City of Mountain View – Senior Planner

Why Consider The City of Mountain View? It’s simple. You’ll be joining a team of talented professionals in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment dedicated to serving the Mountain View community. At the City of Mountain View, you will work alongside a team of enthusiastic, focused and highly motivated professionals, who contribute their talents and commitment in providing essential public services to our residents and businesses on a daily basis.

Here is an exciting opportunity for a highly qualified professional to join a great organization and make valuable contributions as a Senior Planner in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department (CDD). The Planning Division is a tight-knit team who focuses on producing results in innovative planning projects, both current and advanced. We are looking for a highly motivated, reliable, collaborative and detail-orientated individual who thrives in a fast-pace work environment. As such, the ideal candidate must be open minded, flexible, and exhibit a high-level of emotional intelligence. This position will be involved in development review and project management, preparing staff reports, and making presentations to elected and appointed bodies, in addition to many other planning-related duties. You can review the detailed job description for Senior Planner on the City’s website here.

What You Bring

  • Four years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning/design or economic development/redevelopment.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, architecture, or a closely related field.

Bonus Points!

  • Master’s degree in planning, architecture, or a closely related field.
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

What You’ll Do

  • Manage highly-complex, large development applications including commercial, office, residential, and mixed-use projects.
  • Research and prepare complex reports and documents.
  • Serve as a project manager for long range and current planning projects, including managing consultants, and coordinating and building effective working relationships with other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Perform site visits relating to new development applications, building construction, and code enforcement issues.
  • Attend Development Review Committee and Zoning Administrator hearings.
  • Lead improvements in planning procedures and related information systems.
  • Supervise the work of interns, other planners, and staff as needed.

Who You Are

  • An innovative doer who devises creative solutions to planning and community development issues.
  • An exceptional communicator with superior interpersonal skills who is an experienced speaker and presenter at Council/Commission/Community meetings/other venues.
  • A consensus builder among various stakeholders addressing complex problems and issues.
  • Adept at juggling multiple priorities and projects in order to meet target deadlines.
  • An experienced professional with top-notch research and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated, team-oriented, reliable, and able to thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • You believe in the Organizational Values to provide exceptional service, act with integrity and treat others with respect and will strive to improve the community for which you serve.

About Our Team

CDD is responsible for the review of development and building activity to ensure compliance with zoning and building codes, economic development goals, General Plan policies, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), housing policies, and community values. The department assists the community in establishing land use and neighborhood plans and ensures the quality of new projects through the design and development review process. The department staffs the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC), the Design Review Committee, the Council Neighborhoods Committee, the Downtown Committee, and the Visual Arts Committee in addition to establishing and maintaining communications with citizens, developers, businesses, other governmental agencies and City departments. The department also provides technical and policy support to the City Manager and other departments.

What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and group health coverage.
  • CalPERS retirement (2.7% at 55 formula for classic members; 2% at 62 for new members); employees contribute 11.5% for classic members; 10.5% for new members to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction.
  • Opportunity to utilize $2,000 in tuition reimbursement for education advancement annually, with an additional one time opportunity for up to $20,000 for the completion of a work related Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Up to $100/month City contribution for mass transit expenses, with $10/month minimum employee contribution.
  • Employee appreciation days and activities.
  • Management Development Funds – $1,000.00 annually.
  • Wellness culture including access to the employee gym and incentive pay for participating in the City’s wellness program.


Are You Ready? Apply.

Submit your application, supplemental questions and resume online at or to the Human Resources Division, City of Mountain View, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6309.


The recruitment will be continuous with the first application screening on Friday, January 11, 2019. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Interview Process

The most appropriately qualified candidates will be invited to an oral board interview tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019.   Select candidates who pass the oral board interview may be invited to interview with the Community Development Department staff for a more in-depth discussion regarding the position. Depending on the number of applicants this process may be altered.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early!

The Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a preemployment process, including employment verification, reference check, a criminal history questionnaire and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.  The City of Mountain View is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).