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Senior Planner

Company: City of Walnut Creek
Location: Walnut Creek
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Job Description:

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Position Description The City of Walnut Creek is recruiting for a Senior Planner to work in the Planning Division of the Community and Economic Development Department. This position will be primarily working on complex long-range planning projects, as well as grant-funded policy initiatives, ordinance updates related to changes in state planning and zoning laws, and permit streamlining and other related internal process improvement efforts.

The Planning Division anticipates a sustained level of public interest in both long-range and current planning development – particularly for housing and mixed-use developments. The City Council has also adopted several work program assignments for the Planning Division intended to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of the City, and in response to the on-going evolution of state planning and zoning laws related to housing development in response to the state’s housing crisis.

Who we are - the Community & Economic Development Team:

Our team is a conscientious and passionate group of professionals working collaboratively to review and facilitate development of safe, healthy and sustainable residential and commercial buildings that comply with applicable codes and regulations, while striving to promote aesthetics, encourage economic vitality, and enhance the design of the City's built environment. We are committed to creating a positive work environment through support of creativity, innovation, and teamwork.

Representative Duties Under administrative direction, the Senior Planner position performs professional current, advanced, environmental, housing, and/or transportation planning work and related work as required.

Responsibilities include

Plan, organize, and coordinate an assigned aspect of the City's current land-use planning, long range land-use planning, or transportation planning.

Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned program area; implement policies and procedures.

Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of staff involved in current land-use planning, long range land-use planning, or transportation planning.

Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.

Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staffing, projects, and related activities; monitor and control expenditures.

Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

Review assigned projects and design project methods and procedures; gather, analyze, and interpret data relating to local social, economic, population, housing, development, environmental, zoning, transportation, traffic, and land use issues; prepare comprehensive reports and recommend courses of action.

Provide advice and information to the general public and developers regarding applicable codes, regulations, and requirements; clarify and ensure conformance to City codes and regulations; participate in or conduct conferences with developers and property owners, and resolve differences that may exist between them and City codes.

Make oral presentations to the City Council, City Commissions, and citizen groups.

Prepare long range plans, special reports, studies, and correspondence as required; recommend changes to City codes, regulations, and policies.

Attend meetings of regional and other government agencies on topics affecting the City; analyze policies of other jurisdictions and attempts to resolve regulation and policy conflicts among jurisdictions.

Administer contracts and oversee the work of consultants; Conduct site visits and field investigations.

Work extensively using a computer to manage case-loads, produce written documents, prepare maps and graphics, analyze data, conduct research, and communicate with others through e-mail.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.

Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.

Perform related duties as assigned. Qualifications Guidelines Education and Experience : A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, architecture, public administration, housing, transportation planning, or a related field, and a minimum of three years of professional municipal experience in the assigned field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

Special Requirement : Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a valid Class C California Driver's License and a good driving record.

Ideal Candidate:  The ideal candidate will have a zeal for public service, strong project management and team leadership skills with a proven ability to direct the work of consultants and other staff, and a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to alternative or innovative strategies for public outreach and engagement through the use of the Internet, social media platforms, Geographic Information Systems or other such tools. The Senior Planner should have an extensive working knowledge of federal, state and local law as it pertains to city planning; the ability to perform complex planning studies and assist in program administration; ability to make effective oral and written presentations using state of the art technology; ability to interpret and apply complex standards and guidelines; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships while ensuring quality customer service and efficient project management for the benefit of both internal and external clients.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, and best principles and practices, related to planning, zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, and/or code enforcement.

Thorough knowledge of research methods employed in the collection, evaluation, and presentation of data.

Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Skill in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and documents.

Skill in planning, organizing, and conducting studies.

Skill in applying planning principles and methods to local problems.

Skill in communicating effectively in English both orally and in writing; making presentations; and preparing clear, concise, and accurate written materials.

Skill in understanding and interpreting technical data.

Skill in effectively leading teams.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.

Ability to organize, implement, supervise, and perform complex planning work.

Ability to supervise, effectively train, and evaluate assigned staff.

Ability to effectively utilize computer applications and technology related to the work. Supplemental Information Applications and answers to the Supplemental Questions are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Applicants must apply online at www.walnut-creek.org   to be eligible for consideration.  Applicants possessing the MOST DESIRABLE qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which may include an appraisal interview tentatively scheduled for October 8, 2020 and any other testing deemed appropriate by the City.

An eligible list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process. In addition, applicants can log on to their account and check their current status online.

If special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the examination process, please provide the Human Resources Department with advance notice and every attempt will be made to consider your request.

The successful candidate must successfully pass a thorough background

check including California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprinting.

As required by law, all public employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers. As such, all City of Walnut Creek employees may be called upon to assist in the event of fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or man-made disaster.

Please see the class specification at www.walnut-creek.org for a complete description of this classification's representative duties, requirements, working conditions, and physical requirements.

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