Senior Branch Head, Film & Special Events

Requisition ID: 11507 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and we are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top 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.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Branch Head (manager) to lead our our Film & Special Events group.  The Film & Special Events Branch is responsible for the permitting of City of Vancouver streets and open spaces and the use of City-owned or leased facilities for film and special events (including sport events and conferences). This branch also directs the planning, coordination and implementation of City services for major film and event activity. The role of the branch is diverse and acts as regulator, enabler and promoter of the film and event industries. Within the Public Space and Street Use Division, the branch supports key City goals to enable the innovative and creative use of our streets and public spaces.  The manager is accountable for all branch staff and for the branch budget.
The manager is responsible for the development and implementation of short and long term policies and strategies that shape the City’s support for and services to the film and special event industries. Working with multiple stakeholders, the manager must employ a collaboarative approach that is sensitive to the competing demands for public space usage to ensure consistent service to clients, efficient use of resources and effective communication.  The manager works with provincial and federal government partners to update policy regarding film and special events and to improve and standardize service models and permitting processes.
Anoverarching focus of this position is to manage the relationship between the film and event industries and the City, while also balancing the needs of business and residents. Key responsibilities of the position are the management of sensitive and complex issues that carry risk for the City (reputational, financial, safety, operational).  The Branch also oversees thedevelopment of Public Safety Plan for several major events. The manager identifies issues and facilitates discussion of options and trade offs with senior leadership and works with emergency responder partners to execute risk assessments, forecasts and mitigation planning. The manager proactively indentifies trends or issues and provides the City Manager’s Office (CMO) and Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) with recommendations that will resolve problems,  support ongoing improvement and uphold the City’s reputation. The manager will be required to present to the CMO, CLT, City Council and stakeholder groups in written form and in person.
As an ideal candidate you will have a strong understanding of the film and events industry as well as municipal government.  Experience with policy, permitting and managing projects and programs in a complex government environment is desired.  You will have a degree in a related field or equivalent combination of training and experience along with 10 years’ progressively responsible managerial roles in a large complex organization with excellent understanding and application of best practices, guidelines and policy related to film and special event activity.
You will have experience working in a high volume operation and be able to adapt to growing and evolving demands on the branch.  You bring a proven ability to manage a wide range of high-profile potentially initiatives within budgets and schedules, exercising sound judgement and discretion under tight deadlines and constant change.  As an excellent team leader, you are able to maximize the engagement and contributions of the team to meet changing business needs.   The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative and an ability to develop, communicate, and implement successful strategic initiatives involving multiple and diverse stakeholders with skill, tact and diplomacy.  Your excellent communication skills, strong conflict resolution, facilitation and mediation skills will enable you to effectively deal with issues and allow you to arrive and implement creative, effective and fair solutions.  You are able to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports suitable to a variety of audiences from the general public to other levels of government and City Council. 
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

​​​​​​​Application closes: July 24, 2018

The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our internal careers site.

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Arts & Cultural Services,Audio & Visual Services,Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: July 3, 2018, 11:47 am
Expires: July 24, 2018, 11:45 pm