City of Fort Worth, TX Fort Worth, TX, USA
Jul 22, 2017Full Time
Requisition Number: 25376 Department: Planning and Development Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular SENIOR PLANNER - COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING SECTION The City of Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades, including number one Downtown (Livability), top five commercial real estate markets (Urban Land Institute), and the second-best City in the nation for Job Seekers (Forbes). Our employees serve the needs of over 800,000 City residents. We are seeking individuals that reflect our values of exceptional customer service, mutual respect, embracing the diversity of our communities, continuous improvement, ethical behavior, and accountability. The Planning and Development Department works with citizens, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to build a strong community, while we work to become the most livable and best managed city in the country. The Comprehensive Planning Section prepares long-range plans for the city's growth and development, while also serving as a key focal point for plan implementation. The Section prepares and updates the City's Comprehensive Plan; conducts long-range planning for specific areas; implements the City's Urban Village Program and associated mixed-use and urban residential zoning; and supports watershed, TOD, and other target area planning and implementation, including form-based code development, streetscape improvement projects, and urban design. JOB DESCRIPTION: This Senior Planner position is responsible for performing long-range planning assignments related to comprehensive and specific area planning, including gathering, analyzing and reporting on pertinent social, economic and physical data relevant to planning activities; providing staff assistance to management on department and planning policy issues; representing the department at meetings with other departments, outside agencies, organizations, and community groups; creating and giving presentations; and preparing and evaluating plans and written reports with recommendations. This position is required to travel to various planning sites within the city. Examples of projects that may be assigned to this position include analyzing and integrating land use, environmental, and transportation planning information for a variety of plans and projects; preparing and updating the City's Comprehensive Plan and special purpose or specific area plans; working with stakeholders and community groups to develop neighborhood plans; planning for Urban Villages and transit-oriented development areas around passenger rail stations; and managing design consultant contracts and public participation processes associated with targeted capital projects such as multimodal streetscape improvements. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban or Regional Planning, Urban Design, Urban Geography, GIS, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or a related field, PLUS five (5) years of experience in planning with an emphasis on long-range planning is required. A Masters Degree PLUS three (3) years of applicable experience in planning may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. Proficiency in standard MS Office software is expected, as is working familiarity with GIS and/or document design software. The ideal candidate will have experience managing complex long-range planning projects, and have the ability to successfully convey planning concepts and recommendations to a wide audience through excellent plan writing and presentation skills. The candidate will also be adept at analyzing and interpreting statistical and graphic planning information and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and staff. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the stated minimum experience and education, the ideal candidate will have significant experience in long-range planning, including compelling work on municipal comprehensive plans and area plans. Demonstrated knowledge of land use, environmental, and transportation planning, together with demographic and economic research methods and tools, ArcGIS, and urban design concepts is strongly preferred. The preferred candidate will have excellent plan writing skills; graphic plan layout and design skills; and project management skills. Membership in APA/AICP, CNU, or an equivalent professional organization is a plus. Experience in streetscape improvement projects and/or state DOT grants would also be helpful. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver's license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement. You will be paid by direct deposit only. The City of Fort Worth affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy is practiced in all personnel action and conditions of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, employment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, termination, layoff, discipline, compensation and benefits.