County of Alameda – Senior Planner


The Alameda County Planning Department plans and oversees new development and redevelopment plans; creates policy for land use; and regulates, monitors and enforces County Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision, Surface Mining, Neighborhood Preservation, and other ordinances. The Planning Department performs municipal-type land use regulation functions for unincorporated areas of the county, ensuring compatible land use for over 136,000 citizens within its jurisdiction.

The Planning Department protects and enhances the quality of life in our communities by:

-Creating specific area and general plans with community participation, thus guiding the development and conservation of the county’s unincorporated areas.

– Planning and building existing and new communities utilizing in-house policy, environmental assessment and site design review expertise.

-Enforcing the General Plan and the zoning ordinance and responding to citizen-initiated concerns about land use.


Under general direction, the Senior Planner is responsible for supervision of the day-to-day activities of a functional section within the Planning Division of the Community Development Agency; administrative and evaluative functions for the division and the Department; personal performance of duties related to more complex projects; and related work as required.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Critical Thinker, problem solver
  • Ability to identify and proactively look to resolve issues early
  • Organized
  • Responsible
  • Detail-oriented
  • Desire to mentor/lead by example
  • Excellent judgement
  • Solution-oriented


Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Planner III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and the equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible, professional experience in County, city, or regional planning, or a related field, including experience directing the work of others or administrative experience.

(NOTE: A Master’s degree in city, regional or urban planning, public health, or a related field from a accredited college or university, based on a two-year curriculum, may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

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