Planner/Senior Planner

City of Cookeville

Cookeville, TN United States

Planner or Senior Planner

The City of Cookeville is accepting applications for a position in the Planning Department.  The position will be filled at either Planner or Senior Planner, depending on qualification. 

Job Summary:

Employees in this class are under general direction of the Planning Director. Work performed in long range and strategic planning, land use controls including zoning and subdivision regulation and related areas of municipal planning. Serves as an assistant planner to the Planning Director.

Examples of work performed:  provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Zoning Commission; reviews subdivision plats and site plans for compliance with applicable city codes; schedules and facilitates plan review meetings with developers/contractors; conducts site inspections to obtain information and review compliance with planning requirements; adds plats to the subdivision database and forwards to E911 addressing personnel; manages administration of financial guarantees of infrastructure improvements and work completion warranties;  attends meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Zoning Commission when assigned by the director; prepares maps and other materials for presentation at meetings; conducts research and prepares reports on various planning related topics; contributes to development and maintenance of comprehensive land use plans, analysis of annexations, etc.;  maintains Planning Department information on City web site and various planning related databases;  serves as contact person for FEMA national Flood Insurance Program; prepares presentations for various commissions, boards, City Council, citizen groups and committees;  performs other duties as assigned.   

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

            Knowledge of the principles and practices of City Planning 

            Knowledge of land use controls including zoning and subdivision regulations

            Knowledge of comprehensive land use planning

            Knowledge of planning and design theory and methodology

            Knowledge of principles of land development and planning

            Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems

            Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions

            Ability to work a flexible schedule

            Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and other employees


Senior Planner

The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of a Master’s degree (M.A.) in urban planning or related discipline plus four years of city or regional planning related experiences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license.  AICP Certification required or obtain within one (1) year of employment.    


Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration or related field, driver’s license and one (1) year progressively responsible experience in city or regional planning or related field of which some must have been in an administrative or consultative capacity. Must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license.

Essential Functions:

Must have effective verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to work a flexible schedule and visit a variety of work sites which requires good mobility.  Frequently stands, walks, and sits.  Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions.  Occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds. 


Planner,  DOQ

$43,180 - $64,771

Senior Planner, DOQ


Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$43,180-$72,737 DOQ

Contact Information

Mandy Raper
45 E. Broad Street
Cookeville, TN
United States
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