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Senior Planner Advertisement

The County of Ventura is seeking candidates for two Senior Planner positions at their office in Ventura. Both open positions are in long range policy planning. Salary: $81,909 – $120,883 annually with excellent benefits and an additional educational incentive of 2.5-5% for qualified candidates.

The County of Ventura Planning Division provides land use services to the public in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial permitting, engages in long range community planning, and coordinates a variety of regional programs in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The Planning Division offers a collegial and professional work environment with flexible schedules, including the option of working a 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off. Many positions also offer the option of a hybrid schedule.

Consider applying your skills and expertise to developing solutions on one of our policy planning teams in one of southern California’s most livable coastal communities!  The County of Ventura adopted a new General Plan in 2020.  Policy Planners at the County work to implement diverse General Plan programs in the areas of climate change and energy, housing, and environmental justice. Long Range Planners are also responsible for the implementation of housing related ordinances and policies, including grants focused on increasing the supply of farmworker housing.

Preference for the Senior Planner position will be given to candidates with direct experience in policy planning and to candidates with technical expertise in long range planning and/or preparation of General Plan updates.  This includes processing General Plan, Community Plan, and Zoning Ordinance amendments through stages that include problem definition, research, policy analysis, preparation of alternative solutions, public outreach and formulation of recommendations; preparing well organized and well written technical reports that incorporate graphic products (maps, diagrams, drawings, etc.) and presenting them to governmental bodies and decision makers; demonstrated experience in project development, project coordination; and customer service in a professional land-use role.

The ideal candidate will possess extensive experience in long-range policy and ordinance development. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative fashion with internal and external stakeholder groups, prepare work products that exhibit an understanding of physical design and planning, prepare CEQA environmental documents in support of proposed amendments to the General Plan or other County regulations and perform related work as required. Projects will include those where the successful candidate works independently as the project lead, as well as functioning as the member of a larger team.

Education Required:
A Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field; a Master’s degree in Urban Planning (or Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other related field) is preferred.

$81,909.39 – $120,883.87 annually

A full description of competitive benefits is found on the County’s website.

The first review of applications will occur on or around September 7, 2022.  Apply on the County’s website at under the job classification Planner IV.

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