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Assistant Planner / Associate Planner I
City of San Clemente / San Clemente, CA
Posted on: November 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
San Clemente, incorporated in 1928, is a general law city operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The City is a popular southern Orange County beach community which enjoys a year-round moderate climate averaging 70 degrees and is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The City is 18.45 square miles in area and has a current population of approximately 65,500.
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND FIRST REVIEW
This position is “Open Until Filled” with the first review of applications on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. If a sufficient number of qualified applications are received, the recruitment may close. For consideration, interested individuals should not delay in submitting their application.
POSITION DESCRIPTION AND SALARY INFORMATION
The vacancy will be filled at either the Assistant Planner or Associate Planner I level depending on qualifications.
Assistant Planner -$6,044.30 – $7,346.89/month
Associate Planner -$6,826.37 – $8,297.50/month
To perform a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions, involving conducting studies, analyzing data, and preparing reports on current and long-range projects; to coordinate and manage all activities related to assigned projects; and to provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning and development related matters.
This is the entry level class in the professional Planner series. This class is distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of the more routine professional planning functions within the series. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.
Associate Planner I:
This is the full journey level class within the Planner series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Planner by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including assuming responsibility for advanced planning projects, management of planning projects, and preparation of complex planning reports. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this are flexibly staffed and may be filled by advancement from the Assistant level, or when filled from the outside, require prior experience.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from assigned management staff.
Associate Planner I
Receives direction from assigned management staff.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
When Assigned to Planning:
1. Perform professional level planning functions in support of assigned projects involving conducting studies, analyzing data and preparing reports.
2. Receive and review development proposals and applications, and zoning and variance requests; ensure compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; recommend modifications as appropriate.
3. Conduct a variety of current and long-range planning studies; research, analyze and interpret social, economic, land use and population data; identify trends; prepare written reports and make recommendations on planning activities; make presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council.
4. Serve as project manager for complex advanced planning projects, as assigned.
5. Confer with and advise developers, contractors and the general public on acceptable site plans; review building plans, parcel maps, tract maps, subdivision proposals; ensure compliance with regulations and ordinances; recommend modifications, as appropriate.
6. Conduct environmental reviews; collect and analyze data; prepare environmental impact reports.
7. Plan check construction plans to determine compliance with City codes and conditions of approval; inspect construction projects.
8. Participate in bidding process; review proposals and assist in conducting interviews; participate in consultant selection.
9. Perform environmental review of projects; analyze architectural, site planning and use merits of projects.
10. Assist in administering and managing consultant contracts; review work progress; ensure compliance with specifications; recommend adjustments, as necessary.
11. Conduct field inspections for development proposals, land use surveys, and related planning studies; ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
12. Make public presentations; explain planning and zoning regulations, and upcoming planning projects; respond to and resolve complaints and inquiries.
13. Provide staff assistance to boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission; prepare and present staff reports.
14. Coordinate planning activities with other departments, divisions and outside agencies and organizations.
15. Provide customer service to the public at the counter, over the phone and in the field.
When assigned to Housing:
1. Coordinate and implement the City’s affordable housing strategy; evaluate proposed low and moderate income housing projects; coordinate with appropriate staff; collect and review legal information; make recommendations.
2. Administer the City’s housing rehabilitation program; coordinate property surveys; evaluate rehabilitation needs of property; process and review applications and payments.
3. Coordinate the City’s neighborhood pride program; collaborate with owners, tenants and property managers; meet with community groups; prepare and disseminate public information.
4. Research various grants; prepare grant applications, involving significant report writing; monitor and evaluate program progress.
1. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of urban planning.
2. Assist in the preparation of the Planning Division’s annual budget.
3. Conduct pre-application meetings with applicants.
4. Provide research assistance for the City Attorney relative to legal aspects of various projects.
5. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Required Experience / Skills / Education
Minimum Qualifications & The Ideal Candidate
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in planning, architecture, political science, public administration, or a related field.
Assistant Planner – One year of responsible experience in urban planning or economic development is desirable.
Associate Planner I – Two years of increasingly responsible experience in urban planning.
- Principles and practices of urban planning and development.
- Statistical and research methods and techniques related to planning.
- Computer operations and software applications.
- Learn current literature and recent developments in the field of planning and zoning.
- Learn site planning and architectural design techniques and methods.
- Learn pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations underlying general plans, environmental matters, zoning and land division.
- Learn to interpret and explain planning and zoning ordinances and regulations.
- Learn to analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
- Learn technical report writing techniques.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
- Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.
In addition to the qualifications for Assistant Planner:
- Principles and practices of planning, architecture, and building construction.
- Site planning and architectural design techniques and methods.
- Technical report writing techniques.
- Laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
- Applicable environmental laws and regulations.
- Current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning and zoning.
- Complete work with minimal supervision.
- Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
- Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
- Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.