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City : Toronto

Category : Policy, Planning & Research

Industry : Government

Employer : City of Toronto


  • Job ID: 16478
  • Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
  • Division & Section: City Planning, CP Urban Design
  • Work Location: Various Locations (see below)
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent and Temporary vacancy
  • Hourly Rate: $46.38 - $50.82
  • Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
  • Affiliation: L79 Full-time
  • Number of Positions Open: 3
  • Posting Period: 08-Apr-2021 to 22-Apr-2021



Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Program Manager, Urban Design, this employee is responsible for spearheading and implementing complex urban design projects including built form and open space studies, development review and contributing to design strategies, policies and guidelines


  • Prepares built form and open space studies, coordinates urban design projects, identifies and analyzes problems/opportunities in the public environment and develops and implements design proposals and solutions, including the preparation of urban design drawings, sections, perspectives, models, etc.
  • Consults with interested parties, including City Departments, elected representatives, and affected public, on proposed projects and area studies.
  • Negotiates with developers and their consultants to develop proposed sites of various scales and complexity to achieve acceptable built form solutions, and public amenities as part of development review projects for OPA, Rezoning, and Site Plan applications.
  • Participates in area based studies, Precinct Plans, Context Plans and Master Plans for complex large sites and other areas of growth.
  • Develops, recommends and implements innovative urban design approaches to guide the physical environment and implement the Urban Design Policies of the Official Plan; Maintains an awareness of developments and advancements in the architecture and urban design fields to retain technical competency.
  • Participates in urban design policy studies and recommends policy changes regarding urban design matters for Council and City Departments;
  • Participates in the preparation of terms of reference and administers consultant studies;
  • Develops conceptual site designs and layouts, public realm and open space plans and streetscape sections in consultation and collaboration with other City divisions
  • Participates in the creation of Master Site Plans, Urban Design guidelines and other planning tools as part of the implementation of complex Development Applications, and area studies.
  • Represents the Division or Department at meetings and committees.
  • Acts as an expert witness at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.


Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:


  1. Post-secondary education in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or a related discipline, or the approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Considerable experience developing and implementing complex urban design built form and landscape architecture studies, master plans, public realm/open space plans, and urban design policies and guidelines.
  3. Experience in public realm and landscape designs including hard and soft streetscape design and plant material.
  4. Experience in urban design and leading urban design studies from conception to completion and consulting with a variety of stakeholders
  5. Considerable experience using design industry standard software applications including; Sketch up, Micro station/AutoCAD, for the production of public realm and built form analyses and drawings.


You must also have:


  • Project management skills, critical judgement, innovation and analytical thinking to work on assignments/projects.
  • Proficient computer skills to successfully utilize software packages relevant to supporting the division’s core requirements (e.g. MS Office, Adobe [Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign], etc.).
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment.
  • Consultation and negotiation skills to balance political, community and other stakeholder interests in the development and design of projects.
  • Interpersonal and customer focus skills to develop and maintain solid professional internal and external relationships.
  • Highly developed technical, analytical, design, graphic, and communication skills related to urban design matters.
  • Accountability, adaptability and ability to continuously improve.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of urban forestry.
  • Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and other regulations/legislation that apply to the job duties.
  • Member or eligibility to become a member of a professional organization (e.g. OAA, OPPI, OALA) related to the fields outlined in this position is an asset.



  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • City Hall, 100 Queen St W.
  • North York Civic Centre ,5100 Yonge St.


City of Toronto employees must apply to full-time or part-time employment opportunities posted on the City's Internal Job Posting Portal.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.

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