Senior Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Del Mar

Position Level


Job Description

Are you an experienced municipal planning professional looking to work in a team oriented environment? If so, the City of Del Mar invites you to apply for the Senior Planner position with the Planning and Community Development Department.     Ideal candidates will have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning and a four-year degree with a major in planning or a closely related field.   The City is seeking individuals with strong communication skills and who can be adaptive and versatile in a dynamic and fast paced work environment. Other desirable qualities include experience working directly with or for a public agency; Certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); experience with Coastal Zone development and/or policy; experience with zoning administration and design review and/or housing policy; working well with the public and internal cross-department teams; experience presenting to governance boards and the public; and supervisory experience. The position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interested applicants must submit an application and supplemental questionnaire. 

Required Skills / Experience / Education

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. Plans, administers and coordinates multiple, complex current, advanced, and/or special projects; organizes and employs resources to achieve project objectives; prepares and monitors project budgets. Prepares and presents complex agenda reports, presentations, and other materials for public meetings including City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, City advisory committees, and community workshops. As assigned, acts as the liaison with other governmental agencies and the City’s Planning Commission and Design Review Board and attends public meetings as assigned; reviews regional projects and makes recommendations for City comments, and acts as City repre­sentative on regional project committees. Provides written and oral information and assistance to City staff, applicants, architects, builders, developers, attorneys, contractors, engineers, consultants, the general public, and outside organizations and agencies regarding a wide variety of planning and environmental issues, including current, long range planning and capital improvement projects; explains the City's development and public hearing process to design and development professionals, property owners, and the general public; provides support at the public counter as necessary. Manages and administers consultant contracts; develops and negotiates scope of work; establishes timeframes; ensures adequate funding; prepares requests for qualifications or proposals; prepares contracts; monitors consultant contracts and project budgets; authorizes invoices; provides direction to consultant; reviews technical studies and environmental documents prepared by consultants. Utilizes various software systems including digital plan review (Bluebeam), project tracking (TRAKIT), and Geographic Information System (GIS). May participate in selecting, training, motivating, and evaluating assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; participates in the conduct of performance evaluations; implements discipline and termination procedures in coordination with Human Resources; provides supervision and technical assistance to professional and technical planning staff, as assigned; instructs and checks the work of less-experienced planning staff. Keeps informed of current trends in the planning field, including legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques; evaluates their impact on City operations and recommendations any needed policy and procedural improvements. If assigned to the Current Planning division, in addition to the general duties listed above: Processes federal, state and local permits for private development projects and the City's capital improvement plan projects, such as Design Review Board Permits, Specific Plans, Coastal Development Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, and Tentative Parcel/Tract Maps; reviews drawings for structural conformity, proposed uses and aesthetics; conducts or directs staff to conduct site evaluations and analyses; reviews and analyzes civil engineering, architectural, landscaping, and other development plans for conformance with the City's Zoning and Community (General) Plan, conditions of approval, and mitigation requirements. Reviews development proposals for conformance with City's Community (General) Plan, Design Review Ordinance, and Zoning/development regulations; performs highly technical research related to discretionary planning projects and other planning matters including populations, housing, transportation, land use, and economic studies. Manages the preparation of environmental documents pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) including Mitigated Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports, and related documents; reviews the work of consultants responsible for preparation of same. Prepares CEQA pre and post Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) documentation including Notices of Preparation, Notices of Determination, Requests for Proposal, Request for Qualifications, Scopes of Work, and related documentation. If assigned to the Long-Range Planning division, in addition to the general duties listed above: Conducts the review, development, or revision of the various elements of the Community (General) Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Local Coastal Program (LCP), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determination documents, ordinances and other policies and procedures; analyzes planning issues and determines project schedules and priorities. Organizes and administers complex research studies, conducts analyses, and prepares reports/recommendations regarding land use, zoning, environmental requirements and issues, coastal resources, housing policy, and other matters. Performs and directs complex professional planning work related to long-range planning projects, including but not limited to amendments and maintenance of the City's General Plan, Local Coastal Program, Housing Element, Specific Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and municipal code amendments. Areas overseen may include, but are not limited to, historic preservation, coastal and housing programs.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$89,052.45 - $116,844.54

Other Benefits

WHAT DEL MAR HAS TO OFFER: A monthly cafeteria allotment of $1,544 (maximum) which also allows employees to cash out unused cafeteria excess or receive $400 monthly opt-out provision. Vacation Cash Out -eligible employees may cash out up to 80 hours of vacation time annually. 104 hours of paid management leave per fiscal year in addition to vacation leave. Voluntary retirement savings/deferred compensation: 457(b) plan and 457(b) Roth plan. 12 recognized holidays and an additional 2 floating holidays per calendar year The City provides tuition reimbursement of up to $1,000 per fiscal year for reimbursement of directly related costs of tuition, school fees, books, and required materials for approved courses and professional development opportunities. Sick Leave Conversion – eligible employees can convert up to 72 hours of sick leave to vacation hours at a rate 2 sick leave hours for 1 vacation hour. The Retirement Benefit Formula for Classic CalPERS Tier 2 Members is 2% at 60. The current employee contribution rate is 7%.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

1050 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Denise Galvan


[email protected]

Phone Number

(858) 704-3657