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Senior Planner

Riverside, CA 92522

Posted: 06/28/2018 Employment Type: Contract Category: Civil Engineers Job Number: 76994

Receives general supervision from a Principal Planner or higher level management staff, as assigned. Exercises close to general supervision over professional, para-professional, technical, and clerical staff, as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Reviews and processes comprehensive plan amendments, re-zonings, annexations, site plans and development applications associated with a project.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of environmental assessments and staff reports related to legislative applications and land use entitlements requiring discretionary approval.
  • Makes recommendations on development permits and presents them to the Development Review Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council.
  • Review construction and grading plans for compliance with the City' s Municipal Code and, if applicable, project specific conditions of approval.
  • Conducts research and prepares statistical reports on land use, social, and economic issues.
  • Supervises and provides guidance to junior level planners on the review of development entitlements.
  • Supervises and participates in special planning, zoning, and environmental studies.
  • Monitors state and federal legislation for changes to planning, environmental, and transportation laws.
  • Develops requests for proposals; manages consultant contracts associated with assigned planning projects; develops work programs and methodologies; oversees consultants' budgets; and establishes project schedules.
  • Reviews and comments on planning proposals of outside jurisdictions that may impact the City.
  • Advises and assists City and management officials on community planning issues and problems, pending cases, and application of established City policies and ordinances.
  • Coordinates planning and development activities with other City departments and outside entities.
  • Meets and advises developers, residents, business and property owners regarding development applications and processes.
  • Represents the Community & Economic Development Department at public meetings and works with various groups and individuals regarding a variety of planning and zoning matters.
  • Coordinates planning related activities with other City departments, divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • May supervise, train and evaluate professional, para-professional, technical and clerical personnel.
  • Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to the development applications and to verify compliance with approved plans.
  • May attend evening and weekend meetings.
  • May act as Principal Planner in his/her absence.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of planning. 
  • Laws related to general plans, housing, California Environmental Quality Act, zoning, and land divisions.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and informational sources in the field of planning and zoning.
  • Written and verbal communication practices and techniques, including staff report writing.
  • Personal computer operation and software applications.

Ability to: 
  • Interpret planning and zoning matters to the general public.
  • Analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information.
  • Plan and prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise reports with sound recommendations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. 
  • Develop work procedures.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional, para-professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Manage multiple projects and issues effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Think analytically and critically to provide reasoned and creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and customers.
  • Operate a personal computer and relevant software programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Option I
  • Master' s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning or a closely related field.
  • Three years of professional planning experience.

Option II
  • Equivalent to a bachelor' s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning or a closely related field.
  • Four years of professional planning experience. 

Reports To: 
  • Principal Planner or higher lead management staff, as assigned. 
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