Thousand Oaks

Senior Planner (19890021)

Ventura County
Until filled
$45.15-$67.73 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Human Resources, 2nd Floor, Thousand Oaks, 91362


The City of Thousand Oaks has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Planner with a diverse background in the field of city planning who has demonstrated the ability to effectively work within all related sub-disciplines, including development planning, advance planning, environmental planning, and open space planning. 

We are seeking an innovative, collaborative individual to conduct a variety of planning duties with competence and professionalism. The Senior Planner must be an excellent team player with a track record of excellent judgement who has demonstrated initiative and been successful in improving processes.

The Senior Planner will assume a lead role in complex advance planning, development projects, including residential, mixed-use, commercial, industrial, and institutional proposals and may assist in the preparation of environmental documents (both internally and through planning consultants).  The Senior Planner may also process legislative applications, such as zone changes and General Plan amendments, and occasionally assist with open space planning/natural resource management projects.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage and process applications for complex development projects with minimal supervision
  • Assist with the City's comprehensive General Plan update
  • Manage preparation by consultants of environmental documents in accordance with CEQA requirements, including Mitigated Negative Declarations and Environmental Impact Reports; write certain environmental documents
  • Consult and advise property owners, architects, engineers, contractors and the general public regarding City policies, standards, and procedures
  • Prepare written communications including staff reports and analytical reports
  • Present information to City Council, Planning Commission, and other groups
  • Process legislative cases such as Municipal Code Amendments, zone changes, and General Plan amendments
  • Assist with open space/natural resource management projects
  • Assist with downtown revitalization projects, including Specific Plan amendments

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or a closely related field
  • Five or more years of responsible professional level planning experience including two years at a level comparable to an Associate Planner with the City of Thousand Oaks
  • Development project experience
  • Knowledge of, and experience preparing or coordinating, the preparation of documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act
  • Experience applying urban design principles and/or architectural design guidelines
  • Experience with downtown revitalization/Specific Plans
  • A participative management style focused on excellent customer service
  • A passion for City planning with demonstrated experience in process improvement
  • Ability to research, analyze, interpret and present data
  • Excellent time management, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving, decision making, planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work very effectively and collaboratively with people inside and outside the City organization
  • A valid Class C California driver’s license

Core Competencies:

Strategic Thinker

Politically Astute

Results Oriented

Team Builder

Effective Communicator

Technically Knowledgeable


The City provides excellent benefits. 

Special Instructions

First review of candidates:  Monday, August 12, 2019


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - The City of Thousand Oaks makes reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the selection process. If you wish to request an accommodation in order to participate in the selection process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the final filing date. Applicants requesting an accommodation should document the request including the type and extent of accommodations requested to participate in the selection process and/or perform the duties of the job for which applied.

Veteran’s Preference - In order to qualify for Veteran’s Preference a Form DD214, or other acceptable proof of service, must be submitted by the deadline date/time noted in the job announcement. Any veteran who has successfully completed all phases of a selection process for employment with the City shall be granted a final interview regardless of his or her ranking on the eligibility list, providing he/she meets the criteria for an eligible veteran.


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