Monterey County Human Resources
November 17, 2021
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description

Application Filing Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Exam #: P21/14K51/11AR

Promotional Only Opportunity
Promotional recruitments are open only to current regular County employees and former employees whose names currently appear on an active Recall List. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

The Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department seeks an experienced, passionate, innovative, forward thinking Principal Planner. The Principal Planner is the working title for this position and is listed under the generic classification of RMA Services Manager.

The desirable candidate must be a collaborative, committed, motivated planning professional who embraces innovative strategies and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must have experience with complex land-use planning projects, adept in preparing and reviewing written staff reports, and possess knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The candidate must exercise outstanding presentation skills, interpersonal, communication with the ability to motivate staff.

The Department
The Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department is composed of five Divisions, including Development Services, Planning Services, Permit Center, Special Programs and Administration. The department provides reasonable and safe development, planning for future needs of the County, and helps protect natural resources.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Examples of Duties
Paramount duties include:

  • Oversees, supervises, reviews and evaluates the day-to-day activities of a section of an HCD division; includes planning, organizing, scheduling, assigning and managing work of staff comprised of professional, technical, support personnel staff to ensure timely development and implementation of a variety of specific programs or special projects. May also oversee and direct the work of contract staff.
  • Functions as a member of the division's and agency's management team to propose, evaluate, and develop policies, procedures, systems, and strategic plans.
  • Performs the full range of supervisory tasks, including selection, training, developing evaluation and leadership of employees; recommends and/or takes disciplinary action as appropriate.
  • Researches and analyzes complex problems, evaluates alternatives, and implements effective courses of action; may personally supervise specialized or complex projects.
  • Provides guidance and expertise to staff, industry, and citizens within the functional scope of assigned section
  • Prepares or supervises the preparation of records, reports, correspondence, and other complex written materials related to section activities. Reviews and edits reports and other written material prepared by staff.
  • Attends and conducts staff, committee and related meetings and sessions.
  • Communicates the division's overall policy direction to assigned team to ensure consistent and fair interpretation and enforcement of applicable codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, guidelines policies and directives.

To view the complete job description, visit the Monterey County website: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/human-resources/human-resources/class-specifications .

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of management including work planning, organization and delegation; personnel practices; and employee motivation and development; Federal, State and local laws and regulations relating to assigned program area; Principles and practices of problem solving and conflict resolution; Administrative principles and methods including budget development and maintenance, personnel policies, and memoranda of understanding; Professional principles, practices, and trends in area of assignment, such as urban and regional planning, zoning, environmental analysis, or engineering.

Skill and Ability to: Plan, organize, and manage a large division through subordinate staff. Train, assign, review and direct the work of assigned staff; Rapidly analyze complex problems, laws, and ordinances; evaluate alternatives; make effective decisions; and develop and implement effective courses of action; Establish section goals and develop and implement short and long-term plans and programs, with input from section staff. Participate with department management in the development of department goals and strategic plan; Develop and maintain effective working relationships and represent the department to other departments, public officials, other agencies, contractors, and the general public; Apply budgeting concepts and principles; Exercise sound and consistent judgment in decisions and preparation of recommendations; Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, Prepare effective written reports, correspondence, and records; Manage major projects, establish priorities, and meet deadlines

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:
Possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and maintain a satisfactory driving record, or provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.
Examples of Experience/Education/Training
Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides for the knowledge, skills, and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in an area directly related to assignment, such as Planning, Geography Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture or a closely related field.


Three years of progressively responsible professional experience in area of assignment such as land use planning, engineering, environmental analysis or other area; including one (1) year in direct or lead supervision.
Additional Information
Benefits: Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "X" Unit Benefit Summary information please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing. https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument?id=99652

Notes: Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/montereycounty , by December 3, 2021 11:59PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

Monterey County, Human Resources Department

Attn: Amy Rodriguez, Human Resources Analyst

1441 Schilling Place

Salinas, CA 93901

Email: rodrigueze3@co.monterey.ca.us | Phone: (831) 755-5373

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation:

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Amy Rodriguez, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755-5373, or rodrigueze3@co.monterey.ca.us.

Closing Date/Time: 12/3/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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