Senior Planner

City of Shafter, CA

Under general supervision, is responsible for performing complex, specialized planning work requiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of planning principles and practices. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing advanced level planning reports and studies; making oral and/or written presentations of completed work to various groups; processing planning applications from the initial phases through to completion; coordinating the approval process for assigned projects with other departments and agencies; other related work as assigned.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
•Prepares community plans by gathering information, preparing plans and drafting land use maps according to City goals.
•Designs, develops and coordinates projects ensuring alignment with approved budgets.
•Perform environmental reviews to ensure projects are in compliance with all regulatory requirements. Prepare environmental documents for the Engineering Department projects. Communicate with City department staff to relay pertinent information regarding planning related matters.
•Perform analyses and reviews for housing and economic development.
•Provide high quality assistance to developers, business owners and residents on planning related matters. Assist with application process as well as public requests for information.
•Review and process planning applications for land use and subdivision projects.
•Research, analyze and prepare a variety of reports including hearing notices, staff reports, resolutions and/or ordinances for the full range of planning related projects.
•Complete survey forms for school districts, U. S. Census Bureau, California Department of Finance, etc.
•Prepare and present oral presentations of planning projects to Planning Commission.
•Review and approve firework stand site plan requests and sidewalk sales permits, ensuring compliance with all laws.
•Ensure general plan, zoning and subdivision ordinance documents are current and accurate.
•Review landscape plans, perform site inspections to ensure projects are in compliance.
•Compile data and prepare annual reports and non-renewal letters for Williamson Act compliance.
•Research and prepare documentation for a variety of funding applications.
•Make independent investigations of social, economic, and engineering problems, and to draw useful conclusions from a variety of data and information.
•Organize research findings and present them clearly in written form; work effectively with the general public and the community agencies concerning matters of land use and the relation to planning functions.
•Interpret and apply laws and regulations to planning projects; make independent field surveys, investigations, and decisions concerning questions and inquiries regarding City services.
•Work effectively with the general public and the community agencies, talk with the general public on a one-on-one basis and give oral presentations to citizen groups and the Planning Commission.
•Ensure all related files and records are maintained appropriately.

Minimum Requirements:
•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public administration or related field.
•Three years of professional planning experience preferably at the local government level; or any combination of education and experience may be considered.
•Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Access, and basic GIS mapping.
•Knowledge of local government, land use planning, the physical, social and, economic implications that are involved in land use planning; legal requirements of planning; zoning and subdivision; governmental organizations as they relate to planning and research methods including statistic.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Possess analytical skills to identify problems and opportunities, review possible alternative courses of actions before selecting one, utilizing information resources available when making decisions.
•Possess strategic problem solving skills to develop feasible solutions to problems, recommend actions, designed to prevent problems from occurring, and refer problems to upper management when necessary.
•Possess good communication skills to effectively convey ideas, both written and oral.
•Ability to effectively read and understand information contained in memos, reports, and bulletins.
•Possess creative decision making skills to evaluate or make independent decisions, based on experience or knowledge, without supervision.
•Ability to comprehend and to follow instructions, including verbal and written instructions from supervisor.
•Strong time management skills in order to meet deadlines.
•Maintain interpersonal relationships which encourage openness, candor and trust.
•Ability to work in a diverse team environment.
•Possess good judgment, dependability, adaptability and punctuality.

Application Process:
1. City of Shafter Employment Application
2. Resume
3. Bachelor's Degree

Selection Process:
1. Submit complete application requirements listed under application process.
2. Oral Interview
3. Name Placed on Eligibility List
4. Conditional Offer
5. Background Investigation
6. Medication Examination
7. Formal Offer
8. Begin Employment
9. 6 Month Probationary Period

The City of Shafter is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. If you have a disability for which you may need a reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at (661) 746-5003 or

All City of Shafter employees are designated "Disaster Service Workers" through state and local laws (CA Government Code Sec.3100-3109). As Disaster Service Workers, all City employees are expected to remain at work, or to report for work as soon as practicable following a significant emergency or disaster.

How to Apply

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Job Details

Job Function
Other Entry to Mid-Level
Position Type
Full Time

City of Shafter


336 Pacific Ave
Shafter, CA 93263-2047
United States

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