Supervising Planner

County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA4.2

Full-time$83,000 - $100,000 a year
Position Information
Permit Sonoma seeks a seasoned professional to become a Supervising Planner.
Starting salary up to $48.29/hour ($100,787/year)
and a cash allowance of approximately $600/month.*

Permit Sonoma's ideal candidate will possess:
Four years of professional planning experience implementing a wide variety of complex planning issues
The ability to effectively collaborate and interact positively with the general public, business owners, municipal leaders, boards, commissions, and elected officials
Proven leadership abilities and excellent analytical problem solving skills
The ability to manage multiple disciplines and juggle competing priorities
When you join Permit Sonoma you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, where you will gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
Working as Supervising Planner with Permit Sonoma, you will assign and monitor the workload of clerical, technical, and professional staff engaged in planning and zoning related responsibilities; act as a staff planner on highly complex projects; and provide supervisory guidance to other planners. Additionally, Supervising Planners:
Assist in the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities
Perform complex and sensitive planning work, and prepare reports and findings
Supervise, train, evaluate, coordinate, review, and participate in the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff to include preparing staff reports, collecting data, conducting analysis, formulating plans, and implementing a variety of planning, zoning, and environmental issues
Meet and advise developers on application processes, including explaining the purpose, regulations, and directives of accepted development practices
Make recommendations on development applications, use permits, variance, subdivisions, commercial, and residential planned development permits, and other planning applications
Represent the Planning Division at public meetings and present planning and zoning matters to outside agencies and County departments
When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county, its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about our community and the services we provide, please visit and the Permit Sonoma website.

  • Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU). This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Any combination of education and/or training that would provide an opportunity to acquire the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, solid waste planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies or closely related courses, would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, four or more years of professional planning experience in city, county, or regional planning, or private planning agency would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of: the principles, methods, theories, practices, and techniques of urban and regional land use planning design review and resource management planning; urban and rural development and conservation; research methodology, and of standard statistical methods and procedures as they apply to the use of socio-economic and environmental data; supervisory principles and procedures; county government and of other governmental agencies which have a coordinative relationship with County planning activities.

Working knowledge of: the principles, practices and techniques of drafting and graphic arts; transportation planning; planning, organizing and supervising work of others; the use of electronic information equipment, systems, and programs; mediation and conflict resolution techniques.

Ability to: plan, prioritize, review, direct, implement, and perform work assigned to the section; supervise and train subordinate staff; suggest alternative work methods or special training; evaluate graphic design and site plans; plan, organize and carry through research projects effectively; understand and develop current knowledge in special areas such as environment, transportation, population growth and density; select proper methodology and apply it to planning problems; present the results of research effectively in oral, written or graphic form; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; learn to problem solve and understand, interpret, and explain a wide variety of laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations relating to land use issues; work effectively with and advise appointed citizens advisory committees and groups and various official boards and to communicate orally and in writing concerning specific planning studies, projects and programs; prepare clear and concise written reports; reason logically and speak effectively; perform difficult, complex, and specialized planning studies and projects with a great deal of independence; select proper research methodology and apply it to planning problems; present the results of research effectively in oral, written and graphic form; refine, rewrite, and combine work of lower level planning staff; speak effectively before groups and audiences; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information;
establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees, other public agencies and the general public.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: EP