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City Planner
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: Jan 8, 2013
Salary: $113,152.00 - $137,566.00 Annually



Under general direction, is responsible for supervision, coordination, administration and management of all City planning   work, activities and functions, including both current and advanced planning activities; performs those duties specified by statute and ordinance as those of Zoning Administrator; performs other related work as required. 


  1. Plans, coordinates and oversees all planning and development programs, projects, services and activities, including update and maintenance of the City’s General Plan, management of current and advanced planning, zoning, design review, development review, redevelopment area planning, environmental review, housing, transportation, historic preservation, environmental and land use planning, and deployment of technology such as permit software and geographic information systems (GIS).
  2. Ensures provision of responsive, cost effective and innovative services.
  3. Exercises Zoning Administrator authority as established by statute or ordinance.
  4. Performs and oversees the work of staff with developers and the general public regarding advance planning efforts, development applications and processes, explaining purposes, regulations, policies and accepted development practices.
  5. Oversees and ensures coordination of planning services in and with permit activities and functions; may process and/or monitor complex projects through the permit process.
  6. Prepares analyses and reports regarding the City’s General Plan, current planning, architectural review, redevelopment planning, environmental review, research and policy planning, and other planning topics or subjects.
  7. Directs and oversees the development and implementation of the City’s General Plan.
  8. Perform and oversees review of existing zoning, subdivision, and environmental provisions and development of revisions to conform with community characteristics and needs.
  9. Coordinates and directs the work of, and serves as mentor to, professional planners and other assigned staff; coordinates and directs the work of consultants.
  10. Coordinates work with other divisions, departments, consultants, developers, property owners and outside agencies; confers with and serves as liaison to other departments, agencies, public officials, professional groups, residents, and public and community-based organizations; makes presentations, provides information and assistance regarding planning matters, policies and procedures; investigates and resolves complaints.
  11. Administers and performs general and specialized planning activities.
  12. Interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with various federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances. 
  13. Directs research, compilation, and preparation of various routine and comprehensive studies, analyses and reports.
  14. Develops and implements goals, objectives, procedures and standards; determines priorities, staff assignments and work methods.
  15. Serves as Secretary to the Planning Board; provides and coordinates staff and technical assistance to the City Manager, the City Council and to various other boards, commissions and committees, including the Design Review Board; serves as the City’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review officer; supervises and coordinates preparation of agendas and compilation of required reports and documents;  reviews notices, minutes and other materials; manage commission and committee activities.
  16. Serves as acting department head as required.
  17. Prepares and administers budgets; administers revenue programs.  
  18. Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff.



Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement of the Eligible List. This is a competitive exam where a candidate's performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.  To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to provide the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Experience & Other Requirements

Education:  Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in city or regional planning, urban design, or related field.

Experience:  Seven years of progressively responsible professional urban planning experience involving current planning, advance planning, zoning administration work and project management, at least five years of which shall have involved managing and supervising these activities.

Other Requirements

Selected positions may require possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.


KNOWLEDGE of the principles and practices of modern municipal planning as applied to diversified planning services and activities, including current planning, advanced planning, zoning, code compliance, environmental review, and historic preservation; land use, physical design, demographics, environmental, social and economic concepts including public and private financing and capital improvements; electronic data processing systems such as GIS, permit software, etc., and their planning and land use applications; complex spreadsheets and database applications; applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and code provisions; municipal government organization and operations.; technical and legal considerations relevant to building and safety programs, and methods of identifying and resolving problems in respect to staffing, budgeting, supervision, training and employee relations. Ability to effectively manage all planning services activities and functions; provide responsive, cost effective and innovative services; properly exercise Zoning Administrator authority as established by statute or ordinance; plan, organize, coordinate and direct assigned staff, activities, projects, and programs; demonstrate effective leadership; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls; review and analyze complex and technical information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities and meet deadlines;  interpret and apply relevant state, federal and local laws and regulations; interpret and explain complex regulations, policies and procedures; issue instructions, directions and orders; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; prepare concise comprehensive studies and reports; set priorities, meet deadlines, and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; maintain training and certifications as required; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, consultants, other departments, community and professional organizations, other agencies, and the general public; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.





PART I:         Application Review.  Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be accepted into the exam. 

PART II:      An evaluation of those applications, and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.

PART III:     A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview or Application Evaluation (weighted 100%).  A comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position will be conducted.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The three (3) names highest on the list are certified to the department(s) having vacancies.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head.  Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.


Veteran’s Preference Credit:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.



1.     Apply ONLINE at 

2.     Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Management and Confidential Employees Association.

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