Senior Planner

City of Pasadena

Pasadena, CA

Experience Level: Senior

Salary: $103,844.00 - $129,805.00 Annually

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The City of Pasadena is looking for experienced, solution-oriented Senior Planners to join the Planning and Community Development Department. This position will be assigned to Current Planning Section.
The ideal candidate is an effective problem-solver who combines technical expertise with excellent leadership and written and oral communication skills. They should have the ability to work with project applicants and architects and assist junior level staff to ensure that development projects are consistent with the City’s adopted rules and procedures.  Successful candidates should be able to manage a complex array of work and propose innovative solutions to improve administrative practices and policies.  They should be collaborative and able to manage conflict and establish a rapport with multiple constituencies including developers, elected officials, appointed Commissioners, City staff from multiple departments, community organizations and the public at large.  
The City offers outstanding benefits, including 9/80 schedules with alternative Friday's off and a Hybrid Work Program.  
Please note: A resume MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered.

Essential Functions

The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the job description.

  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for processing development projects and applying the Zoning Code, General Plan, and Municipal Code.
  • Act as lead staff for the Hearing Officer meeting and review process; including, reviewing staff reports, hearing notices and agendas.  
  • Organizes, reviews and participates in completing complex and sensitive planning assignments.
  • Analyze, develop, and present recommendations on complex planning, zoning, and development proposals; provide technical expertise in the formulation of recommendations and review of development applications.
  • Coordinates the development of a major planning activity with other City departments, governmental agencies and public groups requiring a high level of public contact.
  • Develops requests for proposals; manages consultant contracts associated with assigned planning projects; develops work programs and methodologies and establishes project schedules.
  • Plans and conducts public informational meetings on planning matters; research, writes, and represents the Planning division at public meetings, and in matters before the various elected and appointed bodies.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Advises and assists public and management officials with respect to planning issues and problems, pending cases, and the application of established City policies and ordinances. May conduct counter reviews.
  • May act as Principal Planner or Zoning Administrator in his/her absence.
Qualification Guidelines


  • Adaptability - Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Attention to Detail - Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Professional Integrity and Ethics - Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Self-Management - Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability
  • Handling Conflict - Managing interpersonally strained situations
  • Project Management - Ensuring that projects are on-time, on-budget, and achieve their objectives
  • Developing Others - Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
  • Critical Thinking - Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, geography, public administration, or a closely related field.
  • Four years professional journey level planning experience including one year of experience in organizing, assigning, and controlling the work of project teams.

The selection process will consist of a training and experience evaluation, interview panel, department-level interview and possibly an online assessment.
There are currently two vacancies in the Planning and Community Development Department.
The resulting eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill this vacancy and similar vacancies in the future.
Candidates selected for this position are subject to a one-year probationary work period.

Special Requirements
  • Required documents: resume must be attached to the job application. Your application may be disqualified if you do not attach the required documents. 
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record may be required for some assignments. 
  • Willingness to work overtime during nights and weekends is required.

Posted January 13, 2023, 9:33 AM PST

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