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Senior Planner

Boulder County Co
Boulder, Colorado, US
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

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Salary : $81,480.00 - $117,324.00 AnnuallyLocation : Boulder County, COJob Type: Full-timeJob Number: 5925(PL5)Department: Parks and Open SpaceDivision: Resource PlanningOpening Date: 05/22/2024Closing Date: 6/9/2024 11:59 PM MountainFLSA: ExemptDescriptionThe Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is seeking to hire a Senior Planner. The Senior Planner will join the department's planning team. As a Senior Planner, you will use your expertise to lead complex planning processes that guide the management of Boulder County's open space lands in our mission to conservation of natural, cultural, and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values. Our current work emphasizes equity and inclusion both in our processes and on the lands we manage. In this role, you will work regularly with multi-disciplinary teams including specialists in ecology, agriculture, recreation, cultural resources, water, education & outreach, resource protection, real estate, facilities, GIS, and administration. An emphasis of your position will be working collaboratively with municipalities and other agencies to advance shared objectives such as creating connectivity between open space and regional trails. The Senior Planner demonstrates strong technical knowledge, judgment, and professional experience. The Senior Planner is an advanced level classification in the professional planning series.This is a full-time, benefited position, that will work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm with occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends. This position will work out of 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont, Colorado with some remote work possible. Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines, this position is exempt .Boulder County requires its employees to reside in the state of Colorado as of the first day of work.Hiring Salary Range : $81,480.00 - $99,402.00 AnnuallyTentative Hiring Timeline:Phone Screening: June 17th First Round Interviews: June 24th Second Round Interviews: July 8th Reference Check: July 8thNew employees receive an 80-hour bank of vacation at the time of hire, in addition to 8 hours of both vacation and medical leave accruals each month. Boulder County offers bountiful benefits , including pension contributions.Boulder County employees may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Visit for more information.Examples of DutiesLead and administer planning processes that create documents and outcomes which describe and detail the department's land management activities. These planning projects include the coordination and summarization of staff subject matter experts, information and referrals by outside agencies, and input from members of the public Engage the public in order to obtain community feedback on department programs and projects Assist members of the public, often serving as their first point of contact, by answering inquiries and providing information on planning processes and documents. Plan and manage community and stakeholder meetings to gather input Manage interdisciplinary departmental teams as well as outside consultants in a variety of planning projects. Develop the vision, goals, objectives, schedule, and implementation actions for projects with interdisciplinary teams. Facilitate meetings. Coordinate the development and release of reports, documents, and work products associated with team projects Contribute toward the department's objective to advance Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice in our operations and practices Serve as the department representative in discussions with other county departments, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations Prepare and present staff recommendations and reports on planning processes and projects to a variety of Boulder County boards and commissions, including the Board of County Commissioners and the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee Write and review a wide-range of documents associated with processes and projects Establish methodologies for planning processes, studies, and projects. Develop programs to implement those processes and the actions outlined in final plans and documents Prepares graphics and maps for meetings and documents consistent with department standards using a variety of professional software programs as well as GIS. Performs related work, as required May be reassigned during emergency situationsRequired QualificationsPLEASE NOTE : When completing your application describe all relevant education and experience, as applications are assessed based on the required qualifications listed . Resumes and other attachments are not accepted in lieu of completed applications and will not be reviewed in the initial screening process . Any personally identifiable information (PII) such as name and address will be redacted from applications that meet the minimum screening requirements and are forwarded to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager selects you to advance in the hiring process, your attachments will then be shared with the hiring team.EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:Boulder County is looking for well qualified candidates to fill our positions. Any combination of relevant education and experience is encouraged. In this position, we are looking for a minimum of bachelor's degree in planning and 5 years of experience in urban, rural, regional, transportation, parks or community planning, or other related field.Additional related education may count towards required experience.DRIVER'S LICENSE:Applicants must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record For more information regarding a clean driving record, please click here.Supplemental InformationPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree in related field. 7 years of planning experience. 3 years in a project management role.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES: Knowledge of land management practices common to public land management agencies that manage open space resources such as wildlife habitat, cultural resources, agricultural resources, and trail systems and other visitor infrastructure. Knowledge of the field of planning and ability to apply it to planning for public lands. Skill serving as a project manager and technical lead for complex planning projects that involve the management of open space resources, compatible visitor uses, and other influences. Learning mindset and willingness to innovate. Experience integrating equity, diversity, inclusion and justice into planning processes and projects. Ability to work independently, problem-solve, and work on a variety of projects with overlapping schedules. Skill at engaging a variety of stakeholders and the public in projects and processes by effectively listening, summarizing comments and input, and making thoughtful responses. Ability to read, comprehend, prepare, edit, summarize, and present many different types of documents, maps, and charts-including technical reports and engineered plans. Excellent communication skillsboth verbal and written. Ability to work effectively with other employees, agencies, the public, and elected officials. Skill at engaging teams of staff and associated personnel in a variety of planning processes including the ability to resolve conflicts in groups and facilitate constructive outcomes. Experience managing consulting contracts and/or grant-funded projects including determining scopes of work and budgets, monitoring progress, approving payment, and ensuring development of quality work products. Skill at utilizing standard professional, office software programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), and ArcGIS a plus.Boulder County is a workplace dedicated to supporting individuals and families of all types and to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.As well as offering competitive pay and a caring work environment, Boulder County offers employees an array of benefits. For all FTE and Term employees, we provide:Outstanding options of comprehensive health plans that include vision and dental coverage. Information can be found Additional Benefits can be found Including: Family-forming benefits- infertility treatment, adoption and surrogacy reimbursements 12 weeks Paid Caregiver leave Breast feeding friendly-work environment Sick child care, an infants-at-work policy Access to LifeMart discount hub, including discounts on childcare centers, event tickets, travel and more! Access to a nationally-recognized wellness program Employee Assistance Program PERA 401k Social Security retirement plans Additional Life and Disability Insurance Critical Illness and Accidental Insurance County-paid tuition assistance Eligible for PSLF- Free EcoPass Hospital Indemnity ID Theft Protection Pet Insurance 8 Hours of Paid Public Service LeaveGenerous paid time off Holidays New Year's Day January 1 Martin Luther King's Birthday January Presidents' Day February Memorial Day May Juneteenth June 19 Independence Day July 4 Labor Day September Indigenous People's Day General Election Day November (first Tuesday after the first Monday, even years) Veterans' Day November 11 Thanksgiving Day November Friday after Thanksgiving* Christmas Eve- day (full day off depends on day of the week) Christmas Day December 25 New Year's Eve- day (full day off depends on day of the week)Vacation** 80-hour bank of vacation at the time of hire Eight hours of vacation per month for the first year of continuous service, then accrue twelve hours of vacation per month after the first year of continuous service.Medical** Eight hours of medical leave for each month employed.PERA- The County and all employees pay into both Social Security and PERA Employer contribution to Social Security: 7.65% of salary Employer contribution to PERA (Local Government Division- most county employees: 14.76%*The District Attorney's Office observe Francis Xavier Cabrini Day on the first Monday in October and omit the Friday after Thanksgiving**Vacation and Medical leave are based off of full time FTE accruals. Part-time FTE/term employees accrue leave based on the percentage of time they work.More in depth information regarding our benefits can be found01Please describe how your education and work experience meets the desired qualifications for this role of 7 years of planning experience with at least 3 years in a project management role.02Please describe your experience leading interdisciplinary teams. What have been some challenges? What are some team accomplishments you are proud of?03Please describe your experience working with project partners from different organizations to advance shared objectives. What have you accomplished together? What strategies were used to work through challenges?04In what way do you see that racial equity is relevant work for Boulder County as an organization?05Provide brief detail, if any, about your experience and expertise working with issues around cultural responsiveness, diversity, inclusion, and equity.Required Question#J-18808-Ljbffr
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