Placer Employment Opportunities

Principal Planner

Recruitment #2022-14224-01

Introduction

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Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit www.placer.ca.gov.

POSITION INFORMATION


Placer County's Community Development Resource Agency currently has one vacancy for Principal Planner in its Tahoe City Office. 

This position is responsible for overseeing complex strategic initiatives and programs, including the County’s Short-Term Rental Program, and will manage administrative, enforcement, and other staff working on various housing and land use programs. This position will also develop stakeholder groups and public outreach strategies, facilitate stakeholder engagement, provide information to the public, and obtain public input on strategic initiatives and housing. Additionally, this position oversees the short-term rental permitting system and will be responsible for tracking and monitoring housing unit, tourist accommodation unit, and short-term rental unit data; preparing code amendments and updates to various policy documents; coordinating and reviewing land use development projects for consistency with program requirements; supporting and developing state, federal, and non-profit grant proposals to fund program needs; monitoring and reporting on grant funding implementation; using geo-spatial technology to analyze land use conditions in conjunction with County staff and outside local agencies; and preparing budgets and assisting in budget implementation and forecasting for staffing, equipment, and supplies/materials. 

The ideal candidate will have experience with land use development and will understand the application of state and federal laws, regulations, and funding, as well as principles and practices of housing, economics, and architecture as they relate to modern urban/suburban and regional planning. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to problem solve and collaborate with others and will be able to prepare and present effective technical reports using appropriate research methods and analysis.

BENEFITS

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view Management benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.

DEFINITION

To provide highly complex staff assistance to management staff for assigned functional area of responsibility; to manage, supervise and direct the activities of a major division or a major project element of the assigned functional area of responsibility; to perform highly responsible and complex professional planning duties in the preparation and review of plans and other documents relating to land use, environmental protection, economic development,  environmental compliance, and related topics; to administer applicable local ordinances and state and federal statutes; to administer planning related grant projects and contracts; and to assist the public in understanding and complying with adopted plans and regulations.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Principal Planner classification recognizes positions that exercise a higher level of independence and autonomy in the performance of the full-range of advanced and complex professional planning duties when overseeing the varied activities of a division or a major element of the assigned functional area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

As assigned, receives direction from management staff for the assigned functional area of responsibility.

May exercise direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage, direct, supervise and train subordinate staff involved with current and long range planning duties.
  • When assigned, manage land development activities within a defined geographic region of the County.  
  • Recommend goals and objectives regarding advanced planning studies for the County General Plan including element preparation, community plan preparation, policy formulation, program implementation and public presentation of findings and recommendations. 
  • Manage production of major planning documents such as the County General Plan, environmental documents and specialized plans such as community plans, ecosystem restoration plans, air and water quality plans, planning documents related to  environmental compliance plans and related topics. 
  • Conduct current planning reviews of large and/or complex land development projects including subdivisions, conditional use permits, design reviews, development agreements, rezoning and General Plan amendments.  
  • Review the plans of other public jurisdictions for compatibility with County plans. 
  • Perform environmental analysis for current and advanced planning projects, especially those of a highly complex, visible and sensitive nature; review environmental impact reports. 
  • Assist in the development, preparation and administration of the approved department, division and project annual budgets. 
  • Assist the public by providing information and explaining particularly complex land use, environmental compliance, development and related regulations and procedures; meet with applicants as necessary and correspond with applicants and/or their representatives regarding project status; write staff reports; and make presentations of findings and recommendations at public hearings and to public agencies; conduct and participate in public hearings. 
  • Coordinate with other County Departments and public agencies as needed; coordinate, direct and participate in interdepartmental and interagency land use development committees, Boards and Commissions.   
  • Prepare, manage and monitor state and federal project grant programs.
  • Administer contracts with independent contractors or consultants who provide planning or environmental planning services to the County. 
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; provide standards and operating guidelines, provide timely input to performance evaluations; recommend disciplinary measures, when necessary; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the assigned functional area of responsibility. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning and development.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, or a related field.

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department. Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

Required License or Certificate: 
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of land use planning and development.
  • Principles and practices of environmental planning and administration of environmental policies.
  • Principles and practices of grant project management and contract administration.
  • All applicable local ordinances and state and federal statutes.
  • state and federal grant programs.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the assigned functional area of responsibility.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic, basic statistics and mathematical calculations. 
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Planning related applications software.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently stand at counter for long periods of time; twist and reach office equipment; write and/or use keyboard to communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe planning activities and problem solve when appropriate; understand, interpret and explain applicable ordinances and statutes and assigned functional area of responsibility policies and procedures; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps.
  • Manage complex, lengthy, highly public and visible element(s) of the assigned functional area of responsibility's work program.
  • Manage, direct, supervise, train, assign, review and evaluate the work of assigned subordinate staff.
  • Manage and monitor state and Federal grant programs.
  • Compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and economic information of a difficult and complex nature; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; read and interpret applicable laws and regulations.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview and dialogue, and deal fairly and courteously with the public; work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Length of Probation:

This position shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more. 

Bargaining Unit: 

Management

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Conclusion

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jenny Junkins, Administrative Technician, at jjunkins@placer.ca.gov or (530) 886-4661.


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