Director of Planning and Development Job in Nunavut

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Director of Planning and Development Job in Nunavut

Job title: Director of Planning and Development

Company: City of Iqaluit

Expected salary: $136000 – 160000 per year

Location: Iqaluit, NU

Director of Planning and Development Job Details:

About Us

Iqaluit – Inuktitut for “many fish” – is located near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River, which empties into Frobisher Bay. With a population of nearly 8000, Iqaluit is Canada’s smallest capital City. The City is currently experiencing a period of rapid development and population growth. As the largest community in Nunavut, Iqaluit is a growing community, unique in its role as a major business, transportation, administrative, health and education centre. Similar to other municipalities in Nunavut, Iqaluit is also a major landowner, responsible for the administration and development of municipal lands, which further creates a unique planning context.

If you love the outdoors, you will fall in love with our city for its year-round activities. Frobisher Bay is a great kite-skiing destination in the winter, as well as a snowmobilers playground. In the spring and summer, fishing, kayaking, boating and hiking are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed.

The City of Iqaluit is currently looking for a Director of Planning and Development to join our growing team in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Planning and Development is responsible for land-use planning, policy & regulations, development approvals, land development, and the administration of municipal lands and all land transactions.

The successful candidate will also oversee the efficient management of the department’s capital and operating budget, departmental staff, currently consisting of a City Planner(s) and Lands Administrator.


  • Salary range of $136k-$160k per annum
  • The successful incumbent will be rewarded with a competitive annual salary plus a Settlement allowance. You will also receive a great range of employee benefits, including:
  • Health & Dental Benefits 50/50 split
  • RRSP matching plan of up to 8% of annual salary
  • Employee discounts for Aquatic and Fitness Centre and recreation facilities
  • Vacation Travel Assistance of $2,000.00 per year
  • Fifteen (15) days additional compensatory leave in lieu of overtime

Key Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the work of planning department staff in the review and processing of all types of land use and development applications, the development of new or updated Municipal plans and planning bylaws, and in the implementation of planning projects and policies, while ensuring work observes Municipal policies, committed to timelines and good planning practice
  • Managing land use planning and land administration activities carried out by the City
  • Prepare and present Requests for Decision regarding planning and development proposals for City Council and committees of Council
  • Writing technical reports as required for the senior leadership team, CAO, Municipal Council, and attending Council and Committee meetings as required
  • Ensuring the preparation, adoption and enforcement of the City’s General Plan, Zoning-By-Law, and Land Administration By-Law
  • Develop policies and procedures to assist in governing development permitting and other planning functions
  • Conduct public hearings and public consultations to engage stakeholders and the public in the City’s planning and development processes
  • Prepare and recommend development schemes, subdivision plans and survey sketches
  • Managing the administration of the General plan & Zoning By-Law
  • Oversee the review of Development Applications
  • Reviewing appeals of decisions on Development Permits and Variances and represents the City of Iqaluit at development appeal hearings
  • Guiding Council in developing a vision for long range development
  • Planning and implementing a land use strategy
  • Manage the development of municipal land. Overseeing transactions relating to the pricing, the disposal, the leasing of municipal land
  • Liaising and collaborating with other organizations and levels of government, including Inuit, federal and territorial government agencies, local governments, community associations and community groups
  • Conducting research, undertaking studies and the preparation of background reports
  • Developing, recommending and managing the annual capital and operating budget for the department
  • Assessing and prioritizing community planning needs and developing goals and objectives for the department
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff in all matters relating to planning & lands
  • Managing contract administration for land development projects.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in the planning field, including at least three (3) years in a local government setting (preferably at the municipal level) and at least two (2) years in a supervisory or management role
  • University degree in Regional, Urban, City or Community Planning, or a related discipline (e.g. Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning, Sustainability)
  • Full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to oversee the work of professional and technical staff, and contractors.
  • Experience supervising, coordinating and conducting performance evaluations in a respectful and supportive work environment
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a wide range of projects in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Possess an aptitude for resolving complex challenges with tact and accuracy, and with a high degree of independence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, customer service, and the ability to foster strong stakeholders’ relationships with the community, staff members, and the Council
  • Thorough understanding of documents and procedures regarding development permits, zoning enforcement, land administration and long-range planning
  • A familiarity of planning in the Nunavut content and related Territorial legislation and policies is considered an asset.


  • Ability to speak and write in Inuktitut and/or French
  • Experience working in the North
  • Equivalencies that include a combination of education and experience may be considered.

Please submit any relevant credentials at time of application. The successful candidate would be required to submit a Criminal Record Check, as well as, an acceptable Driver’s Abstract.

Please visit our website to apply. Due to Coivd-19 precautions we will not be accepting resumes at city hall.

This is a unique opportunity to join a team of a thriving and growing city, at an exciting time. Furthermore, you will enjoy being part of a working environment that promotes personal and professional growth in an atmosphere of trust, respect, and collaboration. If you are looking for a role where no two days are the same, and where you can make a real difference in the lives of others, then this is the role for you. Apply today!

The City of Iqaluit is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The City of Iqaluit welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. The City of Iqaluit embraces the intent and spirit of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit; Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive consideration under this agreement. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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