City Planner

$10,896 – $13,949 per month full-time
Plus a generous benefits package including PERS retirement.

If you want to make a difference, Brea is the place for you.

Located in north Orange County California, Brea is a close-knit community that hosts over 100,000 people each day while offering exciting entertainment and dining opportunities for both residents and visitors alike. Brea is known for its innovative and creative approach to providing city services. We pride ourselves on being what government should look like. Our employees are our most valuable asset and all are highly encouraged to participate in visionary and problem-solving collaborative exercises to generate the strategies that make Brea the attractive destination that it is. We’re looking for employees who want to see their contributions make a difference in people’s lives. Come join Brea’s team as the City Planner in the Community Development Department.

FILING DEADLINE: Completed electronic employment applications and electronic supplemental questionnaires will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Friday July 31, 2020. Electronic employment applications and supplemental questionnaires are available on-line at or can be accessed at the public kiosk located on the 3rd floor main reception area at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center (please call (714) 990-7600 to confirm the City’s Holiday and closed every other Friday schedule). Internet access is also available at many public libraries. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of a City of Brea employment application. The City of Brea cannot accept responsibility for notifying candidates of incomplete applications. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the application is properly submitted.

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The CITY PLANNER plans, organizes, supervises, reviews, and participates in the work of professional, technical, and clerical subordinates engaged in current or advanced planning, and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS may include, but are not limited to, the following: Develop and implement the Planning Division’s goals, objectives, policies and priorities; direct, coordinate, review, and participate in the work of professional and technical employees in data collection, analysis, plan formulation, and implementation of a wide variety of planning, zoning and environmental review activities; supervise, direct, and coordinate the City’s current and advanced planning programs; supervise, direct and coordinate special planning, zoning, and environmental studies; prepare reports and findings; personally perform most complex and sensitive planning work; make recommendations on development permits, special use permits, variance, tentative tract maps, residential planned development permits, as well as other zoning applications; represent the Planning Division at public meetings, and present planning and zoning matters to the City Council, Planning Commission, and citizen committees as required; coordinate planning activities with other City departments, and with outside agencies as required; serve as secretary to the Planning Commission; administer the General Plan; act as Community Development Director as required; meet with and advise developers regarding development applications and processes; explain purposes, regulations, and directives of accepted development practices; prepare and administer the Planning Division budget; and supervise, train, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical staff.

IN ORDER TO QUALIFY candidates must possess knowledge of: Principles and practices of comprehensive urban planning; recent developments, current literature, and informational sources in the field of planning and zoning; research methods and techniques; statutes related to general plans, environmental matters, zoning, and land division; and principles of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management. Candidates must have the ability to: Foster a collaborative working environment among Planning Division staff, encouraging participation and creativity; plan the work of professional and technical staff in compilation of technical and statistical data, research, and the preparation of plans and technical papers; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other City personnel; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; prepare and analyze planning studies and communicate findings of these studies in an understandable manner; and supervise, train, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical staff.

PHYSICAL TASKS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Candidates must have the physical ability to: Hear and speak to City staff, City officials, representatives from community groups, contractors, and the general public on the telephone and in person; read and understand complex construction and engineering drawings, plans, specifications, reports, codes, documentation, contracts, correspondence, memoranda, and other records; walk to different areas at project sites; and work occasional evenings. Candidates may be exposed to: vibrations and pitch of computer and other office equipment; and computer glare.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Candidates must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities, and enable the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. A typical combination is five years of responsible experience in the field of urban and environmental planning, including some supervisory experience and the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning or a related field considered useful in urban planning. A master’s degree is desirable.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES: Possession of a valid Class C Driver’s License issued from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

THE SELECTION PROCESS shall consist of two phases. (If you should need assistance in completing the employment application, or in participating in the selection process, please notify Human Resources prior to the filing deadline.) The first phase will be a detailed review and appraisal of each candidate’s application and supplemental questionnaire. Those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of education and experience, as submitted, may be invited to participate in the second phase consisting of an oral appraisal interview, followed by an informal discussion with a few members of Brea’s leadership team. Candidates achieving a minimum rating of 70 in the oral appraisal interview shall have their names placed on the Employment Eligibility List for City Planner. The informal discussion is not weighted, but is advisory to the Community Development Director. Eligibility Lists are generally valid for a one-year period. Appointment to the position will be made from the Eligibility List.

Prospective candidates must successfully complete a thorough background review. Upon a contingent offer of employment, prospective candidates must successfully complete a medical examination, and provide proof of legal work status. All new employees will be fingerprinted as a part of the employment process, and a criminal history check will be conducted with the Department of Justice.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS – In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.


The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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