JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANNING ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE
(Salary: $67,200 – $81,684 per year for Assistant Planner – 7/1/22)
(Salary: $79,032 – $97,032 per year for Associate Planner – 7/1/22)
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The City is looking for a qualified, energetic and motivated person to fill a vacant position in the Urban Planning Department. The City will appoint at the Associate Planner or Associate Planner level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Under the supervision of the Director of Planning, the incumbent will participate in ongoing planning projects, long range planning projects, environmental review, technical assistance and code enforcement, while working with developers, landlords, other municipal departments and the general public with respect to planning and land use planning issues.
Assistant Planner: Conduct planning research and analysis on routine to moderately challenging projects. The assistant level position would receive regular instruction, assistance and supervision during the process of learning the procedures and policies of the planning department’s workflow.
Associated scheduler: Perform planning research and analysis on moderate to difficult and complex projects. The associate level position would only receive occasional instruction or assistance when new or unusual situations arise, and is fully aware of the planning department’s workflow operations, procedures and policies. The associate planner differs from the assistant planner classification by his increased responsibility for project management.
EXAMPLES OF FUNCTIONS:
Completes assigned planning projects involving land use, environmental issues and related topics; conducts basic research and interviews applicants and agency representatives to identify issues and problems. Implements environmental programs and prepares associated environmental documents as required. Prepares and presents staff reports of summarized data and recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council, other official groups, and at public workshops as required. Engages with developers, building designers, contractors, architects and the general public on issues related to planning and zoning; interprets planning policies, state laws, and local ordinances. Performs various administrative functions for the department, including accepting applications and permits; maintains and updates land use information on maps, files and coordinates with GIS consultants. Follows the implementation of the general plan. Participates in regional planning committees and monitors long-term planning issues such as growth forecasts, housing needs and land use patterns. Implements planning and zoning regulations and prepares amendments to ordinances. Reviews, prepares letters and reports, and recommends actions on discretionary applications, including interim maps, conditional use permits, development plans, deviations, general plan modifications, and area changes. Assists with a variety of code compliance activities including zoning, land use, housing, parking, and nuisance abatement. Works with Code Enforcement Officer and City Attorney and Special Counsel in researching and reviewing abatement policies and procedures. Assistance in the preparation of environmental studies in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Maintain official maps, records and files related to areas of responsibility. Search for grants and help prepare grant applications. Performs related work as needed.
KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY:
Knowledge: of the principles and practices of town planning; laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; the application of land use, physical design, environment, CEQA, subdivision planning law and/or social concepts to the planning process; environmental review procedures and significance thresholds; local and regional planning problems and constraints.
Ability to: Interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, policies, procedures and standards relating to the planning process; research, analyze and summarize current and long-term planning data; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project the consequences of proposed actions and provide recommendations. Make presentations of ideas and recommendations to staff, city council, the planning commission, local and regional planning agencies and the general public; work collaboratively in multi-city departmental groups. Must have a valid driver’s license.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, geography, environmental design, or related field. One year of related planning experience is required for placement at the assistant planner level, while three years of progressively responsible planning experience, preferably in a local government environment, is required for placement at the Associate Planner level.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, lifting and carrying approximately 25 pounds at the waist. Frequent sitting, sometimes standing and walking required. Intensive use of terminal and computer keyboard. Moderate to high demand for hand coordination, visual ability and cognitive abilities. Must tolerate moderate noise levels and interruptions in an open office environment. Operates indoors under controlled conditions.
Works under the general direction of the Planning Manager who reviews work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the interview process which may include written and/or oral examinations or other screening procedures deemed appropriate by the City. All job offers are contingent on the candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam, drug screening, fingerprinting and background check through the LiveScan process.
Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory level before obtaining regular employment status.
The tasks listed above are not intended to be exhaustive. An employee may also perform other reasonable work related duties assigned by their immediate supervisor. This position is considered non-exempt.
This job description is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and job requirements change, in accordance with the rules and procedures applicable to personnel.