Senior Planner - Long Range Planning

City of Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, TX

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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Come help Grand Prairie build its future!

The City of Grand Prairie has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years. New development is taking place throughout the city. Our City Council has tasked the Planning Division with implementing exciting area plans that focus on existing and new areas, such as the Downtown Master Plan, Pioneer Parkway’s International Corridor Plan, and the Southgate 360 Corridor Plan. With the full support of the City Council and City Management, the Planning Division has added additional staffing in the past year to accommodate these needs. This is an exciting opportunity help shape the future of a city experiencing incredible growth. Come join a team of dynamic people who are passionate about planning. The ideal candidate will be creative, hard-working, an excellent writer, and fully committed to carrying out the city’s mission to create raving fans by delivering world class service.

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to assist the City's Planning and Development Department in long range or current planning activities. This position provides high level planning and project management services to review development requests or implement comprehensive and area plans.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manages implementation of the City’s comprehensive plan and other area plans.
  • Oversees special team projects within the division and between departments.
  • Researches zoning and planning trends and provides policy and zoning ordinance recommendations to the division.
  • Assists other team members in the division and department as needed.
  • Develops planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and regulations.
  • Reviews and prepares staff reports and recommendations by researching planning trends, researching the UDC, reviewing and discussing with other departmental staff; presenting information and preparing a final draft of reports and ordinances to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council Development Committee.
  • Reviews development requests such as zoning changes and site plans for projects located within special area plans, writes reports and ordinances, and makes presentations to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • Acts as a liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers, and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field.   Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree.
  • Over two years up to and including three years.
  • Valid Texas Class C Driver's License, AICP preferred.
  • Advanced - Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents.  Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Intermediate - Ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Advanced - Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques.   Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Receives direction: The employee normally performs the duty assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results. There is some opportunity for discretion when making selections among a few, easily identifiable choices. Assignment is reviewed upon completion.
  • Has little to no budgetary responsibility.
  • No responsibility for the direction or supervision of others.
  • Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives and policies.  Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.
  • Work may require providing advice to others outside direct reporting relationships on specific problems or general policies.  Contacts may require the consideration of different points of view to reach agreement.  Elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.

Posted February 8, 2023, 12:11 PM PST

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