Senior Planner
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Senior Planner
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
Under supervision, leads, oversees and performs the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for providing planning services to the City/District; organizes, executes and completes routine to major planning projects; performs related duties as required.
This is the advanced journey-level class in the Planner series. This classification is distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility, independence, and complexity of duties assigned. Incumbents perform the more difficult and responsible types of duties of the class series including exercising lead direction on a project basis.
Receives direction from higher-level management staff and exercises project direction over consultants and lower level staff.
The duties and responsibilities listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a full and exhaustive listing of all of the duties and responsibilities of the classification.

Provides lead direction to consultants, subordinate professional, technical, and clerical staff; trains assigned staff in their areas of work including planning methods, procedures and techniques; verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications.

Reviews planning projects for consistency with applicable rules and regulations, including ordinances, general plan, environmental compliance and other related areas; assists in code enforcement activities and special projects.

Provides analysis and recommends actions on various aspects of planning; develops statistics and engages in research in preparation of various phases of planning projects; Establishes and maintains appropriate files, and prepares correspondence as required.

Writes reports and develops a variety of presentations related to community needs, goals and services; meets with and advises property owners and developers on a variety of planning matters; provides information on planning, zoning and subdivision matters and interprets laws and policies for other employees and the public; attends and participates in a variety of group meetings; stays abreast of trends and innovations in the field of planning

Reviews and makes presentations regarding development plans, architectural reviews, use permits and sign reviews for conformance with design standards; performs field inspections to determine conformance to design standards and regulations.

Assists in the preparation of agendas, public hearing notices, and scheduling of planning applications; attends meetings of the City Council/District Board, Planning Commission, and citizen advisory committees as required; assembles pertinent data to be used in studies required for meetings and hearings; prepares technical reports, presents and explains detailed information.

Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  Principles, practices and trends of municipal planning, urban design, and zoning; laws rules and regulations pertaining to land use and zoning including environmental laws, regulations and review processes; research and methods and practices; maps, site plans, and architectural drawings; statistics and statistical analysis as applied to land use, transportation, zoning and master plan studies; business correspondence, report writing, and English usage including spelling, punctuation and grammar; applicable computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics applications; effective methods and practices of lead supervision.
Skill in:  Reading and interpreting architectural and engineering plans and specifications; preparing and making effective presentations; preparing cost analysis; managing complex projects; operating vehicles and equipment in a safe manner; communicating clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; operating office equipment, including computers and associated software applications.
Ability to:  Lead, organize and review the work of subordinate staff; perform difficult planning assignments independently; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and reports; interpret and apply laws, ordinances and regulations governing planning activities; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; work independently and exercise good judgment; establish priorities and complete assignments; perform related duties as required.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field.
Experience:  Four years of increasingly responsible planning experience.
Ability to attend evening meetings; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to manage multiple priorities and projects; ability to apply technical knowledge and explain information to a variety of audiences.
Licenses:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and maintenance of a good driving record may be required.
SALARY:  $7,986 - $9,707 per month

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200