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Supervising Planner
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Feb 4, 2013
Salary: $85,306.00 - $103,688.00 Annually


Under general direction of the Community Development Director and City Planner, supervises and participates in the coordination, administration and management of major planning functions; coordinates and participates in the more difficult research and analysis of various planning activities; performs other related work as required.  Work in this class is characterized by focus of managerial functions on programs/projects and related research, analysis, and consultant work coordination, rather than professional staff management and administration.



  1. Plans and organizes work in major functional planning areas such as current or advanced planning, environmental review, code compliance, historic preservation, research and evaluation.
  2. Prepares and/or coordinates preparation of proposed plans, plan revisions, ordinances and other recommendations involving planning objectives; assists in coordinating the development, maintenance and implementation of the general plan; conducts comprehensive housing, transportation, environmental and land use planning.
  3. Makes recommendations and may make decisions regarding land use and zoning matters.
  4. Provides and assists in coordinating staff and technical assistance to the City Council and to various boards and commissions including the Planning Board, public Art Commission and Historical Advisory Board; serves as secretary to various boards and commissions as assigned.
  5. Prepares technical reports and correspondence; makes presentations to the City Council, Planning Board and other boards, commissions, community groups, and governmental bodies.
  6. Maintains knowledge of planning trends including legislation, court rulings and professional practices and techniques; prepares related policy and procedural recommendations.
  7. Processes and/or monitors complex projects through the permit process; performs specialized and complex aspects of planning projects.
  8. Coordinates and directs the work of consultants engaged in planning and related activities; oversees the work of staff as assigned.
  9. May coordinate preparation of and/or prepare environmental review documents in compliance with applicable State and Federal requirements for development proposals and City projects; evaluates and reviews various environmental reports and publications.
  10. May assist in budget preparation and administration.
  11. May supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.



Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination 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 prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Education/Experience & Other Requirements

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

2.     Four years of progressively responsible professional municipal planning experience at least 2 years of which shall have been in a supervisory, senior or lead capacity.

3.     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 municipal planning principles and practices including current and advanced planning, zoning, code compliance, environmental review, historic preservation, and design review; land use, physical design, demographics, environmental, social and economic concepts; applicable laws and code provisions; municipal government organization and operations.


Ability to effectively supervise and participate in the coordination, administration and management of assigned Planning programs, projects, functions and activities; interpret and apply state, federal and local laws and regulations related to planning management; interpret and analyze information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; prepare studies and reports concerning complex matters; set priorities, meet deadlines and make sound decisions; establish and maintain accurate records; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; develop and administer assigned budgets; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public and supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.



PART I:   A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance 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 (weighted 100%).  A brief written or practical exercise may be conducted in conjunction with the Qualifications Appraisal Interview.  The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The five (5) 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.



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. 


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.



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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