This job posting has expired and no longer is available. Please explore other opportunities.

Director, Engineering Project & Development Services

Vancouver, BC

Requisition ID: 39912


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function

As a member of Engineering’s Executive Leadership Team reporting directly to the General Manager, the Director, Engineering Project & Development Services leads a team of unionized and exempt staff, advising on departmental systems and processes, collaborating with key stakeholders, and maintaining external contacts with industry and business groups to achieve and monitor success including third party infrastructure delivery organizations and development representative groups. The Director provides strategic leadership to managers overseeing all aspects of Engineering Services' complex projects and development services, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities, ensuring alignment and coordination among departmental functional groups to achieve integrated project delivery goals.

Specific Duties And Responsibilities

  • Ensures coordination and collaboration in managing activities and construction occurring for the delivery of City infrastructure by both internally delivered projects and externally delivered developer projects.
  • With a primary focus on implementation, monitors and upkeeps processes and systems, works collaboratively with internal functional branch managers to ensure projects are coordinated across department(s), external utility groups, and private sector developers.
  • Oversees the Development Services and Land Survey branches, which are responsible for Engineering Services’ input to planning policy, rezonings, development permitting, legal survey work, and street right-of-way management. This includes all matters pertaining to rights of way and requests for purchase, leases or licences over portions of streets and lanes.
  • Provides ongoing strategic direction for project delivery with an emphasis on Engineering Capital Projects and Engineering Development Services.
  • Identifies and manages risks and issues, cross-project dependencies, and requirements while leveraging synergies.
  • Recommends changes to enhance project and quality management in the department.
  • Leads and facilitates meetings regarding project decision points and/or project issues resolution, including leading a team of senior project managers
  • Leads and oversees Engineering’s development process improvement initiatives, including defining and tracking metrics and addressing issues identified by such metrics.
  • Works with management teams to provide departmental leadership, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, coaching, mentoring, training and development and performance management.
  • Develops strong working relationships with stakeholders within and outside the City.
  • Directs the preparation of reports and submissions to City Council or Committees.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or another related field
  • MBA or MPA an asset
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience in a combination of program, project and operational management with a large organization; including experience/ responsibility managing diverse, complex projects and teams.
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment an asset
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification would be considered an asset or at minimum, proficiency to pursue certification.
  • P.Eng. designation considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to develop, communicate, and implement successful strategic initiatives for multiple constituents with sometimes conflicting/competing objectives and goals
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering practices related to infrastructure planning, design and construction
  • Understanding of municipal development and land use processes
  • Proven track record of innovative and strategic decision making, as well as experience in implementing change with new procedures and practices - develop, implement and sustain change
  • Ability to interpret requirements, problem solve, and plan and develop courses of action at a strategic level
  • Excellent ability to process large volumes of information, and re-prioritize work based on evolving organizational needs
  • Ability to organize, lead and direct diverse activities in a changing environment.
  • Ability to independently lead initiatives and develop partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Solid negotiation, conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making skills required
  • Ability to build consensus while representing the City’s interests with regional, provincial and federal partners
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish cohesive teams and interact effectively at all levels in the organization
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences - ability to make clear, concise and well organized oral and written communications and presentations

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite. At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Regular Full Time

Position Start Date: January, 2024

Salary Information: RNG-131: $148,296 to $195,120 per annum

Application Close: November 29, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Before you click Apply now

Once you start your application you can save your work and leave the applications page, however please remember to submit your profile to the specific job requisition before the posting closing date.

In addition to uploading your cover letter and resume, part of the application process may include answering application questions related to the preferred requirements of the role which may take approx. 5-10 minutes. Cover letters should express interest and highlight additional information relevant to the position and resumes should include a summary of skills and experience related to the position.

Subscribe to Job Alerts