Job Title: Planner

Job Type: Full Time

Location: West Des Moines, IA


  • Job Type:Full Time
  • Salary / Pay Rate:$61,985 - $86,778/year
  • Post Date:08/29/2019
  • Expire Date:09/27/2019

 Job Details



Development Services


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Civil Service Status

This is a Civil Service position 

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Weekend and On Call Work as Required

Tentative Start Date        

December, 2019 

Job Summary & Requirements

Under the general direction of the Director of Development Services and Development Coordinator, and through the application of sound planning principles, the planner interprets various federal, state and local codes, and City ordinances, guidelines and policies in order to develop and provide recommendations and solutions to the decision makers to affect positive results in the growth and development of the City of West Des Moines. The planner also collaborates with internal and external customers to facilitate private and public development that promotes conditions and activities which achieve a community environment desirable to residents, developers, investors and property owners. Additionally, the planner is responsible for reviewing and processing current development proposals within the City, conducting studies and plans for future development, redevelopment, and expansion of the City, as well as providing information and assistance to citizens, developers, realtors, builders, businesses, consultants and other governmental agencies and officials. Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or other related discipline plus a minimum of 3 years of related work experience.

Physical/Drug Test 

Post offer, pre-employment physical and drug test are required. 

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply: 1. Profile: You MUST complete an online profile. This includes all sections under the My Profile Section. A link is provided below to our Online Application System.


2. Attachments: You must attach the following documents to your profile under the "My Attachments" section:


a) Resume

b) Cover Letter

c) Supplemental Questionnaire (Link provided below)


Your completed responses MUST be attached to your online profile under the "My Attachments" section in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format before the posted deadline. Late attachments will NOT be accepted.


3. Applying for Position: Once you have completed your profile, you MUST then apply for the position (The link to Apply is located on the right side of the main menu. An email will be sent confirming you have applied. It will also be displayed in the "My Application History" section.)


Click to open:  Supplemental Questionnaire

All steps MUST be completed before the posted deadline to be considered for this position. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616.

Deadline to Apply

September 27, 2019 by 11:59 PM 

Apply Here!

City of West Des Moines Online Application System

Application Materials & Related Documents

Full Job Descriptions


You will need to complete an online profile and apply for this position online. There are Instruction Sheets under the Employment section of our City website as well as a number of topics in our FAQ section. If after reviewing these help guides you still need additional help, please visit or contact Human Resources 515-222-3616.


If you are currently employed with or you have been employed with the City in the last three years (in any capacity), do NOT create a new profile. Contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616 for instructions on how to log in.


**If you have applied for a position with the City of West Des Moines since July 2009, please refer to the instruction sheets listed above.**

Contact Information


Human Resources, 2nd floor

4200 Mills Civic Parkway

PO Box 65320

West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320

515-222-3616 (phone)

515-273-0601 (fax)