Senior Planner


San Francisco Bay Area, CA

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $52/hour - $64/hour DOE

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Position:  Senior Planner

Organization: Metropolitan Planning Group (M-Group)

Location: Offices in Campbell, Santa Rosa, and Berkeley, Calif.

Hours:  Full-time (40 hours/week)

M-Group seeks Senior level planners to serve clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We offer a hybrid work model at our bay area offices (Campbell, Santa Rosa, Berkeley) and client locations.

M-Group exists to bring innovative and effective planning solutions to Bay Area cities. Since the creation of the firm in 2006, we have brought high-caliber planning services to over 80 Bay Area communities.  M‑Group’s planners have extensive experience working on large, complex, and high-profile projects and our staff brings together a range of accomplishments and a wealth of real-world experiences.

We strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment in our workplace and in the communities we serve. We work with intention to promote equity and respect for all people. Inclusion and diversity are at the core of M-Group’s values.

M-Group actively seeks planners that represent the diversity of the Bay Area and encourages applicants from all backgrounds including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, and all other qualified applicants.

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Senior Planner is an advanced professional Planner responsible for complex projects and planning project management.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Represent the City and work closely with citizens, architects, developers, and public and private officials to provide technical planning assistance, directly or through subordinate staff.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Conduct a variety of complex studies on specialized planning issues and development projects, prepare comprehensive staff reports and make recommendations to decision-makers, Planning Commission, and City Council.
  • Provides staff support and confer with applicants, consultants, citizens, City officials, and other city departments.
  • Administer the California Environmental Quality Act; review and comment on environmental impact reports.
  • Answer questions and provides information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in the interpretation and application of planning and environmental laws, land use development principles, and various land use laws as they relate to urban planning.


Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, architecture, or a related field; AND Five years of city planning experience: OR
  2. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, architecture or a related field; AND Four years of city planning experience.
  3. CEQA experience and experience working for a California municipal government, including current planning and development review experience as well as supervisory and management experience highly desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation, and employee supervision.
  • Principles, practices, and programs related to community and urban development.
  • Applicable city, California state, and federal laws, guidelines, and standards, affecting the administration of community development programs and projects.
  • Funding sources impacting program and service development.
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing program administration.


Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license and a safe driving record or the ability to provide alternative transportation as approved by the appointing authority.


  • Experience working with citizen organizations is highly desirable.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Master’s degree in land use planning, transportation planning, geographic information systems, public policy, or a related field.


A new design on urban planning. Our story is one of teamwork, innovation, and collaboration. We grow with our team members. We foster the creativity and expertise of our planners by providing the right environment for initiative and self-determination. We believe that by supporting our teammates’ curiosity and continuing self-improvement our firm will continue to grow our in-house talent and potential.

Our company culture encourages M-Group staff to think big, have fun, and create great plans for our communities. We work in an open, mutually supportive, and collaborative manner. We strive to retain employees by providing job satisfaction and solid paths to meaningful work and career growth.


Because We Think of the Future:

We are a socially responsible firm and work to address pressing issues in our evolving communities. We underscore our work with a commitment to respect natural and man-made environments by planning for long-term sustainability.

Because We are Dedicated to the Profession:

We hire the most talented and experienced planners and give them the support they need to expand their knowledge and passion. As a firm and as planners, we uphold the AICP Code of Ethics in everything we do.

Because We are Committed to Our Staff:

Our company culture encourages M-Group staff to think big, have fun, and create great plans for our communities. We work in an open, mutually supportive, and collaborative manner. We strive to retain employees by providing job satisfaction and solid paths to career growth.

What We Offer:

  • 99% Employer Paid Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Profit Sharing program
  • 401k Retirement Plan with an Employer contribution of 3% of salary after 1 year
  • Medicare HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • 18 Personal Time Off (PTO) Days
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Financial Planning services
  • Employee Assistance services
  • Office parties, lunches, company picnics and M-Group swag

Submit your application HERE

Posted November 23, 2022, 9:30 AM PST

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