Senior City Planner

  • City of Des Moines, Iowa
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $80,516.80 - $102,065.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Provides leadership, and administrative support for major City planning projects; performs directly related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or a related field; AND
  • Considerable experience in project coordination, management, or a related area; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
NOTE: Transcripts verifying degree conferred must be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department by the application deadline to receive credit. Please send electronically to humanresources@dmgov.org , by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 .

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;
  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.


Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Provides leadership and support in long range planning projects ranging from District to City-wide scale, including research and analysis of alternatives, work with residents and property owners, coordination and preparation of reports, consultant selection and coordination of public meetings;
  • Serves as staff and provides coordination support for project related steering and other citizen or stakeholder based committees to build public awareness, input and civic ownership of project recommendations;
  • Serves as professional staff for planning related boards, commissions and subcommittees and citizen task forces or blue ribbon committees as needed;
  • As a part of a staff team, coordinates development timelines, processes, and development issues in large plans and developments;
  • Works closely with Plan and Zoning and other Boards and Commission subcommittees to develop processes, ordinance changes, or other solutions to complicated issues of planning development and growth issues addressed by city government. Must take a leadership role in presentation of techniques and analysis and a supporting role in regards to the concerns and direction of appointed officials.
  • Develops major planning RFPs and takes the lead in consultant searches;
  • Works with other staff to define and coordinate project process and development issues;
  • Works with Planning and Zoning sub-committees and other Boards or Commissions as may be appropriate, to ensure understanding and endorsement of methods, process, direction and recommendations for projects;
  • Develops innovative techniques and processes to assist implementation of major planning projects and city procedures;
  • Provides guidance and review services to the Plan & Zoning Commission and other Boards in development of the CIP Budget;
  • Coordinates and leads projects that require multiple Board and Commission reviews;
  • Independently staffs Boards and Commissions;
  • Represents the Community Development Department and the City on planning and urban design projects of community or metro-wide significance.
  • Provides technical assistance to developers with regard to Zoning Ordinance amendments, conceptual planning for Planned Unit Developments and Planned Business Parks, site plan development, and appeals to the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Completes analysis an staff reports and staff recommendations on items of consideration for Boards and commission including but not limited to the Plan and Zoning Commission, Neighborhood Revitalization Board, Urban Design Review Board, Historic District Commission, Strategic Planning Commission, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
  • Provides review of development proposals based on all elements of the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and other land use regulations; and provides feedback and recommendations to other staff and the developers base on this review;
  • Coordinates and provides support with project development and implementation to other divisions and departments;
  • Works closely with other departments to coordinate implementation of key pieces of approved plans;
  • Assists and prepares cost estimates, budgets, project designs, urban renewal plans, reports and project analysis of proposed developments within a district or neighborhood context;
  • Provides administrative support to the Division Administrator and Department Director as requested;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the Division or other compatible job class descriptions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Works closely with citizens, responding to their questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner and providing professional expertise and alternative solutions to the citizen's needs;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
Closing Date/Time: 5/24/2021 5:00 PM Central

Job Address

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