Assistant Planner I

Under general supervision, performs routine professional and technical tasks as a member of a team of professional planners in the Planning Division.

As part of a team of professional planners, conducts research, collects and analyzes data, identifies pertinent planning/land use issues, prepares reports and makes recommendations pertaining to land use, zoning and other related planning functions. Conducts field surveys and investigations, compiles survey data/material and writes reports. Assists with preparation of general plan elements and coordination of development review process. Staffs the planning counter and provides general planning information to the public. Responds to complaints. Effectively utilizes current standard office software applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook, Word and Excel. Prepares and makes presentations to neighborhood groups, the Zoning Administrator, Historic Resources Commission, and Planning Commission. Performs other functions as assigned.

The successful performer is a well-organized self-starter with an eye for detail, who completes tasks with minimal supervision and handles multiple priorities within specified deadlines. This individual has excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, and remains calm and professional when interacting with coworkers and members of the public, even during periods of heavy customer service demands. This individual exercises sound judgment when evaluating and responding to both routine and crisis situations. Sensitive to the need for confidentiality, the successful Assistant Planner I is able to facilitate the customer’s immediate needs while also adhering to the City’s long-term planning goals.

Minimum Qualifications:
One year of professional level experience in a municipal or regional planning administration. College level coursework in urban planning, architecture, geography, environmental studies, public administration or other related fields may be used in combination with experience to meet the necessary minimum qualifications, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

Knowledge of: general planning principles and practices; state and municipal planning regulations and ordinances; local government decision-making processes pertaining to zoning and land use regulation; research principles and techniques; current standard office software applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook, Word and Excel.
Skill in: reading comprehension of codes, policies, regulations and ordinances; the utilization of current standard office software applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook, Word and Excel.
Ability to: conduct surveys/field research; collect/analyze data, and develop sound recommendations; write comprehensive reports; interpret state laws and city ordinances; communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing; provide accurate information at planning counter; utilize scales and templates to review project plans; calculate code requirements for parking, landscaping, density and other planning parameters; operate a computer to retrieve information from various databases and utilize word processing software; speak effectively at public meetings and before City Council, Historic Resources Commission, Planning Commission; remain calm when interacting with irate members of the public; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, planning staff of other public agencies, contractors, developers, architects, property owners and the public in an culturally diverse community.

Must possess and retain a California Class “C” Driver’s License as a condition of employment.

Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including weekends and evenings as needed. Must be able to work at a public counter, which may involve standing for extended periods of time, possibly several hours per day.
Selection Process:
All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form and a Supplemental Application Form (SAF) online. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application and SAF. To apply, click on the “Apply” link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide.

Applications and SAFs will be reviewed by the Personnel Services Department. Those applicants possessing the most pertinent qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will include:

Oral Interview Examination: (Weight of 100%) which will evaluate the candidates’ experience, training, education and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. Candidates need a minimum passing score of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.

This position will be assigned to the Current Planning section of the Planning Division.