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City of Pasadena
Job Title: Senior Planner
Type: Full Time
Category: Engineering and Architecture
Location: Pasadena, CA (US)
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Senior Planner
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About the Job

The City of Pasadena is looking for an experienced, solution-oriented Senior Planner to join the Planning and Community Development Department.The ideal candidate is an effective problem-solver who combines technical expertise with excellent leadership and communication skills. Come help build our team of professionals!

Essential Functions

The following list represents some of the essential functions of the position, depending on assignment. For more detailed information, included required knowledge, skills and abilities, please refer to the job description.

  • Organizes, reviews and participates in completing urban planning assignments; personally performs the most complex and sensitive planning work in advanced planning, current planning, design and historic preservation, zoning, or urban conservation.
  • Performs research and analysis of the most difficult planning problems; lays the ground work in developing and implementing new programs; coordinates the development a of major unit of planning activity with other governmental agencies and public groups requiring a high level of public contact.
  • Develops requests for proposals; manages consultant contracts associated with assigned planning and policy studies; develops work programs and methodologies and establishes project schedules.
  • Plans and conducts public informational meetings on planning matters; researches, writes, and presents general plan elements; represents the Planning division at public meetings, and in matters before the various elected and appointed bodies.
  • Prepares and processes amendments to the General Plan, zoning ordinance and specific plans; coordinates, reviews and participates in the work of professional and technical employees in data collection, analyses, plan formulation, and policy application.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of environmental impact analysis on General Plan Elements, Zoning, and other code revisions, specific plans, zone changes and legislative actions or land use entitlement requiring discretionary approval.
  • Makes recommendations on development permits, special use and variance permits, and design standards, issues temporary Certificates of Occupancy.
  • Advises and assists public and management officials with respect to community planning issues and problems, pending cases, and the application of established City policies and ordinances. May conduct counter reviews; coordinates planning and development activities with other City departments and with outside entities.
  • May act as Principal Planner or Zoning Administrator in his/her absence.
Core Competencies

  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts
  • Analytical skills and critical thinking skills to provide reasoned and creative solutions to complex problems
  • High degree of dependability and accountability
  • Solution-oriented and customer-focused
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to manage a group of professional and administrative staff
Qualification Guidelines

Education and Experience
Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance would qualify. For example:

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, geography, public administration, or a closely related field; and
  • Four years professional journey level planning experience including:
  • One year of experience in organizing, assigning, and controlling the work of project teams
Special Requirements

Willingness to work overtime during nights and weekends is required.
SELECTION PROCESS
All applications will be screened upon receipt, and only candidates who meet minimum job qualifications and who are the most highly competitive may be invited to a written, oral and/or performance examination.
There is currentlyone Senior Planner vacancy in the Planning and Community Development Department. As a result of this selection process, an eligible list of candidates will be established which will be used to fill this vacancy and other similar vacancies in the future.

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