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🔗Principal Planner

  • Full Time
  • Aspen, CO, USA
  • $89,488 - $123,039 USD / Year
  • April 14, 2023
  • Department: Planning and Development
  • Job Qualifications:

    Minimum Requirements:

    Education: Master’s degree in Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration, Architecture, or related field.

    Experience: Four years progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, county, or regional planning which includes at least two years as a supervisor or in a senior level position.

    Technical Knowledge: ust be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook (Email), and have a basic understanding of computers and online computer-based technology applications, which includes accessing web-based platforms.

    Licenses & Certifications: Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license or be able to obtain one within 30 days of start date. Must possess an American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) Certification.

    NOTE: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

    Preferred Candidate: Previous planning experience that has a long-range focus. The preferred candidate will have worked in policy analysis and development toward sustainable long-range development policy and regulations

    NOTE: This position requires a Criminal Background Check upon hire.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

    Position Type and Work Hours:

    Regular full time, hours may vary with workload.
    Evenings/Weekends may be required instead of or in addition to normal hours depending on department needs and special projects.
    Work Environment:

    Indoors: Office environment
    Outdoors/Off-site: Performs site visits to construction sites, attends meetings, and conferences.

  • How to Apply:

    Please apply at, or follow the application URL to the posting.

  • Job benefits: Health, Dental, Retirement, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off
  • Contact Name: Ross Hastings
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:

Website City of Aspen

Essential Job Functions: 

Current Planning Caseload

Reviews and analyzes land use applications, written application materials, and other application documents for consistency with applicable provisions of the City’s Land Use Code and Comprehensive Plans. Determines sufficiency of applications for completeness and content. Formulates recommendations and prepares staff reports for assigned land use cases. Researches historical records and matters pertinent to land use applications. Coordinates referral agencies through Development Review Committee (DRC) to facilitate timely, complete and accurate comments.
Confers with Building, Zoning, Environmental Health, and Engineering staff to ensure compliance with code, conditions of approval, and representations of the applicant. Presents staff reports to appointed boards, citizen groups, and elected officials through written communication and oral presentations at public meetings.  Conducts site visits with applicants, appointed, and elected officials.
Current Planning Customer Service

Serves as a second line current planner of the day working to assist the public in person or by phone. Advises public on application process, handles pre-application conferences, reviews applications for completeness and substantive content. Confers with applicants and the public to explain, interpret, and discuss regulations, plans, and polices as they relate to proposed development.
Long-Range & Development Policy Planning

Works with the Community Development Director, Planning Director, Historic Preservation Officer, Community Development Staff, City Manager Office, and elected and appointed officials as needed by doing research, report writing, meeting facilitation, media relations, presentations, budgeting, and other tasks as necessary for the management and facilitation of long-range planning and development policy within the City of Aspen.
Researches, analyzes, and recommends City policies and code changes as assigned through the work program.
Provides support in establishing work program goals, objectives, and budget for special planning projects, long-range planning activities, and development policy.
Works in coordination with the Climate Action Manager, Chief Building Official, Environmental Health Director and policy officials from other City agencies and regional partners in the development of policies and regulations impacting City Community Development.
Exercises management of staff on special projects as assigned.
Principal Planner

In addition to the above duties, manages the Long-Range Program for the department including review, delegation, and coordination of all long-range planning activities.  Is considered the City’s authority on all long-range planning efforts.  Supervision of assigned staff involved in the land use application review process and building permit review.  Advise, assist, and exercise supervision over assigned department staff in a professional and timely manner.  Manage assigned staff including but not limited to hiring, orientation, establishing performance goals, evaluation of performance, delegation of tasks and authority, problem solving, coaching, mentoring, counseling, and corrective action as needed.
City Organizational Values

Supports and models the City of Aspen organizational values: Service, Partnership, Stewardship, and Innovation. Organizational values are shared principles that guide behavior across the organization.  This position is responsible for upholding and applying these values while performing daily work functions.

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