Senior City Planner – Planning Service - Community Planning and Development

City and County of Denver

Denver, CO

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $75,000-$95,000/year

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About Our Job

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 Central Park; 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

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking highly motivated and creative individuals to fill two full-time Senior City Planner positions in our Planning Services Division’s Planning and Implementation team.

Senior City Planners are typically project managers who develop and contribute to interdisciplinary planning initiatives that address diverse topics including land use, urban design, equity, housing, transportation, infrastructure, economic development, sustainability, and quality of life. The ideal candidate will offer experience in project management, long-range planning at the citywide and/or neighborhood scales, as well as experience implementing plans through regulatory and other tools.

Key responsibilities:

  • Serves as project manager of a diverse and interdisciplinary team that prepares neighborhood and small area plans
  • Develops goals and objectives, policies, recommendations, and implementation strategies that bring together equity, land use, urban design, transportation, economic development, sustainability, and quality of life
  • Coordinates 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
  • Proactively engages the public in planning activities including facilitating meetings, making effective presentations, and bringing together stakeholders to discuss proposed planning initiatives, assess obstacles, evaluate opposing views and interests, and determine areas of support
  • Implements plans in a variety of ways including translating planning policies into form-based zoning regulations and design guidelines, advancing infrastructure design projects, and fostering partnerships with other implementing agencies and organizations 

About You

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Five or more years of professional experience in community planning, ideally with direct experience managing complex long-range planning projects
  • Experience with long-range planning tools including area and citywide plans, development regulations, and zoning codes
  • Strong understanding of land use and development patterns, economic development, infrastructure, and the relationship between these
  • Experience leading interdisciplinary teams and engaging with a wide range of staff and departments
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to integrating equity into planning/regulatory work
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized
  • Self-motivated and motivated to help others
  • Works well under pressure and is able to multitask
  • Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with GIS and data analysis (demographics, market/economic trends)
  • Proficient in the Spanish language - speaking, reading, and writing

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required 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

Posted October 7, 2021, 10:38 AM PDT

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