Principal Planner
City of Oceanside, CA
Oceanside, CA
Introduction
THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

The City of Oceanside is accepting applications for the position of Principal Planner. There is currently one vacancy in the Development Services Department - Planning Division.

Examples of Duties
The Principal Planner plans, assigns, supervises, and participates in general community planning involving land use, transportation, economic development, environmental protection, zoning and subdivision administration, special permit issuance, and data analysis functions; develops and implements work plans for complex projects and programs; assists in coordinating a program of staff assistance to the Planning Commission and other commissions and committees in planning matters, including the preparation of reports and recommendations; assists in developing policies, rules and procedures for the effective operation of the department, including establishing goals and objectives and priorities; coordinates routine departmental purchasing, personnel, budget and related administrative activities; makes oral presentations concerning planning programs and development projects to Planning Commission and to the City Council and other boards and commissions as required; makes authoritative interpretations of applicable regulations and policies; responds to difficult citizen complaints and requests for information; represents the City at community or professional meetings; makes presentations as required; meets with developers, architects, engineers and others involved in privately sponsored residential, commercial and industrial projects; assists in the review and evaluation of project plans for conformance to established land use regulations, codes and policies; oversees the preparation of ordinances, resolutions and reports to the City Council, Planning Commission and others regarding departmental planning activities; assigns work to subordinate personnel, providing instructions and answering questions; coordinates the scheduling and completion of work by determining operational priorities and resolving work load problems; reviews work for accuracy and completeness; evaluates work techniques and methods for conformance to established standards; coordinates program activities with other City departments and divisions, and with outside agencies; performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations including zoning and environmental protection.
Principles and practices applicable in planning, land use, zoning, community development, environmental protection, redevelopment and housing programs.
Development review processes and procedures.
Methods and techniques of research and analysis as related to community development, growth and planning.
Organization and functions of the various agencies involved in the planning process.
Principles and practices of organization, administration, budgeting and supervision.
Techniques and methods of report preparation and presentation.

Ability to:
Plan, organize, train and direct work of subordinate staff.
Manage day-to-day operations of planning activities.
Collect and analyze data and develop complex plans and reports.
Develop and implement work plans for complex projects and programs.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Prepare amendments and interpret ordinances and formulate land use and housing policies.
Prepare clear and concise written and oral reports.
Interview, hire and supervise consultant teams.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with City officials and employees, public officials, developers, land owners, consultants and the general public.
Interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Deal firmly, tactfully, and fairly with contractors, engineers, developers and property owners.
Supervise, lead, and train technical and clerical staff.
Read and interpret construction plans, schematics, and blue prints.
Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
Work well under pressure to meet deadlines.

Experience and Training

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional land use planning experience working in a municipal planning department. Two years of lead or supervisory experience.

Note: Experience working with the California Coastal Commission, strong working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act and project permitting with local Resource Agencies is highly desirable.

Training: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public administration, community development, urban design or a related field. A Master's degree in planning, public administration, business administration or related field is desirable.

License/Certificate: Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver's license.
Working Conditions and Selection Process
Environmental Conditions: Office environment; exposure to computer screens; extensive public contact. Occasional travel to work sites or other sites for meetings, or to undeveloped areas of the City for field visits. Field sites may include construction sites, steep terrain, agricultural areas, and habitats of native flora and fauna, insects, native animals and endangered species.

Physical Conditions: Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, sitting and standing for prolonged periods of time; speaking and hearing to exchange information; visual acuity to read and interpret specifications and drawings.

Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. The process may include a written and/or oral examination to assess job-related education, experience and training. Candidates who successfully complete the examination process will be placed on an eligible list according to their scores and will remain eligible for employment consideration for a minimum of six months.

Note: Prospective candidates will undergo a background reference check and a medical examination, a drug screening may be required.

RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS BUT MAY BE ATTACHED.

CANDIDATES WHO REQUIRE A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION IN THE SELECTION PROCESS SHOULD STATE THEIR NEEDS IN WRITING WHEN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION.

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. ANY PROVISION CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVOKED WITHOUT NOTICE.