Job Title: Principal Planner

Job Location: Carlsbad

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Job Description:


Under general direction, to assume supervisory responsibility for major planning programs as assigned; to assist in the coordination of the daily departmental administrative activities and supervision of other professional and technical staff; to perform professional planning work; and to perform related responsibilities as required. The current opportunity is to lead the Advance Planning and Special Projects Team. The work of this team includes all long-range planning activities in addition to special studies and review and permitting of city Capital Improvement Projects.


Provide supervision and guidance for other professional staff and participate in the conduct of complex studies relating to the social, economic and physical development of the community.

Develop and implement work plans for complex projects and programs.

Assist in coordinating a program of staff assistance to the Planning Commission and other commissions and committees in planning matters, including the preparation of reports and recommendations.

Assist in developing policies, rules and procedures for the effective operation of the department, including establishing goals and objectives and priorities.

Coordinate routine departmental purchasing, personnel, budget and related administrative activities.

Make oral presentations concerning planning programs and development projects to Planning Commission and to the City Council and other boards and commissions as required.

Make authoritative interpretations of applicable regulations and policies.

Respond to difficult citizen complaints and requests for information.

Represent the city at community or professional meetings; make presentations as required.

Meet with developers, architects, engineers and others involved in privately sponsored residential, commercial and industrial projects; assist in the review and evaluation of project plans for conformance to established land use regulations, codes and policies.

Oversee the preparation of ordinances, resolutions and reports to the City Council, Planning Commission and others regarding departmental planning activities.

Assign work to subordinate personnel, providing instructions and answering questions: coordinate the scheduling and completion of work by determining operational priorities and resolving work load problems; review work for accuracy and completeness: evaluate work techniques and methods for conformance to established standards.

Coordinate program activities with other city departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices applicable to planning, redevelopment and housing programs.
Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Organization and functions of the various agencies involved in the planning process.
Principles and practices of organization, administration, budgeting and supervision.
Research methods and techniques and methods of report presentation.
Ability to:
Supervise, train and evaluate staff.
Manage day-to-day operations of planning activities.
Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Prepare and interpret ordinances and formulate land use and housing policies.
Collect and analyze data and develop complex plans and reports.
Develop and implement work plans for complex projects and programs.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with city officials and employees, the general public and representatives of other agencies.
Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
Work well under pressure to meet deadlines.


Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in planning, public administration, community development, urban design or related field, and

Three years of increasingly responsible professional planning, redevelopment or housing experience with some experience in a supervisory or lead capacity.

A master’s degree in planning, public administration, business administration or related field is desirable.

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Apply by date: 05/08/2020