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Associate City Planner (Urban Design) – Community Planning and Development – City and County of Denver

May 5, 2023 by tracy.stauffer

Website City and County of Denver


Note: This posting will accept applications until 5/21/2023. Please apply as soon as possible.


Are you a passionate and creative urban planning or design professional seeking to build community and shape the future of one of the country’s fastest-growing cities? Do you have experience with urban design and long range planning? The City of Denver is seeking an Associate City Planner (Urban Design) to join a tight-knit team of professionals who create visionary neighborhood plans that move our city forward. This position provides an opportunity to manage and participate in meaningful efforts to promote equitable development in Denver within a fun and supportive workplace.  We offer excellent work/life balance, unmatched benefits, and a pension plan for life! If this sounds like a fit, apply today by clicking here!


Working for the City and County of Denver (CCD) is so much more than a job. It’s a chance to make a difference in your own life and in the lives of people around you. Click here to find out about all the amazing benefits and reasons to work for the city that you love!


The Associate City Planner – Urban Design contributes design review, urban design, and graphic design support. 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. Work is typically performed under the direction and mentorship of team leaders and project managers such as senior and principal city planners in a collaborative, team-based environment. In this position, you can expect to spend approximately half of their time working on area plans as part of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI), one of the most comprehensive and ambitious neighborhood planning programs in the country.  The position’s remaining time will be devoted to other assignments and project teams within CPD-Planning Services, as skills allow.



Key responsibilities include:

·       Research and analysis to support long range planning efforts, design standards and guidelines, or Denver Zoning Code text amendments

·       Utilizing computer graphic software to create illustrations and maps for plans, zoning code amendments, design standards and guidelines, presentations, work sessions, and other deliverables

·       Preparing draft text, maps, graphics, and presentations

·       Preparation and support for internal and external stakeholder work sessions, including participation in public meetings

·       Testing proposed zoning and design regulations through 3D modeling and analysis

·       Reviewing, examining, and interpreting applications for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards, which could include sign plans, urban design reviews, and rezonings


About You
Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills. Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements below and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply.


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

·       Advanced experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign and Illustrator) 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


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

·       Education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Engineering, or a related field

·       Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of professional planning experience

·       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


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


Unsure if you meet the minimum qualifications? See more information below to help you understand if you qualify.


When determining if a candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a job, we take into account both their education and experience. We offer flexibility with education and experience equivalency to ensure a fair evaluation of all candidates.


Here’s how we count education and experience:

Education to Years of Experience conversion:

·       Associate’s degree = 2 years

·       Bachelor’s degree = 4 years

·       Master’s degree = 2 years (in addition to a Bachelor’s degree)

·       Juris degree = 2 years (in addition to a Master’s degree)


Years of Experience to Education substitution:

·       If a degree is required but not possessed by the candidate, additional relevant experience can be used in place of the degree (e.g., 4 additional years of experience for a required Bachelor’s degree)

·       If a degree is not required, but you possess one, it can be counted as additional experience

·       If a Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s or Juris degree can be used toward experience

·       Please note that the type of experience that qualifies for equivalency will need to match the type of experience listed in the minimum qualifications

·       Please note: depending on the position, the degree may be required to be in a relevant field to the position you are applying for in order to substitute as experience


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