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Closing November 19, 2021 - Director, Growth Management - City of Hamilton

26 Oct 2021 11:28 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

Director, Growth Management


About the City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton – one of Canada’s largest cities – is home to a diverse and strong economy, an active and inclusive community, a robust cultural and dining scene, hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails and natural beauty just minutes from the downtown core, and so much more. Hamilton boasts a diverse team of talented and ambitious staff who embody its values of sensational service, courageous change, steadfast integrity, collective ownership and being engaged, empowered employees. You are invited to help the City #BeTheReason the entire country is talking about Hamilton, and to help the City achieve its vision of being the best place to raise a child and age successfully.

About the Role

The Director of the Growth Management Division is one of the City’s foremost city-builders, with responsibility for a range of services and functions related to managing and ensuring the sustainable growth and development of the City of Hamilton. To succeed in this vital role, you will bring both a strategic, long-term outlook, and the ability to meet the demands of a fast-paced environment related to development and infrastructure approvals.

Reporting to the General Manager of the Planning and Economic Development Department, you will lead a multi-disciplinary team, while acting as a key member of the Departmental Leadership Team. You will oversee the development and monitoring of annual operating and capital budgets, and work collaboratively to ensure integrated, efficient and effective Growth Management programs to support the City’s strategic vision, and meet the growing needs of Hamilton’s residents and businesses.

As Director, Growth Management, you will develop and implement strategies and programs to ensure coordinated, orderly land development, along with recommending specific policies and long-range strategies in the delivery of services to meet mandated goals and objectives. You will ensure that growth and development complies with Provincial and Federal statutes and regulations and municipal by-laws and policies, and you will also play a significant role in implementing the City’s Climate Change Action strategy.

Using a “best practices” approach, you will establish and achieve departmental goals and objectives through the effective, efficient use of financial and staff resources, develop and deliver quality services, and instill a customer service focus throughout the Division. Committed to achieving results, you will design and implement strategies to improve service and divisional effectiveness and efficiency, as well as evaluate, and report on, the Division’s financial, administrative and staff performance.

As a proven leader with a demonstrated strong record of staff empowerment and development, you will also be known for your success in promoting teamwork and integration between units within the Division and with other parties participating in cross-functional and cross-program initiatives.

About the Portfolio

This is a sizable and impactful mandate, with accountability for the administration and overall management of the following service areas: engineering design and engineering approvals associated with planning and development applications, infrastructure planning and environmental assessments, capital budgeting, staging of development, development agreements and legislative approvals, site plan servicing and lot grading approvals, and construction implementation and inspections.

About the Candidate

To be considered for the role of Director, Growth Management, you must be licensed as a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Ontario or demonstrate equivalent qualifications, and possess extensive knowledge of, and senior-level experience in, the development approvals process, in either the private or public sector, preferably in the Ontario context. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is considered an asset.

Knowledge and Skills

The following profile will also support and drive your success as Director of Growth Management:
  • Knowledge of, and experience implementing, green development standards and climate change mitigation and resiliency measures.
  • Knowledge of, and experience implementing, continuous improvement initiatives, including development and tracking of performance metrics.
  • Highly developed analytical and business planning skills, with a proven track record for long-term visioning and big-picture thinking.
  • Highly effective leadership, facilitation, communication, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills in a predominantly unionized environment.
  • Highly developed ability to articulate a vision, to lead and inspire others.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a large multi-disciplinary staff in a results-oriented and predominantly unionized environment.
  • Knowledge of the collective bargaining process.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering customer-focused programs and services.
  • Ability to deal effectively with elected officials, representatives of other levels of government, management, peers, staff, the development industry and the general public.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the Department/Division, including: Planning Act, Development Charges Act, Provincial Policy Statement, Municipal Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Water Resources Act and Environmental Protection Act.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to problem-solve creatively and build effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including various political levels, communities, staff and media.
  • Proven ability to effectively negotiate complex agreements, and excellent facilitation skills to build consensus.
  • Working knowledge of computer software applications, including AMANDA, Bluebeam, and Microsoft platforms.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations as it relates to the position.

To apply for this high-impact directorship role in municipal growth management, submit your application to Phelps at, specifying the job title in the subject line of your e-mail. Application deadline: November 19, 2021.

The City of Hamilton values the diversity of its workforce and the knowledge of its people.

The City is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, you are required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated or provide proof of valid exemption satisfactory to the employer prior to your start date. You must acknowledge and agree to comply with any future vaccine policy requirements as an ongoing condition of employment at the City of Hamilton.


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