Senior City Planner - Urban Design

City and County of Denver - Community Planning and Development
Denver, CO
United States
April 6, 2017
Professional Area: 
Community Development
Infrastructure Planning
Landscape Architecture
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
3-5 years
Salary Range: 
$67,252.00 - $107,603.00 Annually

About Denver Community Planning and Development 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 safe, responsible, and sustainable development. 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 About Our Job Applies education and experience in architecture and urban design to inform the below job duties:

  • Leads regulatory projects to implement planning and urban design goals, including writing amendments to the Denver Zoning Code and drafting and reviewing design standards and guidelines. 
  • Leads and participates on interdisciplinary teams that prepare citywide plans, small area plans. 
  • Provides input on infrastructure design projects and fostering partnerships with other implementing agencies and organizations. 
  • Produces hand sketches/conceptual drawings. 
  • Integrates various visualization and three-dimensional modeling software to test urban design ideas and create graphics ranging in scale from individual development sites to the entire city. 
  • Coordinates complex planning and urban design 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. 
  • Pro-actively engages 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.

About You

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Experience writing and applying regulatory tools including zoning and design standards and guidelines. 
  • Experience working in both the private and public sectors and in urban and suburban contexts. 
  • Experience working effectively with and managing multidisciplinary teams is essential. 
  • Excellent writing, broad communication, and urban design skills are required. 
  • Proficiency in SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite is required. GIS and data analysis (demographics, market/economic trends) skills are desired. 
  • AICP desired but not required. 

We recognize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least:

  • Master's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or a directly related degree. 
  • Three years of professional urban design planning experience including coordinating complex planning/development projects in city or regional planning and applying policy with demonstrated experience in land use, transportation, and community planning. 
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience. 
  • Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application.


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