Principal Planner

NOTE: Applications/resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications/resumes received by December 27, 2019.

NOTE: The normal starting salary for this position is $72,912.96/annually. A higher salary may be considered, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant and/or the City’s step placement policy.



This position will be responsible for managing the Current Planning and Urban Design Division with a staff of approximately nine employees. This division supports the City’s six special Design Review Committees and Commissions, including Historic Preservation, Downtown and Scenic River. The division manages the urban design function for the City, conducts comprehensive plan conformance review of rezoning proposals, and develops and maintains ordinances and design guidelines.



This job is located in the Current Planning and Urban DesignDivision of the Planning Department with the City of Oklahoma City and is under the general direction of a Department Head. Principal Planner is a Division Head level classification requiring the application of advanced professional and technical skill in managing a specialized planning function. The Principal Planner manages the operations of a planning division. Essential job functions include: performing various administrative functions in the management of division operations; assessing numerous variables, both abstract and concrete, to coordinate project efforts for long-range or current planning requirements or proposals; providing staff with verbal and written management and technical instructions to promote the optimal efficiency of the work section; attending meetings and/or representing the City as a participant on or advisor to various boards, commissions, official policymaking bodies, and citizens’ groups to relate or promote the City’s position in technical or administrative areas; and managing staff responsible for reviewing complex data, studying trends, collecting information, and preparing specialized reports or documents based on in-depth research. Employees of this classification have frequent contact with City officials and staff, citizens’ groups, and other professionals and may officially represent the Department Head in his/her absence. Work products are subject to review by conferences, staff reports, and observations concerning the status of projects.



Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Active Duty Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload or submit a copy of their DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application. • Knowledge of administrative and management principles. • Skill in managing planning functions for long-range or current requirements. • Skill in supervising subordinate personnel. • Skill in assessing a wide variety of information for operational feasibility. • Skill in verbal and written communication using tact and diplomacy. • Skill in relaying both technical and non-technical information effectively. • Skill in preparing complex statistical and narrative reports. • Ability to make immediate decisions or responses related to City programs and functions. • Ability to make administrative decisions. • Ability to think logically. • Willingness to participate and skill in disseminating complex data before various official boards and citizens’ groups. • Willingness to assume responsibility for work products and decisions made. • Possession of a valid driver license (Operator).



• Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or closely related field. • At least 10 years’ experience in current planning and/or urban design. • At least 5 years’ experience managing multiple staff members. • Experience in the development and implementation of ordinances, development regulations and design guidelines. • Experience giving presentations to citizens, other professionals, boards and elected officials.



• Primarily indoors in a climate-controlled environment. • Outside occasionally; may be exposed to heat, cold, humidity, rain, etc. • Occasionally required to work beyond normal working hours. • Subject to frequent, local travel. • Subject to occasional, out-of-town travel to attend meetings, seminars, etc.

NOTE: Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department.



• Hearing and speech enough to communicate effectively by telephone or in-person. • Near vision enough to read and draft written communications. • Mobility enough to continuously move one’s self from place to place when conducting field surveys. • Far vision enough to accurately determine the condition of various transportation systems, traffic congestion, etc.

NOTE: City employees are required to receive pay electronically, either via direct deposit or pay card.

NOTE: Full-time employees on the Interdepartmental lateral transfer/voluntary demotion list who are interested in this position must submit an application through the standard process.



To participate in any selection process, former employees must be eligible for rehire. If you are unsure of your rehire status, please contact the Personnel Department at (405) 297-2530. If your rehire status has been coded “Not Eligible,” “Eligible 3,” or “Conditional,” you will need to request a review of your rehire status through the Personnel Department’s Labor Relations Division.

NOTE: Upon a conditional offer and acceptance of employment, the City of Oklahoma City will conduct a background investigation/verification. Applicants will be provided contact information for any third-party reporting agencies used to collect background information in connection with conditional offers of employment.

NOTE: Applicants will be provided a copy of the City of Oklahoma City’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy upon conditional offer and acceptance of the position and prior to being directed for a health screen/physical examination and drug test.

NOTE: Completion of the supplemental questions is required. Responses to supplemental questions must be supported by work history/information listed on the application/resume.



If you require reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please notify one of the Personnel Department Representatives by calling 405-297-2530