Senior Planner/Planning Manager Search

The Position

The City of Tehachapi's Development Services Department has one full-time job position available for a Senior Planner or Planning Manager depending on education and experience.

Senior Planner

The Senior Planner performs advanced level professional work pertinent to current and/or advance planning.  A Senior Planner organizes, assigns and reviews the work of assigned personnel and to provides responsible staff assistance to upper-level management.

The Senior Planner confers with engineers, developers, architects, a variety of agencies and the general public in acquiring information and coordinating planning and zoning matters as well as providing information regarding City development requirements.

Planning Manager

The Planning Manager plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Planning Division in the Development Services Department, acts as an advisor to the City in interpreting the general plan, zoning and subdivision codes, and evaluating environmental issues, and performs a variety of highly complex and difficult professional-level planning duties.

The Planning Manager is able to prepare general plan elements and amendments, make recommendations concerning long-range planning projects (including annexations, specific plans, specific plan amendments, precise plans or complex subdivisions), can manage professional consulting teams, and can effectively execute nearly any type of Planning function.


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices of urban planning and development
  • Advanced methods and techniques of technical report preparation and presentation
  • Advanced research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Planning and Zoning Law, State Subdivision Map Act and Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act
  • Principles and practices of technical and functional supervision and training

Ability to:

  • Perform the most complex duties related to current and/or advance planning
  • Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information
  • Observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedure issues
  • Analyze complex site design, terrain constraints, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities and other urban services
  • Ensure project compliance with Federal, State and local rules, laws, and regulations
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules, and regulations
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and apply data to various planning projects
  • Coordinate, organize and conduct research studies; prepare concise technical reports; prepare maps, charts, and other graphic material for effective presentations
  • Prepare and analyze complex technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence
  • Utilize computer software programs including word-processing, spreadsheets, and website Internet searches
  • Provide technical and functional supervision over assigned staff; effectively train staff
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


Senior Planner

Three years of responsible journey level planning experience.

A minimum of an Associate degree in urban planning or closely related discipline.

Planning Manager

Five years of responsible professional planning experience including a minimum of two years at a level comparable to Senior Planner in the City of Tehachapi.

A Bachelor’s degree plus 4-8 years' experience is preferred, or a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or Architecture may substitute for some experience.

All Candidates

Possession of Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.


  • Salary Hiring Range: Up to $12,024 mo.
  • 11.5 Holidays (115 Hours)
  • Vacation: (80 Hours Annually)
  • 4/10 Working Schedule
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • 457 Deferred Comp or Roth Available
  • Medical with City Contributions
  • Life & Supplemental Insurance

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