27 S Market Street Plaza P.O. Box 307
Smyrna, DE 19977 Phone: (302) 653-9231

Senior Planner

Job Title: Senior Planner

Salary range: $56,000 (Min) to $66,000 (Mid)

Department: Planning & Zoning

Hours: Full Time

Job Description:


This position is responsible for providing information and assistance to citizens, project applicants, developers, engineers, and internal staff regarding all aspects of zoning. Candidates will be team-oriented, problem solvers, and exhibit a strong desire to serve the public. The Planning Department works closely with the Building, Inspections and Public Works Departments in a collaborative approach to project review.


The below listed essential duties and responsibilities are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for this position.  

  • Helps to revise the Town’s zoning and land development ordinances
  • Responsible for conducting technical reviews of development plans
  • Administers the Town’s historic preservation program and coordinates with/supports the Historic Preservation Board
  • Supports the redevelopment and revitalization program and economic development activities and assists with business recruitment and retention
  • Helps with preparing technical reports and summaries of developmental activities, trends, conditions, etc.
  • Communicates with other departments to coordinate the effective delivery of Town services
  • Coordinates with the Office of State Planning Coordination and various state agencies, county and other municipal governments, property owners and developers
  • Reviews construction site plans and subdivision plans for compliance with Town codes and zoning regulations, and good planning practices
  • This position will also work with various boards, commissions, and community groups as needed
  • Attends professional society meetings and seminars to keep current on developments in the field of planning and land use control
  • Works with citizens to help resolve inquiries and complaints relating to planning & zoning matters


  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, zoning, and land development
  • Knowledge of available resources and research techniques applicable to planning
  • Ability to develop planning analyses and prepare reports
  • Ability to provide effective leadership and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, supervisors, business and land development entities, and the public
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to express facts and ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Possesses good technical judgment, integrity, thoroughness and dependability
  • Ability to project a professional, helpful image to create a sense of confidence in the public
  • Ability to interact with the public and other Town employees in a pleasant, courteous, helpful manner in order to foster an effective, efficient, professional workplace


  • Successful candidate will possess a bachelor's degree in planning, engineering or related field sociology or related field
  • Experience performing analytical and administrative duties for a planning organization
  • Graduation from a college or university with course work in comprehensive planning, public policy, engineering or economic development is preferred
  • Any combination of experience and training which provide an equivalent to the skills, knowledge and abilities required
  • A Masters degree in Planning or Public Policy is strongly preferred


  • A certification or eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must pass a background check

Special Requirements

A certification or eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred

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