Senior Planner - Strategic and Environmental Planning EX21-898

Employment Opportunity Notice

The City of Greater Sudbury

requires a

Senior Planner – Strategic and
Environmental Planning
Reporting Location: Tom Davies Square

Permanent Position

Start Date to Follow Selection Process

The Strategic and Environmental Planning Section, Planning Services Division, Growth and Infrastructure Department of the City of Greater Sudbury, requires a Senior Planner – Strategic and Environmental Planning.  The successful candidate must possess the qualifications and perform the duties, as set out below. The current range of pay for this position is $3,936.80 to $4,631.20 bi-weekly.

Main Function:

Senior professional planning responsibility in performing quantitative and qualitative analysis and technical work of an advanced and complex nature relating to Official, Secondary or Community Improvement Plans and other strategic, environmental or Community and Economic Development planning matters.


Under the general direction of the Manager of Strategic and Environmental Planning.

  1.     Prepare new plans: Official Plans, Secondary Plans, Tertiary Plans, Community Improvement Plans, Strategic Plans and Environmental Plans; and undertake monitoring and periodic review of existing plans and the preparation of amendments to existing plans.

  2.      Organize and conduct research studies and prepare analytical reports based on that research which assists in plan development and policy formulation.

  3.      Develop and undertake programs which implement plans (e.g. community improvement programs), including: outlining the program/project, costing, phasing, financial and technical feasibility, impact assessment, and mechanisms for implementation.

  4.      Undertake the necessary steps to initiate the program/project including: building partnerships between the public, private and non-profit sectors, marshalling of resources (including securing of funding), and putting administrative mechanisms in place.

  5.      Organize, participate in and speak on behalf of CGS at public meetings to provide information and answer enquiries with respect to existing or proposed plans or program initiatives.  Also participate in advising the public on routine planning matters.

  6.      Confer with civic leaders, provincial agencies, consultants, other Departments, and community interest groups to review, revise, or initiate policy recommendations, land use recommendations, program proposals or community development initiatives, and provide professional planning advice on the same.

  7.      Supervise technical staff on a project basis in implementing Department’s Business Plan and in support of various community, environmental and strategic initiatives.

  8.      Participate, as necessary, in the selection of planning consultants for various projects, and supervise consultants for project outcomes.

  9.      As assigned, act as Project Manager for various economic development and community development planning initiatives.

  10.    Facilitate and undertake the development of key strategic projects.

  11.    Assist in integrating City Strategic Plan elements into Official Plan and other public documents.

  12.    As required, shall attend meetings of, but not limited to, the public, staff, council(s), tribunals, hearing bodies, etc.

  13.    Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of CGS’s Safety Manual and the applicable Provincial Legislation listed therein.

  14.    Perform and/or assist in other related duties as required, including the functions of the Development Approvals Section.


Education and Training:

University Degree in Planning or a related field from a recognized University with Canadian accreditation.

Full membership or eligibility for full membership in the Canadian Institute for Planners/Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

Additional education initiatives to update and expand competencies.


Minimum of six (6) years of planning experience.

Knowledge of:

Community planning and development research, methodology and analysis.

Applicable legislation and related regulations.

Geographic information systems, statistics, mapping, graphics, control survey network and environmental planning.

Urban design and economic analysis desirable.

Working knowledge of microcomputer software (e.g. word processing and spreadsheet applications).

Best practices within areas of responsibilities.

Abilities to:

Demonstrate provision of excellent customer service.

Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in dealing with staff, other Departments, Councillors, outside authorities and agencies.

Demonstrate ability to negotiate successfully regarding planning matters.

Respond quickly to emerging opportunities or risks.

Personal Suitability:

Mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.


Excellent use of English; verbally and in writing.

French verbal skills desirable.


May require the use of a personal or CGS vehicle on CGS business.  Must be physically capable of operating a vehicle safely, possess a valid driver’s licence, have an acceptable driving record, and personal insurance coverage.

Leadership Competencies: 

Tactical Implementation- Non Supervisory (II)


Competency Definition


Level Definition

Shaping the Future


Take a creative approach to problems or issues, “think outside the box”, go beyond the conventional, and explore creative uses of resources.


Takes action to innovate

Judgment and Decision Making

Make sound decisions involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk.


Develops alternatives before making complex decisions

Delivering Business Results


Work and communicate collaboratively within City of Greater Sudbury to create alignment within and across teams and groups.


Collaborates beyond one’s area

Customer/Citizen Focus

The desire to work closely with internal and external customers to meet and exceed their expectations.


Monitors and improves quality of customer service

Impact and Influence

Persuade, convince, influence or gain the commitment of others to get them to accept a point of view, adopt a specific direction, commit to an idea, or take a course of action.


Uses customized influence strategies

Organizational Awareness

Learn and understand the key relationships, diverse interest groups and power bases within one’s own and other organizations.


Understands climate and culture

Planning, Coordination & Execution

Plan and coordinate work to achieve desired results on a consistent basis.


Plans and executes broad implementation efforts

Aligning People & Teams

Building Partnerships

Build and maintain reciprocal, strategic relationships with networks of internal and external stakeholders.


Builds a local network for business benefit

Enhancing Personal Effectiveness

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Continuously develop and enhance one’s own and others’ personal and professional skills, knowledge and abilities.


Models a learning orientation


Adapt and work effectively within a variety of situations, and with various individuals or groups.


Adapts approach

Interpersonal Communication

Communicate effectively by reflecting on verbal and non-verbal behaviour, being attuned to the needs, perspectives and sensitivities of others and acting with them in mind.


Makes insightful assessments

Managerial Courage/Integrity

Acting with integrity, ensuring one’s actions are consistent with City of Greater Sudbury’s values and expectations.


Is honest and candid with managers, peers or external parties

Leadership Presence

Develop and maintain a sense of presence and emotional maturity and have an inner confidence that one can succeed and overcome obstacles.


Demonstrates resilience


For more information on leadership competencies, please see our Leadership Competency Dictionary.

All City of Greater Sudbury employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's mandatory Vaccination Policy. Please do not submit your proof of vaccination with your resume. This information will only be required if you are selected as the candidate of choice.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit their résumé in confidence by Friday, December 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM by: e-mail to: or facsimile number: 705-688-3979.  Any application received after this deadline will not be considered. Please reference the Employment Opportunity number (EX21-898) on your resume.

For further instructions on how to apply to this position, please visit our How to Apply section.

The City of Greater Sudbury is dedicated to maintaining a fair and equitable work environment, and welcomes submissions from all qualified applicants.

Personal information submitted will be used for the purpose of determining suitability for this competition only in accordance with The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted, and you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, you must advise the Hiring Manager.