Location: Dallas, TX

Senior Planner

Salary: $66,744 - $83,427 Annually

Closing: 1/21/23

The Senior Planner provides high level senior planning and project management services to develop and implement comprehensive city plans affecting land use, landmark designations, physical facilities, zoning, or transportation issues.

Planning & Urban Design – Urban Design: Primary responsibilities include advancing strategic urban design input, recommendations, and guidance in coordination of the Urban Design Peer Review program and developing area and comprehensive plans, feasibility studies, policies, guidelines, and programs to advance livability, economic vibrancy, sustainability, and equity within the City of Dallas. This position will play an integral role in advancing City goals through design in partnership with other City departments, local agencies, community members and stakeholders. American Institute of Architects (AIA), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) or LEED certifications are a plus.

Planning & Urban Design – Neighborhood Planning: Leads the development of various planning projects including, but not limited to area plans, corridor plans, and neighborhood plans. Facilitates and leads engagement meetings with neighborhoods. Develops agendas, manages logistics, and creates communications materials for public engagement activities and community workshops. Prepares and delivers presentations to the City Plan Commission and neighborhood groups.

Planning & Urban Design – Code Amendments: This position is responsible for researching Dallas and comparison cities to find innovative ways to solve problems, evaluate new planning techniques, and implement best practices. Primary responsibilities include coordinating and organizing inclusive public engagement through stakeholder meetings, multi-media communications, internal meetings with interdepartmental staff, committee meetings, City Plan Commission hearings, Council subcommittee briefings, and training staff on approved amendment; utilizes effective written and presentation skills with a thorough and well-written reports and presentations for the committee members, commissioners, and public; presents complicated concepts to persons unfamiliar with planning practices in a way that brings comprehension and builds consensus.

Planning and Urban Design – Zoning / Current Planning: Primary responsibilities include reviewing and processing a wide variety of zoning applications, including, but not limited to Planned Development Districts, General Zoning Changes, Specific Use Permits, and Deed Restrictions. The zoning review process includes site visits, research, providing information on the application to the public via email, phone, or in meetings, formulating a preliminary staff recommendation, presenting the case at staff review meeting, creating the property owner notification and case report for City Plan Commission (CPC) and City Council, presenting the case at the CPC briefing and public hearing; communicating with other departments and outside agencies. Other duties may include assisting with general zoning inquiries and the intake of zoning applications, and small research projects to assist with zoning case review. Individuals should have a basic knowledge of the development process and some knowledge of geographic information systems and must have the ability to do research in an orderly and timely manner, have the ability to analyze data, abstract problems and issues, and have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of people.

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

Essential Functions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performs other work as needed or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s degree in a planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture field. 
  • Experience: Two (2) years of professional level experience in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Equivalencies:
    • 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. 
  • LICENSES: Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • PREFERENCES: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or Architecture/Landscape Architecture Licensure is a plus.

Knowledge and Skills

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

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