Local recruitment: Senior Water Policy Planner

City of Calgary

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Job ID: 306710

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

If you are committed to public service, enjoy collaborating with others, share our values and have a desire to learn and grow, join The City of Calgary . City employees deliver the services, run the programs and operate the facilities which make a difference in our community. We support work-life balance, promote physical and psychological safety, and offer competitive wages, pensions, and benefits . Together we make Calgary a great place to make a living, a great place to make a life.

The City is committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive and equitable workplace which is representative of the community we serve. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and reconciliation. Applications are encouraged from members of groups that are historically disadvantaged and underrepresented. Accommodations are available during the hiring process, upon request. 

As a Senior Water Policy Planner in Planning and Development Services, you will apply wide-ranging, technical and professional urban planning knowledge in support of both Utility and City objectives to enable sustainable, resilient and vibrant cities. This role will collaborate with engineering technical experts to identify water, sanitary and storm infrastructure to support growth and then prioritize it for funding based on sound planning rationale.

You will work closely with corporate partners, industry (for example: developers) and the community to educate about and collaborate on Utility-related initiatives. Lastly, you will examine how The City and its utility can support growth and planning implementation processes including strategic analysis and other improvements to achieve sustainable development. Primary duties include:

  • Lead water and utility-focused strategic projects and plans.
  • Lead the utility analysis, engagement and recommendations of new communities, established areas and industrial areas growth strategies.
  • Represent the utility on strategic projects such as Main Streets Program and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy.
  • Provide sound planning advice to engineering technical experts to assist in prioritizing investments related to growth.
  • Write and finalize water-related and utility policy direction for corporate statutory and non-statutory plans.
  • Launch pilot projects to test new approaches and concepts related to servicing.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners on progressive improvements in the utility network and planning process in support of community growth and change.


  • A degree in Urban and Regional Planning or related discipline is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience in municipal planning/ programs and policy/ project development and analysis are required. 
  • Experience working as a team member in a utility or municipal services setting is an asset.
  • You have strong abilities in: critical thinking and analysis; strategic planning and project management; collaboration and relationship-building.
  • Success in this role requires customer focus, sound decision making, and communication skills with a focus on effective presentation skills. 

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Union: CUPE Local 38
Business Unit: City and Regional Planning
Position Type: 2 Permanent and 1 Temporary (up to 18 months)
Location: 800 Macleod Trail SE
Compensation: Pay Grade 13 $46.38 – 62.06 per hour (2023 Rates)
Days of Work: This position works a 5 day
work week with 1 day off in a 3 week cycle.
Hours of work: Standard 35 hour work week
Audience: Internal/External
Apply By: January 6, 2023

Job ID #: 306710





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development