Project Manager, Planning and Community Development

Competition # SHI 10/31/02 - please refer to this number when submitting your resume

The Opportunity: The Rural Development Network is seeking a Project Manager to join our Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) team and help develop housing policy, engagement strategies, and a marketing strategy to entice infill development.  This includes things like creating needs and demand assessments, business cases, doing research, critically analyzing data, writing reports, reviewing and suggesting changes to land use policies and statutory documents, crafting and running engagement strategies, and working on funding applications. The Project Manager may also work as a technical writer and analyst for other initiatives at the RDN as and when necessary. The ideal candidate will have a background in business education as well as data analysis.

A large portion of the work will be around the Enabling Housing Choice Project, a 3-year project that started in November, 2021. It is aimed at improving municipal policies, regulations, and practices to support more diverse, equitable, and sustainable housing development across Alberta. Work includes community engagement, project management, staff management, policy and regulation development, communications, and coordination. The end product of this project will be a guidebook to enabling housing choice for Alberta. You will also be involved in the planning phases of other related projects, supporting with grant writing, providing insight and expertise to a wide array of projects, while supporting the general operations of SHI. 

Location: We will consider applicants located in Alberta, who are willing and able to work remotely; Occasional travel across the province is required for in-person engagements. RDN’s office is located in Edmonton, Alberta for candidates who prefer to work in person. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located.

Salary Range:  $58,400-$64,240 based on a 35 hour work week

Term of project: This project needs to be completed by November, 2024. There is a very strong possibility of extension after completion. 

Additional Benefits:

RDN has a 35 hour work week with remote work available. Staff have the option of working compressed work weeks, taking every second Friday off rather than working shorter days. We offer flexible hours (daily start/end times), within RDN’s core hours, a substantial benefits package after 3 months, and phone reimbursement.

Anticipated Start Date:  This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. The position will start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities Specific to Enabling Housing Choice Project

  • Act as the project manager, identifying the project’s strategic direction, issues, and adapting as required
  • Perform & review environmental scans on best practices regarding housing development, barriers to growth, and housing choice;
  • Coordinate with partner communities municipal policy changes to support diverse housing choices in several communities;
  • Draft policies and other statutory documents such as land use bylaws, municipal development plans and other municipal legislations;
  • Write and design summary reports to disseminate results throughout the project;
  • Plan and perform holistic community engagement with partner communities throughout the project; and
  • Provide guidance for the development of a guidebook to help communities implement best practices and findings to support diverse housing development across Alberta.

General Requirements

  • Experience leading and coordinating complex community projects involving multiple  stakeholders, such as businesses, public service sector and partnering agencies.
  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning and familiarly with Albertan planning
  • Ability to lead, plan and coordinate / facilitate meetings. 
  • Must possess strong time management and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to exercise judgment, problem solve and take initiative. 
  • Strong ability to plan, manage and meet deadlines. 
  • Subject matter knowledge in community development, planning, housing policy, land use planning and community engagement; 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to convey research and technical writing in plain language;
  • High proficiency with MS Office: Word, Powerpoint, Excel (PivotTables, VLOOKUP);
  • Experience using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is an asset;
  • Experience with modeling and/or mapping software such as Sketchup and/or GIS is an asset;
  • A positive, “can do” attitude and professional demeanor;
  • Having a driver's license would be considered an asset as some travel may be required. 
  • This position requires a fully functional home office including computer, dual monitors, keyboard, etc. RDN will not be providing any hardware as you are required to have this on your own.  


  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning.


COVID-19 & Vaccinations:

RDN is committed to the safety and health of our team and people we work with. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, clients, and communities we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All RDN employees and interns are strongly encouraged to receive the 

COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume . We recommend applying as soon as possible. Applications will still be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.


About the Rural Development Network:

RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives, helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills & expertise, and boost their capacity.

RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 45 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

RDN is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and to ensuring an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. We recognize that diversity is and will always be a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover​​ letters.

To learn more about RDN, visit 

About the Sustainable Housing Initiative:

In 2015, RDN created the Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) in direct response to rural and remote communities expressing their need for support in addressing the critical lack of affordable housing. This issue has not received the same attention and resources as it has in urban centres, and comes with unique challenges requiring unique solutions. The SHI consults with communities to conduct research, data analysis, produces housing needs assessments, business plans, financial models and more. This lays the groundwork necessary for projects to access funding from governments, banks, and other sources, which is often the biggest hurdle to overcome.

To learn more about SHI, visit 

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