Senior Planner

City of Celina

Celina, TX United States

It is an exciting time to work for the City of Celina. We are growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative people to join our team of talented and valued employees. High performing organizations have a set of principles or core values that are used to implement their goals and objectives. Those values represent what we are deeply passionate about and guide the decisions of the individual employees and the organization. At the City of Celina, we demonstrate our high performance by modeling the values of Excellence, Community, Integrity, and Service, and it is expected of all we employ.

Summary: Under the general supervision of the Planning Manager, the Senior Planner performs technical review of new development plans, prepares agendas and associated reports, delivers oral presentations to elected and appointed officials, provides outstanding service to customers, and performs research and analysis, among other special duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts technical plan review of new planning and zoning related applications for development.
  • Processes planning related applications, prepares notices, writes reports, and other regular agenda management activities.
  • Assists both internal and external customers with related planning and development questions, including providing guidance on processes.
  • Administers all applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Writes a variety of ordinances, regulations, and other literature.
  • Provides general staff support to Boards & Commissions.
  • Regular and punctual attendance to work.
  • Ability to compile and analyze complex data.
  • Advanced ability to administer codes and ordinances of the Department.
  • Administers long-range planning policies.
  • Occasional field excursions and inspections related to projects.
  • Attends evening and after-hour meetings; attendance at training and conferences.
  • Other special duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, or closely related field is required.
  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • American Institute of Certified Planner certification is preferred.
  • A minimum of two to five (2-5) years of professional planning and development experience.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, criminal background check, and MVR check.
  • Valid, Class "C" Texas Driver License is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding customer service skills, including a passion for excellence.
  • Aptitude in political astuteness, yet not political involvement.
  • Exceptional communication and learning skills.
  • Cooperates with other Development related departments.
  • Ability to be resilient and adapt in a fast-paced and positive work environment.
  • Performs with a high level of maturity and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform technical review of new development plans.
  • Familiarity with and operative use of all general office software, hardware, and equipment.
  • Ability to deal effectively, professionally, and ethically with the public and government officials.
  • Ability to read, review, and analyze legal descriptions, site plans, and other related planning documents.
  • Knowledge of zoning laws, development, and the Texas Local Government Code.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • 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.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk and drive; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • 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.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Infrequent travel for training.

Equipment and Tools Utilized

  • Equipment utilized includes personal computer, GIS platforms, other devices, copier, calculator, scales, and the department vehicle.

Core Values & Servant Leadership

  • Candidates should embody the City’s core values of Excellence, Community, Integrity & Service. The City’s cultural model is based upon servant leadership. In Celina, Life Connected is not just the City’s tag line, but a way of life, how we relate with each other, and how it permeates our work environment as well.
Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Kari White
112 N. Colorado
Celina, TX
United States
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