To perform a variety of professional
planning duties in support of the Community
Development Department, including review of
development proposals and planning and land use
applications for compliance with applicable
regulation; and to provide development-related
and planning information and assistance to
developers, the business community and the
This is a journey level
professional planning position to perform a
variety of planning duties in support of the
Community Development Department. Employee at
this level is expected to perform independently,
with minimal direction from supervisor, in
direction and judgment on matters related to
established procedures and guidelines. The
position is characterized by increasingly
specialized knowledge of the planning field and
a more elevated level of required duties and
responsibilities as compared to the Assistant
Planner position. The Associate Planner is
expected to possess in-depth knowledge within
one or more of the planning specialties such as
economic development, advanced planning,
housing, environmental planning, etc. Although
the Senior Planner works closely with the
Associate Planner, planners at this level
receive somewhat less supervision than an
Assistant Planner or Permit Technician.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited
to, the following:
1. Customer Service Shall provide
exemplary customer service to all individuals by
demonstrating a willingness to be attentive,
understanding, and responsive, fair, courteous
and respectful, and to actively participate in
maintaining a positive customer service
2. Ministerial Permits Shall review
non-discretionary permits including building
permits, sign, fence, temporary use, film and
other permits. Shall review licenses including
business, entertainment, and home occupations.
3. Discretionary Permits Shall review
discretionary planning permits including
development plans, conditional use, subdivisions
and other permits.
4. Public Counter Shall assist the
public at the counter with general questions,
concerns and reporting complaints. Shall have
the ability to provide information in a clear
and concise manner. Shall consult with and
advise architects, builders, contractors,
engineers and the public regarding City
development policies and standards.
5. Communication Shall have oral
communication and interpersonal skills to
clearly explain rules and procedures to the
6. Writing Skills Shall have extensive
experience writing staff reports, memos, letters
and other written communication. Shall have a
working knowledge of grammar, spelling and
7. Written Reports and Analysis Shall
write staff reports, resolutions, draft
ordinances and prepare other documents for the
public, boards, commissions and council
regarding land use applications and draft
8. Environmental Review Shall prepare
and review environmental documents (CEQA).
9. Research Shall have the knowledge
and ability to independently research and
complete data collection. Shall have extensive
understanding of statistical analysis, algebraic
and geometric reasoning and shall have the
ability to apply in a practical manner.
10. GIS/Mapping Shall have a basic
understanding and ability to use Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) or similar mapping
software to create maps and convey information
graphically in map format.
11. Presentation Shall be able to
prepare visual presentations for public meetings
and for the City website. Ability to
communicate through visual mediums including
PowerPoint, Publisher or other presentation
software is desirable. Ability to develop
brochures, slideshows, advertisements and
similar products is desirable.
12. Public Speaking Shall be able to
speak to the general public and in public
meetings. Shall have effective communication
skills to communicate complicated scenarios and
13. Technology Skills Knowledge and
ability to use computer hardware and software,
including Microsoft Office, various internet
applications, GIS, and others as required for
14. Urban Planning and Land Use Knowledge
Shall have extensive knowledge of local, state
and federal planning regulations and concepts.
Shall have working knowledge of the Coastal Act,
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),
zoning and subdivision regulations.
15. Legal Knowledge In-depth knowledge
of principles of law and code compliance. Shall
prepare legal notices for hearings.
16. Architectural / Construction Knowledge
General understanding required to review and
understand construction plans, site plans,
grading plans, etc.
17. Monthly and Annual Reporting
Ability to track and research ongoing trends and
patterns, report activities through reports,
charts and tables.
18. Project Management and Basic
Accounting Ability to understand and use basic
accounting software, receipting, accounting for
amounts due and received, accounting of time and
19. Site Inspection Shall have the
ability to conduct site inspections in
coordination with the review of permits,
projects or other concerns as needed.
20. Attend Meetings Shall be able to
attend occasional night or weekend meetings, as
21. Other Perform related duties and
responsibilities, as required.
1. Minimum four years of work
experience in planning or related field.
2. Equivalent to a Bachelors degree
from an accredited college or university with
major course work in city and/or regional
planning, architecture, geography, public
administration, business management, landscape
architecture, environmental studies or other
3. Specialization or advanced Graduate
degree in planning or related field may replace
up to two years of work experience.
1. Learn applicable environmental laws
2. Interpret planning, zoning and land
division regulations for the general public.
3. Interpret and utilize current
literature, information sources and research
techniques in the field of urban planning.
4. Perform basic plan checking
5. Understand and carryout both oral
and written directions.
clearly and concisely, both orally and in
7. Establish and maintain cooperative
working relationships with those contacted in
the course of work.
8. Knowledgeable with a variety of
computer programs, with the ability to prepare
reports, presentations, documents and other
forms of communication.
9. Maintain physical condition
appropriate to the performance of assigned
duties and responsibilities.
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:
$59,006.69 - $81,134.46
Excellent benefits package
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS
HOW TO APPLY:
The first application review date is
Monday, September 26, 2016. This
recruitment will remain open until filled and
may close without prior notice. Prompt
application submission is encouraged.
Please send a letter of interest, resume,
and a completed application to:
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION, A
COMPLETED EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.
Employment application without salary
information will not be accepted.
A complete position profile and employment
application form are available at City Hall or
Resumes in lieu of City employment
applications will not be considered.
A personal interview will be scheduled
for the most qualified applicants to determine
An equal opportunity employer