Planner (Engagement Specialist)

Job Locations CANADA-ON-Toronto | CANADA-ON-Guelph | CANADA-ON-Kitchener | CANADA-ON-Hamilton
Job ID
# of Openings
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Business Group
Planning & Design


Are you someone with strong leadership and technical capabilities? Do you enjoy building relationships and working collaboratively in a team environment with both internal and external stakeholders? Are you a problem solver? If you enjoy entrepreneurship and innovation in a flexible work environment, this opportunity is for you! As someone with excellent communication skills and business acumen, you will thrive in our fast-paced and agile environment.


Your opportunity 


Dillon’s Planning & Design group is looking for a Junior Planner (Engagement Specialist) to join our Stakeholder Engagement team within a multidisciplinary team of professionals in our Toronto, Oakville, Guelph, Kitchener and Hamilton offices. You will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting city building projects while providing clients with a fully integrated and superior customer experience. 


We offer a variety of flexible work options to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.


What your day will look like

Planning & Design (94%)

  1. Work with and support intermediate and senior planners to design and develop innovative community engagement plans for internal and external clients
  2. Research stakeholders and project issues as input to engagement planning
  3. Develop and implement engagement programs leveraging digital technologies, including website content management systems, email marketing, mobile apps, social media, video and other digital communications and engagement tools
  4. Prepare communication and engagement materials including presentations, agendas, key messages, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, display panels, work books
  5. Prepare engagement and meeting materials, including summaries and memos, presentations, information panels, activities, and informational content for project websites
  6. Plan, attend and facilitate engagement events of various sizes and complexity
  7. Analyze and synthesize input received and prepare consultation summary reports
  8. Evaluate engagement programs and identify areas for continuous improvement
  9. Assist in the continued profile and growth of this service by participating in professional associations and liaising with clients
  10. Ensure professionalism and personal accountability for time management, quality control, troubleshooting of project work, and meeting timelines and budgets
  11. Work on other planning projects including on planning policy or Indigenous planning as necessary or desired
  12. Travel to other Dillon offices and project locations to deliver engagement programs, as necessary

Learning and Development (6%)

  1. Commit to self-development and ongoing learning and professional development
  2. Contribute to Dillon’s corporate profile through active participation in professional associations and committees


What you will need to succeed

  1. A bachelor’s or graduate degree in community planning from a planning program or another applicable field
  2. One (1) or more years of professional planning experience in Ontario, preferably in the consulting environment

Please note the person needs to be located in Toronto, Oakville, GuelphKitchener or Hamilton.


  1. Demonstrated understanding of the importance of meaningful community engagement in community planning
  2. An active listener with highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  3. Ability to think critically and strategically
  4. Responsible, organized, accountable and committed to excellence
  5. Able to work in a self-directed, multidisciplinary team setting
  6. Experience in group facilitation or public and stakeholder engagement an asset
  7. Familiarity with graphic design software is an asset
  8. Experience with Indigenous community engagement is an asset
  9. Familiarity with the communication requirements of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is an asset
  10. Completion of the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation training course is an asset


Why choose Dillon

Dillon is powered by people who are technically proficient, passionate about socially important projects, and motivated to deliver superior, tangible results. We strive to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, and are empowered to continually grow and develop.


We live our core values:

  • Reliability: words result in actions that build trust;
  • Achievement: do the work to hit the target;
  • Continuous development: always learning; always adapting; always growing;
  • Creativity: discover new possibilities;
  • Courage: do the things that matter, especially when it’s hard;
  • Inclusiveness: enabling belonging to draw strength from our differences.

 In addition, we offer:

  • Employee share purchase plan
    • Dillon is 100% employee owned and share ownership is open to all employees.
  • A competitive compensation package
    • Comprehensive health benefits
    • Generous retirement savings plan
    • Student loan repayment assistance with matching employer contributions
  • Flexible work hours and remote working options
    • Dillon values its staff and the contributions that are made each day and understands that work arrangements can differ based on personal needs and business needs.  We are taking a trust-based approach to offer a variety of flexible and remote work options to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.
  • Learning and Development opportunities
    • As a knowledge-based business, the organic growth of our knowledge and skills occur through our work performance and roles. The creation and sharing of knowledge allows us to take local knowledge to scale, capture lessons learned through experience, and continuously improve service delivery. The development of self and others is an evident and measured core behaviour within our organization.
    • We use a composite approach to development including coaching to build the how, mentoring to share lessons, advising to round out perspectives, and co-creation of knowledge through internal, learning opportunities.
  • Focus on Innovation
    • The ability to anticipate, examine, and adopt new and innovative solutions is a crucial driver for the continual and progressive advancement of our business performance. In our culture, people are empowered to reflect and question current practices and seek forward looking solutions to today’s problems and tomorrow’s opportunities.
  • Employee and Family Assistance program
    • A variety of EFAP tools and online resources to support well-being are available to all employees.
  • Wellness Subsidy
    • Our employees can take advantage of wellness subsidy that can be put towards expenses for a variety of health and/or wellness related activities such as gym membership, purchase of home fitness equipment, yoga classes  and dance classes

About Dillon

Dillon is a proudly Canadian, employee-owned, professional consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, environmental science and management. We partner with clients to provide committed, collaborative, and inventive solutions to complex, multi-faceted projects. With 20 offices and more than 1000 employees across Canada, Dillon offers a wide range of services related to building and improving facilities and infrastructure, protecting the environment, and developing communities.


Now operating for over 75 years, we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. Dillon has been listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past 16 years and has the distinction of having achieved Platinum Club member status in this program.


Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Dillon:

Dillon is committed to the principles of employment equity, inclusiveness, and diversity within our organization. We strive to achieve a workplace where opportunities are based on skills and abilities and that respects and values differences.


Inclusion is more than a word to us, it is the way we choose to run our business.

Please connect with us if you require accommodation in the interview process. We would love to hear from you!




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