This position will reportto the Deputy Director and be a supervisor and member of the Current Planning team. The position typically has three direct reports and is responsible for supervising most discretionary applications proposing development within the City. The ideal candidate will have the required experience to lead and perform expert level professional planning work that includes supporting and implementing the City's General Plan, Zoning and Local Coastal Program. The Principal Planner provides competent and expert advice to elected and appointed City decision-makers, community organizations and the general public. Areas of responsibility include general urban planning and zoning, Coastal Act implementation, California Environmental Quality Act compliance, transportation, housing, economic development and contract management.
The ideal candidate will be an effective leader who can mentor and develop staff while working on multi-department teams, thrive in a fast paced and highly public participatory environment, have an open-door policy and be outgoing and engaging. The selected candidate will have outstanding communication skills and be able to present expert advice to the decision-makers and community stakeholders. Lastly, the ideal candidate will be confident and adept at presenting messages appropriately regardless of the venue or audience. Selection Components: Application Evaluation:
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis with the first review date of July 15 , 2020
. The position will remain open until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time. Candidates are required to submit a resume in order for the application package to be considered complete.Virtual Interview:
Tentatively scheduled on August6, 2020
. Passing applicants will be placed on an eligibilitylistthat may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur.
The City offers an excellent benefit package and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement Systems (CalPERS) Retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status withCalPERSandthe employee is required to contribute 13% of pay toward retirement costs.
Please view online job specification for a more detailed description of specific job duties.Principal Planner Job Specification.
Please view online job specification for a more detailed description of specific qualifications. Principal PlannerJob Specification.
Experience & Education and License/Certificate
A combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Four years of responsible professional current and/or advanced local government planning experience including some experience in the preparation or review of environmental documents.
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public or business administration or a related field.
License/Certificate: Due to the performance of some field duties which require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid and appropriate California driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.Please Note:
Candidates deemed most qualified, as reflected in their application materials, will be invited to continue in the recruitment process. The prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the Newport Beach Police Department. The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature, date, surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.Disaster Service Worker:
In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Newport Beach Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.