Manager, Development Engineering - City of Kingston

Job Details

Manager, Development Engineering

  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $103,649.00 - $129.565.00
  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Salary
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Permanent
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 35
  • Schedule Schedule: Days
  • Education Education: College

Manager, Development Engineering - J0522-1017 

Opening Statement 

We acknowledge that the City of Kingston is situated on traditional Anishinabek (Ah- nish-in-ah-bay), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee) and Huron-Wendat (huron-wen·dat) territory and is the home of many Indigenous peoples. We are grateful to reside and work on this land. 

Kingston is a smart, livable city in the heart of eastern Ontario. Its stable and diversified economy includes global corporations, innovative start-ups and all levels of government. Kingstonians enjoy a high quality of life with access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities. 

We take our core values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Pride seriously and apply these standards to everything we do. We foster a working environment that reflects our community’s diversity and respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs. The City of Kingston views diversity as its strength and encourages people from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women, racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, Persons with Disabilities and persons who identify as members *2SLGBTQ+ communities, to apply. 

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Planning Services, the Manager, Development Engineering is responsible for leading the process to review development applications such that the technical interests of the City pertaining to infrastructure, maintenance, operations, and asset management are addressed. This position also ensures that the public interest related to the publicly owned lands and assets is upheld in alignment with corporate strategies, plans, and priorities as well as industry acts, regulations, and requirements. The Manager ensures the timely technical review of all applications and collaborates with internal departments and external stakeholders to facilitate a customer-focused development review process that is transparent and accessible.

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Your resumé must demonstrate how you meet position requirements. Please upload to your profile any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Manager supports strategic planning, capital and operating budget development, work planning, human resources, staff development and change management. Collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders and residents is expected to build working relationships that are mutually beneficial for the success of the Planning Services department, the Community Services group, the corporation, and the community overall.


  • Establish and manage execution of tactical work plans and lead operational and project planning for the division in alignment with the department and group goals and workplans.
  • Align the work of the division with the broader goals and objectives of the Community Services group and City.
  • Lead project and initiative development, process review, and development of technical standards.
  • Manage operating and capital budgets for division, including external funding and associated reporting requirements.
  • Facilitate or attend public, committee and council meetings as required.
  • Prepare related reports to City Council and Committees.
  • Provide professional opinion, advice and guidance to Council, committees, senior management and other City departments on the projects, policies, programs, and services provided by the Development division.
  • Provide written and verbal responses to development related inquiries from Council and members of the public.
  • Manage all processes associated with the technical development review process including leading the ongoing review of development guidelines, technical standards, and related policies.
  • Lead and oversee technical review and commentary of development applications, including designs, guidelines, technical reports and estimates for pre applications, official plan amendment, consent, site plan control, subdivision, minor variance, zoning by-law amendment, site alteration, heritage, building plot plans, lot grading certificates and others as required, on behalf of Community Services and utilizing the City’s guidelines and applicable federal and provincial standards and regulations.
  • Identify and lead the creation or update of policies related to development and technical review.
  • Lead negotiation and facilitation through projects and development review, working in tandem with other City departments and ensuring alignment with various city and/or community plans and strategies.
  • Ensure statutory requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, Planning Act, and other relevant legislative requirements are met through the division’s projects and processes.
  • Manage contracts and consulting services with various external parties to ensure timely and technically appropriate review is completed.
  • Manage the daily activities of the development review team for and assist in the supervision and management of other areas of the Planning Services team as required.
  • Manage team of Technologists, Project Managers, and Engineers processing development applications, policy reviews, and process changes.
  • Oversee subdivision performance for compliance to City standards and agreements.
  • Manage process and staffing to ensure timely response to technical inquiries from the City’s Planning department for development applications and policy review.
  • Oversee detailed technical review by subject matter experts in storm water, transportation, operations, and asset management as required.
  • Lead negotiations and facilitate discussions to resolve conflicts involving developers, contractors, members of the public and other stakeholders.
  • Manage resource and budget allocation to ensure efficient ways of completing work are investigated and implemented where possible.
  • Responsible for the development, prioritization, implementation, and performance measurement of operational plans related to the City’s technical development review responsibilities.
  • Lead division in identifying requirements and opportunities for and conducting public engagement, as well as developing and executing communication plans for projects.
  • Learning and development and leadership of division/team.
  • Manage staffing and annual operating budget for the division.
  • Oversee health and safety policies and related training and development for staff.
  • Coach and develop staff, provide mentoring to staff to develop project management skills and competencies.
  • Engage team members in developing and committing to an action plan that targets competencies, skills or knowledge needed to achieve performance improvement or prepare for success in new responsibilities.
  • Develop standards and guidelines for team members to use to deliver projects.
  • Participate in opportunities for self development including participation with professional associations to keep up to date with industry standards and best practices and changing regulatory requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies

  • Degree/diploma in Civil Engineering
  • 5 years of supervisory experience in strategic and operational planning, project management, development approvals, implementing policy development and research
  • Experience in a unionized environment
  • Experience in the public sector or comparable multi-stakeholder environment
  • Professional Engineer, licensed in the Province of Ontario

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

  • Experience in technical review and managing a development review process, related acts, and legislation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to achieve consensus through communication, mediation and negotiation and manage the expectations of diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Ability to establish positive relationships with the public, City staff, Council, Committees, and related organizations at the local, provincial, and national levels
  • Ability to build trust and credibility in a politically sensitive role with competing demands and priorities
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate and consider large scale issues and develop credible long term and short-term strategies.
  • Ability to research and analyze complex issues
  • Knowledge of governing provincial and federal acts and legislation such as the Planning Act, Occupational health & Safety Act, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
  • Valid class “G” Ontario driver’s license; travel required within the City of Kingston frequently
  • Required to obtain and maintain satisfactory criminal record check at own expense

Perks & Benefits

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