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Senior Planner

City of Signal Hill
Signal Hill, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Budgeting and Operations
Code Enforcement
Community Development
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Infrastructure Planning
Land-Use Management
Planning Law
Public Policy
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
$81,708.77 - $104,283.91 Annually

The City of Signal Hill is accepting applications for the position of Senior Planner within the Community Development Department. Review of application materials is ongoing and will continue until position is filled.

Under general supervision which reports to the Director and the Planning Manager, performs complex professional planning work in current or advanced planning, environmental review, site plan and design review and zoning code enforcement.



This class is distinguished from the lower professional and technical planning classifications by its large project management responsibilities, specialized knowledge,  complexity of decision making, and work with a greater degree of independence. The Senior Planner has lesser supervisory responsibility, budgetary accountability, and policy setting authority than the Planning Manager; and may provide technical oversight to other lower level staff on assigned projects.


 Example of Duties:

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include, but are not limited to the following characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Prepare staff reports, ordinances and resolutions, PowerPoint presentations along with graphic displays and excel spreadsheets; and make presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, Sustainable City Committee, or other committees or boards.
  • Research, analyze, and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; develop amendments to the General Plan; analyze and recommend revisions to the General Plan.
  • Review development proposals and work with developers to reach agreement on acceptable site plans; review building plans, parcel maps, and subdivision proposals for conformance with appropriate regulations; make site inspections as necessary.
  • Analyze projects and prepare special studies and environmental initial studies; compile information and data; develop analyses and make recommendations on a variety of planning matters.
  • Prepare notice of exemptions, initial studies and mitigated negative declarations as well as negative declarations pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Check commercial industrial and residential development plans for issuance of zone clearance; process permit applications.
  • Administer Zoning Code Enforcement Program and negotiate with violators for compliance.
  • Review applications for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, design review, business license variances, zone changes, lot mergers, conditional use permits, code amendments, and special business permits; ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations; recommend approval or rejections.
  • Research, monitor and analyze legislation related to City planning interests and issues.
  • Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
  • Provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director and Planning Manager; develops and reviews staff reports and assists with contract management.
  • Coordinate regional planning activities with other City departments and with outside agencies, as assigned; attends inter-agency planning meetings as the City's representative.
  •  Assist with budget and grant development and administration.


  • Prepare and make presentations to a variety of community groups.
  • Perform various related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or related field and four (4) years recent, increasingly responsible paid full-time experience performing responsible urban planning in a municipal agency and/or private sector planning firm.  Candidates must have extensive direct experience implementing CEQA and demonstrate attention to detail in their work product.  Equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities will be considered.


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of urban planning.
  • Current literature, information sources, and research techniques in the field of city planning.
  • Statutes related to general plans, zoning and land divisions.
  •  Applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  •  Utilization and care of various types of office machinery and equipment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to operate a variety of automated office machines, including a calculator, copier, personal computer or scanner.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing slightly skilled movements, such as drafting.
  • Ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, typically involving lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, sitting and/or walking.
  •  Ability to maneuver and steer equipment and machinery requiring simple, but continuous adjustments, such as the operation of an automobile.

 Mathematical Ability:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • Ability to calculate decimals, ratios, percentages, fractions, volumes, present values and spatial relationships.
  •  Ability to interpret basic descriptive statistical reports.

 Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to utilize functional reasoning and apply rational judgment in performing diversified work activities.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory and/or judgmental criteria.
  • Ability to analyze data and information using established criteria, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives; ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data, as well as assemble, copy, record and transcribe data and information; ability to classify, compute, tabulate and categorize data.

 Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication:

  • Ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information, such as regulations, blueprints, correspondence and general operating manuals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, consultants, developers, elected and appointed officials, and the general public, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, and/or train others, including the ability to act in a lead worker capacity.
  • Ability to advise and provide interpretation how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.

 Environmental Adaptability: 

  • Ability to work in an office environment.


Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Signal Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, age, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS), military or veteran status in its employment actions, policies, procedures, or practices.

Americans with Disabilities: 
Qualified individuals with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are encouraged to apply for City employment. Those who require a reasonable accommodation to take a test as part of the selection process must make such a request to the Personnel Department, in writing, at least three working days prior to the date of the testing procedure. Individuals requesting accommodation in the testing process will be required to provide documentation of such need.

Physical Examination: 
Employment offers are conditional based, upon the successful completion of a medical examination which includes drug and alcohol screening for safety sensitive positions. Physicals are performed by the City's designated physician at the City's expense. Candidates are cautioned not to quit their jobs or give notice to their current employers until they are determined to be medically qualified.

Possession of a Valid California Driver's License: 
An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's License status on a periodic basis to the City of Signal Hill. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Policy covering the use of City vehicles.

Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance for Public Employees
All City employees are required to sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance for Public Employees upon the beginning of employment.

Disaster Service Worker:
All City employees are required to perform assigned emergency service duties in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to sign a Disaster Service Worker Statement upon the beginning of employment.

Published on:
December 11, 2019 - 10:45am
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