Associate City Planner - Urban Design - Community Planning and Development

City and County of Denver

Denver, CO, USA

Full time

$62.5-74k (annually)


Apr 5

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About Our Job

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed, at a city site and/or in the field at least two days a week, and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days. 

This posting will close at 11:59PM on April 26, 2022.

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking highly motivated and creative individuals to fill two full-time Associate City Planner – Urban Design positions on our Planning Services Division’s Regulatory Planning team. Two positions are available – one limited with an expected end date of 12/31/2026, and one unlimited position. Please specify your flexibility and preferences in the questionnaire.

At Community Planning and Development, we envision, enable, and ensure a better Denver. Denver's Community Planning and Development Department is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring that all buildings are safe. Community Planning and Development plays a role in growing our world-class city, while keeping its beloved features intact. From the skyscrapers of the Central Business District; to the walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods of Central Park; to the charming Victorian effects of the Baker district, the staff at Community Planning and Development works to make Denver a great place to live, work and play. The department's three primary functions are planning, permitting and inspections. Learn more about how we're "BUILDING COMMUNITY" at .

In this position you will participate on interdisciplinary teams for a variety of exciting and complex planning, regulatory and urban design projects that advance Denver’s vision of great, inclusive places. The Associate City Planners – Urban Design contribute design review, urban design, and graphic design support. Work is typically performed with the direction and mentorship of team leaders and project managers such as senior and principal city planners in a collaborative, team-based environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Utilizing computer graphic software to create illustrations and maps for plans, zoning code amendments, design standards and guidelines, presentations, work sessions, and other deliverables
  • Testing proposed zoning and design regulations through 3D modeling and analysis
  • Researching and analyzing data to support Denver Zoning Code text amendments, design standards and guidelines, and long-range plans
  • Drafting plan recommendations, zoning, and other regulatory language
  • Reviewing, examining, and interpreting applications for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards, which could include sign plans, urban design reviews, and rezonings
  • Supporting public meetings including planning, preparation, and participation

About You

Our ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Advanced experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp or other 3-D modeling or rendering software
  • Experience working with zoning codes or other regulatory tools, such as urban design standards and guidelines
  • Ability to thrive in a team-based culture, with experience supporting interdisciplinary teams
  • Commitment to integrating equity into planning and design
  • Experience providing responsive customer service on planning, design, or zoning topics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized
  • Proficiency in the Spanish language - Speaking, reading, and writing

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience: Three (3) years of entry-level professional planning experience which includes participating and assisting in developing planning projects, goals, and guidelines and conducting planning studies and research in a variety of social, economic, and physical areas
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements
  • License/Certifications: None

To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachments to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

  • Resume 
  • Cover letter
  • Three work samples that demonstrate your urban design and graphic skills. At least one of the samples must highlight your experience using 3D modeling software such as SketchUp
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