Senior Comprehensive Planner (Senior Planner)
City of Colorado Springs
 Colorado Springs, CO

Description / Position Overview

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Senior Comprehensive Planner (Senior Planner)

In this position, you will perform comprehensive planning duties forthe Comprehensive Planning team of the Planning and Community Development division. Some of these duties will involve the City's (GIS) Geographic Information Systems program related to spatial analysis, modeling, and mapping.

Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:

  • Lead and/or coordinate single or multi-jurisdictional community planning processes related to land use growth and development, urban design, and transportation, including the City's neighborhood planning program
  • Manage the development of long range plans; research existing plans
  • Analyze areas for needs to be addressed through the planning processes; identify concerns from neighborhood groups and other stakeholders
  • Support the City's special financing district analysis, policy development, and application processing functions
  • Present project proposals at public hearings before groups, including the Planning Commission, the Downtown Review Board, and/or City Council
  • Coordinate activities and projects with other divisions, outside agencies, stakeholder organizations, and the public
  • Develop and implement comprehensive planning policies, urban standards, and programs to create a vibrant and successful City
  • Provide GIS support, including spatial analysis, modeling, and mapping for comprehensive planning
  • Proactively identify barriers to planning and development success; develop solutions to increase vibrancy and investment
  • Provide professional assistance to property owners, stakeholder groups, and department staff on design policies, placemaking, form-based codes, mobility, architecture, and other comprehensive planning, land use, and urban issues

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Knowledge of:

  • Practical knowledge of comprehensive planning, land use, and urban planning
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Modern office equipment, including computers and related applications (especially Microsoft Office and GIS software)

Ability to:

  • Prioritize, organize, and manage multiple projects
  • Effectively prepare, edit, and present information in written and oral form using a variety of formats and mediums
  • Tactfully handle stressful, sensitive, and potentially negative interactions with the public and stakeholders
  • Professionally handle aggressive interpersonal interactions
  • Consider different points of view to reach an agreement; utilize elements of persuasion to gain cooperation and the acceptance of ideas
  • Research historical data, maps, and applications that pertain to planning and land use
  • Perform effectively in multi-disciplinary teams, in some cases without clear lines of authority
  • Recruit, manage, and direct interns or other temporary staff as available and needed

Successful candidate will have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, geography, public administration, architecture, or a related field
  • Five years of full-time experience in planning (Note: Planning is defined as urban, regional, land use, and/or comprehensive long range planning working with or for a municipal government.) or a related field

Ideal candidates will also have:

  • Experience using ESRI GIS Software Suite, especially ARC GIS Online applications
  • Possess AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification

Additional Information

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with some travel from site to site and possible exposure to extreme weather conditions.

This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

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