Poway – CA
Poway is a City of diverse land uses with 50% of the City’s land devoted to open space consistent with a well-established Habitat Conservation Plan. We also have a strong, vibrant business park that is home to many high-tech and innovative businesses. The City offers a wide range of retail, service and recreational uses.

Come join our team of passionate, creative and enthusiastic planners in the City of Poway’s Development Services Department!

Are you a self-motivated team player who enjoys a challenge? Do you have excellent communication skills and thrive on multi-taking? Do you want to make a difference in a community that was recently ranked the fifteenth best place in California to raise a family? If so, the City Planner position is for you!

Please Note: An incomplete application and/or referencing your resume in lieu of answering any of the supplemental questions will be cause for disqualification from the recruitment process. Changes cannot be made to your application once it is submitted so please ensure that the information you provide is accurate and complete.


Under administrative direction, assists in planning, organizing, managing, and providing general direction and oversight for the planning, building, and code compliance functions and activities of the Development Services Department, including current, long-term, and environmental planning activities; assists in coordinating assigned activities with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments, divisions, and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Director of Development Services in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Receives administrative direction from the Director of Development Services or assigned supervisor. Exercises direct and general supervision over assigned staff.

Key Responsibilities:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assumes management responsibility for all City planning, building, and code compliance functions and activities, including current, long-term, and environmental planning activities.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned functions and programs; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Assists in managing and participates in the development and administration of the Development Services annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees on performance issues in coordination with Human Resources; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and reviews with the Director of Development Services; directs the implementation of improvements.
  • Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating the Development Services Department’s work plan; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
  • Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates service delivery, makes recommendations for improvement and ensures maximum effective service provision.
  • Administers and implements the City’s General Plan and zoning ordinances, including providing staff direction regarding department policy interpretation and conducting meetings with the public regarding related issues.
  • Oversees City compliance with current environmental laws and acts, including providing necessary direction and updated information to staff, setting policies, and drafting a variety of review reports.
  • Oversees advanced-level land use and planning activities, including analyzing and reviewing complex development proposals; negotiates and manages consultant contracts for planning projects as well as development agreements.
  • Provides project management for the most complex planning studies; analyzes site design, terrain constraints, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services for all planning applications; ensures compliance with federal, state, local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Confers with engineers, developers, architects, and a variety of agencies and the general public in acquiring information and coordination of planning, zoning, subdivision, building, environmental, and related matters; provides information regarding City development.
  • Negotiates contracts and agreements; coordinates with City department representatives to determine City needs and requirements for contractual services; monitors and manages the City contract for Building Services.
  • Oversees and manages City-wide code compliance activities.
  • Serves as a liaison for the Development Services Department with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies; attends meetings, as necessary; provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces, as necessary; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • Represents the Development Services Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities.
  • Conducts a variety of departmental organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Participates on and makes presentations to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of engineering and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect City or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the Director of Development Services.
  • Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/License or Certificates Required: 


Eight years of responsible municipal planning experience with four years of supervisory, management, and/or administrative experience.


A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education (i.e., minimum completed California units = 120 semester/180 quarter) from an accredited educational institution with major coursework in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field.

Licenses and Certifications: 

Valid California class C driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements: 

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.

Examination Process: 

Please Note: Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection; however, for earliest consideration please submit your application materials as soon as possible. Visit www.poway.org/jobs to submit your application.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training and experience. Highly rated candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may consist of any combination of the following: written examination, performance test, and appraisal interview. Candidates must successfully complete each step of the selection process in order to be placed on the eligibility list. The eligibility list established will be in effect for a period of six months. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility status. All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment physical that includes a drug screening and a background investigation, including LIVESCAN fingerprinting. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The City of Poway participates in E-Verify. All employees are required, by law, to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California constitution at time of hire.