City of Fairfield – Senior Planner

The City of Fairfield invites application for the position of Senior Planner

SALARY: $41.17 – $50.04 Hourly

$3,293.60 – $4,003.20 Biweekly

$7,136.13 – $8,673.60 Monthly

$85,633.60 – $104,083.20 Annually


To perform a wide variety of current and long range planning assignments, with emphasis on review and processing of high priority and complex current planning applications.

This position is represented by Fairfield General Management Association (FGMA) and offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Scheduled salary increases of 4% in the first full pay periods of July 2018, July 2019, and July 2020.
  • Generous contributions to medical, dental and vision plans.
  • In addition to vacation and sick leave accruals, 144.86 hours of personal leave annually, which is 100% cashable.
  • A 9/80 work schedule with the 1st and 3rd Fridays off each month.
  • CalPERS pension eligibility, plus 8.24% City contribution of salary to 401a retirement account (with 4.1% mandatory employee contribution).

TENTATIVE INTERVIEW DATE: Wednesday, May 30, 2018


This is the advanced journey level class in the professional planner series. Employees within this classification perform the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise.


  • Receives direction from the Principal Planner or Planning Manager in charge of the Planning Division.
  • Exercises technical and functional supervision of other planning staff in the review of administrative permits and assignment of cases.


  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in urban planning or related field is required. A Master’s degree in planning or related field is desirable.


  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Assist the Planning Manager in the planning, organizing, administration, and supervision of the Division.
  • Provide oral and written comments on development applications.
  • Prepare CEQA and NEPA documents, staff reports, resolutions, and ordinances.
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint presentations to Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Provide recommendations and advice to applicants, developers, design professionals, and landowners on how to achieve compliance with land use, design, environmental, and zoning regulations impacting a project.
  • Accurately interpret and explain the intent and purpose of city guidelines, policies, and regulations to applicants and the general public.
  • Independently manage complex planning projects, including General Plan updates, specific plans, master plans and major subdivisions.
  • Manage consultant contracts for preparation of special studies and Environmental Impact Reports.
  • Oversee planning staff work on minor projects. Perform other duties as assigned.


 Knowledge of:

  • Theory, principles, and practices of city planning, zoning, and urban design.
  • Regional, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to planning and environmental review, including the Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, and NEPA.
  • Current trends in urban design and municipal planning.
  • Principles of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and economic and statistical analysis as they apply to municipal planning.
  • Principles of employee training, coaching, and supervision.
  • Computer software applications related to job tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, GIS, and database management.

Ability to:

  • Accurately interpret complex architectural plans and specifications, engineering plans and specifications, legal descriptions, General Plan policies, design guidelines, zoning regulations, and department policies.
  • Complete complex land use and planning analysis, and prepare comprehensive, long range municipal planning documents, plans, and codes.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the work of other employees.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with the public, applicants, and staff from other departments and agencies on controversial matters.
  • Prepare and present clear and comprehensive reports using Microsoft Office products.
  • Prepare and present effective presentations.
  • Prepare and manage consultant contracts.
  • Attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.


Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a local records check, and response to a medical questionnaire prior to appointment. A pre-employment medical exam may also be required.



1000 Webster Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

An Equal Opportunity Employer