Escondido – California
The City of Escondido is seeking a motivated Principal Planner to fill a vacancy in the Current Planning section of the Planning Division. This is the advanced journey/technical expert level in the professional planning series, performing duties requiring the highest level of technical expertise. Positions assigned to this class can be distinguished from lower level planning classes by performance of the most complex and sensitive planning tasks requiring a high degree of technical expertise and knowledge related to assigned areas of planning, including serving as project manager on multiple complex and sensitive projects and studies involving a high level of independent coordination with other City staff as well as outside agencies and groups. Positions assigned to this class can be further distinguished by the performance of a full range of supervisory activities such as assigning work, monitoring project progress, and providing technical expertise and training to other professional and technical staff. Candidates must submit a City of Escondido job application available at The position is open until filled.

The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of zoning, community planning, site planning and CEQA. The position requires a skillful manager and customer service professional who can independently perform in a fast-paced environment. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, environmental studies, architecture or a related field and six years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience in local government including project management experience. A Master’s degree and AICP are desirable.