Senior Planner/Development Officer

Colerain Township

Colerain Township is pleased to announce the recruitment for the position of Senior Planner/Development Officer with the Development Department.

Under the supervision of the Director of Development, this position will perform a variety of routine and complex professional level duties and services such as: the review of site and construction plans; conduct field inspections of signage, new construction, and existing properties; provide technical guidance and training to other planning and technical staff; oversee the day-to-day operation of the planning and development counter and current planning and development projects, particularly in the areas of single-family, multi-family and commercial design review.

The Senior Planner/Development Officer will ensure compliance with the Colerain Township Zoning Codes and contribute to long- and short-range planning programs of the Township, including the development and implementation of land use or other township plans and policies and potentially production of graphic content for various departments (including GIS).

The Senior Planner/Development Officer will work with other Township departments, the Township Zoning Commission and/or the Board of Zoning and Appeals, external agencies, the business community, neighborhood associations, and the general public on policies and procedures, regulations, design guidelines and other related land use, environmental and planning policies and procedures; and provide support to the Director of Development.


The ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning and zoning. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have project management, critical thinking, and independent decision-making skills, exemplary customer service skills, and a passion for public service. The ideal candidate must be able to review and process entitlement applications, prepare written staff reports and other critical documents. The ideal candidate will possess a strong work ethic, the ability to prioritize tasks, the ability to work on a variety of projects with competing deadlines, and will be adaptable and open to new situations, ideas, and challenges. The ideal candidate should also have a strong track record of exercising good judgement and a proven ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences including those in the public and those on staff interdepartmentally.

Minimum Requirements:

• A valid state driver’s license.

• American Institute of Certified Planners certification, or ability to obtain AICP certification, is preferred. Professional certification in property maintenance and enforcement helpful but not required.

• Must possess a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Geography, or related field.

• Must possess a minimum of three years of relevant experience which evidences knowledge of zoning review and processing, planning administration, land development, city planning and zoning enforcement.

• Experience working with two or more similar public agencies in Ohio is preferred.


Colerain Township was first settled in the spring of 1790 by a surveyor, John Dunlap, who named the settlement after his birthplace of Coleraine, Ireland. The settlement, Fort Coleraine, commonly called Dunlap’s Station, was located on the bend of the great Miami River several miles below the bridge to Ross, Ohio.

In 1794, Coleraine was established as a Township. The “e” at the end of Coleraine was dropped sometime later, Americanizing the name Colerain. German immigrants farmed the southwestern portion between 1840 and 1870, heavily influencing the township’s cultural and architectural traditions. Today, Colerain Township is one of the largest townships in the state of Ohio encompassing 42.9 square miles while serving 58,499 residents. Colerain Township is located north of Cincinnati and is conveniently situated between two major interstates providing easy access to our residential and business communities.

Residents and businesses of Colerain Township receive the benefit of a full-service township providing a variety of services including Fire and EMS, Parks and Services, Planning and Zoning, Police, Public Works, Senior and Community Center.


Colerain Township’s development motto is “progress with a purpose.” What this means to the prospective business is access to pro-active services, progressive planning and superb customer service which every business has at their disposal when they choose to call Colerain Township “home.” Colerain Township has over 1,100 existing businesses and has seen a significant growth in business and residential development. In the last couple of years, over 20 million dollars in new development and 350 new jobs have been formed in the community. This trend continues today with many more projects in the development pipeline.


$53,000-$75,000 per year DOE

A comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurances, an optional 457-deferred compensation plan, retirement through OPERS and generous leave and holiday time.

For questions, please contact:

Renetta Edwards, Human Resources Specialist

4200 Springdale Road

Cincinnati, OH 45251 


To apply, please visit Colerain Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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