If you're someone with a knack for city planning and a love for leadership, a new job posting at the City of Toronto may just be for you.

The City Planning Division of the City's network is seeking to hire a Director of Urban Design who will "lead by example in improving the quality of the public environment" across Toronto.

This opening is for a full-time, permanent position, with a salary range of $149,331.00 to $175,466.20. Hours would amount to 35 across a week, Monday to Friday, with an office location at City Hall (100 Queen Street West).

The role, which reports to the Chief Planner & Executive Director of City Planning, stands to lead a team from the urban design, graphic design, and heritage planning sections of the city's Division, as well as to review development projects for the enhancement of the public environment.

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Additionally, the position will mean developing long-range urban design policies for Toronto, providing direction to the Division's visual communication program, and conducting design initiatives where design and development plans are concerned.

Beyond these overarching duty descriptions, the posting describes more detailed tasks, too: the Director of Urban Design will direct the city's Graphics and Visualization Unit in preparing divisional presentation material, including legislative (Official Plan and Zoning By-law) and thematic mapping, 3D computer modelling, and more.

This role also calls for representing the City Planning Division at City Council, Community Councils, other standing committees, Agencies, Boards and Commissions, and administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board.

The full details of what the Director of Urban Design position entails can be found online here.

In order to apply for the role, one should have a post-secondary education in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, or a field relevant to civic management.

Or, the posting states, applicants who have history of professional discipline pertinent to the role -- combined with relevant management training and experience -- can also apply. Finally, applicants with "an equivalent combination of education and experience" can submit their applications, too.

In addition to the required qualifications and hard skills, the posting states that "a demonstrated commitment to the organizational values of diversity and inclusion" are important to an applicant's success.

If reading through the job's description has you hooked, here are the application specs you need to know:


  • Job ID: 14883
  • Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research
  • Division & Section: City Planning, CP Urban Design
  • Work Location: CITY HALL, 100 Queen Street West
  • Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Permanent
  • Salary: $149,331.00 - $175,466.20, wage grade 10.
  • Shift Information: Monday - Friday, 35h per week 
  • Affiliation: Non-Union
  • Number of Positions Open: 1

If you've been reading through this role's qualifications thinking to yourself, "check, check, check!" make haste! There's only one open position, and if it was made for you, you'd best snatch it up before someone else does.