City of Livermore – Senior Planner

Under general direction, the Senior Planner performs a variety of professional planning responsibilities and tasks associated with the coordination and implementation of highly complex planning projects. We offer an exciting career with a steady workflow of residential, commercial, and industrial projects including the opportunity to work on the upcoming Comprehensive General Plan Update, the Housing Element Update, and implementation of the Isabel Specific Neighborhood Plan. Examples of other essential functions include environmental assessments, zoning and subdivision analysis, policy analysis including completing special studies and preparing plans and reports for adoption by the City Council, providing support to advisory bodies and making recommendations on specific policies.

The ideal candidate possesses the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures of City planning; state and local laws, statutes, codes and ordinances related to planning, zoning and environmental analysis.
  • Values and possesses high ethical and professional standards.
  • Develops creative and workable solutions using sound judgment within established guidelines.
  • Exercises appropriate independent judgment especially with respect to technical problem solving, resource allocations, project prioritization, and project delivery methods.
  • Recognizes motivational needs of individuals and is able to establish and promote a positive working environment.
  • Has outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Provides quality customer service in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Understands Council priorities and community concerns and is able to factor these in decision making.


  • Experience: Four years of experience in professional land use planning and/or regulation.
  • Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major in planning, architecture, geography, landscape architecture, public administration or closely related field. A Master’s degree in planning may substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • License: May require the possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record, as determined by the City.
  • Other Requirements: Willingness and ability to work scheduled and emergency overtime, attend evening and occasional weekend meetings, and travel out of town to attend workshops, conferences, and seminars during work and non-work hours.
    Special Requirements: Essential duties may require the mental and/or physical ability to work in a standard office environment; go off site to perform field inspections or site reviews; read fine print, maps, and blue prints; use a calculator and a computer keyboard; converse by telephone, in person, and to large groups and be clearly understood; and safely lift and maneuver blueprints, plans, equipment, and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.


  • $9037.39—$10,985.00 per month plus a competitive benefits package.  This position is represented by the Association of Livermore Employees bargaining group. Benefits information is available online on the City’s website.

Apply online at or contact Human Resources at (925) 960-4100 for more information. A completed online application with responses to the supplemental questions must be received in the Human Resources Division by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020.