Senior Planner (#RE2004)
$47.85-$58.16 Hourly / $8,293.67-$10,081.01 Monthly / $99,524.13-$120,972.21 Yearly


Under direction, performs difficult supervisory and planning work within a major functional section of the Planning Division; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level class in the professional planning series. An incumbent of this class exercises substantial independent judgment and initiative by performing complex planning work and supervising staff within a major planning section such as Current Planning or Advanced Planning.


  • Supervises the activities of staff in a Planning Division section; assigns, trains, directs and evaluates and coordinates the work of subordinates; helps select staff as needed; assists with disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Assists the Department's management team; confers with peers and superiors to keep fully informed of new legislation, regulations, and other developments; helps develop Division goals and objectives; recommends and implements policies and procedures as needed.
  • Prepares a variety of reports including complex planning reports; supervises and participates in the preparation of ordinance changes, regulatory amendments, environmental impact reports, and other complex planning documents.
  • Participates in difficult planning projects; helps review, analyze and make recommendations regarding development projects.
  • Assists in the development, organization and implementation of community participation programs as well as the preparation/implementation of planning programs.
  • Supervises the collection, synthesis, analysis and reporting of data; supervises and performs research assignments; may prepare complex graphic displays and/or illustrations.
  • May meet and consult with other governmental agencies, private organizations, and others as necessary to address issues of common interest.
  • Supervises and participates in the process of assisting the public with the interpretation of zoning and planning regulations; helps investigate and resolve complaints.
  • Participates in staff meetings as required; may attend Planning Commission meetings, Board of Supervisors hearings and other meetings/conferences as assigned; may make presentations as assigned.
  • Performs special projects as assigned; may assist with budget preparation and other administrative activities.


Experience: Two years as an Associate Planner in San Joaquin County service. 

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in urban or regional planning, public administration, geography, architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, economics, ecology or a related field. 

Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience in urban or regional planning. Substitution: A Master’s Degree in urban or regional planning may substitute for one year of the qualifying experience.


Principles and practices of public administration and supervision; principles, practices, methods and techniques of urban and regional planning; current laws and regulations pertaining to zoning, environmental issues, land development and the county planning process; principles and practices of economics, sociology, architecture and legal procedure as they relate to modern urban and regional planning; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; research methods and analysis.


Plan, assign, train, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; supervise and implement a comprehensive planning program; analyze and summarize statistical/technical data and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports; identify and help address a wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy; interpret and apply laws and regulations relating to urban/regional planning; appear before boards and commissions and present reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a department personnel, County managers, various County and other government officials, private agents, and the general public.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; Lifting-Frequently 5-30 pounds or less; occasionally 30-70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision-Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-May be exposed to dust and varied outdoor conditions; may require occasional weekend or evening work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE2004; EST: 5/10/2000;