Assistant Planner/associate Planner (DOQ)

City of Visalia
Job Description
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The Community Development Department is recruiting for the position of Assistant Planner or Associate Planner (depending on qualifications). Responsibilities for this position include discretionary entitlement processing, Plan Check Review, and serving as the primary point of contact for the Planning Services Counter and Planning Hotline. One position is available and a list is being established.
TITLE: Assistant Planner/Associate Planner (Depending on Qualifications)
Monthly Salary
Assistant Planner $4,580-$5,758
Associate Planner $5,588-$7,025
DEPARTMENT: Community Development
Basic Function
Under direction, performs professional level work in the field of current or advanced planning. Performs related responsibilities as required.
Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the full journey level of the professional planner series, and involves the responsibility for the application of professional knowledge and skills to various municipal planning and zoning problems. Responsibilities include the preparation of specific reports and plans with opportunity for independent judgment in planning work details and making technical determinations.
  • Reviews and analyzes development proposals. Prepares and presents staff reports to the Planning Commission and City Council. Coordinates review and analysis of development proposals with other City departments.
  • Prepares Environmental Impact Reports and other technical and professional planning studies relating to social, economic and physical development.
  • Conducts field inspections.
  • Conducts economic analysis and maintains data on population, housing and economic trends.
  • Prepares administrative reports.
  • Prepares and presents Department reports and referral items to City Council and Planning Commission.
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of complex planning reports.
  • Gives oral presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, professional groups, civic groups and other public agencies.
  • Coordinates and evaluates development proposals and various permit applications.
  • Confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
  • Coordinates activities with other departmental and City personnel.
  • Represents City on various technical committees.
  • Plan checks commercial, industrial and residential development for issuance of zone clearance.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Reporting Relationships
This position reports to a Senior Planner, Principal Planner or Division Manager and does not supervise.
Qualifications / Requirements:DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge Of
  • Principles and practices of urban planning.
  • State planning law, municipal code provisions and department policies and procedures.
  • Site planning and architectural review.
  • Modern office methods including keyboard skills.
  • Computer usage and application.
Skill In
  • Public contact.
  • Research, report preparation and presentation.
  • Short range planning.
Ability To
  • Analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Perform complex professional planning work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, officials and the general public.
Experience And Education
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
Assistant Planner
  • Previous technical planning experience.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, geography, public administration or related field.
Associate Planner
  • One year of increasingly responsible experience in a municipal or county planning department.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, geography, public administration or a related field.
Special Requirements
  • Possession of a valid or ability to obtain a valid California driver's license may be required for some positions.
Additional Information:PHYSICAL STANDARDS:
Positions in this class are typically situated in a standard office environment resulting in little exposure to the weather and requiring no unusual physical abilities.
Selection Process
Application and supplemental materials will be evaluated and applicants who appear to be most qualified will be invited to participate in a job related interview and/or examination process. Classification placement will be dependent on qualifications. Successful candidates may be required to pass a background investigation, physical examination, and/or drug screen.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
FLSA: Non-Exempt
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