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Senior Planner – Transit Network Management

New Westminster, BC

Senior Planner – Transit Network Management  (20190816)

The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) is one of Canada’s most innovative transportation authorities, founded in 1999 to plan and manage transportation within Metro Vancouver. We’ve achieved success not only in improving the transportation network of the region, but helping maintain the enviable lifestyle of residents and the viability of local businesses. TransLink and our family of companies (Coast Mountain Bus Company, B.C. Rapid Transit Company and Transit Police) are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers.


Provides senior transportation planning expertise and leadership to projects of medium/higher scope in support of a designated program related to transportation policy, forecasting, or infrastructure / service development in an integrated, multi-modal environment.

Contributes senior transportation planning expertise to development of program/project strategies, plans and tactics.

Provides senior technical guidance, sharing the benefit of an advanced level of expertise with other planning professionals, while also providing leadership to designated projects.

Develops advanced transportation planning, methods, techniques and models in support of designated project deliverables, ensuring compliance with department standards, policies and procedures.

Contributes as a member of a program team, providing a senior level of transportation planning expertise, identifying and recommending action on planning and project risks and opportunities, based on analysis of transport data, trends, and issues.  Alerts Manager to critical issues.

Collaborates with leaders and professionals across the organization, with a view to optimizing planning services and project outcomes.

Develops and manages relationships with stakeholders to understand needs, keeping them informed and resolving issues.  Provides senior technical support and advice to municipal/provincial working teams and advisory committees.

Oversees contractors and consultants, providing work direction and monitoring contract compliance.

Provides technical guidance to other planning professionals, including involvement in development and performance management.


Education and Experience:
The competencies for this position are acquired through a Master’s degree in Planning, Engineering or a related discipline, plus four (4) years’ experience providing an advanced level of expertise and leading projects in an agency specializing in planning or transportation.

Other Requirements:

-Advanced knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of transportation planning

-Sound knowledge of plans, products, roles and responsibilities of government agencies, NGOs and associations.

-Sound Leadership skills to provide a senior level of technical guidance and expertise to other transportation planning professionals and to lead projects.

-Excellent analytical and problem solving skills to identify and assess impact of transportation planning and project-related risks and opportunities in an integrated, multi-disciplinary environment.

-Strong oral and written communication skills to develop and deliver reports and presentations.

-Strong Interpersonal skills to build trust by consulting with others and applying a team approach and negotiation skills as they pertain to contracts.

-Sound decision making skills to make recommendations/resolve transportation planning and project-related issues, and conflict resolution skills to mitigate and minimize project risks and issues.


This position is in TransLink’s Transit Network Management team within the System Planning department. Our team is composed of planners with experience in transit planning, project planning, and land use planning. We identify near and medium-term service improvements and changes to TransLink’s bus and rail network. We work closely with other TransLink teams and Coast Mountain Bus Company, external stakeholders, and routinely interface with our customers, so relationships are very important to the work we do. 

As a senior team member, you have gained diverse experience collaborating, supporting, and leading projects with successful and unsuccessful outcomes, and are able to apply these experiences to you work. You recognize that projects and processes are iterative, and sometimes non-linear and you can adapt your approach to meet the needs of the current situation.

As a Senior Planner in Transit Network Management you work on diverse tasks including:

  • Being the subject matter expert for one of our service sub-regions. You will have an understanding local transit services, key considerations, and be able to recommend network improvements. 
  • Manage projects related to transit service expansion and tracking and monitoring of project costs and inputs.  
  • Convene and manage committees related to changes in the transit service network with senior management and senior executive staff. 
  • Initiate and assist in the negotiation for contracted transit services. 
  • Perform data collection and analysis through field studies, data analysis software (e.g. Tableau, Excel), and/or ad hoc SQL queries.

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.


Please visit to apply for this position and view instructions on the process.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

Posting Date: December 17, 2019
Closing Date: Open until Filled 

Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.

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Grade: 05

Salary starting at $74,733 per annum


37.5 hours per week

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  For a confidential  inquiry, simply email us at [email protected].

Published on:
December 30, 2019 - 3:36pm
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