Senior Planner

City of Calgary
January 3, 2024

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The City of Calgary is rapidly growing, we need to hire more Senior Planners to support this development. You will be part of a cohesive team and play a key role in shaping Calgary’s future municipal landscape. As a Senior Planner, you will work on or lead local area plans, and major land use, subdivision, outline plan and development permit applications. The position offers professional growth opportunities and is suitable for individuals demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership and teamwork abilities, in addition to having proven analytical and policy-formulating skills. Primary duties include:

  • Develop project plans, set priorities, coordinate teams, assign work to team members, provide progress reports and make recommendations on project delivery to management.
  • Conduct research and technical analysis, review land use amendments, subdivision and development permit applications and outline plans, and formulate recommendations.
  • Prepare planning policies and technical reports, and present recommendations to the appropriate approving authorities.
  • Provide professional planning advice and explain planning policies and decisions to various internal and external customers and partners.
  • Coach, guide and train staff on project structures, processes, methods and technical content as well as mentor on overall professional planning development.
  • Coordinate the implementation of approved planning policies by communicating changes to internal and external partners.


  • A degree that is accredited by the Canadian planning profession via the Professional Standards Board or a related discipline, and at least 6 years of progressively more responsible and varied planning experience.
  • Eligibility for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is required.
  • Working knowledge of planning legislation and experience involving a broad range of projects within a major urban municipality.
  • Effective relationship building skills with the ability to support, engage and motivate staff.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills addressing a wide range of audiences, such as City Council, committees, Calgarians, and city-building partners.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate, negotiate and problem-solve in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate effective analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, customer-focused, team-oriented, politically sensitive environment, while adhering to tight timelines and adapting to changing work priorities.

Pre-employment Requirements 

  • Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.
  • Applicants may be contacted, interviewed and hired throughout the duration of this competition.
  • Only successful applicants will be contacted.
  • Relocation may be offered to the successful applicant.
Union: Exempt Business Unit: Community Planning
Position Type: 8 Permanent, 3 Temporary (up to 24 months)

& 1 Temporary part-time (up to 18 months)

Location: 800 Macleod Trail SE
Compensation: Level E $80,640 – 121,760 per annum Days of Work: This position works a 5 day

work week earning 1 day off in a 3 week cycle.

Hours of work: Standard 35 hour work week, 20 hours for part time
Audience: Internal/External Apply By: January 3, 2024
Job ID #: 308640


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