Apply online only at www.srcity.org/jobsThe City of Santa Rosa is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Senior Planner. There is a current vacancy in the Development Review section of the Planning and Economic Development Department.THE DEPARTMENT: The Planning & Economic Development Department provides a wide range of development services to this dynamic and growing community, developing long-range plans for the growth of Santa Rosa and reviewing development proposals for consistency with those plans. The Department has embarked upon a comprehensive Process Improvement Action Plan to create greater efficiencies and predictability in the development review process. THE POSITION: Senior Planners possess the full range of knowledge, abilities and experience required to perform the more difficult and complex work involving the application of professional planning principles and theory to various municipal planning and zoning issues. Individuals assigned to this classification are expected to work independently, complete complex and difficult projects, and to perform higher level assignments, many of which have high public visibility. The Senior Planner does not directly supervise professional staff but may provide indirect supervision and serve in a lead capacity or serve as a technical expert in a particular area. Incumbents may also serve as staff liaison to boards and commissions and represent the City through direct participation in local or regional committees or forums. IDEAL CANDIDATE: Successful candidates will demonstrate a solid foundation in planning principles and practices, possess a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible planning experience, preferably in a high volume urban planning environment with extensive public involvement, possess a Bachelor's degree (Master's and AICP certification is desirable), have excellent communication, interpersonal and mentoring skills, and a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service. Additionally, ideal candidates will be proven self-starters with a strong enthusiasm for the profession, possess excellent organizational skills, and the ability to balance a multi-project workload. A positive customer service orientation, and ability to foster that attitude among co-workers, is essential.THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA: A charter city incorporated in 1868, is the county seat of Sonoma County, one of California's premier wine growing regions, and is the gateway to tourist destinations in the redwoods and on the coast. Santa Rosa is the 26th largest City in the state. It occupies 41 square miles and serves a population of 170,000. The City has a historic preservation program and has environmental diversity.The City of Santa Rosa provides a full range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; water, storm water, and wastewater utilities; housing services through its Housing Authority; economic development; transit; parking; and recreation, parks, and cultural services, including a municipal golf course. The City of Santa Rosa's residents work in a well balanced mix of management, professional, manufacturing, sales, tourism, transportation, construction, and service jobs. The City also plays an important role in supporting the agriculture and tourism industries of California's north coast.Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:Essential Duties: The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:Analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends;prepare written and graphic reports on various planning matters and elements of the general plan;provide technical assistance in the analysis, coordination and implementation of environmental requirements and regulations;compile information and make recommendations on special studies;make public presentations, to the city council, various commissions, boards, committees and community groups;research and draft ordinances for review;review rezoning, variance, conditional use permit, subdivision, design review and other related applications;advise property owners and the general public of the effect and implications of land use, zoning, and development actions;review development proposals for consistency with local general plan, zoning and design standards;respond to complaints and requests for information from the public;manage consultant contracts for environmental and other planning documents and oversee consultant work.Additional Duties:In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.Represent the City and explain planning objectives and policies to various organizations, agencies and public groups;confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, developers, engineers, and the public regarding City development policies and standards;provide technical staff support to various commissions, boards, committees and community groups;represent the City by serving as a member of planning related committees;perform related duties as assigned. Required Qualifications:Knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban planning and zoning; laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions; current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning; applicable environmental laws and regulations; computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Knowledge of ArcMap GIS is highly desirable.Ability to: Analyze and compile technical and statistical data and prepare reports; utilize computer software to prepare professional reports, spreadsheets, maps, and presentations; independently perform the more complex professional planning work; conduct and analyze planning studies and present the findings in an understandable manner; apply planning principles and practices to specific problems and formulate recommendations; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; work under pressure and meet established deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other agencies, municipal officials and the public; train and provide indirect supervision to interns, and less experienced planning staff and clerical staff.Experience and Education: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Five years of progressively responsible professional planning experience in a public planning environment. Typically this experience would be comparable to that gained in a high volume, urban planning environment. A master's degree in a field related to planning may be substituted for one (1) year of planning experience. Education – A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work. A Master's degree in a field related to planning is desirable.License: Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C California driver's license OR be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations in the City which may or may not be reachable by public transportation. Additional Information:Working Conditions: Incumbents assigned to this classification are expected to be able to communicate verbally, in person and or via the telephone and in writing. It is common for incumbents to sit for extended periods of time as they complete their work by using a computer terminal. The work requires an individual to make site visits for the purpose of plan and design review and presentations to neighborhood groups. Formal public presentations are frequently conducted, requiring the individual to be familiar with and use audio-visual aides as part of the presentation.
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