City of Concord – Principal Planner

The City is currently looking for an experienced planning professional to fill one Principal Planner vacancy in the Community Development Department. This position will oversee development projects as well as long range planning, and public policy development, implementation, and management.

SALARY: $48.89 – $67.22 Hourly

$8,474.27 – $11,651.47 Monthly

$101,691.20 – $139,817.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 08/17/20

CLOSING DATE: 09/18/20 05:00 PM


Ideal Candidate

The ideal Principal Planner candidate possesses extensive professional planning experience, including experience managing large development projects and creating and/or implementing policies for public agencies. S/He possesses extensive experience in both current development and long range planning projects, including Specific Plan development/implementation and General Plan amendments/updates. S/He has the ability to manage multiple projects while concurrently adhering to established budgets and timeframes.

The Principal Planner reports to the Planning Manager and provides management-level supervision to both associate and senior planning staff on current development and long range projects. While not required, some supervisory experience and grant writing experience (for planning and capital grants) is highly desirable. Knowledge of and experience with Accela and GIS software is also highly desirable. The ideal candidate is also someone is who embraces and is guided by the


1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2020. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a practical exercise and/or panel interview which is currently scheduled for the week of October 5, 2020. If you are selected to participate in the exercise and interview process and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule you.

3. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.



A position in this class may represent the City at complex negotiations regarding planning projects; propose innovations regarding the development application process; supervise subordinate staff as assigned; recommend innovative project alternatives, including design alternatives; assist in the administration of the Planning Division; develop state-of-the-art approaches and manage major multi-faceted projects; perform related work as required all within the context of the City’s Mission, Vision, Values Statement and a strong and progressive customer service orientation.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines

Uses principles of planning, California planning law, California redevelopment law, urban and site design, and public administration. Uses computers and has knowledge of relevant computer programs including Geographic Information System (G.I.S.). Uses telephones, other means of voice and written communication, and City vehicles.

Working Conditions

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but includes trips to other agencies and offices, visits to proposed and actual construction sites, visits to sites of code compliance issues, and other assignments outside of the office, as necessary. Work involves attendance at meetings held during the workday and evenings. Work may include occasional weekend assignments and occasional out of town travel.

Physical Demands

Emphasize speech, hearing, and vision. The incumbent is expected to work full work days followed by attendance and active participation at evening meetings.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given

Supervision received is characterized by general supervisory direction intended to define objectives and problems. Control over work methods is general. A position in this class is empowered to make planning decisions with minimum supervision and guidance.


1. Coordinates the duties of assigned planning staff and performs activities pertaining to the processing of applications for consideration by the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Zoning Administrator, and other bodies, as assigned.

2. May act as Zoning Administrator and conduct hearings on applications as well as take action on applications under the jurisdiction of the Zoning Administrator which do not require hearings.

3. Supervises professional Planners on assigned projects; coordinates and provides lead direction to consultants; coordinates and reviews the preparation of reports and correspondence; participates in the coordination of the Permit Center.

4. Coordinates and participates in meetings to provide and receive information regarding applications and proposed plans and ordinances. Makes presentations before authoritative bodies such as the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and other agencies, as assigned.

5. Performs complex project management duties.

6. Promotes the City’s Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values statement adopted by the City.


Competencies, Knowledge and Abilities:

Public Planning – Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of public sector planning including land use planning, urban design, planning and zoning law, and environmental impact analysis.

Planning and Evaluating – Determines objectives and strategies, coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals, monitors and evaluates the progress and outcomes of operational plans, and anticipates potential threats and/or opportunities.

Land Use and Development – Knowledge of the principles and tools relevant to land use planning, development, regulations, and permitting.

Reading – Understands and interprets written material including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables, and applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.

Writing – Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner, and produces written information which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Oral Communication – Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively taking into account the audience and nature of the information, makes clear and convincing oral presentations, listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Supervision – Knowledge of supervisory theories and methods sufficient to be able to perform a variety of lead work functions.

Process Development/Improvement – Uses experience and observation to map existing processes and identify improvements, or develops new processes and procedures to address existing gaps.

Technical Competence – Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training and extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job, works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job, and advises others on technical issues.

Information Management – Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information and organizes and maintains information or information management systems.

Technology Application – Uses machines, tools, instruments, and/or equipment effectively and uses computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.

Self-Direction – Sets goals, takes initiative in implementing ideas, systems, or policies that affect a planning area, manages time efficiently, encourages feedback, and invests in self- development.

Vision – Understands where the organization is headed and how to make a contribution, takes a long-term view, and recognizes opportunities to help the organization accomplish its objectives or move toward the vision.

External Awareness – Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.

Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern, develops and maintains relationships, may deal with people who are difficult, hostile, and/or distressed, relates well to people from varied backgrounds and situations, and is sensitive to individual differences.

Problem Solving – Identifies problems, determines accuracy and relevance of information, uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations, and initiates actions aligned with the strategic objectives of the section, unit, or project.

Decisiveness – Commits to action, even in uncertain situations, by making sound and timely decisions necessary to carry out projects, ideas, systems, or policies that affect the planning area. Legal, public, and financial consequences are generally limited to related area(s).

Reasoning – Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information, analyzes information, and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Team Building – Encourages and facilitates cooperation and open communication, promotes team work at all levels, cooperates with staff, higher-level managers, peers, administrative staff from other organizations, internal and external customers, and local stakeholder groups to accomplish goals.

Diversity – Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences in the workforce.

Customer Service – Works with customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolves problems, and satisfy expectations, knows products and services, and is committed to providing quality products and services.

Teaching Others – Helps others learn through formal or informal methods, identifies training needs, provides constructive feedback, coaches others on how to perform tasks, and acts as a mentor.

Creative Thinking – Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations, applies innovative solutions to problems, and designs new methods where established method and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.

Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior, works with others towards an agreement, and negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Leadership – Initiates and sustains action to accomplish the goals by guiding and motivating others and gaining the confidence and active support of subordinates, peers, administrative staff from other organizations, internal and external customers, and local stakeholder groups. Achieves voluntary commitment to shared values and goals and adapts leadership style to different situations.

Conflict Management – Manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.

Organizational Awareness – Knows the organization’s mission and function and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively with them including the program, policies, procedures, rules and regulation of the organization.

Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization, displays high standards of ethical conduct, understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others, and is trustworthy.

Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Flexibility – Is open to change and new information, adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles, and effectively deals with ambiguity.


Education: Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning or a closely related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: Eight years professional planning experience involving general plan, zoning or development services.


A California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

The City of Concord is an Equal Opportunity/Veteran’s Preference Employer.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, express or implied and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. It is a policy of the City to refuse to consider a person for a position whenever that person’s relationship to an employee, elected or appointed official, or member of a board or commission has the potential for creating adverse impact on supervision, safety, security, or morale, or involves a potential conflict of interest.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

1950 Parkside Drive

Concord, CA 94519


Position #2020-00041