The United Church of Canada has incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary, United Property Resource Corporation (“UPRC”), to serve the needs of the Church with respect to its complex real estate matters.
UPRC provides real estate advisory and leads residential and mixed-use real estate development projects across its national portfolio. While one goal is to operate on a “for-profit” market basis, the UPRC must work cooperatively with the Church to lead real estate initiatives that transform existing assets for the ongoing mission of the United Church of Canada. UPRC is partnering with public national stakeholders to address the need of affordable housing. It is a clear and visible path to continue to explore for Church real estate assets to make new models sustainable.
The Junior Land Use Planner works closely with the real estate team, in the development of a national real estate strategy to exercise better stewardship of UCC real estate assets across the country. They are responsible for leading market research, site design and due diligence, which includes acting as the project lead to manage consultants, client relations and overall project management. They will also be required to lead, or assist development projects through municipal planning and approvals required for development. The main areas of focus will be:
- Planning: Gather and analyze relevant planning, economic, demographic and market research information; Conduct site visits and stakeholder meetings to understand project objectives to determine factors affecting land use; Propose and prepare site plans for projects, including Highest & Best Use analysis; Research and write planning reports and opinions; Conduct preliminary site plans and massing designs; Prepare and present project plans with municipal planning authorities and local councillors for pre-consultation meetings; Review and provide planning feedback when developer proposals are received; Manage and oversee development applications and planning approvals.
- Business Development: Effectively coordinate with the project team through planning, design and research of projects; Work alongside the real estate team to provide guidance as needed prior to engagement with major projects and real estate strategies; Work alongside the real estate team and client to create investment ready business proposals for each project; Lead and manage work related to site plan, master plan, planning applications and municipal and regional planning applications; Always maintain a current understanding on zoning, building codes, environmental regulations and other planning related issues; Participate in long-term strategy development and communication/marketing initiatives related to the Corporation; Participle in proposal presentations and networking.
- Client Relationships: Communicate with clients to explain design and development options in a clear and effective way; Effectively liaises with real estate consultants throughout projects and ensure deliverables are met on time and on budget; Manage new client inquiries and pursue business development opportunities (i.e., meetings, presentations and proposals); Manage existing client relationships and ensure appropriate project tracking, reporting and project meetings are met on time and clients are satisfied.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.
- A degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field, together with at least 1-3 years of relevant planning experience
- Planning membership designation, or working towards a designation
- Expertise in undertaking research and conducting policy reviews and reports for required sites
- Access to a vehicle and appropriate driver’s license is required
- Using relevant drafting and design software to create site plans, massing studies and reports (i.e., AutoCAD, GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign and Adobe Acrobat)
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Solid computer skills with a demonstrated ability to use various forms of digital communications and social media
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to communicate competently and effectively expressing ideas clearly
- Ability to build trust with, and deliver upon commitments to, diverse groups of stakeholders within/outside of the United Church: congregations, Regional Councils, General Council, municipal staff and politicians, community groups, adjacent landowners, etc.
- Must be willing to work evenings and weekends, as required
- Understanding of the United Church of Canada governance and decision-making procedures in relation to real estate is considered an asset
- French language skills would be considered an asset
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with United Church of Canada, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.
This position that works from the General Council Office located in Toronto, Ontario in an open area concept office under normal working conditions. They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting. Occasional overtime may be required.