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City of Santa Maria Principal Planner

Job Description


The Principal Planner is often backing up the Planning Manager on varius duties for the City including supervision of staff and workloads.   The Principal Planner is expected to review the highest level complex applications to determine if they meet the legal submission requirements, and determines the potential significant environmental impacts of the proposals; works closely on projects with other City departments and staff to ensure compliance with conditions of approval; performs follow-up plan checks, as necessary; studies supportive materials necessary for environmental assessments of projects and analyzes the projects in conjunction with environmental documents to determine consistency with adopted City goals, policies, plans, and ordinances; prepares staff reports with recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council; gives presentations to public entities such as the Planning Commission and other bodies; manages the front counter to establish an attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful customer service environment that provides constructive, creative, positive problem solving for customers; supervise, evaluate, develop and motivate professional and technical staff; assist the Planning Division Manager in providing creative ideas to management issues, including but not limited to, policies or procedures to improve the delivery of services, interdepartmental coordination and effectiveness of communication for the Division; represent the Division, Department or City in a professional manner with regional, local, organizational committees, boards or groups, or the media, as needed; serve as the Planning Division Manager in his or her absence; make every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increase the quality of service to the public and performs other duties as assigned.


For more information and application see the City's website and position on Neogov



Job Information

Job Title:
City of Santa Maria Principal Planner
Position Level:
Principal Planner
Required Skills/Experience/Education:


Graduation from college with a Bachelor's Degree in Planning or a closely related field. A Master's Degree in Planning or a closely related field is highly desirable.



Five   years   of   professional   land   use   planning    experience,   preferably   with   a   public agency. Experience in supervision, management or leadership is highly desirable.


OR any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.

Knowledge of:


Extensive knowledge in principles and practices of California local government planning, zoning and management; Federal, State, and local laws and regulations relating to planning, land use zoning, land division, and environmental review, including but not limited to CEQA and the Subdivision Map Act; principles and practices of effective supervision; principles and practices of exemplary customer service, working knowledge in the use of computers and related software applications, including computer applications for project tracking, GIS and visual aids; and proper English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.



Ability to:

Work under minimal supervision, providing lead direction, coordination and supervision of staff as needed; learn the organization, procedures, and operating details of the Planning Division; effectively supervise and motivate subordinate staff; assist in preparing policies or procedures to improve the delivery of services; interdepartmental coordination and effective communication for the Division; comprehend development plan sets and exhibits; analyze problems, generate and evaluate alternatives; interpret and apply laws and regulations pertaining to planning projects and cases; work with the general public and development community in a constructive problem solving manner; practice and exemplify the City of Santa Maria's Mission Statement; anticipate change and remain flexible and open to new ideas; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions and materials; effectively communicate planning policies, procedures and issues with clarity and diplomacy, both orally, in writing, and with visual aids; prepare and review analytical reports to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, take a proactive approach to problem solving, represent the Division, Department or City with regional, local, organizational committees, boards or groups, or the media as needed; practice and exemplify the City of Santa Maria's Mission Statement; learn and become proficient in a reasonable amount of time or previous working knowledge of recent versions of Adobe Photoshop (or Elements). ArcGIS, and SketchUp; attend work, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position's required duties and responsibilities; collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of thecommunity.


Salary Range:
$8,746.31 - $10,631.14 Monthly
Other Benefits:
For additional information and application see the job posting on the City's website and Neogov https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santamaria/jobs/2561764/principal-planner?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Position Start Date:
December 2, 2019
Position Type:
Job Application Due Date:
October 6, 2019
Date Added to Website: October 3, 2019

Contact Information

Organization Name:
City of Santa Maria
110 S Pine Street
Santa Maria, CA 93458
United States
Job Category:
Environmental, Land Use, Transportation, Urban Design
Phone Number:
805-925-0951 ex 2203

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