Senior City Planner

City and County of Denver
Denver, CO
United States
Professional Areas: 
Regional Planning
Experience Level: 
$72,414.00 - $115,862.00

This job application will close on Sunday, May 19th at 11:59 pm. Please apply as soon as possible in order to be considered.


The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking qualified individuals to fill a full-time Senior City Planner position in our Planning Services Division’s Citywide Planning and Implementation work group.


At Community Planning and Development, we envision, enable and ensure a better Denver. Denver's Community Planning and Development Department is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring that all buildings are safe. Community Planning and Development plays a role in growing our world-class city, while keeping its beloved features intact. From the skyscrapers of the Central Business District; to the walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods of Stapleton; to the charming Victorian effects of the Baker district, the staff at Community Planning and Development works to make Denver a great place to live, work and play. The department's three primary functions are planning, permitting and inspections.  Learn more about how we're "BUILDING COMMUNITY" at and
Interested?  At the City and County of Denver and CPD you can apply your expertise and contribute directly to the community. Please review the required qualifications and submit your application/resume for consideration by clicking the 'Apply' button at the top of this posting and/or visit www.denvergov/jobs  


As a key member of the planning team, the Senior City Planner will develop and lead planning projects with a focus on regulatory implementation. This includes writing major changes to the Denver Zoning Code, processing complex rezonings, and writing design standards and guidelines. The position lives within a group of dedicated planners committed to advancing our city’s goals for design quality, equity, multimodal transportation, sustainability and community health.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead regulatory projects to implement planning goals, including writing amendments to the Denver Zoning Code and drafting and reviewing design standards and guidelines.
  • Coordinate complex planning projects, which may include multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional efforts and may include overseeing the work of consultants and staff. This entails developing scopes of work, timelines, and budgets.
  • Project manage diverse project teams.
  • Lead rezonings (map amendments)
  • Pro-actively engage the public in planning including through facilitating meetings, making effective presentations, and bringing together interested stakeholders to discuss proposed planning initiatives, assess obstacles, evaluate opposing views and interests, and determine areas of support.


Our ideal candidate has:

  • Three or more years of professional experience in community planning, ideally with direct experience writing regulations and working on affordable housing and/or equitable development
  • Experience with regulations, especially zoning code, and implementing plans
  • Experience leading interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
  • Efficiently demonstrates excellent time/work management skills
  • Works well under pressure and able to multitask
  • Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized
  • Self-motivated and motivated to help others
  • Ability to work as part of a team to support both internal and external customers
  • Dependable and can maintain confidentiality


We realize that your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Engineering, or a related degree.
  • Experience: Five (5) years of professional planning experience.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
  • License/Certifications: Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.


Published on:
May 2, 2019 - 11:48am
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