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Senior Planner
Title:Senior Planner
Salary Range:$53,476.80 - $73,008 DOQ
Full Time/Part Time:Full Time
City of DeLand

120 South Florida Avenue

DeLand, FL 32720

Phone: (386) 626-7000    



Department: 118/Planning                                      Exempt: Yes

Reports To: Planning Director,                               Pay Grade/Wage: 124

Position Type: Full-Time,                                        Hours: 40 hrs/week

Job Summary: This is an advanced level professional position involving a wide range of assignments conducted under the general supervision of the Planning Director. The position is responsible for professional and technical work that involves a variety of work assignments in long range planning, comprehensive planning and current planning.

Job Description:

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs advanced professional work related to a variety of planning assignments.

  • Manages complex planning studies, development applications and reviews consultant proposals.

  • Reviews and processes complex comprehensive planning amendments, rezonings, annexations, site plans and plats.

  • Assists in the update and amendments of the City Comprehensive Plan.

  • Responsible for data collection, research analysis and preparation of planning studies.

  • Reviews plans of other development requests and prepares staff reports.

  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans.

  • Identifies community problems, issues and opportunities that could be mitigated through improved policies, procedures and community planning.

  • Develops strategies to promote economic and community development and efficient land use consistent with community goals.

  • May serve as a voting member of the City Technical Review Committee.
  • Provides information to the public regarding development regulations.
  • Assists in resolving citizen and customer issues.
  • As required and directed, supervises staff to ensure completion of specific projects.
  • Performs special projects as assigned.
  • Makes oral presentations with facts and recommendations to various appointed or elected boards and committees.



  • Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices and techniques of planning.

  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which include Microsoft Office, GIS and electronic permitting and plan review.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning problems.
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Skilled in public and interpersonal relations in a group setting or in a one-to-one situation.



Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in Urban Planning or related area is required.

  • Four (4) years of recent progressively responsible professional experience in municipal/county planning or similar agency.

  • Master’s degree and AICP certification preferred.

  • A comparable amount of education, training, or experience may be substituted for the minimum requirements.


  • Possession of a valid Florida driver's license with an acceptable driving record required.



  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others, including County, State, and Federal agencies, civic groups and the public.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good personal relationship with other employees and the public.


WORK ENVIRONMENT/ADA: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long of periods of time performing repetitive functions. Some of these functions include: filing, typing, plan review, sitting at desk and viewing display screen for extended periods of time. Weekly work schedule may include night meetings and site inspections of development projects.

Lifting: Lift up to 45 Pounds

Vision: 20/20 or Corrected to 20/100

Environment: Office Work

Hearing:, Normal Noise Levels for Work Environment



*Class Descriptions are not intended to be restrictive. The use of (or absence of) a particular illustration of duties shall not be held to exclude or limit the authority of a Department Head to assign other duties which are similar and related to work.



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