Pacifica

Assistant/Associate Planner (20114126)

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Planning
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San Francisco/Peninsula
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5/24/2021 at 5pm
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$7,076.00-$8,967.00 Monthly
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Description

THE OPPORTUNITY

Are you a planning professional looking for an amazing opportunity on the Coast? The City of Pacifica is a beautiful coastal community, just south of San Francisco with an exciting opportunity. We are currently hiring for a Planner (Assistant or Associate level), to join our Planning Department in our mission of serving the Community. The level at which an individual is hired will be dependent on the applicant's qualifications and work experience.

 

THE DEPARTMENT

The Planning Department includes a planning division, building division, and code enforcement division. It is comprised of eight full-time City staff and several contractors to support the department's operations. The department's FY 2020-2021 budget was approximately $3.7 million.

To learn more about the Planning Department, you are invited to visit their web site at https://www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/planning/default.asp

 

THE POSITION

The current opening is for a full-time position and is under the direction of the Deputy Director of Planning. The Assistant/Associate Planner will provide a wide variety of assistance in support of the Planning Department.

 

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Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Candidate will possess strong analytical and writing skills, can handle a diverse and often heavy workload, will have familiarity with information technology tools for planning such as geographic information systems (GIS) and the Microsoft Office suite, and be comfortable working and presenting to large audiences in person and in online meetings.   

 

Assistant Planner

Under direction, the Assistant Planner position is responsible to perform complex advance and current planning projects, including:

  • Provide general assistance and advice to developers and the public on current planning and zoning matters, both orally and in writing.
  • Process development permit and subdivision applications for hearing in accordance with State law.
  • Prepare and present reports for Planning Commission and City Council action on current and advance planning projects.
  • Prepare periodic major and minor revisions to the Zoning Ordinance, General Plan and Local Coastal Land Use Plan.
  • Formulate, prepare and present ordinances, projects and studies addressing special planning problems and issues related, for example, to Community Development funding, redevelopment, commercial development, provision for low and moderate income housing, or coastal access.
  • Periodically work with community groups and committees on special projects in conjunction with Zoning Ordinance and General Plan revisions.
  • Apply accepted principles and standards of planning in a creative manner and with initiative.
  • Work evenings and weekends as necessary to meet deadlines or attend public meetings.
  • May be asked to represent City at regional meetings related to Community Development.

Please refer to job description for additional details. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the basic types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  Job description is currently under review.

 

Associate Planner

Under direction, the Associate Planner position is responsible to perform complex advance and current planning projects, including:

  • All items under the Assistant Planner classification but will work on more complex or sensitive items, and will be expected to require less direction and demonstrate greater independence from supervision.

Please refer to job description for additional details. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the basic types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  Job description is currently under review.

 

 

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING  AND QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES

Assistant Planner

Training

Bachelor's or advanced degree in planning or related field.

Experience

One year of municipal or comparable planning experience. Architecture or design review and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) experience desired.

License

Must have ability to obtain, if necessary, a California driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of State and local laws related to current and advanced planning, including CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning Law and the California Coastal Act.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret regional data within the local setting.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate complex zoning and planning projects and to prepare sound recommendations.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, to perform basic statistical and mathematical procedures, and to prepare graphic materials in the form of maps, charts, matrices, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at public meetings, with the general public, and with staff of other City divisions, departments and governmental agencies.
  • Ability to qualify for and obtain a California driver's license and to drive to project sites.
  • Ability to organize and complete assigned workload in an office or remote work environment desired.

 

Associate Planner

Training

Bachelors or advanced degree in planning or related field.

Experience

Three years of municipal or comparable planning experience.  Architecture or design review and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) experience desired.

License

Must have ability to obtain, if necessary, a California driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Other desirable qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of state and local laws related to current and advanced planning, including CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning Law, and the California Coastal Act.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate complex zoning and planning projects.
  • Ability to prepare sound recommendations.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely and to make technical information easily understood.
  • Ability to apply accepted principles and standards of planning in a creative manner and with initiative.
  • Ability to perform basic statistical and mathematical procedures.
  • Architecture or design review experience.
  • Ability to prepare graphic materials in conjunction with written work in the form of maps, charts, matrices, etc.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret regional data within the local setting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at public meetings, with the general public, and with staff of other City divisions, departments and governmental agencies.
  • Ability to organize and complete assigned workload in an office or remote work environment desired.

Benefits

The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

Holidays: Thirteen (13) days per year.

Vacation: From 11 to 27 days per year, depending on length of service.

Sick leave: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on accrual.

Retirement: The City contracts with CalPERS to provide a retirement plan that utilizes the formula of 2.5% @ 55 for "Classic members" or 2% @ 62 for "PEPRA members." Classic Members contribute 8% employee contribution plus 2.5% employer cost share for a total contribution of 10.5%.  PEPRA members pay 6.75% employee contribution plus 2.5% employer cost share for a total contribution of 9.25%.    

Insurance:  The City provides its employees with a medical  insurance allowance that allows employees to purchase medical insurance through either Teamsters Union #856 Health and Welfare or CalPERS medical benefits plan. Some plans require employee contributions.   Employees with proof of qualifying health insurance coverage through another group health plan may qualify for a "Health In-Lieu Payment" when declining city coverage.

The City contributes toward a dental insurance plan and vision plan for employee and all eligible dependents.

The City pays premiums for:

  • Life insurance premium.
  • Long term disability insurance (to begin sixty days after onset of non-work-related illness or injury).

Deferred Compensation Plan: Employees may participate in a pre-tax retirement savings plan.

Union Membership: Positions are represented by Teamsters. Please refer to MOU for further benefit information. 

Special Instructions

Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application in CalOpps.org.  Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.  Applications can be obtained online at https://www.calopps.org/city-of-pacifica.

 

Examination and Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to the next step in the recruitment process which may include panel interviews and a skills assessment. The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations.

 

Deadline to apply is Monday, May 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Virtual interviews are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

 

Human Resources has the right to revise this process as needed based on business needs.  

 

After a mutual interest has been established, the final candidate must pass a City of Pacifica background check which includes but is not limited to the Department of Justice fingerprinting scan.

 

At the City of Pacifica, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. To us, equal opportunity employment is not just about compliance, it’s about who you are, how you can help our City and who you want to be. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and residents.

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