City of Newark – Senior Planner

Senior Planner | City of Newark | Salary: $8,415 – $12,199


The Senior Planner is an important member of the Community Development Department team, which includes Planning, Community Preservation (Code Enforcement) and Economic Development divisions. This position reports to the Deputy Community Development Director and is expected to exercise independent judgement with a moderate amount of oversight. The senior planner would focus primarily on current planning project entitlement requests, but, as is the case for a small-city organization, would be exposed to many different professional opportunities within the department and across divisions, such as policy development and implementation, affordable housing programs, administrative improvements, community outreach and communications, and leadership development.  This position will represent the City at meetings with public officials, regulatory bodies, the business community, policy and advisory boards, community groups, and the public. The senior planner does not have any direct reports. However, there may be future opportunities to supervise staff, depending on the qualifications and interest of the candidate selected for the position.

Applicants are encouraged to review the class specification minimum qualifications required for the position at: Senior Planner Classification

Ideal Candidate

In addition to the minimum qualifications described in the job classification, the ideal candidate will be an experienced entitlements project manager with a proven background of success for delivering project recommendations to decision-makers based on complete staff work and thorough analysis of adopted codes, policy documents, and CEQA regulations. This candidate will thrive within a small organization where staff is tasked with a wide variety of assignments. This senior planner should be comfortable taking well-reasoned risks and discussing and implementing new ideas and approaches to effective service delivery. Key qualities expressed by the ideal candidate include identifying opportunities, problem solving, developing options, taking action, and making reasonable decisions.  The senior planner shall have high standards for communication, particularly with respect to written reports, oral presentations, and interpersonal relationships.  Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is ideal. AICP certification is preferred, but not required.


The City of Newark provides a comprehensive benefits program which includes:

  • Retirement: CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members, employee contributes 11.468%;  or 2.0% @ 62 for New PEPRA members., employee contributes 10.218%.  The City does not participate in Social Security.  The City participates in Medicare.
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance: The City contributes the following amounts to employees’ health and welfare benefits:
    • Employee only: $861
    • Employee + 1 dependent: $1,721
    • Employee + 2 or more dependents: $2,273

Employees may “cashout” up to $450 per month of any money not used for the purchase of employer offered benefits. Any “cashout” will be paid to the employee in taxable compensation.

  • Out-of-pocket health expenses: Reimbursement of up to $100 per month.
  • General Leave: 184 to 264 hours of general leave accrual each year, depending on length of service.
  • Management Leave: Up to 56 hours per fiscal year.
  • Holidays: 11 holidays scheduled, additionally will get one floating holiday and one birthday holiday to be scheduled.
  • Deferred Compensation: Three 457 deferred compensation plans offered for additional retirement planning.
  • Life Insurance and AD&D: City-paid $20,000 policy. Additional insurance available at employees’ cost or by using the City contribution listed above.
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability: Voluntary participation.
  • Health & Fitness: Employees and eligiblefamily members have free access to the Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center as well as resident rates for classes and rentals.
  • On-site Amenities:  Bicycle lockers, private shower room, and employee wellness activities.
  • Educational Reimbursement:Up to $10,000 for higher education; up to 100% reimbursement of job-related training beyond City provided training.

Special Instructions

All applications must include a cover letter and resume. Applications and resumes submitted through CalOpps by October 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. will be reviewed. The most qualified candidates will be invited to a panel interview and written exercise tentatively scheduled for the week of October 18, 2021. Finalists will be invited to a final interview process scheduled for the week of November 1, 2021. The selected final candidate will be required to complete a background check, including fingerprinting, and a basic physical exam. The candidate successful in all phases of the recruitment process will be asked to start employment as soon as possible.

We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department prior to the review date for accommodation requests.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.  All new employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath.

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