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Supervising Planner - Long Range Planning

County of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
$87,900.80 - $106,849.60 Annually

The Long Range Supervising Planner will:

  1. Directly supervise a staff of five planners. This includes: holding weekly touch-base meetings with staff, implementing Department policies, monitoring performance goals, assisting staff to develop project work plans, conducting performance evaluations and providing regular performance feedback to staff, supporting staff during hearings, identifying knowledge gaps and offering training opportunities, and preparing quarterly workload projections, which includes analyzing staffing needs and priorities for the section.  
  2. Take ownership of the successful completion of the Long Range Team’s work efforts, which include:
    • Working with stakeholders, the public, partner agencies, and decision makers to develop General Plan, Community Plan, Local Coastal Plan, and Land Use Ordinance amendments to comply with State law and meet planning goals as directed by the Board of Supervisors.
    • Processing Specific Plans, Conditional Use Permits, General Plan Amendments, and subdivisions for major development projects in the unincorporated county.
    • Managing the Department’s resource conservation programs, including the County’s growth management ordinance, Williamson Act program, Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan, and water conservation programs.
    • Collaborating with the Current Planning Division to develop procedures and informational guides to assist planners in implementing new and amended ordinances.
    • Coordinating with the Department’s IT staff to develop tools for measuring the effectiveness of County policies and programs to support housing production.
    • Working with management to present periodic plans and reports to the Board of Supervisors, including the General Plan Progress Report and Department Priorities Report.

To view the complete job description for Supervising Planner, click here.

The ideal candidate will proactively and consistently support their staff and empower the team to perform at their best. They will have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and an ability to:

  • Foster teamwork and cultivate an environment of respect, trust, and fairness.
  • Promote comfortable, open dialogue and a feedback-rich environment for the team.
  • Foresee, anticipate, and plan for the needs of the section.
  • Assess the team’s strengths and needed improvement to provide necessary training.
  • Monitor staff performance while facilitating honest, open conversations that include critical feedback.
  • Support assigned staff in the management and prioritization of deliverables with deadlines.
  • Proficiently speak and give presentations to hearing bodies such as the Board of Supervisors and various commissions.
  • Use political acumen to strategically support staff during hearings, workshops, and stakeholder meetings by addressing challenging or politically sensitive questions and guiding decision-makers.

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, natural resources management, environmental, physical or life science, or a closely related field.  (Job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)  In addition, a minimum of four years of professional experience in urban and regional planning or environmental review and analysis, at least one of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.  (A Master's Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in two fields such as in planning and public administration or natural resources management and housing, community development and energy conservation is desirable and may be substituted for one year of non-supervisory professional experience.)

Licenses and Certificates

Certain positions within this classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.



To apply for this position and to view our full job description, visit our website at

Applications, including answers to supplemental questions, must be submitted online by the final filing date.  To apply for this position, click "apply" at the top of this page. Most County recruitments require you to respond to supplemental questions as part of the application process. We recommend that you review these questions prior to beginning your application.

An initial application review will be conducted. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are best qualified will be invited to participate in selection activities which may include online assessments, performance exams, written exams, and interviews.
Final candidates will be required to have an in-depth background review performed before proceeding in the process. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process.
If you have questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Human Resources at [email protected]. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.
For further information regarding the County of San Luis Obispo, visit our website at


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Published on:
June 10, 2021 - 5:01pm
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