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Senior Planner

City of Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
$80,762.66 - $98,284.37 Annually

This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignment will vary depending on the needs of the department.

1.Conducts complex assignments involving primarily current Planning projects; confers with applicants and agency representatives to process projects; evaluates plans in detail and resolves issues of plan implementation, zoning requirements and environmental documentation.

2.Receives and processes applications for land use development permits, sign permits and subdivision applications from submittal through to Commission and Council approval; reviews in detail working drawings and conducts final inspections on completed projects.

3.Responds to inquiries, both orally and in writing by email, telephone and counter; interprets Planning policies, local ordinances and explains procedures; presents projects to the Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, and City Council. Interacts with other City personnel in other departments and the public regarding current planning projects or advance Planning issues.

4.As a designated representative of the department, attends conferences, meetings or other public functions; may provide information or participate in discussions regarding department activities.

5.Supervises the preparation and updating of maps and exhibits, instructs Planning staff as necessary; assigns, reviews and may evaluate the work of staff; assists the Planning Manager and Director of Community Development in coordination and administering the activities of the Planning Division; acts as Planning Manager in his/her absence.

6.Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned to address organizational needs and changing organization practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS.
  • Ability to Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate Planning activities.
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Ability to write technical staff reports for distribution to various decision-making bodies.
  • Ability to present research findings to various boards and committees.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, elected and appointed officials, applicants, members of the general public and others who are typically encountered on a daily basis.


Published on:
May 12, 2021 - 9:38am
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