The City of Kawartha Lakes invites applications to join our Corporate Services team as the Director, Development Services.
When you come to work for the City of Kawartha Lakes, you are joining a community of municipal workers who take pride in knowing that every day you are having a positive impact in the community. Our mission is to deliver the highest standards of municipal services while creating a healthy and sustainable future for all Kawartha Lakes’ residents and businesses. We work to our values of Accountability, Respect and Teamwork and we want you to Jump In with us!!
We are an equal opportunity employer which values equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. We foster a safe and creative work environment, where training and skill development are prioritized, with opportunities and support for career advancement. As a team member at the City of Kawartha Lakes, you may be entitled to the following: flexible work hours, remote and hybrid working arrangements, OMERS pension (defined benefit), employer paid benefits package including short and long term disability income replacement, education reimbursement and other programs that foster innovation, leadership, and career advancement.
Reporting to the CAO, this position is responsible to provide effective leadership and strategic direction of the Development Services Department which Planning (Development, Policy and Environment), Building Services and Economic Development
Salary: $140,446 -$164,302
Specific to this role:
Provide leadership and strategic support to the respective Development Services division managers in the achievement of the department’s strategy that compliments and supports the City of Kawartha Lakes Corporate vision and strategy
Coordinate and/or oversee various complex and often multi-departmental projects such as Official Plan Review, Development Review Process, Sustainability Plan, Secondary Plans, Growth Plans, Economic Development strategy, etc.
Ensure overall conformity and awareness of guiding provincial legislation, including but not limited to, the Planning Act, the Building Code Act and the Municipal Act
As a member of the senior leadership team:
Develop and implement strategic goals, priorities and measurements, consistent with performance management, engaging a continuous improvement mindset and recommend improvements to CAO and Council
Conduct continuous research, analysis of industry trends, issues and future objectives resulting in recommendations to the Chief Administrative Officer and Council
Conduct reviews and analysis of organizational service objectives and ensure standards are achieved
Ensure collaborative partnerships are maintained with community partners, agencies, legislators, and neighbouring service providers
Ensure collaborative partnerships are formed and maintained inside of the organization including maintaining a cohesive team environment to support staff’s achievement of objectives
Prepare and review Council reports, providing advice and recommendations on departmental matters; follow through on Council directives and report on progress
Develop comprehensive budgets for the department, present recommendations to Council; implement and monitor the department’s annual expenditures per guidelines specified
As a member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to corporate planning including employee related strategies, financial planning, and organizational programs
Model the desired organizational values and competencies; monitor performance of applicable corporate policies, directives, procedures, agreements
Responsible for the overall performance outcomes of direct reports applying applicable actions aligned with organizational values; includes actions not limited to hire, lead, coach, train, discipline
Act as a supervisor under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Perform other related duties as assigned
Post-secondary degree in Planning or a related field, with additional education in Business or Public Administration
Minimum ten (10) years of related progressive experience, preferably in a municipal environment
Hold and maintain full membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute
Management experience in a unionized environment, along with thorough knowledge of planning principles, statutory requirements, by-laws, provincial policies and regulations applicable to municipal planning; familiarity with current literature and trends
Thorough knowledge of provincial or inter-governmental legislation, programs, policies and guidelines as they relate to the various services provided in Development Services
Experience and/or demonstrated understanding of economic development functions and their relationship with other functions required
Knowledge of municipal structures, functions, and financing of local governments, and their relations with federal and provincial governments
Understanding the use of Business Intelligence (BI) and demonstrated use and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
Extensive experience in public relations, facilitation and conducting presentations in public forums
Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Demonstrated leadership and management skills at a level to ensure successful program and employee performance outcomes and management
Effective oral communication and strong interpersonal skills; excellent written communication skills; attention to detail, accuracy and follow-through
Demonstrated customer service skills at a level to develop and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships both within and outside the organization
Demonstrated knowledge and application of financial budget and business planning processes
Demonstrated time-management skills with the ability to prioritize workloads and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and tact while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality at all times, complying with all applicable privacy legislation and policies and procedures
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, the internet and any other related software
Possess and maintain a valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s Licence or the ability to frequently attend work related activities at various sites within the municipalities or at other sites within Ontario
Possess and maintain the absence of a Criminal Record. Upon a conditional offer of employment, a Criminal Record Check will be required.
Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and any other Federal or Provincial legislation.
Why work for the City of Kawartha Lakes? We are an equal opportunity employer which values equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. We foster a safe and creative work environment, where training and skill development are prioritized, with opportunities and support for career advancement. As a team member at the City of Kawartha Lakes, you may be entitled to the following: flexible work hours, remote and hybrid working arrangements, work-life balance, pension plan, benefits package, employee assistance program, and other programs that foster innovation, leadership, and career advancement.
The City of Kawartha Lakes is located on the Trent Severn Waterway in central Ontario, and offers a unique mix of urban, rural and waterfront living to its growing population of 80,500. The City is a progressive, forward-thinking community with a positive business environment and a thriving artistic community. Recognized as a prime tourist area for its year-round leisure opportunities, Kawartha Lakes is rich in culture and heritage, a strong agricultural community, and abundant in all the amenities being sought by residents and visitors alike.