Principal Planner

Job Description

The Town of Moraga is currently accepting applications for Principal Planner. The Principal Planner plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and manages staff and specific operations of the Planning function including current and long-range planning, zoning, development, and environmental review; prepares and presents a variety of studies, ordinances, and staff reports to Planning Commission/Design Review Board and the Town Council and serves on local and regional planning and technical review committee; manages the effective use of division resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides complex and responsible support to the Planning Director in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

The Town's outstanding benefit package currently includes:

  • 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off
  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents
  • 80-200 hours annual vacation based on years of service
  • 11 observed holidays plus two floating holidays per year
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • 80 hours Administrative Leave
  • Town paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Deferred Compensation program
  • CALPERS retirement plan 2% @ 55 for Classic members; 2% @ 62 for new (PEPRA) members

Please note that the Town does not participate in Social Security.


Special Instructions

Applicants be mindful of the following schedule and reserve availability for interview dates:

01/28/2022: Application deadline

01/31/2022: Review of Applications

02/03/2022: Panel Interview 

TBD: Interview with Staff 

To apply, please visit CalOpps:

Job Information

Position Title: Principal Planner

Position Level: Senior

Position Reports To: Planning Director

Required Skills/Experience/Education:

Ideal Candidate

This is a management classification responsible for planning, organizing, and managing staff, operations, and activities of the Planning function. Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities, which include program evaluation, and recommendation and implementation of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, priorities, and standards related to planning functions. Incumbents serve as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses and studies. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within broad guidelines. The Principal Planner class is distinguished from the Senior Planner class by the greater complexity and sensitivity of assignments received, responsibility to lead and manage the most complex projects independently and is responsible for a major function of the Planning Department.

Equipment, Methods and Guidelines

Uses and applies principles of planning; federal, state and local planning laws, environmental laws, regulations and procedures. Uses computers and has knowledge of relevant computer programs including advanced GIS (geographic information system) applications. Uses telephones, other means of voice and written communications, and private vehicles.

Working Conditions

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but includes trips to other agencies and offices, visits to proposed and actual construction sites, and visits to sites of code compliance issues. Work involves attendance at meetings held during the regular workday and in the evenings and may include occasional out of town travel.

Physical Demands

Attendance at evening meetings following a normal workday may require stamina, as well as heightened speech, hearing and vision. Site visits may involve stooping, crawling, climbing and balance.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general direction from the Planning Director.  Directs the work of consultant(s) related to planning applications and special planning projects. Supervises the associate/assistant planning professional and administrative staff, as assigned and is responsible for overseeing a major activity of the department. Serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Planning Director and assumes all duties and responsibilities of the Director position.

Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Generally, this will require:

  • Experience: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience involving general plan, zoning, subdivisions, CEQA and development services, including two (2) years of supervisory experience.  Master’s Degree may be substituted for professional experience on a year-for-year basis, with a maximum of two years substitution.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in land-use planning, urban planning, landscape architecture. Master's Degree in a related field and municipal experience is highly desirable.

License or Certificate 

A valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is highly desirable.

US Citizenship: yes

Security Clearance: no

Salary Range: $117,684.00 - $143,040.00

Other Benefits:

Start Date: February 21, 2022

Position Type: Full Time

Travel: None

Language: English

Contact Information

Name: Town of Moraga

Address: 329 Rheem Blvd. Moraga CA 94556

Industry: Government

Phone: 925-888-7033



Contact: Donna Sullivan

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