Associate/Sr. Planner

City of Galt, CA - Galt, CA (30+ days ago)

Applications for this position will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with no final filing date.
This recruitment may close without notice once a sufficient number of applications
has been received as deemed by the City of Galt.

This position may be filled at either an Associate Planner or a Senior Planner level dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Salary Schedules:
Associate Planner $5,336 - $6,488 per month
Senior Planner $6,191 - $7,528 per month

**Each salary schedule has five (5) steps and employees typically start at Step 1. Appointment to a higher step is not guaranteed and will be at the sole discretion of the City Manager.**

Under general supervision and direction, performs various professional field and office planning work, including review of development and land use applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental documents; provides project management and administration; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides complex professional staff assistance to management, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.

Receives general supervision and direction from the Community Development Director. Associate Planner exercises no direct supervision over staff. Senior Planner exercises technical and functional direction over and provides training to lower-level staff

Example of Duties:
Associate Planner: This is the journey-level class in the planner series. Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical planning work in all of the following areas: current and/or environmental planning activities and daily departmental operations, in addition to providing project management and administration. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Assistant level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions 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.

This class is distinguished from the Senior Planner in that the latter is the advanced journey-level class in the series and is responsible for organizing, assigning, and reviewing the work of departmental and/or contract staff involved in a major area of the Planning Division, in addition to performing the more complex planning and project management activities.

Senior Planner: This is the advanced journey-level class in the planner series with responsibilities spanning the entire spectrum of the planning function, with a primary emphasis on current and advance planning and environmental impact, protection, and compliance issues. Successful performance of the work requires a broad professional background as well as skill in coordinating assigned work with that of other City departments and public agencies. Responsibilities may include assisting with performing specified departmental day-to-day administrative functions.

Typical Qualifications:
Examples of Typical Job Functions (Illustrative Only)
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

Associate Planner:
Reviews routine to complex commercial, industrial, and residential development proposals, plans, and applications for compliance with appropriate codes, ordinances, standards, laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
Reviews permit applications and building plans for completeness and compliance with current City codes and regulations; provides interpretations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, and local design guidelines; identifies corrective actions to be taken by owners; recommends improvement and rehabilitation programs; conducts follow-up inspections.
Reviews and signs off on plans submitted for Building Plan Check and permits.
Prepares or assists in preparing and reviewing environmental impact reports; prepares written initial studies, negative declarations, and staff reports related to development projects or City projects.
Assists the public at the front counter and on the phone, answering questions and providing information regarding zoning, land use, development standards, and the City's entitlement process; performs plan check functions for various projects; receives and reviews applications for building permits for planning completeness; receives zoning and code compliance complaints, establishes appropriate files, performs inspections of document violations, coordinates actions with those of other agencies, and implements appropriate procedures to correct or resolve each complaint and violation.
Conduct field surveillance to identify violations of zoning and other development regulations and coordinate with Code Enforcement to perform follow up enforcement activities.
Compiles information for a variety of studies and reports; researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends; researches and reviews previous entitlements and City records; develops recommendations and prepares written reports on various planning matters; participates in the implementation and administration of the City's General Plan and development regulations.
Researches, collects, records, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes statistical and demographic information; prepares spreadsheets and establishes and maintains a comprehensive database.
Prepares and presents staff reports for the City Council, Planning Commission (PC), Board of Architectural Review (BAR), and various other committees and advisory boards as directed; prepares research, reports, maps, and conducts briefings and meetings.
Confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards; provides and clarifies information relative to land use, zoning, code interpretation, general plan compliance, signage, and other issues.
Researches and assists in preparing ordinances for review.
Participates in coordinating City planning and development related activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.
Refers to and applies numerous documents including the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, State Planning laws, Municipal Code, Specific Plans, emergency operations manual, historical preservation guidelines, County tax assessor's maps and records, building and architecture plans, etc.
Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; urban planning and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment
May provide technical direction and training to other planning and technical staff.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Senior Planner:
Plans, assigns, directs, and reviews the work of planner staff.
Provides input into selection, performance evaluation, and disciplinary actions; trains staff in work procedures.
Serves as project manager for current and/or long-range planning projects and special planning studies, including in-depth application and plan review, coordination with applicants to obtain additional information and project changes, preparing legal notices, posting notices on sites, background research, preparing staff reports, attending public hearings and making presentations, monitoring implementation measures and conditions of approval, checking submittals for building plan check, and inspecting development and capital improvement sites at the beginning and upon completion of the project; reviews project applications and plans submitted for Planning Commission, and City Council considerations at public hearings.
Interprets and applies federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations to ensure that public and private projects are in compliance, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, Public Resource Code, General Plan, Specific Plans, Design Specifications, and Local Guidelines and procedures.
Monitors operations and activities of the planner staff; identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; provides recommendations concerning process changes; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements; prepares various reports on operations and activities.
Interacts and communicates with a variety of individuals and groups at the public service counter, in the field, over the telephone, at public hearings, and in discussion forums, including other City departments and public agencies, elected and appointed City officials, developers, consultants, architects, engineers, attorneys, appraisers, real estate agents, property owners, and the general public for the purpose of obtaining or providing information, coordinating activities, processing projects, negotiating plan changes, and formulating recommendations.
Conducts site and policy background research to obtain information for the preparation of staff reports, correspondence, memoranda, policy documents, procedure documents, and presentations to supervisory, inter-departmental staff, or governing bodies; reads, interprets, analyzes, and explains a wide variety of technical documents, studies, and practices related to traffic, noise, plant and animal resources, archeological resources, paleontological resources, cultural resources, geotechnics, water quality, air quality, and legislation that may impact the City's planning projects.
Prepares and releases requests for proposals for technical consultant services; establishes selection criteria; evaluates proposals and conducts interviews in conformance with City policy; coordinates with and recommends needed contract management provisions and controls; manages and oversees technical consultants' work products to ensure adherence to City standards and legal provisions; ensures that deliverables are submitted on time and budget and that progress and payment requests are consistent with City policy and contract provisions
Conducts plan check of building permit-level plan submittals associated with complex projects to verify compliance with project approvals and zoning requirements; conducts over-the-counter plan check of less complex development proposals and land uses; approves minor development plans.
Coordinates project reviews by other City departments and outside agencies and consultants.
Evaluates the conclusions of initial studies, mitigated negative declarations, environmental impact reports, and uses the evaluation to formulate a recommendation on projects; monitors project compliance with environmental document mitigation measures and conditions of approval.
Performs specialized planning functions such as environmental review.
Conducts and supervises planning studies in the community; gathers data for implementing or evaluating current and advance planning projects; makes recommendations.
Participates in General Plan amendments and updates; participates in and makes recommendations regarding policy development; observes, identifies, and responds to policy and procedure-related questions and concerns; communicates any observed deficiencies to management; participates in creating new policies and procedures as necessary.
Represents the City and presents oral reports at public meetings and hearings as necessary.
Provides staff support to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional groups and committees; provides technical and professional support to departmental management staff and other City departments and the public; advises other departments regarding planning and/or environmental review requirements, budgets, and timelines to facilitate adequate project planning.
May review project applications and plans submitted for Design Review Board (DRB) hearings.
May hold and conduct DRB meetings, under supervision, providing background and technical assistance to Board members.
Assists in the development and administration of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to the division; drafts formalized policies and procedures with supervisory confirmation.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
Modern principles, practices, and technical and legal issues of urban and regional planning, zoning, urban economics, demographics, and environmental planning and program management.
Geographic, socio-economic, transportation, political, environmental, and other elements related to city planning.
Complex comprehensive plans and current planning processes and the development process.
Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups; various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations; and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
Project management principles and techniques.
Basic principles of supervision and training.
Advanced concepts of architecture, landscaping, grading, drainage, traffic, and transportation engineering as they relate to the process of urban planning.
Site planning and architectural design principles.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive environmental planning program.
Applicable relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
Researching and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to planning, zoning, and environmental review.
Practices of researching planning and land use issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to planning work.
Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Safe driving rules and practices.

Ability to:
Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public; identify and respond to issues and concerns of the public, City Council, and other boards and commissions.
Read plans and specifications and make effective site visits.
Assess, monitor, and report environmental impact on and of various City programs and services.
Analyze site design, terrain constraints, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services.
Conduct routine research projects, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Read and understand technical drawings and specifications.
Perform mathematical and planning computations with precision.
Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
Coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and agencies as required.
Prepare reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written material.
Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
Plan, schedule, assign, oversee, and train activities of planner staff.
Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards.
Identify and implement an effective course of action to complete assigned work.
Interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; identify and respond to issues and concerns of the public, City Council, and other boards and commissions.
Assess, monitor, and report environmental impact on and of various City programs and services.
Analyze site design, terrain constraints, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services.
Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
Perform mathematical and planning computations with precision.
Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
Coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and agencies as required.
Direct the work of contract consultants.
Prepare reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written material.
Establish and maintain a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems.Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supplemental Information:Education and Experience:
Associate Planner: Bachelors' degree with major coursework in urban planning, geography, or public administration, or a related field, plus three (3) years of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or two (2) years of experience equivalent to Assistant Planner at the City of Galt.

Senior Planner: Bachelors' degree with major coursework in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field and four (4) years of journey level professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or two (2) years of experience as Associate Planner at the City of Galt.

**Proof of Education**
Proof of education such as college transcripts and degrees must be submitted by the final filing deadline to the City of Galt in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, or fax to (209) 745-4601. If submitting in person or via fax, please include your name and the job title for the position you applied for on your documents. Unofficial transcripts or copy of a diploma are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any positions.

Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license within 60 days of hire and have a satisfactory driving record.
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desired.

Physical Demands
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed material and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and background investigation, including fingerprinting.