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Manager of Growth and Development

City of Barrie
City of Barrie
Application Deadline: 2019-11-21
Posting Expiry Date: 2019-11-21
Date Posted: 2019-11-07
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Compensation: $95,959.05 to $122,473.27

Choose Barrie

The City of Barrie is a vibrant, progressive and growing community with deep connections to our heritage, to nature and to the opportunities surrounding us.

Our community values quality of life; the ability to play year-round with 300 hectares of park space, our beautiful waterfront, our lively downtown core and the nearby hills, wetlands and forests. We also value connections; to our neighbours and the community, to our road and rail network, and to the opportunity Barrie provides to enjoy life.

Everything Barrie has to offer, from the water we drink to the roads we travel on, has one thing in common – municipal workers. Joining a municipality is one of the most rewarding, engaging and exciting careers you could choose. It is a career you can take pride in knowing that every day you make a positive impact on an entire community. We are one team, with one goal and we all work together to continue making our community great.

The Opportunity

The Planning and Building Services Department is comprised of two branches: Community Planning and Building Services. The Department’s mission is to guide the growth and development of Barrie towards a vibrant, livable and resilient community through development of a strong policy framework for land use decision making and development review services, and to administer and enforce the Ontario Building Code to ensure the safety of the City’s residents. The two Branches work together to implement provincial policies, address corporate strategic objectives and apply best practices in land use planning and building practices, and guide development and growth with full support from professional, technical and administrative support staff. Feedback and interaction with a variety of other Departments within the organization, and gained through public consultation, are key to realizing Council and corporate directions, many of which are initiated and commenced through the planning and building processes.

As a result of ongoing internal promotions, a permanent full-time vacancy has become available for a Manager of Growth and Development. Under the general guidance and direction of the Director of Planning and Building Services, the Manager of Growth and Development is responsible for implementing the vision, strategy, and initiatives of the Branch in support of the three central pillars of community building, community engagement, and strategic community to achieve community planning success. Specifically, this position is responsible for the management, operation, and administration of the City’s land-use and development process, which includes applications related to Official Plan amendments, Zoning By-law amendments, site plans, plans of subdivision and all other development/redevelopment proposals. Furthermore, this position provides functional and technical expertise to promote and implement efficient, sustainable, and functional land-use and development within the City and ensures that the City is compliant with provincial and municipal policies, regulations and guidelines. Overall, this position plays an integral role in providing leadership and technical guidance to support the planning team and others within the City towards ensuring Barrie has a strong and competitive economy; is a compact, vibrant, and complete community; can effectively manage future growth and development; and has the community partnerships necessary to create a sustainable future for the City while addressing provincial and City policy initiatives.

Our Culture and Qualifications of the Job

Corporate Culture

  • Your workplace values align with our corporate values of Strive, Share and Care and you want to join us in providing exceptional services and programs to build a prosperous, growing and sustainable community

Education (degree/diploma/certifications)

  • Four (4) year University Degree in Urban Planning or related discipline
  • Registered Professional Planner Designation from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)


  • Seven (7) years of experience performing duties related to the above mentioned major responsibilities within a land-use and development planning municipal or related work environment, including:
    • Four (4) years of supervisory/management experience
    • Demonstrated experience preparing, applying, and interpreting planning documents and regulation instruments


  • Thorough knowledge of the following legislation, regulations, and requirements including but not limited to:
    • Condominium Act
    • Development Charges Act
    • Environmental Assessment Act
    • Heritage Act
    • Municipal Act
    • Ontario Planning Act
    • Provincial Growth Plan
    • Provincial Policy Statement
  • Thorough knowledge of contemporary land-use, development, and urban design planning issues
  • Thorough knowledge of current trends, policies, practices, technology, and information relative to growth planning, including land-use planning, policy development and urban design
  • Thorough knowledge of the application and interpretation of municipal planning policy documents and regulation instruments, including Official Plans, Zoning By-laws and Urban Design Guidelines
  • Thorough knowledge of the Committees of Adjustment process
  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal processes
  • Working knowledge of management principles; labour relations principles, collective agreement administration; and contemporary management practices
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • explore broad issues and recognize trends
    • oversee land-use and development application review processes
    • project manage, review, analyze and formulate policy on a broad variety of planning related issues, and develop and present solutions
    • project manage, review, analyze, and make recommendations regarding strategic projects, which involves the consideration of technical issues, procedural issues, and political sensitivities
    • read and interpret plans, maps, by-laws and legal documents
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • align branch programs/services with department and corporate goals, objectives, and initiatives
    • analyze complex issues and problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and develop sound conclusions, recommendations and courses of action
    • build cohesive and motivated teams
    • conduct research, prepare reports, and deliver presentations
    • deal with difficult customers, diffuse emotionally-charged situations and resolve customer issues in a diplomatic and professional manner
    • develop, promote, and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • effectively allocate budgets, time and human resources to support the achievement of branch goals and objectives
    • exercise discretion and judgment when handling confidential, sensitive, politically sensitive, or controversial information
    • implement new initiatives or adapt existing branch initiatives to meet the needs of the department and corporate goals, objectives and initiatives
    • interact effectively and courteously with all levels of staff and contacts in a political and community/client service environment
    • lead and inspire innovation and the adoption of best practices
    • lead staff in achieving objectives and encourages others to work in manner that will meet or exceed the desired objectives or results
    • lead, coach, mentor and support staff
    • maintain a high standard of public relations at all times
    • monitor short-term goals of the branch and adapts processes to ensure long-term department and corporate goals and objectives are achieved
    • perform in a manner which is consistent with corporate goals, vision, mission, and values
    • promote a culture of learning and improve organizational competence by creating learning opportunities for staff
    • receive, manage, and resolve complaints, disputes, and conflicts
    • set priorities, meet deadlines and manage work demands
    • think and act strategically in a political and community service environment
    • think critically and expansively by combining ideas in unique ways to make connections between disparate ideas
    • work under pressure to meet deadlines or peak period workloads
  • Advanced organizational, project/time management, research, analytical, written communication, report-writing, conceptual, and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced interpersonal, verbal communication, presentation, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, public engagement/consultation, teamwork, leadership and supervisory skills
  • Basic computer literacy utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word), database software, GIS and mapping software, development application software, electronic tracking systems, and the Internet
  • Availability to accommodate deadlines or peak period workloads that may extend beyond designated normal workday hours or normal hours per week

Conditions of Employment

  • Full Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check

Other Important Information

Location: City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario
Hours: The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week; however, some non-standard hours may apply
Wage: This position is a permanent full-time, non-union position with the following pay level and 2019 pay range:

·         Pay Level: Level 14

·         Yearly Salary: $95,959.05 to $122,473.27 per year

·         Hourly Pay Rate: $52.72 to $67.29 per hour

Benefits: This position includes a comprehensive non-union benefit plan, including but not limited to extended health and dental coverage, life and accident insurance, paid vacation and sick days, short/long term disability plans, OMERS pension plan, discounted rate for City Fitness Memberships and much more.

The Application Process

Please submit your resume electronically by quoting E-19-21 Manager of Growth and Development in the subject line (MS Word or pdf format only) to email by Thursday, November 21, 2019.

City of Barrie
Application Deadline: 2019-11-21
Posting Expiry Date: 2019-11-21
Date Posted: 2019-11-07
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Compensation: $95,959.05 to $122,473.27