Job Posting

Associate Planner - Fixed Term

Company / Agency

City of Boulder

Position Closes

Sun, November 26th 2017

Experience Level

Entry (0-1 Years)



Salary Range

$22.04 - $33.52/hour DOQ

Job Description

*This is a fixed term position for 2 years.*

**Please note, a resume and a cover letter are required in addition to the online application in order to be considered.**

Under direct supervision, to coordinate and review development applications as part of an interdepartmental review team; to respond to general inquiries from the public, to provide assistance to other staff; and to perform related duties as required.



1. Provides exceptional customer service through careful listening and understanding of customer issues, and uses personal initiative to resolve issues in a manner consistent with adopted policies, regulations and procedures.
2. Core responsibilities include  review and evaluation of development applications including,  wireless including, wireless telecommunications applications, sign permits, sales tax licenses, administrative development review applications, residential growth management allocation requests , easement dedications and vacations, and revocable permits and leases. In addition to the core responsibilities identified above, the ideal candidate would also review and evaluate building permits for compliance with zoning regulations, use and site review applications, subdivisions, and annexations. In addition, the ideal candidate would cross train as a front counter Project Specialist and assist with the city's comprehensive Planned Unit Development inventory and mapping project.  
3. Functions as case manager in an interdepartmental review team to:
• Ensure compliance with zoning and land use regulations, other city regulations, the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and City Council goals.
• Coordinate review by multiple city departments to ensure all deadlines are met.
• Assist applicants to modify proposals in compliance with city standards.
• Communicate with the interested community to provide information about applications, processes and requirements, and to receive comments about proposed projects and potential impacts.
4. Analyzes and prepares information regarding development review projects:
• Researches background information.
• Performs site visits and inspections.
• Analyzes site and landscape plans, architectural plans, floor plans, grading plans.
• Writes memos and reports to other staff, applicants, review boards, and city council.
• Presents information and recommendations in public hearings.
5. Uses automated case tracking software, geographic information system applications, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
6. Continuously learns new technical planning skills and gains expertise in city codes,policies, and processes.
7. Other:
• Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the City.
Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to City property.
• Responsible for knowing and complying with all City and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
• Attends occasional night meetings and makes presentations to elected and appointed officials, when necessary. 
Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.
The city of Boulder is committed to hiring employees who provide excellent customer service.  Our employees communicate courteously and responsively with the public, volunteers, and co-workers, are sensitive to diversity issues, provide effective and efficient service to the public and co-workers and act with a high level of integrity, and take responsibility for their words and actions.


Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, or related field, plus a minimum of one year of development review experience, or any equivalent combination of education and/or job or internship experience.  Excellent customer service skills.  Excellent writing, speaking and public presentation skills.  Demonstrated analytical, organizational and time management skills.  Valid Colorado driver's license and acceptable motor vehicle record.
Knowledge and understanding of the Boulder community, including its geography, values, planning policies, planning history and ordinances. General knowledge of local government functions, municipal planning processes and familiarity with zoning, sign code regulations, and the concept of public and private easements and revocable lease permits will be helpful, but not required. In addition, general knowledge of urban design and architectural design principles are also helpful.
The successful candidate will possess the following competencies:
  • Customer Focus – Is dedicated to the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Time Management – Uses time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates efforts on the more important priorities; can independently prioritize tasks; can attend to a broad range of activities; makes decisions in a timely fashion. Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
  • Learning on the Fly / Technical Learning – Picks up technical concepts quickly, comfortable learning new information and processes quickly. Is comfortable asking questions.
  • Perseverance – Pursues everything with energy, drive, doesn't give up in the face of resistance.
  • Organizing – Comfortable learning the processes necessary to complete tasks; knows how to organize tasks and people to get things done.
  • Patience – Is tolerant and sensitive with people and processes.
  • Teamwork / Working Independently – Is comfortable working in teams as well as independently with little supervision.   


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