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Pricipal Planner (3-year Grant Funded)

Job Description

 The Principal Planner will take the lead working with the Community Development Director on advanced planning projects. This is a three-year employment agreement position under general direction, supervises the advanced planning section in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department and performs responsible professional work updating the general plan, zone code, and other land use policy programs, environmental analysis, or community housing and economic development programs.  The Principal Planner position will represent the City at community meetings, committee and other program related events.




Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:



  • Serves as first-line section supervisor to planning consultants and section staff, reporting directly to the Community Development Director.
  • Leads planning consultants and staff planners in the advanced planning section administering the General Plan/Local Coastal Program and Zoning Code Update projects, Downtown Overlay project, updates to the Residential Neighborhood Design Guidelines and the environmental review for these projects.
  • Ensures accurate project analysis and quality control for the preparation of notices, reports, ordinance and resolutions, plans and maps, and agendas related to hearings.
  • Undertakes responsible assignments in advanced planning to complete development review for project or program compliance with land use policies and ordinances or to complete comprehensive planning functions for policy and ordinance research, analysis, design, and implementation. Prepares complex planning reports and directly oversees the preparation of staff reports and documents prepared by consultants and subordinate staff; provides recommendations to the Community Development Director; and can function as Planning Division lead at community stakeholder meeting and for Committees, Commissions and as necessary, the City Council.
  • Represents the City as technical advisor to assigned committees, serving as staff advisor, secretary or Chairperson and advising supervisor of committee work.
  • Supervises and trains consultants and staff; assigns and monitors work to meet project deliverables, public hearing deadlines and departmental performance measures; acts as a technical resource and provides planning support to Community Development Department management, City employees, and the general public.
  • Plans, researches, analyzes, and prepares a variety of complex reports related to staffing and budgetary needs. Works with the Community Development Director to develop and monitor division work programs and budget. Monitors work, products and billing performed by consultants or contract staff; serves as project manager on special projects, including review of proposals.
  • In the advance planning section, develops program policies, procedures, and guidelines; reviews reports, data, correspondence and staff activity for compliance with policies and guidelines; recommends policy and procedural changes; and implements programs.
  • Attends Committees, Planning Commission, and City Council hearings as well as community stakeholder meetings as required and are routinely conducted in an evening setting.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Information

Job Title:
Pricipal Planner (3-year Grant Funded)
Required Skills/Experience/Education:






Knowledge of: Principles and practices of organization and functional system design for program management and operations, administration, personnel and budget management; contemporary principles and practices of urban design, comprehensive planning theory; statistical and analytical research methods relating to planning theory and policy development; or exposure to former redevelopment agency work programs; Local, State, and Federal laws pertaining to planning, zoning, environmental review, general plan, land subdivision administration, redevelopment law and practices, and the California Coastal Act; development review analysis and processes; including site plan review, design charrettes, architectural and urban design; historic preservation theories and principles; and public participation techniques. Pertinent city government organizations, functions, policies, rules and regulations




Ability to: Establish, maintain and continually lead and implement a systematic approach to the work completed by the Planning Division. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others; motivates and trains staff to accomplish goals and meet deadlines; compiles and analyzes technical planning data; prepares and presents clear, concise reports; read detailed and complex site plans; communicates effectively in both verbal and written form; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, City officials, community stakeholder groups, and the public; interprets and applies Local, State and Federal regulations and administrative policies; develops policies, ordinances and procedures; and maintains both electronic and paper records in a detailed and orderly state pursuant to department protocols.








  • Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. College-level coursework in planning or related field at the bachelor’s degree level.  A master’s degree is highly desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.





  • Two years of professional planning experience involving public sector work at or above the Senior Planner level involving highly complex planning work.
  • Experience with California Coastal Act.
  • Experience with California Environmental Quality Act.





·         Read and interpret site plans, landscape plans and related material.


·         Evaluate plans, proposals and designs.


·         Collect, tabulate and compute planning statistics and prepare charts, tables, maps and graphic presentation.


·         Organize and conduct planning research studies.


·         Make clear and effective public presentations.


·         Plan, organize and complete complex and long-term assignments.


·         Conversant with a variety of computer programs.


·         Assign and supervise the work of consultants and assigned staff.


·         Administer programs, projects and grants.

Salary Range:
$78,997.09 - $108,730.39 annually
Other Benefits:
Employment Information: Right to Work: Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States. Background Check: A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions. Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report. In order to maintain this positive culture, we work to hire and retain the best. We offer competitive compensation, fantastic benefits, and a friendly work environment. The 3-year Principal Planner position salary is $78,997.09 - $108,730.39 annually, depending on experience, plus a robust benefits package including: •CalPERS Retirement: 2% @ 55 for Classic CalPERS participants (employee cost share is 8%) and 2% @ 62 for PEPRA CalPERS participants (employee cost share is 6.5%). The City does not participate in Social Security. •Health Insurance: City provides the majority of health insurance annual premium under the CalPERS for eligible employees. •Dental Insurance: City provides a dental plan with Guardian Insurance with 100% of the premium paid by the City for employees and their dependents. •Cafeteria Allowance: An allowance of $1,233 for 2020 is provided by the City. Employees can use the allowance for medical, vision, Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance, and other supplemental benefits. •Leave Accrual: Annual leave is accrued based on years of service. In place of separate leave accrual for vacation, sick leave, floating holidays, and administrative leave, each employee is granted an all-inclusive comprehensive leave bank that includes all leave benefits. •Holidays: City observes 12 paid legal holidays each year. •Flexible Schedule: City employees have the option of flexible scheduling which allows them to work a 9/80 schedule with a designated Friday off in each two-week work period subject to the needs of the department as determined by the City Manager. •Deferred Compensation Program: available •Life Insurance: The City maintains a Group Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance policy for Management employees with 100% of the premium paid by the City. •Short and Long-term Disability Insurance: City provides Group Short and Long-term disability insurance plan for eligible full-time employees. •Special Pay: Employees classified as Management are eligible for a special pay benefit that provides for reimbursement of an amount equal to the payroll deduction of employee-paid contributions to SDI and the amount equal to the employee contribution of 1.45% of gross wages for coverage under the Medicare portion only of the federally administered Social Security Program. •Additional Benefits Include: Employee Assistance Program, Fitness benefit allowance, voluntary vision insurance, accident, cancer, and critical illness voluntary coverage through AFLAC and Transamerica, plus other benefits. ________________________________________ THE COMMUNITY: Incorporated in 1965, the City of Carpinteria (pop 14,000+) is an inviting seaside community with an abundance of natural beauty and small-town charm. Located in Santa Barbara County adjacent to Highway 101, the City is located 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, CA, 12 miles north of Ventura, CA and 80 miles north of Los Angeles, CA. Situated between the mountains and the coast, residents and visitors enjoy over 275 days of sunshine a year and average daytime temperature between 68-80 degrees. Carpinteria is an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Rincon Point is recognized as one of the finest surfing spots in the world. Beautiful beaches, a community swimming pool and picturesque parks and trails provide activities for every interest. ________________________________________ APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS: APPLICATION EVALUATION - QUALIFYING: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the examination process. CLOSING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received to meet business needs. Prompt application submission is encouraged. FIRST REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: August 31, 2020. Interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Subsequent application review may be conducted to establish a viable pool of candidates. Reviews will be on a weekly basis thereafter.
Position Start Date:
August 19, 2020
Position Type:
Job Application Due Date:
August 31, 2020
Date Added to Website: August 19, 2020

Contact Information

Organization Name:
City of Carpinteria
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
United States
Job Category:
Environmental, Land Use, Parks Planning, Rural Planning, Transportation, Urban Design
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