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Principal Planner (Comprehensive Planning)

City of Lakewood, CO
Lakewood Park, Illinois, US
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Job Summary Hiring Range: $75,836.80 to $98,592.00 This position will remain open until filled, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Here is your chance to be part of shaping the future of Lakewood, Colorado while enjoying a flexible/hybrid work schedule. The City of Lakewood is looking for a Principal Planner in the Comprehensive Planning and Research Division of the Planning Department. In this role, you will have the opportunity and responsibilities to implement and support updates to the Lakewood Comprehensive Plan and other long-range plans, and work on meaningful and impactful projects. Experience and/or interest in historic preservation is a plus. Our ideal candidate is a seasoned and savvy project manager who iscollaborative,curious, takes initiative, and is able to resolve complex issues and ensure effective communication and facilitation with all levels of stakeholders. If you are an experienced professional able to provide leadership, contribute to a positive and productive workplace, possess a collaborative leadership style, and are curious and eager to learn and grow, you are encouraged to apply. Exciting projects and program opportunities that you will be involved in include: * Working with a fantastic Historic Preservation Commission and shaping the future of Lakewood's Historic Preservation Program, * Developing and implementing community plans, including updates to Lakewood's Historic Preservation Plan and Comprehensive Plan, * Supporting revitalization efforts along the West Colfax Avenue Corridor and other areas of the city,including supporting a $12.5M safety grant to repurpose travel lanes and improve safety along the corridor, while creating an amenity for Lakewood, * Supportingothermulti-modal transportationand planningprojects and, * Developing and implementing design guidelines. You will be part of city inter-departmental teams that work to make positive contributions in the community. City of Lakewood's Statement of Excellence The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance. City of Lakewood Employee Benefits You'll love working for the city that loves you back. All full-time employees enjoy competitive salary and exceptional benefits including: * Pension - the city contributes to both a 401(a) and 457 plan on employee's behalf * Medical Insurance - 2 health plans with city-paid Health Reimbursement Accounts * Employee Assistance Program * Dental Insurance * Vision Insurance * Life Insurance * Disability Plans * Time-off benefits (vacation and sick time) * Wellness programs and incentives * Educational Assistance * Free access to city recreation centers * Employee Commuter Programs and Incentives We emphasize a work-life balance through flexible work schedules, professional training and development, minimal bureaucracy and the satisfaction of helping make Lakewood a great place to work and live. All this results in an overall work experience that inspires quality employees to turn jobs into careers. What's not to love? JOB SUMMARY Responsible for managing complex planning projects. Serves as lead resource for Associate Planners in the Division and collaborate with other Principal Planners and Division Manager. Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities Assumes responsibility with the Division Manager for accomplishing major components of the Comprehensive Planning and Research work program. Responsible for a complex set of projects, for assuring work tasks and products are produced in a high quality, effective manner within required time frames. Effective in adjusting work priorities, as appropriate. Coordinates with other Principal Planners and the Division Manager on the development and implementation of methods to improve how work is accomplished including establishing and revising policies and ordinances, procedures, forms an systems and computerizing work flow records. Obtains cooperation from other divisions and departments when the success of projects or programs depends upon their participation. Assists the Manager in establishing credibility for the work of the Division with Lakewood citizenry, neighborhood and business organizations, City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, City Manager's Office, and other departments and divisions. Work includes extensive interaction with the public, preparation of staff reports, and oral presentations to Planning Commission, City Council, and the public. Manages community planning processes. Manages the Lakewood Historic Preservation Commission and preservation program, including responding to Section 106 inquiries related to potential impacts on historic resources and ensuring Lakewood complies with all Certified Local Government requirements. Coordinates board, committee and working group functions. Conducts field investigations, neighborhood and community meetings associated with planning issues and projects. Prepares staff reports and oral presentations to Planning Commission, City Council, Historic Preservation Commission, community and business groups. Ability to navigate complexities and multi-disciplinary approaches/ intersectionality thinking (e.g., land use planning, racial equity, urban design, climate change and health equity) in planning work. Identify changes to relevant laws, regulations and policies. and implement new systems or enhancements to address those changes. Participates in regional planning and community development efforts with other counties, municipalities, and the State of Colorado. Researches, compiles, and organizes demographic and statistical information. Receives inquiries, from citizens and the development community, related to community issues and regulations. Handles inquiries in person and by telephone by providing information, explaining procedures, and listening to complaints. Writes planning reports and contributes to implementation of programs. Performs other related duties as required to meet the needs of the City. ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS Supervision Received: Receives general supervision from theComprehensive Planning and Research Division Manager. Supervision Given: None. Essential Qualifications Education and experience: Bachelor's degree in urban planning or related field, and a minimum of five years experience as a professional planner. Experience working for either a municipality or county as a planner. Licensure and Certification/Registration: AICP Certification Preferred Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in planning, KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs Ability to create a culture that emphasizes high quality, effective results and a creative approach to developing and implementing programs and communicating with citizens and members of the business community. Command of planning theory and the practice of planning in a local government setting. Ability to discern and understand political influences on the division's work program, and make appropriate adjustments in formulating and presenting programs. Able to effectively supervise staff, envision and achieves an overall program direction. Shows an ability to establish training and development for staff and achieve development in staff capabilities. Able to establish communication channels with other managers and supervisors and demonstrates regular communication with their responsible staff. Able to handle legal, fiscal, accounting and budgeting responsibilities necessary for the administration of grant or capital programs. Able to conduct and facilitate public meetings with small to large groups effectively. Experience in comprehensive and neighborhood planning, as applicable. Able to analyze problems, propose alternatives and recommend solutions. Capable of researching complex issues and preparing clear, concise policy reports. Effective in dealing with appointed and elected officials, and community groups. Excellent research, written and verbal communication skills. Particular skill in presentations to citizen groups and facilitating discussions at public meetings. Ability to conduct field investigations. Ability to transport oneself to off-site locations. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Lifting and Carrying: May lift and move boxes of paperwork weighing up to 20 pounds, using assistance as needed. Pushing and Pulling: Must be able to move and set up chairs for meetings. Body Positions: Must be able to move about over steep terrain and around City Hall. Must be able to transport self to off-site locations. Hearing: Must be able to respond to requests made by staff, commissions, applicants, citizens and council. Vision: Uses vision to evaluate drawings and designs as well as observe conditions on a project site and on surrounding properties. MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Mathematics: Uses calculator to add, subtract, multiply, divide, determine percentages, etc. Remembering: Must be able to remember directions given. Language Ability: Uses written and oral communication in preparing staff reports and making presentations before the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission and City Council. Must be able to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people in a variety of ways. Reasoning: Uses reasoning to interpret codes and ordinances and apply to site-specific designs. Uses good judgment and sound reasoning in analyzing problems, proposing alternatives and recommending solutions. Must be able to manage emotional or volatile situations with tact and sensitivity while conveying the City's interest and concern on projects. Must be able to discern and understand political influences, and make appropriate adjustments in implementing assigned programs. Continually remains objective in all day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. WORK ENVIRONMENT Night and weekend meetings and special events occur on a regular and continuing basis, frequently in locations within the community. Driving, some walking in field conditions. EQUIPMENT USED Telephone Variety of computer software programs, copier Calculator Vehicle Print machine Microfilm reader

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