Senior Planner/Planning & Urban Design

City of Dallas

Dallas, TX

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $66,747 - $83,427

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The Senior Planner provides planning and project management services to develop, implement, administer and monitor various planning and design projects including urban design, neighborhood planning, development code amendments, zoning and current planning.

Candidates should have a basic knowledge of geographic information systems and the processes and principles of at least one of the following planning areas: 1) urban design; 2) development code amendments; 3) neighborhood planning; or 4) zoning/current planning.

Additionally, they must have the ability to conduct research in an orderly and timely manner, analyze data, abstract problems and issues, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of people.

This position may be eligible for hybrid work; however, due to the nature of the work this position performs, it will not be fully remote.

This position is posted until January 21, 2023 unless otherwise extended.  Please visit the City of Dallas, TX website to submit an application and upload a resume and work samples (if applicable).
Essential Functions

  1. Designs, develops, coordinates, and conducts urban design studies, design guidelines, development proposal and policy analyses affecting land use, physical facilities, zoning, and transportation issues; reviews and comments on development proposals and their impacts on existing land use, physical facilities, zoning, or transportation issues.
  2. Drafts prepares and presents design proposals for community development and renewal; provides technical assistance, information, and collaborates with local transit and transportation agencies, local planning agencies, technical work groups, and other planning policy organizations.
  3. Applies statistical and planning and design theory, collects data, interprets public policy, and maintains or accesses diverse databases to identify and recommend appropriate urban planning and development actions; strategizes and assists in the preparation and implementation of the City-wide Comprehensive Plan.
  4. Confers with the public, local authorities and elected and appointed City officials to discuss and recommend preliminary planning and design measures; responds to requests for information from citizens, board and commission members, and other City staff; develops innovative outreach materials on various topics for community engagement.
  5. Manages and coordinates projects between various City departments, outside agencies, and organizations. Engages and communicates with neighborhood groups, stakeholders, steering committees, City Council, appointed officials, and other agencies to present documents, charts, graphs, maps, and case reports for planning, design, and development purposes.
  6. Participates and leads in implementing various special projects throughout the year; develops strong community engagement projects and drafts graphic or informational items while supporting the Comprehensive Planning initiatives.
  7. Solves complex problems in connection with the planning of small to large scale urban design, transportation, land use, or other planning  activities; provides leadership and technical expertise to identify planning issues and concerns, make appropriate recommendations, and implement resolutions benefitting the City and its Comprehensive plan.
  8. Performs other work as needed or assigned.


Master’s degree in a planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture field. 

Two (2) years of professional level experience in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a specified field plus four (4) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a non-specified field plus six (6) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements. 

Valid driver’s license with good driving record.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or Architecture/Landscape Architecture Licensure is a plus.


  1. Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply principles, methods, and techniques of urban planning.
  2. Knowledge of City development and building codes.
  3. Knowledge of community engagement principles.
  4. Knowledge of design and planning software.
  5. Ability to interact with the public, homeowners, business owners, regulatory agencies, various organizations, and peers in a positive manner.
  6. Ability to analyze, evaluate, and research the impact of future developments upon neighborhood and city growth.
  7. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects.
  8. Ability to make presentations to various groups.
  9. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

The salary listed on this job posting is the starting salary range: amount offered will depend on qualifications.

For evaluation purposes, acceptable qualifying experience for all positions must have been in a paid capacity unless noted otherwise in the minimum qualifications for the posted position.

Additionally, 30+ hours per week will be counted as full-time employment and will receive full credit for the amount of time employed.  A minimum of 15 through 29 work hours per week will be counted as part-time employment and will receive half credit for the amount of time employed.

Posted January 4, 2023, 3:41 PM PST

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