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Senior Planner


  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Job Summary:


The Planner III or Senior Planner most often requires advanced professional planning experience of high complexity and variety. Some functions are similar to those of the Planner II level, though the Planner III often leads or is significantly involved with larger, more complex planning assignments. Planners at this level exercise greater independence and judgment, receiving general supervision from senior management. The Planner III supervises the Planning Technician, Planner I or II. 


Typical Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Performs advanced professional work related to variety of planning assignments. 
  • Manages complex planning studies, development applications and creates proposals. 
  • Reviews and processes complex comprehensive plan amendments, re-zonings, annexations, site plans, plats. 
  • Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, physical, social & economic issues. 
  • Develops transportation plans, studies and analyses on regional basis. 
  • Works in regional program areas relating to natural/water resources planning, community development.
  • Schedules and conducts meetings with advisory boards and elected officials. 
  • Presents reports and other findings to city staff, Planning & Zoning Boards, and Councils and serves as liaison to such committees. 
  • Attends substantial number of public meetings including evening and weekend meetings. 
  • Supervises junior planners within organization.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:


  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices & techniques of planning. 
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specialization, such as economic development, transportation planning, or environmental planning. 
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection. 
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques. 
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, AutoCAD, Photoshop or Illustrator and GIS. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined planning problems. 
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops. 


Work Environment:


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers. 


Education, certification and experience:


  • The Planner III, or Senior Planner, requires a bachelor’s or master's degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, or related field and at least seven years of professional planning experience unless otherwise agreed upon. 
  • Supervisory experience is desired. 
  • AICP Certification is preferred. 
  • Involvement in professional and community organizations is desired.


Physical Requirements:


  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
  • Employee must be able to remain in a stationary position for 80% of the time. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to discuss and communicate planning designs both internally to department and externally to government officials. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to move about the office to utilize office productivity machinery such as the printer, copier, scanner, computer, etc. 
  • May require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. 
  • The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus when using various computer hardware and field-related software programs.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, and physical demands and may change at any time with or without notice.



Houston, TX
77042 USA



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