City of Martinez – City Planner

The City of Martinez is expanding its Community and Economic Development Department! In order to address increased development applications and the City’s desire to provide excellent customer service, we are adding an Assistant Planner position. In addition, after 13 years, the City’s Senior Planner retired and the City is replacing that position with the higher level position of City Planner. These positions will serve in the Planning Division of the Community and Economic Development Department.

Under general direction, plans, directs, coordinates, and carries out programs in advance and current planning, prepares and presents technical reports including research work; supervises and schedules work of planners and other staff within the Planning Division of the Community Development Department; and performs other duties as required.

This is a division head position which oversees and has responsibility for the work of the Planning Division of the Community Development Department.


Plans and carries out work programs in advance planning and special projects; assists in planning, organizing and supervising staff members assigned to the review of development proposals and the administration of zoning and subdivision regulations; coordinates the review process and prepares comment on planning issues referred to the City from outside agencies; monitors construction drawings for compliance with applicable zoning and special permit compliance; participates in the development Review Committee interdepartmental project review process; presents reports to the Planning Commission and City Council as required and may represent the Community Development Department at special meetings and conferences as assigned; keeps abreast of new laws and development, and recommends appropriate modifications in plans, programs and applicable policies and ordinances; advises property owners, developers, investors and their representatives regarding City plans, ordinances, and regulations relating to property development; prepares correspondence, reports, charts, displays, and other materials necessary to accomplish project objectives; conducts environmental evaluations pursuant to state and federal laws in conjunction with pending proposals; supervises and evaluates subordinate employees; prepares Division budget.


Minimum: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in City or regional Planning or a closely related field, and a minimum of four years of directly related professional urban planning experience, one year of which must have included supervisory responsibilities, possession of a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field may substitute for one year of experience. Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical examination, drug screen, and background investigation. Possess a valid California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.

Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles and practices of zoning, subdivision and land use regulations; knowledge of federal and state laws applicable to urban planning; ability to plan, organize and carry out the work involved in major projects, and to conduct research studies for advance planning, special projects and current planning; ability to interpret technical reports and prepare and present comprehensive reports in both written, graphic and verbal form; ability to identify and resolve technical, organizational, procedural and personnel problems; ability to maintain effective communication and cooperation with other departments, public agencies, advisory commissions, the general public, citizen groups and developers.

A select number of the most experienced and best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an oral board interview (weighted at 100%).

Deadline to apply is Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00pm. Please visit our jobs page to apply and view the full job announcement at:

At the time of application, please be prepared with any electronic file attachments that you will be submitting.