City of East Palo Alto – Senior Planner

The City of East Palo Alto is seeking an experienced and energetic Senior Planner to take on the full range of routine to complex planning functions.  Given the recent increase in development activity in the City, the senior planner will be to take on a variety of exciting projects, for both long range and current planning. This is a professional advanced journey-level classification in the Planner series. Incumbents work under general supervision from the Planning Manager and exercise a high level of discretion and independent judgment in performing a diverse range of planning functions, with a primary emphasis on current and advance planning and environmental impact, protection, and compliance issues.  Incumbents also provide lead direction to clerical, technical and professional level staff. Successful performance of the work requires a broad professional background as well as skill in coordinating assigned work with that of other City departments and public agencies. Responsibilities may include assisting with performing specified departmental day-to-day administrative functions.

Please visit Calopps to apply for this opportunity. A completed City application is required and can be obtained at the following link:  The application is December 17, 2021.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration; the oral examination may be accelerated at the discretion of the City’s leadership once a highly qualified pool of candidates has been established

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Ideal Candidate

This is an unprecedented time for planning in East Palo Alto.  The City is in process of updating the Ravenswood Business District Specific Plan, a designated Priority Development Area. The City is also processing multiple applications for large mixed use projects, housing and office  developments. The senior planner will have the opportunity to work on complex and varied  projects in an environment with a diverse and engaged community. The ideal candidate will function and provide leadership on a project by project basis in support and with direction from the Planning Manager or other staff as designated.  Under general direction, plans, assigns and directs the work of staff within the division; supervises professional, technical and clerical staff in the accomplishment of their work; performs professional level planning work, coordinates the work of the division with other divisions within the City, other departments, agencies and boards.  May act as Division Manager during the absence of the Division Manager.

► Serves as project manager for multiple complex current and/or long-range planning projects and special planning studies, including in-depth application and plan review, coordination with applicants to obtain additional information and project changes, preparing legal notices, posting notices on sites, background research, preparing staff reports, attending public hearings and making presentations, monitoring implementation measures and conditions of approval, checking submittals for building plan check, and inspecting development and capital improvement sites at the beginning and upon completion of the project; reviews project applications and plans submitted for Design Review Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council considerations at public hearings.

► Interprets and applies Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations to ensure that public and private projects are in compliance, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, Public Resource Code, General Plan, Specific Plans, Design Specifications, and Local Guidelines and procedures.

►Interacts and communicates with a variety of individuals and groups at the public service counter, in the field, over the telephone, at public hearings, and in discussion forums, including other City departments and public agencies, elected and appointed City officials, developers, consultants, architects, engineers, attorneys, appraisers, real estate agents, property owners, and the general public for the purpose of obtaining or providing information, coordinating activities, processing projects, negotiating plan changes, and formulating recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field and five years (5) years of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or two (2) years of experience as Associate Planner at the City of East Palo Alto.

Possession of a master’s degree in City Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field is desirable, and will substitute one-year of professional experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record, at the time of appointment.