities of government agencies, NGOs and associations
  • Sound knowledge of Translink's decision-making context including its strategic context and organizational and governance structure
  • Solid leadership skills with the ability to provide technical guidance and expertise to other transportation planning professionals and to lead projects
  • Solid analytical skills including the ability to identify and communicate transportation planning and project-related risks and opportunities in an integrated, multi-disciplinary environment; includes skills to analyze transport data, trends and issues
  • Solid communication skills including the ability to write and deliver well-prepared reports and presentations
  • Solid interpersonal skills including the ability to build trust by consulting with others and applying a team approach as needed to achieve solutions. Includes negotiation skills as they pertain to making refinements to contracts and to
  • conflict resolution at a basic level of risk and complexity.
  • Solid decision-making skills including the ability to resolve transportation planning and project-related issues within defined limits, and to identify and know when to refer issues to others.

Other Information
This position is a key role within the Partner Planning department of the Transportation Planning & Policy division, reporting to the Manager of Partner Planning. The Partner Planning team is responsible for advancing alignment and integration between TransLink's regional transportation plans and the plans of our partner agencies. These partner agencies include the region's local governments as well as Metro Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and other key partners whose plans have implications for the regional transportation system. Given that much of the Partner Planning team's work focuses on land use and transportation integration, experience working in land use and community planning is considered a strong asset for this position. The Partner Planning team's key accountabilities include:
  • Leading cross-organizational input to municipal and other partner agency plans and proposals with implications for the regional transportation system;
  • Leading the land use and other project-supportive components of those Project Partnership Agreements required for Investment Plan major project approval (the Supportive Policies Agreements); and
  • Building the relationship between TransLink and partner agency staff via the development of communication tools, the management of the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), and internal coordination within TransLink, for consistent information provision to partner agency staff.

Upcoming Partner Planning projects anticipated in the near term include:
  • Ongoing participation and input in municipal and other partner agency plans and development proposals;Implementation and monitoring of the Broadway Subway Supportive Policies Agreement;
  • Initiation of sub-regional multimodal Area Plan; and
  • Initiation of a new major rapid transit project Supportive Policies Agreement, to ensure project-supportive land use and transportation commitments.

This is one of a number of exciting positions we are looking to hire for within the System Planning department.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for each individual position they are interested in.

TransLink has been one of BC's Top Employers for five straight years , and is currently in the midst of an unprecedented period of expanding transportation service across the Metro Vancouver region. TransLink does not discriminate based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, national origin, disability (mental and physical), ancestry, ethnicity, marital status, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by provincial or federal laws. TransLink encourages all interested applicants to apply, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities. To support a diverse workforce, TransLink has a number of inclusion-related initiatives in place and under development, such as mentorship programs and support for ongoing professional development.

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions. At the interview stage of the screening process we may request a writing sample, provide you with a writing assignment, or request that you deliver a presentation based on a scenario which will contribute to the assessment of your capabilities for the position.

Work Schedule
37.5 hours per week.

Rate of Pay
Grade: 05

$76,228 - $95,284 per annum

How to Apply
To apply, please visit

INSTRUCTIONS: Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

Questions regarding this competition can be directed to Matthew Whyte at

Please ensure your application is received before the posting deadline.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with  you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For a confidential inquiry, simply email us at

Location: New Westminster, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Planning & Development
Posted: February 13, 2020, 8:41 am
Expires: March 13, 2020, 4:30 pm