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Chief Planner / Director of Planning Services

Organization Name City of Cambridge NML
Industry Municipal Government
City Cambridge
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Organization Overview / Background

People, Place, Prosperity

The City of Cambridge can be best described as the coming together of places, and the uniting of people to build a City that will grow into a prosperous metropolis and become one of the best places to live and work in the Province of Ontario.

Cambridge is located along highway 401 within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, and at the gateway of Canada’s technology triangle. A mid-size city with a quaint small-town feel, and a population of over 140,000 the city is known for its high quality of life. Affordable housing, excellent schools, libraries parks  and scenic trails are some of the reasons why Cambridge is the place to be!

Manufacturing is the largest industry in the area with over 8 million vehicles built locally. It is also home to several international and nationally recognized industries such as textiles, plastics, agri-food and the technology sector. The City has also served as a backdrop for many film/TV shows and has recently seen an increase in the number projects filmed in the city.

The City hosts many festivals and cultural events, year-round. These include the Preston Kin Carnival in May, Neighbourhood Day in June, the Cambridge Scottish Festival and Cambridge Arts Festival in July, and Christmas in Cambridge in November and December.

The advantageous location, enviable lifestyle, skilled labour force and growing population has led to the City of Cambridge being identified by the Province of Ontario as an area of growth and intensification.

Position / Responsibilities / Requirements

About The Role

Reporting to the Deputy City Manager of the Community Development Department, you will provide leadership and oversight to direct the activities and operations of the Planning Services Division by aligning divisional policies, procedures, and work plans with the corporate strategic plan; You will work with citizens, developers, regulatory authorities, consultants, and all levels of government to achieve the community’s goal of building a vibrant and growing city.

As a leader, you will prepare and present the division’s operating budget, ensure adherence to the approved budget as well as create and provide a workplace environment which fosters continuous improvement.

As part of the fast-growing Waterloo Region, The Province of Ontario has identified Cambridge, situated on the banks of the Grand and Speed Rivers, as an area of growth and intensification. As a Chief Planner/ Director of Planning Services, you will play a pivotal role reinforcing the city as North American Hub as we continue to develop our three unique and vibrant urban centres (Preston, Hespeler and Galt) at the western end of the Innovation Corridor.

Position Profile

Our ideal candidate for Chief Planner/ Director of Planning Services has a University Degree in Planning, Geography, or related field along with a Registered Professional Planner Designation. You have a minimum of seven to ten years experience in Development and Long-Range Planning along with a minimum of five to seven years experience in a supervisory capacity. Strong conflict resolution skills and planning leadership experience in a community that has an ideal balance between heritage and development is a must.

As a future city builder and a Chief Planner, you will be at the forefront of shaping continued transformation in Cambridge while preparing the community to welcome a Light Rail Transit System in 2028.

Chief Planner / Director of Planning Services - City of Cambridge Candidate Brief
(Downloadable PDF)

Search & Application Process

If interested and qualified, please forward an updated version of your cover letter and resume to KartiK Kumar at

Application Deadline - June 14th

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