• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $74,165.94 - $99,382.61 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 Senior Planner. The Senior Planner reports to the City's Planning Manager and is responsible for coordinating, leading, and/or supervising the daily activities of a unit in the Community Development Department. The Senior Planner performs responsible professional planning work involving, current and advance land use planning, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, historic preservation, affordable housing, CDBG/HOME, economic development or related areas.

This is the advanced-journey, classification of the Planner series in which incumbents may be assigned to lead or supervise any unit or program within the Community Development Department including Land Use Planning for current and advance programs, Community/Federal Grants Programs or Economic Development. The Senior Planner works independently with minimum supervision with lead responsibility for major projects or program areas, supervises the work of subordinate staff and monitors progress of consultants and contractors, and performs the more complex and specialized assignments.

The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated technical expertise in the preparation and implementation of current and advance land use plans. This person should be a collaborative team player with passion and interest in economic vitality and sustainability witha thorough understanding of traditional urban and neighborhood design. The ideal candidate will beresults-oriented with a proven track record to reach solutions and isa skilled facilitator and communicator who is able to represent the City before governing boards. Certification through the American Institute of Certified planners (AICP) is desirable.


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 recruitment is open until filled. The first review of application is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 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 Senior Planner .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources at .

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Architecture, Public Administration, Affordable Housing or closely related field, (a master's degree in a related area is desirable); AND four years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience, including at least two years professional experience in assigned specialty with some lead responsibility. AICP certification is desirable.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method to submit your application is online 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, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, 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, November 13, 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 qualifying panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position. Top candidates from the qualifying interview will be selected for the department final selection interview. 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 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, genders, 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!

Job Address

501 Poli Street, Ventura, California United States View Map