Planning & Engagement Coordinator

Hours of Work: 9 am – 5 pm typically (35 hrs week) Please note that the schedule may include weekends.

Work Term: 16 week term

Rate of Pay: $15.00 / hr

Start/End Date: May – August (with option to start/end earlier)

The Planning & Engagement Coordinator will work with partners to conduct research and consultation to create a development and asset map and update the business directory for Downtown Dartmouth. The asset map would identify planned and completed residential and commercial developments in the district, number of residents and employees, amenities such as transit, car sharing, Electric car charging stations, parks and street infrastructure like benches and trees. The business directory would identify the businesses and services in the district. This is a hands-on project that will involve conducting site visits, interviewing property & business owners, working with HRM staff and as well as independent research.


• The student will work with the Director of Communications and Marketing to support the dissemination of findings and recommendations.

• Students will have access to files, reports and maps compiled by research, Halifax Regional Municipality planning resources and GIS data.

• Students will also work with volunteers, partners, city staff and DDBC Board Members.

• As a small organization, the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission offers students the opportunity to work in a lead capacity on high level innovative projects where their creative suggestions are welcomed and can quickly move to implementation.



• The collection, creation and dissemination of data and design for the map and directory

• Site visits, interviewing property & business owners, working with HRM staff and as well as independent research.

• Conduct, compile and examine public engagement responses from online surveys for recommendation to action.


• Impending social and economic impacts on community demographics

• Best practice models in similar jurisdictions world-wide and in Nova Scotia; in particular those related to urban re-development.

• Gain a working knowledge of the Downtown Dartmouth within the context of the Centreplan and Downtown Dartmouth Land-Use By-Laws

Compile, Update & Disseminate:

• Create a development & asset map and update the business directory. This will require the student to update various spreadsheets, websites, and promotional materials.

• Information, recommendations and strategies for transformation with consideration of community engagement feedback and research findings

• Prepare findings and designs for delivery through multi-media formats

Other Duties:

• As a small office, all personnel share in occasional clerical duties and other duties associated with fulfilling the mandate of the DDBC - occasionally, you may be asked to make deliveries, answer phone calls, conduct data entry and other clerical duties, staff a visitor information kiosk, or assist at an event.

The successful applicant will be motivated, responsible, able to work alone and as a contributing team member and meet demanding deadlines, will be professional, and will show leadership and initiative.

Preferred Software Proficiencies: Adobe InDesign, ArcMap GIS, Sketchup, Microsoft Office Suite.

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    Attention: Christine Stokes