City of Ventura
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Job Description

Join our team at the City of Ventura as we embark on an exciting journey in shaping our community's future! We're thrilled to announce that applications are now open for the position of Principal Planner within our Community Development Department.

This is a continuation of the February 2024 recruitment.  If you previously applied, you do not need to reapply at this time.

What You’ll Do

As a Principal Planner, you'll play a pivotal role in leading our Planning Division, guiding our team in development review, updating land use policies, conducting environmental analysis, and driving community housing and economic development programs. This is a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact on the cityscape, utilizing your expertise to shape vibrant and sustainable communities. 

This is the full supervisory classification in the Planner series. The Principal Planner is distinguished from the Senior Planner by supervisory responsibility for professional, technical, and clerical staff as well as supervision of consultant or contract services. This position is further distinguished from the Planning Manager by the latter's overall responsibility for managing all sections in the Planning division. 

Who You Are

We're seeking a dynamic leader who is passionate about mentoring, fostering collaboration, and engaging with our diverse community. The ideal candidate will bring innovative approaches to public service, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and demonstrate a commitment to effective organizational management. If you're someone who values accountability, results-driven solutions, and superior customer service, we want to hear from you!

In addition to your leadership skills, we're looking for someone with a deep understanding of urban and neighborhood design principles. Experience in managing complex projects, navigating zoning policies, conducting design and environmental reviews, and promoting historic preservation initiatives will be highly valued.

If you're ready to join a dedicated team of professionals and contribute to the vibrant future of Ventura, we encourage you to apply today. Help us shape the city we love into an even better place to live, work, and thrive!


For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City’s Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by selecting here Principal Planner.  

Position Qualifications

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, environmental studies, public administration, engineering or a closely related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional planning, former redevelopment agency work or related program management experience in the assigned area including two years of first line supervisory experience or three years of lead responsibility or oversight of projects or programs are required.  Professional planning experience in a California public agency is highly desirable. 

License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid driver license may be required.

Certificate: Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a compensation package that includes both a generous salary and excellent benefits! 

SALARY: $99,927.36 - $133,903.74 Annually DOQ

BENEFITSRefer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits. 

How to Apply

Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted continuously.  Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly.  Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis.  Open until filled.

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457