• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Jul 06, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $110,631.25 - $148,248.05 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is hiring! We have an immediate vacancy in a key position within the organization. Come join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together - they're counting on us.

We are accepting applications for the position of Planning Manager. The Planning Manager is key position within the Community Development Department and is an important member of the Department's leadership team.

Reporting directly to the Assistant Community Development Director, the Planning Manager is responsible for planning, organizing and managing the activities and operations of the planning work program which includes development and implementation of multiple current and long-range planning programs, including a comprehensive update to the General Plan. These programs currently include zoning, land use, environmental review, design review, and related municipal plans and policies of the City. The Planning Manager also, serves as technical advisor to the Planning Commission, Design Review Committee and Historic Preservation Committee.

The ideal candidate will be a high energy professional who is comfortable leading and managing in a dynamic environment. Offering depth in contemporary urban planning principles and practices, he/she will be an outstanding mentor and people manager who is committed to continuous improvement and exceptional customer service. Previous experience with streamlining and simplifying processes and enhancing customer experiences will be considered favorably. This talented professional will have the demonstrated ability in creating and maintaining a culture committed to excellence in the delivery of services and work products. A keen sense for efficient resource allocation, workload distribution and sound policies and procedures is desirable. Previous involvement in managing change related to the modernization of processes, systems and procedures will be considered favorably.

Previous experience working with elected and appointed officials, community members, developers and other external stakeholders is a prerequisite for success in this position. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional verbal and written communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills and sophisticated political acumen. An approachable professional who welcomes community engagement and interaction, he/she will also be a skilled facilitator who is adept at exploring possibilities and guiding collaborative problem solving. A history of building productive internal and external relationships that support organization goals will be expected.

This position is designated as "at will," serving at the pleasure of the Community Development Director, and subject to discharge without cause and the right of appeal.

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.

This is a continuous recruitment with a first review date of Friday, July 31, 2020.To be considered for this career opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire. For initial consideration, please submit your application and supplemental questionnaire by the first review date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at or by selecting here Planning Manager .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Bill Friedel, Principal HR Analyst at .

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in urban planning, business, economics, architecture, environmental studies, public administration, engineering or a related field and five years of professional planning experience with at least two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility for a major planning function. A Master's degree is preferred. License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required.

Certificate: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questions. The preferred method to submit your application is on-line at . If you are unable to submit an online application, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours or emailing Paper applications and answers to the supplemental questionnaire can be Faxed to (805) 648-4467 or mailed to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93001. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents via mail.

It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training and experience you possess. Resumes and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application. Submitting an incomplete application, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

Application Filing Deadline :

Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis. The first review of applications will take place on Friday,July 31, 2020. For initial consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before this date.Please note,the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

Department Selection Interview :

A select number of candidates will be invited to a panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position . Selected candidates will be notified of specifics at any time after the first review date. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the panel interview process is completed.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!Continuous

Job Address

501 Poli Street, Ventura, California United States View Map