Planner (Senior)

Firm: Solano County
Fairfield, California

Payment: Paid
Category: Community Development
Contact: Meoshi Hayes
Posted: Mar 2, 2022

The Senior Planner is a high-level technical position responsible for the most complex planning projects that the Solano County Planning Division oversees. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, vibrant, and a solutions-oriented leader who demonstrates knowledge of current / advanced planning procedures and practices, current software, environmental review requirements, and the function of a planning division at an expert level. The individual will be comfortable with managing concurrent complex current/advanced planning assignments, administrative responsibilities, providing leadership to junior planning staff and have a depth of knowledge in overseeing the preparation of environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The individual will possess established public presentation skills and the ability to produce professional quality staff reports. Strong writing / verbal communication skills are a must as the Senior Planner will regularly make presentations, respond to inquiries, and synthesize / translate complex technical planning information for less technical decision makers and the public-at-large. The candidate is passionate about providing professional planning services, will have a sense of urgency, will be committed to providing quality service for our rural community, and a desire to support and help build strong current and advanced planning sections. The individual will be a self-motivated and an independent worker with excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with the County Board of Supervisors, outside agencies and other stakeholders, as well as facilitate public meetings.

Senior Planners can gain a broad range of experience and the satisfaction of guiding projects from inception to completion. The Solano County Planning Services Division is a vibrant, team-oriented environment offering a tremendous opportunity to guide the current and future development of the county. Persons with a high level of integrity, ability to keep composed in all settings, and who work well with clients of all types, is desired.

The ideal Senior Planner candidate is collaborative, inclusive, possesses excellent time management /problem solving skills, and is committed to exceptional customer service, both internal and external customers. The individual will bring a positive attitude, a sense of humor, exercise thoughtful decision-making and provide defensible and careful recommendations to the Principal Planners / Planning Manager.

EXPERIENCE: Four years of progressively responsible public planning experience that includes extensive public contact associated with long range planning and/or current planning and policy development.


EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree is required from an accredited college or university, preferably in planning or a related field. A Master’s degree in urban planning can be substituted for one year of experience.

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

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Application Deadline:
March 21, 2021, by 5:00pm