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Urban Planner (18-Month Contract)

Here at DIALOG, we are passionate about design and believe it can and should meaningfully improve the wellbeing of our communities and the environment we all share.

We are a multi-disciplinary collaborative of architects, interior designers, urban designers and planners, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and landscape architects who design for community wellbeing and urban vibrancy. We are a fun-loving bunch of big thinkers and do-gooders, who are collaborative in our approach, diverse in our perspectives, aspirational in our pursuits, and optimistic about what’s next. We’re always looking for passionate people who share our values and care as much about our communities as we do. We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation, committed to using our design practice as a force for good in the world.

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Our urban design/planning team members are city building problem solvers. They delight in analyzing, visualizing and designing urban environments – places where cultures and communities thrive and flourish. With a passion for creating models of livability and resiliency, our planners imagine how urban infrastructure can reshape our cities in ways that contribute to wellbeing across cultural, economic, environmental, political and social domains.

How you'll make a difference:

  • Provide project management support for projects of varying size and complexity.
  • Lead both broad and deep engagement on several plans, urban designs, policies, and strategies for both public and private sector clients.
  • Participate in all aspects of our planning and urban design practice, from early analysis and visioning, to the creation of conceptual and policy directions, and recommendations to implement and realize a diversity of great, complex, urban environments.
  • Work collaboratively with a cross-disciplinary team of people.
  • Participate in a broad range of projects: from site specific planning to area wide policy reviews and master plans. 
  • Ability to present at municipal and public meetings.

Who you are:

  • Possess related experience, including educational, volunteer, and professional; ideally a combination of all three.
  • A graduate of an undergraduate or graduate-level program in urban planning, urban studies, urban geography or similar.
  • Experienced working with underrepresented voices.
  • IAP2, GBA+ and other professional training and certifications are plusses, but not required.
  • Registration is an asset.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Graphic Design experience an asset.
  • Experience using InDesign and Adobe Suite skills required.
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, Grasshopper, and ArcGIS is a plus.
  • A believer in the power of human-centered design and interested in exploring practices to improve DIALOG’s user research and engagement methods.
  • Demonstrated experience in creative, innovative, and accessible engagement
  • Have a strong interest in planning theory.
  • Inclusive, curious, and patient – you welcome all perspectives. You can connect with people on a deep level.
  • Able to harness your compelling written and spoken skills to communicate design and policy.
  • Highly organized – you enjoy bringing order to complexity and have acute attention to detail.
  • Interested in collaborating and working with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Adaptable and comfortable with change. Nimble and able to respond to varying project needs.
  • A motivated, quick learner with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes initiative and is proactive.
  • Someone who values collaboration, diversity, aspiration, and optimism.

Perks & Benefits

Parental leave top-up programs for all parents upon the birth or adoption of a child, continued growth through Learning & Development support, RRSP matching and competitive medical and dental benefits coverage upon the first day of employment are just a few of the benefits that DIALOGers enjoy.

Equal Opportunity

DIALOG celebrates diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive environment for all, free of discrimination and harassment. Employment-related decisions are made without regard to sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age and race. In accordance with DIALOG’s Accommodation Policy, accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request for candidates throughout the selection process.

Rate of Pay: 
$77,000 - $105,000
611 Alexander St Suite 400
Vancouver, BC V6A 1E1
Megan Kielly
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.