Principal Planner
City of Westminster, CO - Westminster, CO

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This is a senior-level professional and supervisory planning position, which will d irect and supervise the activities of the staff that perform long-range planning, current planning, or zoning entitlements. This position is also responsible for advanced level work involving both long range and current planning (plan implementation) activities, as well as budget preparation. This position requires a writing sample you have done, preferably a staff report to Planning Commission or City Council regarding a land planning item, rezoning, comprehensive plan amendment/adoption, annexation, or significant land use matter. Please limit your answers to no more than three (3) typed pages, double-spaced 11 pt Times New Roman font. Your writing sample must be attached with your application or e-mailed to:


The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City’s core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork. This position supports the goals of the Community Development Department, which p lans, promotes and sustains an attractive and high quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate land use and infrastructure decisions ensuring that the community is developed in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and maintainable manner. Every employee is accountable to: · Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority · Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied, and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback · Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision · Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner · Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty, and ethical behavior · Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner · Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility, and take calculated risks when appropriate · Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization · Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered · Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives · Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences GENERAL COMPETENCIES Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to: · Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments · Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses, and target areas for personal self-development · Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks · Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions · Achieve goals, and handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently · Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications · Demonstrate accountability for work, and take ownership in job performance · Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to: · Understand the principles and practice of City and planning · Demonstrate knowledge of local and Colorado State Laws and Ordinances relating to planning, zoning, and land use · Demonstrate ability to formulate plans, and prepare reports presenting solutions to planning problems in accordance with accepted planning principles and practices · Demonstrate ability to interpret and discuss the City's planning program to interested groups and the general public · Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and communicate effectively with various audiences · Demonstrate strong organizational and leadership skills · Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, developers, consultants, and the general public · Demonstrate ability to supervise, direct, evaluate, and train employees · Demonstrate ability to work with minimum supervision · Demonstrate ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands in a timely manner and according to established deadlines · Demonstrate ability to interpret, understand, and follow complex statutes, ordinances, regulations, standards, and guidelines · Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals · Demonstrate skill in developing and implementing goals, objectives, long-range strategies, and the creation and implementation of work plans · Demonstrate skill in developing, evaluating, and implementing policies and procedures · Demonstrate skill in preparing accurate, error-free reports and presentations Leadership/Supervisory – Every employee in this position is accountable to: · Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive, reinforcing, and supportive · Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do · Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals, even when the decision may be unpopular to some · Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other departments and employees · Help employees to see the value of developing their skills, and assist them in eliminating barriers to their development; encourage employees to step outside of their comfort zone to develop their skills · Provide meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals, and effectively address employee performance problems Effectively supervise, mentor, and motivate in a team environment

Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks 1. Coordinate and monitor the City’s interdepartmental development review process including assigning new projects, tracking project status, and assisting staff with development-related issues 2. Supervise and manage assigned staff, including: · Setting priorities · Reviewing and monitoring work · Establishing goals and objectives · Preparing and conducting annual work performance evaluations · Training and coaching staff in the accomplishment of their duties · Making staffing recommendations to the Planning Manager
Work effectively with other City employees, citizen groups, elected officials, government agencies, and business interests in developing projects, strategies, and policies, including the following: · Administer and monitor the City's Growth Management Program including service commitment status, projections, and annual allocations for City Council review · Evaluate budget, make recommendations, and participates in budget preparation and development; monitor expenditures against approved budget · Track development-review related activities and projects, prepare activity reports, and present findings to the Planning Commission · Review and evaluate residential design guidelines, prepare and present amendments for Planning Commission and City Council review, and initiate and prepare Municipal Code revisions as needed · Review Planning Division performance measures, track results, draft reports and memorandums, and make recommendations · Evaluate and approve business license applications and minor administrative amendments · Track residential development and prepare monthly residential development reports for City Council · Coordinate the review and analysis of annexation, rezoning requests, and development proposals · Coordinate development proposals with developers and consultants · Review development proposals with an emphasis on urban design issues, including architecture and landscape architecture improvements to developments within the City's planned unit development parameters 4. Prepare analysis, write reports, and make staff presentations to Planning Commission 5. Responsible for the analysis, review, and administration of special planning programs 6. Prepare long-range plans and policy analysis 7. Study and review public programs; review and update statistical, demographic, and related information and general plan background studies 8. Perform Plan Review for the most complex development proposals in the City 9. Assist the Planning Manager in analysis of development proposals 10. Demonstrate significant high level professional Planning analysis on multifaceted work items including long range planning and current planning review; including understanding of interdepartmental issues and conflict resolution 11. Prepare reviews and analysis of special planning programs, and prepare related maps and graphics · Compile and maintain data for analysis of development impacts · Analysis of land use relationships · Attend Planning Commission, City Council, and other meetings as directed 12. Assist in the planning, direction, and coordination of the activities of the division, including: · Assigning and directing the work of appropriate division staff · Assisting with development, implementation, and monitoring of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures · Reviewing and evaluating service delivery methods and identifying opportunities for improvement, making recommendations, and implementing procedural changes to enhance services Other Duties and Responsibilities 1. May act as Planning Manager in the Manager's absence 2. Review federal law, state and local statutes, ordinances, standards, procedures, and development trends, and make recommendations for changes, as necessary Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion.


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses and Certifications Required : · Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or Public Administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university with at least four (4) years of experience in a public planning agency; OR · Bachelor’s degree in planning or a design discipline, such as urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture combined with at least six (6) years of directly related experience · A writing sample you have done, preferably a staff report to Planning Commission or City Council regarding a land planning item, rezoning, comprehensive plan amendment/adoption, annexation, or significant land use matter. Please limit your answers to no more than three (3) typed pages, double-spaced 11 pt Times New Roman font. Your writing sample must be attached with your application or e-mailed to: Preferred : · Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) · Two (2) years of experience in a supervisory capacity · Master's degree in planning and supervisory experience in municipal government Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered Physical Requirements Work is sedentary in nature, and requires sufficient physical stamina and strength for: · Constant sitting to perform daily tasks; occasional walking through a multilevel facility to retrieve information; frequent standing, sometimes for extended periods · Frequent squatting, reaching above shoulder, and twisting to file documents and lift supplies and material; occasional bending, kneeling, climbing, balancing, and reaching below shoulder to store documents, material, and supplies · Constant light grasp, fine manipulation, and handling to perform daily duties; occasional firm grasp to safely use equipment · Frequent lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling of up to ten (10) pounds to move material and supplies; occasional lifting, pushing/pulling of up to twenty-five (25) pounds with dollies and carts WORKING CONDITIONS Work is constantly performed indoors and is primarily sedentary office work. Must demonstrate the ability to meet the physical demands of the job, including the ability to retrieve information from various locations in the office when needed. Exposure to periods of high activity and stress under demanding conditions. The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies. Required Materials and Equipment Computer terminals, printers, typewriter, telephone, fax machine, photocopy machine, digital camera, and other standard office equipment. PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS · Background checks will include employment references and criminal history, and when applicable, credit check, driver license record, and education verification · Drug screen · Must be legally entitled to work in the United States