Principal Planner

City of Ventura

Ventura, CA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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The City of Ventura is hiring!  We are actively interviewing for the position of Principal Planner.  Interested candidates should submit their application for immediate consideration.  This is an exciting time to join the City of Ventura’s Community Development Department - Planning Division.

The Principal Planner is a leader with a passion for mentoring, collaboration, and community. This key role is responsible for supervising staff in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department and performing professional work in development review, updating the general plan and other land use policy programs, environmental analysis, or community housing and economic development programs.

The ideal candidate will value innovative approaches to public service, thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, and demonstrate a thorough understanding or desire for a leadership role in a Planning Division.  The successful candidate has a systems approach for organizational management and modeling the way through effective coaching, training, and accountability within the Division.  This person is results-oriented with a proven track record to reach solutions, and working collaboratively with the development community, stakeholders, and the public.  The selected candidate is a skilled facilitator and communicator who can represent the City before governing committees, commissions, and councils.  The ideal candidate possesses excellent people skills and is committed to "permit streamlining" and providing superior customer service.

Additionally, the ideal candidate has a thorough understanding of traditional urban and neighborhood design and has experience in successfully managing complex and sensitive projects, including zoning and/or policy, design review, environmental review, and historic preservation.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary plus excellent benefit! Salary:  $ 90,143.46 - $ 120,793.09 Annually DOQ.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, environmental studies, public administration, engineering or a closely related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional planning, former redevelopment agency work or related program management experience in the assigned area including two years of first line supervisory experience or three years of lead responsibility or oversight of projects or programs are required.  Professional planning experience in a California public agency is highly desirable. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.

To Apply

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis and candidates meeting the minimum qualifications are referred to the Department for further consideration.

To be considered for this new opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire.  Please note, the recruitment may close without notice.   Go to and Apply!  EEO/ADA

Posted September 22, 2021, 1:32 PM PDT

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