Assistant Planner

City of El Segundo, CA - El Segundo, CA

The City of El Segundo is seeking an experienced and innovative Assistant Planner to be part of our Planning team. We serve a dynamic and transforming community. Discover what makes El Segundo an amazing place to work! The Planning Division is actively working on many advanced planning projects as well as a constant stream of current planning activities. Assistant Planners are engaged in all levels of work within the division from routine permits to large-scale developments. We provide a great opportunity for skills and professional development.
Under general direction of the Planning Manager, the Assistant Planner manages or assists planning projects from application to conclusion; ensures compliance with City ordinances and state statutes; provides assistance to staff and the public; reviews development projects; prepares reports, agreements, and studies; and performs assigned projects as needed. For larger development projects we generally assign two planners as co-project managers. This approach ensures timely progress on applications but also allows for exposure to a larger variety of projects and mentoring opportunities

The City of El Segundo is seeking a Planning professional to fill a vacancy for Assistant Planner. Under limited supervision, the Assistant Planner is responsible for performing professional-level current and/or long range planning work.

Essential Job Functions Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Receives and reviews permit applications; assesses fees; establishes conditions for project approval, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, ordinances, regulations and City policies; recommends methods to reconcile project conflicts with zoning requirements and state environmental laws; performs final inspections; ensures collection of designated fees.

Conducts research for planning projects involving land use, populations, economic activities, housing, transportation and related subjects; confers with applicants and agency representatives to identify problems; conducts and participates in interdepartmental planning reviews; advises applicants on the status of projects.

Conducts plan check reviews of commercial, industrial and residential construction projects; reviews business license applications for conformance with municipal code requirements.

Recommends and/or creates graphic examples to illustrate alternatives to specific project elements; reviews final working drawings to ensure compliance with approved projects.

Drafts ordinances and amendments; prepares professional staff reports of summarized data, conclusions and recommendations, and presents reports at Planning Commission hearings.

Confers with and advises architects, engineers, attorneys, developers and the general public regarding City planning and zoning procedures and processes; responds to inquiries and provides information at the counter, by telephone and through correspondence.

Qualifications Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of planning and environmental principles and practices, laws, ordinances, rules and related regulations.
Knowledge of site planning and architectural design.
Knowledge of current literature, information sources and research techniques in the planning field.
Skill reading and interpreting maps, plans and legal descriptions.
Skill planning and organizing work.
Skill preparing and presenting reports.
Skill applying applicable laws and regulations to planning projects.
Skill communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
Skill dealing constructively with conflict and developing effective solutions.
Skill operating typical office equipment, including personal computer and standard office programs
Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with governmental officials, other City employees and the public.

Working Conditions: Occasional exposure to weather conditions.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: A valid California drivers license.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelors degree with major coursework in Planning, Environmental Design, Architecture or a related field; and two (2) years of planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental Information
This is an open competitive recruitment process. Only online applications will be accepted for this recruitment. In addition to completing the online employment application, applicants must answer the supplemental questionnaire. A professional resume is encouraged. All properly submitted application materials and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. Only those applicants appearing best qualified based upon the application materials submitted will be invited to participate in the testing process. The testing process will consist of a structured, technical oral interview (weighted 100% for eligible list placement). Candidates who pass the selection process are placed on an eligibility list in ranked order. Eligibility lists are normally valid for one year. The list may be extended to fill subsequent vacancies.

The current vacancy for Assistant Planner is a full-time position in the Planning Division of the Planning and Building Safety Department, and is represented by the City Employees' Association (CEA)*. The current work schedule for this position is a 9/80 schedule, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday - Thursdays.

*The El Segundo City Employees' Association is currently in negotiations with the City. Salary, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment may be subject to change.