Senior Planner

City of Boulder, CO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Project Manager
  • Salary: $76,045 - $115,773.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 97,385
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  • Where: PO Box 791n , Boulder, CO
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Mar 16 2018

Deadline: Apr 8 2018


Do you seek to be part of a collaborative team whose mission is to create a sustainable, resilient, equitable and inclusive city, worthy of its setting where we can all thrive together?
The City of Boulder's Planning, Housing, and Sustainability achieves its mission by:

Working with our community to define the vision for Boulder's future;
Developing and implementing policies, programs and processes to translate that vision into reality;
Collaborating with partners to catalyze action; and
Building and nurturing a team of outstanding colleagues and a work environment that cultivates service excellence and continuous improvement.

A senior level professional position, the senior planner will be charged with developing and leading a subcommunity and area planning program that furthers the city's environmental, social, and economic sustainability goals and council work plan priorities.

The position will also coordinate a team, facilitate community dialogue and engagement, and build agreement toward policy objectives.

Key projects include: Alpine-Balsam and Civic Area plans, subcommunity and area planning program, Land Use Code amendments to address community benefits, neighborhood character, parking, and other priorities to implement the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and address City Council priorities.


1. Manages and coordinates the preparation and implementation of special planning projects to implement the department's work program and to achieve City Council goals. This includes the following:
• Establishes a subcommunity and area planning program to achieve council goals and prepares long range subcommunity plans and strategies to implement them.
• Assesses, initiates and manages long range planning projects, including future updates to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, subcommunity and area plans, and Land Use Code updates.
• Establishes project timetables and work programs.
• Establishes project teams and facilitates staff, project team, and other meetings.
• Coordinates project activities and communications with the City Manager's Office, other city departments, county government, other organizations, and the general public.
• Hires and negotiates contracts with consultants.
• Develops and implements innovative community engagement strategies to ensure timely communication and meaningful dialog and informed input into policy development and decision making.
• Prepares updates to codes and regulations, including Land Use Code.
• Tracks the implementation of plans once completed and adopted.

2. Serves as a senior liaison to City Council, Planning Board, community groups, governmental agencies, and others concerned with planning issues. This includes the following:
• Coordinates preparation for Planning Board and City Council meetings and study sessions, including clearly writing and assembling documents, reviewing materials, determining agenda items, and preparing for and presenting at study sessions and hearings.
• Represents the city at public hearings, city events, neighborhood meetings and makes formal presentations of city recommendations.
• Provides technical assistance to advisory groups, boards, committees, and the public.
• Facilitates and participates in community discussions about complex planning issues and develops innovative solutions to broad and complex issues.

3. Supervises interns and other staff team members as necessary to effectively manage planning projects.

4. Conducts or oversees sophisticated analysis, evaluating multiple perspectives, and aligning technical priorities with broader organizational goals.

5. Prepares Requests for Proposals, hires consultants, and administers and oversees contracts for consultants working on long range planning projects and/or updating Land Use Code regulations.

6. Coordinates and tracks community data and demographics, and prepares population and employment estimates and projections from time to time.

7. Updates job knowledge continuously regarding planning, community design and sustainability issues, ideas and methods as well as engagement tools and strategies, and is knowledgeable in current trends, practices, technology, and information affecting the planning profession. Must be able to comfortably learn new information and ask questions when necessary.

8. Initiates actions that promote good customer service.

9. Other:
• Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
• Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
• Knows and complies with all city and department policies and vision and values; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.


Master's degree in Urban Planning or related field plus a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible experience related to urban planning or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Ability to handle planning projects which involve politically sensitive or controversial issues.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills.
Document preparation and GIS and other computer skills and experience, including Microsoft Office Suite skills.
Experience in community engagement related to complex long range planning or drafting regulations.
Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of complex information.
Strong negotiations and consensus-building skills.
Valid driver's license. Have and maintain acceptable motor vehicle record.
Candidates must have and maintain an acceptable criminal conviction record

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
Knowledge and understanding of the community, including its geography, politics, organizational characteristics, and laws. Background in long range planning.

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