Job Title: Senior Planner and Principal Planner

Job Location: Oxnard

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Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Senior Planner and Principal Planner

AGENCY: City of Oxnard


FILING DEADLINE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE:  $68,714.46 – $127,493.39 Annually



The City seeks two Planners as follows:


Senior Planner CURRENT/NEAR TERM PLANNING/ PERMITTING (Planning & Environmental Services) – This position leads, oversees, reviews, and performs highly specialized, difficult, and complex tasks and projects for advanced or current planning assignments. The Senior Planner will occasionally assist in the training and mentoring of lower-level planning positions.


Essential Functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare staff reports and make oral presentations to City Council, boards, commissions, and neighborhood groups.
  • Monitor compliance of projects with environmental review laws; identify potential external environmental impact issues.
  • Confer with developers, architects, engineers, attorneys and contractors on development plans and designs regarding processing requirements, procedures, policies, and standards for land use entitlement.
  • Participate with various boards, commissions, and committees, and prepare related agendas, reports and minutes as needed.
  • Supervise the preparation of Planning Commission packets and agendas.
  • Oversee the filing of development applications and research and draft revisions and amendments to the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.
  • Confer with personnel from other city departments and agencies in facilitating various projects.
  • Assist in the development of procedures to streamline and clarify application processing.


Principal Planner LONG RANGE/SUSTAINABILITY (Planning & Sustainability Team) – This position leads, oversees, reviews, and performs highly specialized, collaborative, difficult and complex tasks and projects focused on long range, sustainability or advanced planning assignments.


Essential Functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist in creating the vision for an update to the City’s General Plan (2050 Oxnard General Plan update), and Local Coastal Plan (LCP), including an update to the City’s Local Implementing Program (LIP) (Coastal Zoning Ordinance of the Oxnard City Code, Chapter 17).
  • Assist in development of the City’s strategy to address Sea Level Rise and climate resiliency.
  • Assist in implementing actions from the City’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) to establish community and municipal sustainability policies and programs.
  • Monitor compliance with laws, with specific focus on environmental, climate, and energy regulations; and identify environmental consequences to policy implications associated with potential and adopted regulations.
  • May assist in managing the City’s cannabis program and assist in applying for grants.
  • Confer with personnel from other city departments and agencies to build consensus, collaborate, and facilitate actions to implement Planning & Sustainability goals, programs, and projects.
  • Prepare staff reports, participate in making presentations to various boards, committees, City Council, commissions, and neighborhood groups. May prepare related agendas, reports, and minutes.
  • May supervise in the preparation of Planning Commission packets and agendas for long range planning items.
  • May oversee the preparation of Initial Studies, Mitigated and Negative Declarations, and Environmental Impact Reports for long range projects ensuring compliance with state laws and all relevant policies, procedures, and directives.
  • May assist in public relations and engagement campaigns to facilitate community engagement. Knowledge of social media platforms and engagement tools may be needed.
  • Work involves extensive contact with government officials, public and private agencies, citizens, citizen groups, City departments, and attorneys. May participate in the training and mentoring of long-range departmental personnel as well as manage consultants and consultant contracts.



The ideal candidates will be dynamic thinkers, be organized and able to work on several large projects simultaneously. The selected candidates should have a strong understanding of General Plan update practices and trends; have extensive experience working with the California Coastal Act, including sea level rise, resilience and adaptation trends, regulations, and approaches, as well as a strong understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and sustainability programming. Successful candidates will also be familiar with the Housing Element, as well as housing trends, regulations, and state mandates. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills will be required to work with people of varied backgrounds and perspectives. A team player is highly desirable, and the ideal candidate will have the ability to prepare clear and concise oral and written reports. The ideal candidate will be astute at managing land use code updates, will be collaborative, and will have an understanding of land use and zoning regulations. The ideal candidate will be adept in the application of sound planning principals, and will employ state-of-the-art techniques and processes. Finally, the ideal candidate will stay abreast of environmental and sustainability trends and best practices and have the ability to keep a focus on creating a vision for the community.


Key Attributes, Skills, and Characteristics

  • A professional who leads by example and exercises exceptional independent judgment.
  • A leader that provides excellent customer service, is attentive, collaborative, and an active listener.
  • A professional that maintains current knowledge of new trends and innovations in the fields related to area of assignment, including, monitoring legislation, climate and environmental trends, and professional practices and techniques.
  • A skilled, independent thinker and strategist able to recommend policy and procedural improvements.



The normal workweek is Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and alternating Fridays, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs, including evenings or weekends as a result of community engagement activities.


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:


To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five professional references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:


Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.


For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas at: (510) 495-0448 or Email:


Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email:



The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. We do not  discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation.

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Apply by date: 06/17/2022