Senior Planner

City of Killeen

Killeen, TX United States

General Purpose:

To perform complex planning and research work.  Work involves developing and updating local plans and ordinances to implement local, regional and/or state and federal policy and programs; developing procedures for implementing these plans or programs.

Supervision Exercised:

The employee has no supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs planning functions related to current and long-range comprehensive planning and
    municipal development, land use management, economic development, urban development,
    comprehensive growth, annexation and special projects as assigned.
  • Collects, organizes and analyzes social economic, population demographic information and
    physical data required in the development of strategies, plans or programs.
  • Prepares reports and writes position papers on plan or projects, land use cases, and subdivision
  • Participates in meetings with developers and assists in the evaluation of proposed projects.
  • Assists in the preparation of agenda materials for the Planning and Zoning Commission and
    City Council.
  • Attends Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings to make presentations
    or to participate in discussions as needed.
  • Consults and coordinates with other City departments, external agencies and civic groups in
    furthering interest and/or action regarding a plan, program or project.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
  • Develops and writes ordinances and amendments for consideration by the governing body.
  • Conducts research for and writes technical manuals, promotional literature, and other
    informational material regarding plans, programs and projects.
  • Assist the Director of Planning in the coordination of Geographic Information System maps
  • Responds to citizen inquiries concerning land use and development issues.
  • Serves as a member of various staff committees, as assigned.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and
    developments in the field on municipal planning.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid driver's license and complies with the City of Killeen driving policy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in land use planning,
    urban planning, public administration or related field and:
  2. Three (3) years experience in planning or a related field.  Master's degree in land use planning,
    urban planning, public administration or related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Thorough understanding of zoning and land use development laws;
  2. Working knowledge of comprehensive plans, personal computers and geographic information
    systems and relational data base management structure;
  3. Skill in use of geographic information systems viewing software.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, in the English language, with City Council,
    Planning and Zoning Commission, land developers and the general public.
  5. Ability to establish effective working relationships.
  6. Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance.

Special Requirements:

  1. Must have a valid Texas driver's license by date of hire. 
  2. Must be physically capable of moving about on construction work sites and under adverse
    field conditions.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Personal computer including word processing, spreadsheet, and database and computer aided-design, software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment; calculator; necessary safety equipment; motor vehicle; phone.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in an office setting. Significant outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk in rough, undeveloped terrain; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is often required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Selection Guidelines:

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$51,770.99 - $77,655.97