Position profile: Director, Regional Planning

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  • Job Title: Director, Regional Planning
  • Work Unit: Land Use Secretariat
  • Ministry: Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Competition Number: 1054413
  • Closing Date: April 17, 2019

Position Summary

The development and implementation of a provincial Land-use Framework is one of government's key priorities in managing growth pressures in Alberta. The framework was developed through an extensive consultation process that involved the general public, stakeholders, municipal governments and aboriginal organizations.

The Land-use Framework sets out a vision and approach to govern and manage public and private lands and natural resources to help achieve Alberta's long-term economic and social goals based on a foundation of sound environmental management. It will provide the overall direction for land-use management and decision-making to manage Alberta's growth pressures. It is designed to ensure that the benefits we realize from Alberta's lands continue-not just for our lifetime, but also for future generations.

Position Purpose:
Reporting to the Executive Director, Land Use Secretariat, this position supports the overall implementation of the Land-use Framework and specifically the development of regional plans. A key responsibility is to ensure regional plans are successfully completed in accordance with the Land-use Framework regional planning parameters and implementation plan. This position works closely with other members of the Land Use Secretariat and provides leadership and support to the regional planning teams on the development and completion of regional plans.

The focus of this position to ensure the development of integrated regional plans within the context of the Land-use Framework. The incumbent ensures provincial coordination of regional plans, provides leadership and advice to regional planning teams and coordinates the government review and approval of draft regional plans, provides strategic advice to the Stewardship Commissioner, Deputy Minister, and Minister on land use issues, regional planning, and framework implementation. The incumbent also develops sound working relationships with ministries, other levels of government, industry and stakeholders to address issues related to the planning component of the Land-use Framework and development of regional plans.

This positions provides provincial oversight - across all seven regional plans - of information and data management needs (including cross-Ministry information requirements definition; data acquisition; modeling team direction and coordination; information technology processes or tool support, including selection) to support the development of the seven regional plans, as well as to oversee the coordinated definition of regional plan performance monitoring and reporting (including process definition, metrics definition, reporting mechanism definition). This position has the role of ensuring that information and data requirements (including indicator definition, scenario modeling development, information and data acquisition) required to support regional plan outcome statements are managed in a manner that supports the Triple Bottom Line approach to LUF, by providing the oversight and coordination of information and data needs for the social, economic and environment pillars of LUF in a consistent manner.

Specific Accountabilities

Regional plans under the Land-use Framework are completed in a timely fashion.
  • Advice is provided to the Executive Director and Stewardship Commissioner on the setting of regional planning priorities.
  • A consistent regional planning system design and systems document to guide regional planning processes is developed and maintained.
  • Regional planning tools and supports for regional planning - cumulative effects management approach and tools for setting thresholds targets and measurable management objectives; trade-off tools and scenario modeling are developed.
  • Regional Advisory Councils are established and the public, stakeholders, industries, municipalities and aboriginal groups have appropriate participation in regional planning processes.
  • Terms of Reference for regional planning processes are developed that include a description of provincial priorities to be addressed in the plan and the planning process requirements.
  • Establish regional planning teams consisting of but not limited to a regional planning project manager, regional plan writer, communications officer, and technical experts (from participating government departments).
  • Regional planning teams (specifically the regional planning project manager and regional planners) provide direction, advice and support to integrate provincial policy with regional levels goals and objectives.
  • Regional planning teams are provided support in securing information from government, municipalities and stakeholders required for regional planning.
A process for government review and approval of regional plans and evaluations are developed.
  • For the review and approval of draft regional plans through to Cabinet are completed in accordance with the developed plan approval process.
  • For the review and evaluation of approved regional plan objectives at least once every 5 years in accordance with ALSA.
Strategies to coordinate and implement regional plans under the Land-use Framework are established.
  • Regional plans will define provincial, municipal, industry and stakeholder responsibilities for the delivery of regional plan recommendations.
Executive Director, Stewardship Commissioner, Land-use Framework ADM Committee, Land-use Framework Deputy Ministers committee, Stewardship Minister and Ministerial Committees are advised of planning issues, needs and opportunities.
  • Strategies and approaches to address issues and needs are developed and implemented as endorsed by the Stewardship Commissioner and Executive Director.
The work of the Land Use Secretariat is supported by:
  • Establishing Secretariat priorities and annual work plans in collaboration with the Stewardship Commissioner, Executive Director and other Secretariat managers.
  • Collaborating with other Secretariat managers to provide sound strategic planning advice to the Executive Director, Stewardship Commissioner, Deputy Minister, Minister and Ministerial Committee.
Effective contract management and staff supervision is provided by the Land Use Secretariat to design planning processes /approaches and develop regional plans.
  • Effective direction, advice and support is provided to regional planning staff (project manager, policy analysts, other staff and contractors) and regional planning teams for completion of regional plans.
  • Effective supervision provided to staff and contractors (e.g. research assistants, planning and project management consultants hire to support the overall work of the Land Use Secretariat.

Knowledge / Experience

Related university degree (Natural resource management, integrated planning, Economics, or related discipline) and extensive related integrated planning experience at senior level. In-depth knowledge of resource management programs, related legislation and the budget and decision-making processes of government. Senior Management experience in government or resource development industry. Demonstrated skills in communications, project management, and relationship building are essential.

Leadership and Business Know-How

The incumbent must have an in depth understanding of integrated resource planning and be able to provide high level strategic planning advice and support the Executive Director and Stewardship Commissioner in a variety of communications, interactions and relationships with stakeholders. A significant level of managerial, leadership, interpersonal and communications skills are required in order to work with the Land Use Secretariat, government executives, regional planning teams and stakeholders. Must be able to lead strategic planning initiatives to ensure sound information and advice is provided to decision-makers. Must be able to work with senior executives, decision-makers and ministries to manage large and significant cross-ministry initiatives which build on experience in project management, strategic and business planning, communications and negotiations with a variety of stakeholders.

Problem Solving

The position faces challenges in implementing a regional planning system that truly integrates provincial policy direction and economic, environment and social objectives at the regional level. This type of integration at this scale has not been accomplished in any other jurisdiction. Designing a planning process that incorporates cumulative effects management at a regional scale is a particularly complex challenge as there are few if any precedents that attempt to address these issues at this scale. Procuring necessary information and the participation and support of ministries, municipal governments and stakeholders will be a significant challenge - while municipalities support regional planning, they will not support processes that threaten their decision-making authority. The nature of these problems is vast and complex and requires original thinking and much collaboration to realize the objectives.

Relationships / Contacts

Clients Frequency Nature and Purpose of Contact
Stewardship Commissioner, Executive Director, Secretariat senior management team and staff members and contractors Daily Coordinating work, enabling their work getting input and strategizing to meet stated objectives
Minister, Deputy Minister, Executive Team Weekly/Monthly Providing strategic advice, seeking strategic policy
Senior officials and representatives of:
• other departments and boards (e.g., Environment; Energy; ERCB) Regular/ongoing Information sharing, coordinating work and developing partnership, relating Government policy and activities, addressing issues of shared concern.
• various cross-ministry councils and committees (e.g., Oil Sands Secretariat; Sustainable Development Coordinating Council) Regular/ongoing
• federal government departments Regular/ongoing
• municipal , provincial , and territorial governments, stakeholder organizations (e.g., Environmental and recreational organizations; Aboriginal organizations ; and industry and economic associations) Regular/ongoing

Impact and Magnitude of Job (Scope)

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director, Regional Planning has a direct impact on the successful implementation of the Land-use Framework and development of regional plans. This individual has responsibility for ensuring the development and implementation of regional plans across the province that, in time, will affect the quality of life of Albertans in all areas of the province.

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