Senior Planner

City of Napa
Napa, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$94,524.00 - $114,187.00 Annually
WANTED: An incredible Senior Planner who leads by example, thrives in a dynamic environment, and enjoys developing those around them as much as they pride themselves in their planning work.
Do you want to be an integral part of the Napa development review team? Are you hungry to produce great work in the areas of land development, zoning, environmental review, and mentorship of other staff? Then APPLY today and bring your planning prowess to the City of Napa, benefiting not only the employees of the organization but the community we serve!
Show us what you're made of with your record of proven success in:
  • Technical Knowledge and Skill - knowledge of principles and practices of planning; keeping up with current developments and trends in planning.
  • Collaborating - Working cooperatively with others to help a team or work group achieve its goals.
  • Planning & Organizing - Establishing an action plan for self and others to complete work efficiently and on time by setting priorities, establishing timelines, and leveraging resources.
  • Resolving Conflict - Helping others deal effectively with an antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; using appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement.
  • Adaptability - Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment (e.g., people, processes, structure, or culture); adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits, trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.
  • Decision Making - Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.
  • Coaching & Developing Others - Providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.

For a full, detailed class specification, click here.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This advanced professional level position has a broad range of independence within policy and procedural limitations. This classification is distinguished from the Planning Manager in that the latter has responsibility for day-to-day management of the department and assisting with the development of departmental long and short range planning policies. This class is further distinguished from the Associate Planner in that the latter does not generally provide supervision for professional and/or technical staff or oversee the work of consultants.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED: General direction is provided by the Planning Manager. Duties may include direct and indirect supervision of professional planning and administrative support staff and direction of consultants.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Perform complex, professional planning work; prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of complex planning reports; research, analyze and interpret planning data and trends for special studies on various planning matters and elements of the general plan; may serve as project manager for City-initiated development projects.
  • Assign, supervise and/or review the work of subordinates and manage and review the work of consultants to ensure the overall quality of professional planning and application of policy/ordinance; prepare and deliver written and oral personnel performance evaluations; train staff.
  • Assist with establishing priorities and operating policies and in solving organizational and personnel problems; develop, define, interpret and apply land use policies and/or regulations necessary to implement regulatory and policy programs; staff planning department and/or commission committee meetings.
  • Participate in pre-application meetings; provide direction to professional and technical staff members to assist the public and other City staff to efficiently apply applicable regulations, resolve problems, and expedite the development process; effectively represent the Community Development Department at City Council, Planning Commission and other public meetings.
  • Draft requests for proposals and agreements with consultants; administer contracts with consultants involved in major projects or studies; oversee the quality and technical application of City policy/ordinance or submitted draft reports.
Knowledge of: 
  • Principles and practices of city, county and regional planning, zoning administration practices, site planning and architecture;
  • Knowledge of state laws and municipal and county ordinances governing land use, zoning and subdivision, environmental regulations and redevelopment regulations;
  • General principles of employee training and supervision;
  • Current trends in municipal planning, general principles of effective organization, administration and personnel management;
  • Computer applications. 
Ability to: 
  • Effectively oversee and supervise the work of subordinates;
  • Develop and manage consultant contracts for professional services;
  • Analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning and zoning;
  • Plan, organize and coordinate the activities of planning administration and complex planning projects and studies;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, developers and other governmental officials;
  • Work effectively with boards and commissions involved in planning activities;
  • Prepare and present clear and concise reports;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Develop, interpret and/or implement City codes and policies;
  • Understand maps, building plans and related planning and development documents;
  • Solve problems involving interpretation of complex written material;
  • Work well under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Recognize and utilize appropriate resources;
  • Utilize personal computers to perform word processing, spread sheet, presentation, graphic and specialized functions;
  • Exemplify and foster and enthusiastic, resourceful and effective service attitude with public and co-workers.


Any combination of education and experience that provides the requisite knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of gaining the requisite knowledge and abilities is: 
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in urban planning or closely related field. A Master's degree in urban planning or a related field is desired. 
Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible journey level professional experience performing local government land use planning, consultant/contract management and land use regulatory duties. Major program management responsibility and/or supervisory experience is also desirable.
Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required; independent travel will be required; attendance at evening meetings may be required.
Published on:
June 15, 2018 - 12:41pm
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