Senior Advisor, Permits, Licences and Approvals (PLA)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Type: Full Time
OPPI Membership Status:
Employee Status: Regular Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Pay Range: $87,009 - $118,257 Location: 10 Bay Street, Toronto Closing Date: 24-Oct-2023
Location: 10/20 Bay Street, Toronto. Travel to the Project Office may be required
Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system. We are also building new and improved rapid transit, including GO Expansion, Light Rail Transit routes, and major expansions to Toronto’s subway system, to get people where they need to go, better, faster and easier. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
At Metrolinx, equity, diversity and inclusion are essential to living our values of serving with passion, thinking forward and playing as a team.
Our Capital Projects Group is seeking multiple Senior Advisors, Permits, Licenses & Approvals (PLAs) for its Third Party and Agreements team to coordinate permits and approvals across multiple projects, providing direct support to project delivery teams on PLA processes, stakeholder engagement, and risk management strategies to support PLAs throughout project lifecycle. This role provides a great opportunity to develop and enhance project management skills and construction permitting expertise. This role is a critical part of Metrolinx’s delivery of Subway and GO Expansion projects and a great opportunity to make significant contributions on projects that are transforming transportation in the region!
This position offers the opportunity to work with our talented, highly motivated, creative, and solutions-focused team in a flexible hybrid work environment. The team and organization are committed to your personal growth and professional development by providing internal and external training programs, tuition and professional membership reimbursements, and opportunities to stretch your reach through challenging projects and tasks!
What will I be doing?
• Develop and implement PLA plans that outline approaches to identify, manage, and mitigate permitting risks, aligning with overall long-term transit program strategies. • Assist in planning, reviewing submissions, and obtaining permits, licenses, and approvals required in advance of construction. • Assist project delivery teams with PLA application preparation, submittal, and tracking. • Track and provide reports on PLA status and risks on a weekly/monthly basis and implement improvements to tracking and reporting systems. • Support project delivery teams with liaison between approval authorities including municipalities, provincial and federal authorities to manage issues and risks related to acquisition of PLAs. • Liaise with approval authorities, including municipalities, provincial, and federal authorities. • Implement PLA procedures, processes, standards, and systems to enable effective infrastructure delivery. • Document lessons learned and support initiatives to improve the efficiency of permit and approval processes. • Build, develop and maintain excellent relationships with key internal and external stakeholders critical to the successful delivery of program-wide permit and approval requirements. • Participate in weekly/monthly progress meetings with project delivery teams, provide updates on PLA status and escalate PLA issues as necessary. • Participate in meetings with approval authorities to identify and define PLA requirements, including pre-consultation meetings. • Serve as a key point of contact with internal stakeholders to develop, manage and monitor permit and approval processes through the project lifecycle.
What Skills and Qualifications Do I Need?
• Completion of a degree in the field of Planning, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, or a combination of education, training, and experience deemed equivalent. • Demonstrated experience within a construction, engineering, or municipal planning environment. • Knowledge of permit and approval processes and requirements for construction of transit infrastructure and large infrastructure projects is essential. • Ability to interpret technical drawings/reports and effectively communicate technical information is essential. • Knowledge of public sector decision-making structures and processes at the municipal, regional, provincial and federal level. • Knowledge of relevant legislation and requirements governing permits and approvals, including but not limited to Ontario Environment Assessment Act and Transit Projects & Metrolinx Undertakings (O. Reg., 231/08), Ontario Water Resources Act, Ontario Building Code Act, Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, Municipal Code and By-laws, Environmental Protection Act, railway corridor infrastructure, and related construction projects. • Negotiation skills, diplomacy, and political acuity to develop and recommend project plans, manage multi-stakeholder projects/initiatives, and make recommendations. • Excellent interpersonal, time management, collaboration, and oral/written communication and presentation skills. • Experience with projects delivered via diverse delivery methods (e.g., public/private sector partnerships, progressive design-build, etc.), including knowledge of contract development and administration, would be highly beneficial • Proficiency in using project management software, Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio), Adobe Acrobat, and other computer applications is considered an asset
Don’t Meet Every Requirement?
If you’re excited about working with Metrolinx but your past experience doesn’t quite align with every qualification of this posting, we encourage you to apply. You just might be the right candidate for this or other roles. We are always looking for great talent to join our team.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from members of equity-deserving communities, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, women, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations.
We value the unique skills and experiences each person brings to Metrolinx and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment. We are committed to the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act so if you require accommodation during the hiring process, please let our Recruitment team know by contacting us at: 416-202-5601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.