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Associate or Senior Planner (2-3 year assignment)
City of Union City, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 675-5339
Close Date: Dec 5, 2013

Associate Planner Salary: $6,188—$7,517/month
Senior Planner Salary: $7,231—$8,878/month

This position is a 2-3 year assignment.
Under the general supervision of the Planning Manager, the Associate Planner performs planning work of substantial professional difficulty, including work on complex current and long-range planning projects. Positions in this class require substantial professional planning experience. 

Under the general supervision of the Economic and Community Development Director, performs advanced journey level planning work of substantial professional difficulty. This position is responsible for taking a lead role in the review and analysis of new development projects. The Senior Planner also prepares long-range studies involving the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of technical data. Positions in this class require substantial professional planning experience and involve technical supervision of work performed by other planners.

The Economic and Community Development Department consists of seven different divisions that work together to guide the physical development of Union City and to create and maintain a safe, attractive and vital place to live and work.  These divisions include:  Planning, Economic Development, Building, Environmental Programs (CUPA), Neighborhood Preservation, Housing and Community Development, and the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

The Department provides several valuable functions to assist the residents and businesses of Union City. All divisions work together to maintain and implement the General Plan, assure quality design and safe building construction, and promote strategic economic growth. Planning oversees all long-range planning and current planning projects, and coordinates among divisions and city departments to ensure a comprehensive, efficient and fluid development review process. Economic Development focuses on business attraction and business retention.   Building oversees construction and the building permit process, and supports Neighborhood Preservation staff members that focus on code enforcement to resolve neighborhood issues. Housing and Community Development administers the Federal Housing and Community Development Block Grant program. Environmental Programs oversees the CUPA permitting and inspection program, and the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency is completing capital projects that are currently underway in and around the Union City BART Station. 

Ideal Candidate:


Experience, Education and Training:

The Associate Planner position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in urban planning, urban design, public administration, or related field, supplemented by at least three (3) years of progressively responsible planning experience, preferably in a municipal setting. A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in urban planning, or related field, and AICP Certification is preferred.

The Senior Planner position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in urban planning, urban design or related field. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university, in urban planning or related field, is highly desirable, supplemented by at least five (5) years of progressively responsible planning experience, preferably in a municipal setting or an equivalent combination of training and experience. AICP Certification is preferred.

Examples of Duties:

  • Duties for may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Management of subordinate planning staff (this specific duty is only applicable to the Senior Planner).
  • Management of current planning projects including review of development plans for conformance with the General Plan and Municipal Code (including the Zoning Ordinance); review of site plans and architectural designs for quality; preparation of comprehensive written staff reports on projects, which include a recommended course of action and discussion of required finding; and oral presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Preparation of amendments and updates to the General Plan and Municipal Code in conformance with State law.
  • Preparation of long-range planning documents.
  • Preparation of environmental clearance documents in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Coordinates with other governmental jurisdictions, agencies, and citizen groups.

Knowledge of:

  • Thorough working knowledge of principles, methods, practices and trends of urban planning and zoning administration.
  • Thorough working knowledge of federal, state, regional, and local laws and policies as they relate to the regulation of land-use including the California Environmental Quality Act and the Subdivision Map Act.
  • Working knowledge of architectural design and site planning principles / methods.
  • Working knowledge of sustainability principles and methods including green building, climate action planning, and energy efficiency.
  • Working knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis methods.
  • Working knowledge of computer software programs including Microsoft Office, Internet applications and GIS.

Ability to:

  • Ability to read, comprehend, and interpret complex laws, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to review plans to determine conformance with applicable regulations, laws, etc.
  • Ability to provide feedback on architectural drawings.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze complex project plans and prepare clear and concise recommendations to other staff and decision makers.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports, and make effective oral presentations.
  • Ability to perform field inspections of sites and buildings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain helpful working relationships with the public, other city personnel, and outside agencies.
  • Ability to provide all customers with friendly, accurate, and supportive service.


Must possess a valid Class “C” California Driver’s License and have a satisfactory driving record.



Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either [email protected] (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @62 (New Employee) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The employee will be responsible for the 7% contribution towards CalPERS retirement plan. There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $25,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides $1,336/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Leaves: 8 hours of sick leave/month with no limit on accumulation; 10 days of vacation per year for the first three years of service; 10 paid holidays/year plus 3 floating holidays.

Other: Educational Reimbursement for approved coursework; 9/80 work schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Deferred Compensation Plan available.

Authorization to Work: Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, according to the federal law.

Background/Medical Examination: Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected may be required to pass a thorough background and medical examination given by the regularly licensed physician designated by the City.


On-line application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Apply immediately. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Late, faxed application materials will not be accepted.

Application, resume, and supplemental will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure. The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process.

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail or mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.


Filing of Applications:
Applications should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website:
Application, resume and supplemental questionnaires can also be mailed or delivered to the Human Resources Department, at the address below. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Faxed application material will not be accepted.

Applications may be obtained from:
City of Union City
Human Resources Department
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587-4497
Job Hotline: 510-675-5339

Special Note:
If you believe you have any physical limitation(s) that would require accommodations, contact the Human Resources Department, within 3 days of testing, so that the necessary accommodations may be made. The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract or offer.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

This job announcement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.



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