Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.28 million acres of Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona.  The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary owning approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of Land Trust revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, conservation, and effective business management principles, the Land Department is able to succeed in its mission of enhancing value and optimizing economic return for the Trust beneficiaries and the State of Arizona.  Are you ready join us in our mission?  Please apply today!

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Senior Planner (Real Estate Division)

Grade 23, Hourly Salary Range $46,932 - $84,157

(Open until filled)



1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007




Under the direction of the Planning & Engineering Section Manager, the Senior Planner manages the Department's long-term planning efforts, coordinates project planning and zoning, and oversees conceptual planning contracts within the Planning Section budget; monitors land use planning affecting State Trust Lands, statewide coordination of ADOT corridor projects; and zoning code and general plan amendments for selected counties and municipalities as directed by the Section Manager to ensure that the best interest of the Trust is achieved.


The Senior Planner is responsible for the following:

·        Coordinates the production of timely and appropriate conceptual land use planning and site master planning; ensures accurate information as to the appropriateness of proposed actions or uses of State Trust land;

·        Coordinates the formulation of conceptual land use plans, and negotiating their integration into city and county general plans;

·        Oversees the development of appropriate master plans for certain urban lands and seeks zoning for local government working with the Section Manager as needed on budget issues affecting the Planning section and drafting policies and procedures under which to operate;

·        Keeps Section Manager informed of matters with the potential to positively or negatively impact State Trust land and recommends appropriate course of action.

·        Provides assistance and oversight to the Section Manager's base budget and other funding, as it may relate to contracts for studies, data and conceptual plans.

·        Direct staff in preparation of master plans and obtaining appropriate zoning through the planning process, coordinating with engineering staff and others.  Supervises consultant hiring process for planning and master planning of State Trust lands, meeting all statutory requirements.

·        All other relevant duties as assigned.




·        Knowledge of the Federal Enabling Act, Arizona State Constitution, and State statutes relating to Trust lands, municipal planning, and county planning;

·        Knowledge of principles of land planning a they relate to asset management, comprehensive planning, conceptual planning. master planning, and site planning. 

·        Knowledge of local government land use policies, regulations and political climate.

·        Knowledge of local real estate dynamics.

·        Knowledge of local, state and federal land use restrictions and permitting requirements related to land and community development (i.e. habitat conservation or open space plans, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting, FEMA floodplains, etc.)

·        Knowledge of how to interpret engineering survey and/or delineation drawings.



·        Skilled in effective project management theories and best practices.

·        Skilled in contract negotiation techniques.

·        Skilled in budget formulation / coordination.

·        Highly skilled in effective oral, written and public presentation abilities with an understanding of using graphics persuasively.

·        Skilled in sound judgment and decision making and in presenting departmental positions in public arenas and other settings.

·        Skilled in use of standard office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and geographic information systems (GIS) software.



·        Ability to use geographic information systems (GIS); Drainage engineering and infrastructure technique.

·        Ability to draw upon professional experience to project and anticipate factors determining how individual communities are likely to develop.

·        Ability to prioritize and problem-solve with regard to Real Estate related issues.

·        Ability to coordinate the activities of multi-disciplinary internal and external team members.

·        Ability to apply motivational techniques to accomplish work through others.

·        Ability to make independent decisions and judgments relative to multi-million dollar transactions.

·        Ability to successfully work with community groups, individuals and public agencies regarding land entitlement and development.

·        Ability to work with a number of detailed matters simultaneously.

·        Ability to maintain "authorized driver" status per Arizona statutes.





·        Master's degree in City/Urban/Regional Planning, geography, economics and land and community development and/or closely related fields.

·        AICP certification or equivalent professional certification.

·        3-5 years’ experience in the following areas:

       - developing conceptual urban land use plans;

       - coordinating and negotiating with local governments on comprehensive planning efforts;

       - rezoning and provision of utilities and infrastructure to enable appropriate/highest and best   

         land uses;

       - supervising and managing staff project managers, and contracted consultants and project

         budgets and time lines.



A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application.  The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.


The State of Arizona provides a highly comprehensive benefits package, including:  

·        A Competitive salary

·        A robust and very affordable insurance plan that includes medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options;

·        A top-ranked retirement program with 100% employer matched contributions;

·        10 paid holidays per year;

·        Accrued vacation and sick days;

·        Work-Life balance and additional options for life betterment such as deferred compensation, credit union membership, and a wellness program.




·        Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment

·        Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license

       appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s   

       license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required 

       driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)




·        Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

·        All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.


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