Principal Planner & Senior Planner 
$7,059.00 - $9,518.00
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Location: 10500 Civic Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
About Planning and Economic Development
From its earliest days, the City of Rancho Cucamonga was dubbed the "City with a Plan," and over the past forty years, we have been creating a World Class Community. In late 2021, the City adopted an updated General Plan which clarified the vision for the City’s next chapter and an idea that has been simmering for over a decade: that the city can grow, providing new housing and economic opportunities and position itself for the next generation economy, while maintaining, or even improving, its wonderful single-family neighborhoods by focusing new growth onto key corridors and into key nodes.
The Planning and Economic Development (PED) Department plays a critical role in achieving the City Council's goals and objectives relative to land use, urban design, and the quality and sustainability of the built environment. The department focuses on development that enhances economic value and opportunities for prosperity and quality of life for all. We work with residents, business owners, and elected officials to build a consensus on how to develop the city on a human scale going forward, both short-term and long-term.  PED is also focused on improving the business environment in Rancho Cucamonga, aiding with business location questions, permit processing issues, real estate acquisition or other types of business assistance. The PED team administers the City’s General Plan and Development Code, which are the key documents that guide physical development (what can go where and under what conditions) in the city. Additionally, the Department focuses on creating opportunities for wealth through which community benefits are realized.  Development for people first and building a quality place attracts and retains residents, visitors, businesses, and talent.
There is currently one vacant position for a Principal Planner.  The City will also use this recruitment to establish an eligibility list for future Senior Planner vacancies. We highly encourage you to apply to be considered for either of these opportunities.

Senior Planner Salary: $6,582 - $8,878

Principal Planner
Reporting to the Deputy Director of Planning, the Principal Planner is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Planning Division.  The Principal Planner will be involved with making land use decisions and interpretations related to the General Plan and Development Code and other long-range planning documents, establishing a clear direction and implementation process. They will be responsible for managing staff workloads, training and evaluating staff work performance and establishing professional development plans, and function as a planning liaison to our Design Review and Trails Committees. The Principal Planner will make and supervise the presentation of reports and studies to decision-making bodies. In addition, they will lead the development and management of a world-class Community Development customer service team with our partners in Building & Safety and Engineering. The Principal Planner is also part of the Department’s leadership team, helping to inform and guide Department's strategic goals and decisions.

Senior Planner
Reporting to the Principal Planner, the Senior Planner manages highly complex planning entitlements, environmental analysis, and long-range planning projects.   Senior Planners provide a mentorship role for planning staff, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, effectively resolve problems and produce the highest quality work.

These positions might be perfect for you if:
  • You are interested in shaping and directing new citywide initiatives.
  • You want to mentor and develop the next generation of planners.
  • Can think strategically and make recommendations that meet the city's goals and objectives.
  • You have a talent for clearly and effectively communicating important planning decisions.
  • You relish complex problems and are excited to lead a cooperative process to devise solutions.
  • You are committed to providing excellent customer service through teamwork, communication, and responsiveness
  • You are looking for a team committed to your growth through training and team building opportunities.
  • You are a self-motivated leader who enjoys the flexibility of shifting between coordinating a team and detailed project management.
  • You have a background in urban design and both conventional and form-based codes.
  • You have a background in Historic Preservation and enjoy the history of Rancho Cucamonga.
You’ll be responsible for:
  • Handling complicated or sensitive development inquiries and providing guidance consistent with the General Plan goals and policies.
  • Mentor assigned staff to ensure their success.
  • Developing creative solutions to the most complex planning and land use problems.
  • Staying current on zoning and environmental regulations and other legal issues.
  • Participating in the development of goals and work plans for the department.
  • Processing the most complex or controversial development projects or initiatives.
  • We budget for renewals for our staff with professional certifications (AICP, CNU-A, etc.).
  • We are invested in your continued education and budget for educational courses and continuing maintenance for professional certifications.
  • Where possible, we offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule option so you can work from home on occasion.
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
First Round Application Screening completed by Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Tentative Panel Interview: Week of July 31, 2023
Tentative Department Interview: Tuesday, August 8th, or Wednesday, August 9th 
Anticipated Start Date: Monday, September 11, 2023
Education and/or Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Business Administration or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in local general-purpose government planning, including or supplemented by two years of supervisory experience or any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities. A Master's degree in Public Administration, Planning, Business Administration or a related field is desirable.
All applicants are required to apply online at www.cityofrc.usThis recruitment is open until filled or until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Please see the above timeline for additional information.