Senior City Planner

$59,307 - $98,845 yearly
  • City of Fort Collins
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • Apr 05, 2021
Full time

Job Description

POSITION TITLE:  Sr Planner, City   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req2694
DEPARTMENT:  Comm Dev & Neighborhood Svcs
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $59,307.00 - 98,845.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 4/26/2021.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Job Summary

The Senior City Planner provides leadership and expertise in current planning, long-range planning, and plan implementation for the Community Development & Neighborhood Services Department. This position is assigned the most complex and high-profile development projects, leads major planning/policy initiatives, serves as a subject matter expert on interdisciplinary teams, and is responsible for supervising and providing strategic guidance to a team of city planners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set planning strategy and philosophy in partnership with Department and City leadership
  • Analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use, and prepares or requisitions graphic and narrative reports on data.
  • Delivers presentations and reports to members of the public, developers, City boards and commissions, committees, and the City Council.
  • Schedules and facilitates meetings with applicants, consultants, community members and others as necessary.
  • Recommends governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, historic preservation, housing and transportation to control and guide community development and renewal.
  • Manages projects by reviewing development applications for compliance with City regulations and coordinates additional review by other departments and/or agencies which includes logistical and technical support.
  • Fairly and consistently apply direction from the Land Use Code, City Plan, subarea plans, and other adopted policies.
  • Directs planning activities with committees, City Boards and Commissions, the City Council, developers, the public, and others regarding city policies and procedures and social, economic, employment, housing, and land use data. May serve as liaison to Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Board, Affordable Housing Board and Landmark Preservation Commission.
  • Provides oversight and guidance of the work done by other staff and oversees special programs within the department.
  • Leads projects and is responsible for final product timelines.
  • Prepares staff reports, plans, policies and summaries for management, boards and commission, and City Council consideration.
  • Assists in policy formation and code changes.
  • Provides public information regarding development proposals, policies, regulations and City projects.
  • Partners with federal, state and local authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, land planning and development specialists and community partners to devise and recommend arrangements of land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses.
  • Prepares plans, strategies, and policies for adoption by the City Council.
  • Responsible for researching existing conditions and industry best practices. May compile and analyze data on historical, economic, environmental, social, and physical factors affecting resources and prepare or requisitions graphic and narrative reports on data.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Support the learning and growth of junior staff and the overall team
  • Ability to lead complex and high profile projects, programs and initiatives with a high degree of problem solving and partnership
  • In-depth knowledge of principles and policies of urban planning.
  • Ability to serve as subject matter expert within Department and for the City organization
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws and policies may be required.
  • Working knowledge of development review, long range planning, historic preservation, and other processes may be required.
  • Extensive presentation, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform complex statistical analysis.
  • Ability to operate word processing, graphics, and other software packages.
  • Ability to prepare bid specifications and negotiate contracts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, City Council, City Boards and Commissions, developers, and the public.
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload, organize files, and update management tracking system.
  • Ability to attend meetings and perform other duties on evenings and weekends.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and exercise independent judgement with little supervision.
  • Working knowledge of City policies and regulations as the relate to projects.
  • Knowledge of Planning Law and recent court cases related to planning issues.
  • Ability to read and understand site plans and related drawings and documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and ability to convey technical information in a clear, concise manner to various audiences.

Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Community Planning, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Natural Resource Management, Architecture, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Preferred: Master's Degree
  • 5 or more years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

  • Valid driver's license. 
  • AICP or other related credentials may be required. 
  • May be required to meet federal requirements for Historian, Architectural Historian or Architect for some positions.  

 Full Job Description:

Sr Planner, City