Job Description

Overview of responsibilities :

The successful candidate will take on a planning role in our firm, mentoring under other staff and senior sub-contractors, or mentoring other team members depending on level of experience. We work collaboratively within teams. Responsibilities will be diverse, as the Planner will be expected to respond and adapt to project and community-specific needs. In a general sense, the Planner’s role will include the following responsibilities:
- Securing projects by developing detailed project plans, and proposals.
- Collaborating in project teams, which may include a mix of internal PlanIt North team members as well as external partners with strong content expertise.
- Providing coordination to a variety of planning and related projects, including senior review of other team members’ contributions.
- Ensuring projects are delivered to high quality, within agreed upon scope and on-time.
- Working closely with our clients to develop and implement projects that meet their specific objectives. Typically, this will require adopting creative and highly collaborative approaches that ensure in-depth community engagement and, when possible, project implementation alongside an actively involved community lead.
Though our projects are diverse, the successful applicant will initially be working on projects with clients to develop and implement housing programs, develop community adaptation plans, and review applications for resource and land use.

Qualifications :

You hold a graduate degree from an accredited planning program or related field, including, but not limited to Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, etc.

You possess experience working in a professional setting, in which you demonstrated reliability and excellent work quality.

You can describe substantial cross-cultural professional experience, which may include, but not necessarily be limited to, experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada.

You are independent and highly motivated, approaching your work with dedication, energy and enthusiasm. You are creative and innovative in your approach, able to take responsibility for your work and see it through to finished products with little oversight. Experience as a consultant is an asset.

You demonstrate and can articulate an understanding of the public interest. You are aware of and can articulate elements of Canada’s colonial history and understand the continuing effects of on-going intergenerational trauma as well as systemic inequities.

You are flexible and adaptable and possess a sense of adventure and curiosity. Since many of our clients are based in NWT’s smaller communities, our team members typically travel frequently and are comfortable with long drives and /or traveling on small planes. Our team members are also adaptable, willing to share rooms (rarely) when required because of limited accommodations in communities, or willing to stay in billeted homes (also rarely) or more informal BnB style accommodations (frequently).

Finally, you possess a number of the following process and content skills. As planning is a diverse field, you need not hold all of these skills but please ensure that your application and cv highlights which areas most strongly meet your own work experience and strengths.

Knowledge requirements :

Process and general strengths
- Excellent writing skills. An ability to write succinctly and clearly. Demonstrated ability to structure complex ideas into clear narratives. Writing samples will be requested and short-listed candidates will be asked to participate in a writing exercise as part of the application process.
- Strong Facilitation skills. Experience facilitating a diversity of groups, preferably in cross-cultural environments.
- Oral communication. You have a proven ability to share complex ideas in plain language terms, avoiding jargon.
- Time Management. Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines, triaging according to relevant criteria and delegating as necessary. You handle pressure well and rise to a fast-paced work environment.
- Strong computer skills. Highly proficient in all Microsoft Office programs with highly proficient typing skills. Ability to independently troubleshoot basic software issues.
- Exceptional research skills. Proven experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research with a demonstrated ability to apply research skills to a variety of topics.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills. You are at ease with people and, in turn, able to make others feel at ease. You work well with others and foster and maintain effective working relationships. You are an active listener and work with humility. Financial management. Experience developing and reporting on complex budgets. You will be able to not only manage projects internally but also help clients work within available funding pots.

Special skills and abilities :

Additional qualifications
• Current and good standing full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) or ability and willingness to meet eligibility and enrol as a candidate Planner (if you do not hold other professional accreditation).
• Class five drivers license (preferred, or willingness to work to secure this)

Job Type : Full Time
Employment Category : Managerial

Employer Profile

PlanIt North is a Yellowknife-based firm that works primarily with clients in the Northwest Territories to build healthy, vibrant communities. We are a values-based company and we strive to create enabling work environments that both meet direct project objectives, and also support meaningful involvement of those who will be implementing plans in the long-term.

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City/Town : : Yellowknife
Province/Territory : : Northwest Territories
Special instructions : How to Apply Please visit our website, for more information and submit your resume and cover letter as a single pdf document to
Disclosure statement : : Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 8th, 2021 or until the positions are filled with appropriate candidates. Preference will be given to candidates with Indigenous heritage. Salary and benefits to be reviewed based on experience.

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