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Director of Planning

District of Kitimat

This posting is now closed. Tall Cedars thanks all applicants.

The District of Kitimat is recruiting for a Manager of Planning. Reporting to the Director of Planning, you will supervise three (3) Planners and one Planning Clerk; and guide the team’s daily activities. You will prepare community plans, policies, and bylaws; and assist with the management of municipal land and land use applications.


Located in Northwest BC, Kitimat is a master-planned greenbelt community and home to just over 8,000 residents. Kitimat provides a stable tax base and is experiencing growth from increased levels of industrial, residential, and commercial development. To learn more about your new home, visit https://kitimatbound.ca/move-to-kitimat/.


  • Recommend work programs and schedules; supervise and direct the work of department personnel, and complete performance management activities in conjunction with, or in absence of, the Director.
  • Issue requests for proposals (RFPs) and invitations to qualify (ITQs) for planning projects. You will evaluate proposals; and select and manage consultants on contracts up to and exceeding $200,000 in conjunction with, or in absence of, the Director.
  • Assist the Director with undertaking and coordinating the work for complex and major planning projects and land use applications and provide project management oversight for planning staff working on a variety of planning projects and land use applications.
  • Share responsibility, with the Director, for municipal land sales, purchases, leases, right-of way, covenants, easements, encroachments, licences and other land agreements.
  • Represent the Municipality on inter-agency and intergovernmental technical and advisory committees as assigned.


  • A competitive starting salary range of $108,063 to $120,070 dependent on experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Professional development opportunities to grow your skills and further your career
  • Complimentary use of the District’s fantastic recreation facilities
  • Relocation assistance if you are moving to the area
  • A rental subsidy for the first year of your employment


  • A university degree, preferably a post graduate degree in planning or a closely related field
  • Professional designation as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP)
  • Five (5) years of planning experience, with at least three (3) years’ experience in a municipal setting
  • Two (2) years of experience in a unionized setting
  • Experience mentoring and coaching early-career-stage planners
  • Solid skills in research, communication, and presentation

Why should you choose Kitimat?

At the District of Kitimat, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve, establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, we will work with you on arranging an accommodation where possible that is suitable for your abilities.

Next Step

If you are ready to join a progressive employer in a growing region, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the comprehensive benefits plan. This position will remain open until filled.

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