Job Posting

Senior Planner

Company / Agency

Jefferson County, Colorado

Contact person

Oscar De Moya

Position Closes

Sun, September 9th 2018

Experience Level

Mid 2 (4-8 Years)



Salary Range

$65,000.00 - $75,000.00 Annually

Job Description


To be considered for this position please apply at:

Jefferson County invites YOU to join our team and earn more than a paycheck! 

See what success looks like in an environment that promotes professional development/career growth, a diverse workforce, and a supporting culture focusing on team work, leadership, respect, and integrity.

The Senior Planner will perform project management, technical, administrative and professional work in the Planning and Zoning Division. Review development and zoning cases. Make presentations at public hearings related to proposed development applications. Provide land use and zoning information to the general public. Supervise and mentor other planning staff. Manage projects, providing demographic and statistical data. Represent the County at external meetings. Manage the development and revision of community plans, regulations and customer service guides. Provide customer service to public and private sector officials, applicants, consulting professionals, and County residents. Reports to the Planning Supervisor.

About Jefferson County:
A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD's new Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you're ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us.



The Senior Planner will be able to:
  • Manage complex planning projects including complex regulation revisions and updates to various land use plans. Establish priorities. Define necessary resources. Design work processes. Serve as liaison to affected residents, businesses and/or government agencies. Set priorities and identify quality sources of research.
  • Perform Building Permit coordination, including verification and tracking of building permits for accuracy and consistency.  Perform overview and process tracking associated with building permits to include updating necessary sign-offs.
  • Evaluate land use and development proposals. Understand the characteristics of the development proposal and decide what regulations/policies are appropriate to apply to a case/property.
  • Receive and respond to inquiries from the public, other agencies, and County personnel by providing information concerning land use proposals, historical preservation, demographics, zoning and subdivisions based on considerable knowledge and interpretation of County plans and State regulations.
  • Provide technical planning and zoning expertise and assistance to County residents, businesses, Divisions and other jurisdictions.
  • Establish relationships. Confer with various parties in public and private meetings on various land use, demographic and development matters pertaining to proposals. Attend, coordinate and/or conduct public meetings pertaining to planning cases or issues. Negotiate and mediate between differing objectives and opinions of affected parties. Decide when to consult experts in areas such as land use, historic preservation and demographics.
  • Prepare staff reports and present staff recommendations to appropriate boards and commissions based on compiled/analyzed background research. Decide what information to present to referral agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Utilize various mapping, word processing, spreadsheet and/or other computer programs to enter, store and/or retrieve information. Develop case files. Efficiently organize case materials.
  • Serve as County representative to various Divisional and local committees, panels and commissions.
  • Assist, supervise, mentor and train newly hired planners.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have at least 3 years of overall experience.
  • Must be able to function as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed, included making daily work assignments and reviewing the work assignments of others upon completion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification or equivalent preferred at hire.
  • Prefer experience as a lead worker or in a leadership role.


Must have a valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI.

Offer of employment contingent on criminal history, MVR check and education verification.



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