Senior Planner (Full-Time)

City of Arcadia


Monthly Salary Range: $6,708- $8,377 

** Monthly Benefit Allowance of $972** 


In addition to the City’s application, candidates are strongly encouraged to upload a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in this position.


The City of Arcadia is seeking a professional, skilled, and team-oriented Senior Planner to join the Development Services Department. The Senior Planner will perform high-level professional planning duties using independent judgement in making decisions, and is a technical expert in planning, zoning, environmental review, architectural design, and some knowledge in historic preservation.

Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Perform research and analysis of the most difficult planning problems to develop and implement new programs.
  • Develop requests for proposals and manage consultant contracts associated with assigned planning projects.
  • Process planning entitlements, with considerable environmental analysis experience and compliance with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act).
  • Investigate complaints of zoning violations and recommend corrective action as necessary.
  • Attend public hearings and confer with City officials as well as the public on City planning activities.
  • Dealing with community groups on complex and potentially controversial issues.
  • Exercise direct supervision over Planners and Planning Interns in the execution of their duties; and performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and effective communication skills to deliver a customer service approach and ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive working relationships.
  • Be detailed oriented and possess good time-management skills to handle a variety of assignments and deadlines in an busy work environment.
  • Exercise good judgment in the completion of duties for time sensitive projects. 
  • Ability to apply technical and analytical skills to resolve problems and complete tasks.
  • Have the ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment in order to complete tasks and achieve shared goals.
  • Be able to work to cohesively with the planning team and maintain consistency with the Division’s implementation of regulations and policies.

For a complete description of this job classification, please visit the City’s website at


Experience:  Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional urban planning experience including some lead supervisory experience.

Education:  Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, Geography, or a related field.  A Master’s degree is desirable.

License/Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

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