Chief Planner

County Of Mendocino   Ukiah, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on July 25, 2022
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Education and Experience:

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience, training, and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:


Experience:  4-years related experience including 2 years in a supervisory role; or 1-year as Senior Planner


Education:  Normally, education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Rural/Community Planning, or a related field.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid State Driver's License
American Institute of Certified Planners (desirable)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of:
  • Advanced principles, methods, and techniques utilized in land use and environmental planning, including ordinances and regulations pertaining to zoning, subdivisions and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and implementation.
  • Administration of staff and activities either directly or through subordinate supervision.
  • All applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.
  • Socio-economic and environmental principles and their application to urban and rural development and conservation.
  • Research methodology and standard statistical methods and procedures as they apply to planning.
  • Principles and practices of public administration.
  • Departmental policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of urban, regional, and environmental planning.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
  • Correct English usage including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
  • Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
  • Standard business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.
  • Basic budgetary principles and practices.
Skill in:
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Using mathematics.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Mental and Physical Abilities:
  • Ability to determine work priorities and effectively coordinate and schedule personnel and other resources.
  • Ability to think and speak clearly, analyze, and resolve issues in a high-pressure public hearing forum.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
  • Ability to prepare and present complex technical reports.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to determine appropriate research methodology for project studies and insure that analysis is complete and accurate.
  • Ability to supervise the preparation of, or perform, complex, difficult, or specialized planning studies and projects.
  • Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
  • Ability to write reports, correspondence, procedure manuals.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problem situations, establish priorities of action based on analysis, and take appropriate action to resolve problems.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the incumbent is regularly required to walk, sit, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, speak and hear, push and pull, move, or lift above and below the neck objects weighing up to 20 pounds. 


Selection Procedure


Important Application Information: 

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply. 
  • You must complete all sections of the application.  A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application.  Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference “see résumé” will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application. 
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character. 
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative.  Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan.  Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards.  Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.