Director, Planning & Capital Projects

Job No: SN190719
Location: North Vancouver


CLOSES:  OCTOBER 10, 2019 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Director, Planning & Capital Projects to join our Community Development Sector in North Vancouver.

The Director of Planning & Capital Projects oversees the Planning & Capital Projects Department in the Nation Services division of the Squamish Nation. The Director will be guided by organizational strategic plans, comprehensive community plans, and the values of the Squamish Nation. The Director will be responsible for managing complex urban design, development and planning work across the Squamish Nation territory; including its nine residential communities in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Squamish, with plans to grow new communities in the City of Vancouver and Sunshine Coast. The Director will oversee teams consisting of planning, housing construction, capital planning, projects and assets, and more as the department expands. The successful candidate will also provide input into large-scale area planning programs, development of zoning and zoning processes, development of official community plans, liaise with other levels of government on major planning and capital projects throughout the territory, and a variety of special projects including community development. This position will provide and is accountable for both strategic and leadership in the above-noted areas of responsibility and will strive for excellence in the areas of energy and environmental sustainability.

Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Project manage developments from the initial enquiry through to issuance of the development permit, manage a project team, oversee input from review groups, and resolve conflicts and coordinate hand-off to building staff.
  • Prepare reports and make presentations to relevant Panels, including the Squamish Nation Design Panel, Squamish Nation Council, and in public meetings and sessions as required.
  • Manages staff.
  • Handles multi-disciplinary and controversial tasks in a team environment with diplomacy, tact, and honesty.
  • Oversees and provides high-level and versatile sound design, project management, capital planning judgement, independent action within the parameters of work assignments. Adheres to planning policies, by-laws and design guidelines.
  • Manages enquiries and public contact related to scope of work and provides consistent and accurate advice.
  • Supervises the Health and Safety of Employees and adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Squamish Nation Leadership Team.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Master’s OR Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering, Community/ Regional Planning or a relevant/related field degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Minimum of 7 years (with Master’s) OR 10 years (with Bachelor’s) of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in this job description including architecture, urban design, project planning, reports, presentations, conflict resolution, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent may be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to budgeting, forecasting, managing cash flows,  staff management, Aboriginal taxation, federal/provincial government & other funders, etc.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in leadership position with responsibility for 3 or more direct reports.
  • Previous work experience must include financial management, working with Boards/Councils or Sr. Executives, committees, directing and leading teams, developing and maintaining relationships, staff evaluations and other HR matters.
  • Must have related experience in progressively more complex and senior management/leadership roles in a large multi-site organization with responsibilities for the planning and development of capital and strategic plans, and management of plant services, or an equivalent combination n of education, training and experience.
  • Extensive experience in the private and/or public sector and demonstrated experience in management of large-scale projects is preferred.
  • Membership in the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Planning Institute of British Columbia is preferred.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent designation or training is preferred.
  • Experience reporting to a Board or Council is preferred.
  • Experience as an advanced level user MS Office, the internet, etc. Working experience with a large scale computerized database system.  Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5, Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check as per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation. 

Salary:  This position has not yet been yet evaluated.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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