Chief Planner


El Paso, TX United States


MOS Code: 9105 (Navy)

Education and Experience: A Bachelor's degree in Urban or Regional Planning or Design, Architecture, Business or Public Administration, Transportation, Historic Preservation or related field and four (4) years professional experience in Urban or Regional Planning, including two (2) years of supervisory or lead experience.   

Licenses and Certificates: Some positions may require a Texas Class "C" Driver's License or equivalent from another state. 

General Purpose:

Under general direction, develop, implement, supervise and be accountable for advanced professional planning work, historic designation research and administrative functions. 

Typical Duties:

Plan, review, direct and supervise planning projects as assigned in areas including zoning, subdivisions, long range, or historic preservation. Involves:   Direct and conduct highly technical research and analysis, evaluate findings, identify significant issues, determine options, and develop recommendations on difficult and complex projects. Supervise the generation of maps, reports, presentations, and graphic representations in support of development items. Direct site plan review and site analysis for project site selection and provide design feedback. Conduct demographic, land use, and zoning/subdivision analysis and present research data to the community and officials. Identify and research properties that may qualify for historic designation and implement recommendations as appropriate.  
Plan, review and direct the upkeep of the Comprehensive Plan. Involves: Review preliminary and final plats, design and construction plans. Supervise and conduct site inspections for approval on major development projects.   Review the processing of applications to ensure compliance with state and local regulations and adherence with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Research and prepare of updates to maps and text of Comprehensive Plan.  Plan and manage the distribution of surveys and associated research for property ownership and zoning.  Prepare recommendation on rezoning applications, zoning ordinance revisions, and other items that impact the Comprehensive Plan.
Plan, implement and supervise historic, architectural and archaeological preservation projects and activities. Involves: Develop, implement, and evaluate City programs, policies, and procedures related to historic preservation. Review, assess, and provide recommendations of requests for Certificate of Appropriateness. Provide professional judgment in interpreting proposed alterations to historic buildings and apply guidelines that pertain to historic buildings and other historic properties with specific reference to practical application of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Provide notice, research background material, prepare reports and proposals, receive and process appeals. Prepare grant applications for federal, state, and foundation funding for historic preservation. Source local financial assistance. Oversee surveys and create inventories of sites and structures and make recommendations for designation of Historic Districts. Monitor threats to historic landmarks and make recommendations. Assure contractors meet eligibility requirements for receiving historic preservation contracts. Promote awareness of planning and historic preservation concepts and goals.
Interpret policies, rules, laws and guidelines for area of assignment. Includes: Interpretation of zoning and subdivision requirements, comprehensive planning documents, land development applications, land use documents, and other planning documents. Prepare complex and comprehensive documents for comprehensive plans, data analysis, grant applications, special reports, and recommendations. Meet with design professionals to discuss designs, design changes, and provide resolutions.
Represent the department and provide technical support, information, and guidance on planning and historic preservation items. Involves: Review, research and recommend innovations for existing or proposed plans, policies and processes to improve program effectiveness and service efficiency, and implement approved changes. Represent the department at City Council, attend board and committee meetings, citizen group meetings, and other gatherings. Serve as liaison to private sector, local, state, and national organizations.
Supervise assigned personnel. Involves: Schedule, assign, instruct, guide, and check work. Appraise employee performance. Provide for training and development. Enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards firmly and impartially. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, termination, transfers, discipline, merit pay, or other employee status changes.

General Information:

For complete job specification, click here.

Salary Range: $62,711.85 - $87,639.82 per year.
The starting salary is generally at the beginning of the salary range.

Note: This is an unclassified contract position. 

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close when a preset number of qualified applications have been received.

Note: Applicants with a foreign degree must have all relevant documents translated and evaluated by a College, University, or Credentials Evaluation Services Department prior to submitting them to the Human Resources Department.

A résumé and/or other documents will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Comments such as “See résumé” are not acceptable and will result in the application being considered incomplete.

To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application’s employment history.  We do not use any information on your resume to review if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  

Failure to fully detail all experience and job duties in the application, or copying/pasting directly from the job specification, or responses referring to your résumé will eliminate you from consideration for the position.  


Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Salary Range

Contact Information

Alma Aguilar
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX
United States
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