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Senior Planner

City of Greenfield

Greenfield, CA United States

How to Apply
URL: http://www.ci.greenfield.ca.us
Email: naguayo@ci.greenfield.ca.us


To perform responsible professional and technical work in organizing, development, and implementation of planning, housing, and community development activities, including administering zoning and subdivision regulations; reviewing, evaluating and processing development proposals; writing reports; providing staff supervision; and making public presentations.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Planner series. Work of this class involves lead responsibility in planning, organizing, and implementing programs and activities. It is distinguished from the Associate Planner position in the degree of complexity of assignments. Receives direction from a Planning Manager or Principal Planner. May exercise indirect and/or direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.


The following duties and functions are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties/functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned, and expected commensurate with the administrative needs of the City. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind related duties and work assignments.

  • Interprets and analyzes legislative proposals and activities
  • Assists in the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities
  • Prepares ordinances, City Council reports, and other written reports to outside agencies
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the activities of assigned staff
  • Conducts and oversee research analysis, and the use of a variety of data including studies of land use, population, social and economic conditions, housing, and community facilities
  • Coordinates, reviews, and participates in the work of professional and technical employees in data collection, analysis, plan formulation, and implementation of a variety of planning, redevelopment, and environmental review activities
  • Directs, oversees, and coordinates the City's housing or other community development and planning activities
  • Directs and coordinates special studies; prepares reports and findings
  • Performs complex and sensitive community development work
  • Reviews and constructively comments on architectural and other plans regarding design, zoning, and building code issues
  • Represents the Department at public meetings/hearings and presents major matters to the City Council, Planning Commission, and citizen committees, as required
  • Assists in preparation and implementation of the City's General Plan and its various elements
  • Coordinates local and regional community development activities with other City departments, and with outside agencies, as required
  • Negotiates and mediates sensitive issues within assigned programs
  • Prepares special studies related to population growth, annexation and fiscal matters; prepares ordinances and resolutions
  • Meets with and advises developers regarding development applications and processes; explains purposes, regulations, and directives of development practices
  • Assists in budget preparation and administration
  • Assists in supervising, training, and evaluating technical and clerical staff, as assigned
  • Promotes and maintains safety in the workplace
  • Performs related duties, as assigned


Knowledge Of:

  • Principles and practices of municipal urban planning, housing, and community development
  • Recent developments, current literature, and informational sources in the field of planning, and community development
  • Research methods and procedures
  • Applicable laws related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) planning, housing, and community development programs at the local, state, and federal level
  • Principles of organization, administration, budget and personnel management
  • Operation of personal computer with proficiency using word processing and spreadsheet programs

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Prepare and analyze planning and demographic studies and communicate findings in an understandable and comprehensive manner
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff
  • Review, evaluate and process development proposals
  • Direct and manage technically complex planning activities, including planning, and community development activities
  • Adapt to changing priorities, heavy workload and maintain quality work and customer-oriented focus
  • Organize and conduct complex and sensitive negotiations with a variety of groups and individuals
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, developers, builders, other City departments and the general public
  • Promote the mission, values, and standards of an effective public organization, particularly in the area of customer service
  • Correctly interpret, explain, and apply laws, rules, and regulations.


While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to perform general office work including visits to construction sites, project sites, etc.

Licenses and Certificates:

Must possess a valid California class C driver’s license and have a driving record acceptable with the City’s insurance carrier.

Education and Experience:


Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration or a related field


Four (4) years of municipal planning and community development experience, three (3) of which must be at the professional level.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Community or Neighborhood Development
Salary Range
$83,242 - $101,276

Contact Information

Nina Aguayo
599 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA
United States
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