City of Concord, Associate Planner

SALARY: $36.17 – $46.16 Hourly
$6,269.47 – $8,001.07 Monthly $75,233.60 – $96,012.80 Annually

CLOSING DATE: 10/20/17 05:00PM


The City is currently seeking to fill one Associate Planner vacancy in the Planning & Housing Division within the Community and Economic Development Department. The candidate will primarily work on long-range and sustainability policy initiatives, but will also process current development applications and assist the public at the Permit Center counter. The ideal candidate will have experience processing development and land use applications, compiling data and research, and preparing design guidelines; possess expertise in CEQA, sustainability principles, and/or architecture; and is detail-oriented. S/he will also have experience preparing staff reports and presentations and providing support on special projects. Strong organizational, written, and computer skills with a working knowledge of GIS is preferred.

The ideal candidate will also be an individual who embraces, promotes and is guided by the City’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Bilingual Pay
Pursuant to the 2015-19 MOU between OPEIU Local 29 and the City of Concord Section 5.5 (Bilingual Pay), the City will pay a $120 per month bilingual premium to City-designated employees who have been certified as fluent in a language that meets the City’s operational needs.


  1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted. Please attach a copy of your resume when you apply. You must complete the job application in addition to the resume submission in order to be considered.
  2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications for the position will be invited to a panel interview scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 2017. If you are selected to participate in the interview process and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule.
  3. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.
    IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.

A position in this class will serve as a project manager on permit applications of moderate complexity performing technical research, analysis, report writing and recommendations; conduct initial studies and coordinate interdepartmental, outside agency and consultant’s reports as required by the California Environmental Quality Act on assigned projects; represent City at meetings of other agencies; serve as staff support to City boards and commissions; and perform related work as required all within the context of the City’s Mission, Vision, Values Statement and a strong and progressive customer service orientation.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines
Uses principles of planning; federal, state, and local planning laws, regulations and procedures. Uses computers and has knowledge of relevant computer programs including advanced GIS applications. Uses telephones, other means of voice and written communication, and City vehicles.

Working Conditions
Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but includes trips to other agencies and offices, visits to proposed and actual construction sites, and visits to sites of code compliance issues. Work involves attendance at meetings held during the workday and in the evenings, and may include occasional out of town travel.

Physical Demands
Emphasize speech, hearing, vision, and stamina associated with attendance at evening meetings following a normal workday. Site visits may include stooping, crawling, climbing, and balance.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given
Supervision received is characterized by general supervisory direction and control intended to define objectives and problems. Independently applies the General Plan and Development Code and other relevant regulations to determine conformance of assigned projects; makes independent decisions regarding technical details and prepares recommendations on proposed use decisions. Control over work methods is general, rather than detailed in nature. Work assignments, including written staff reports, are reviewed periodically for status and upon completion but before submission. Work also involves assisting with the training of new staff members. This is the journey professional level planner in the planner series.


  1. Coordinates and performs research and analyses pertaining to the General Plan, area plans, grant programs, related municipal ordinances and policy; prepares related reports and recommendations; and renders professional advice regarding planning issues.
  2. Serves as a project manager for moderately complex planning projects, particularly commercial and residential projects involving redevelopment of underutilized or development of vacant parcels; including performing technical reviews involving analyzing and evaluating site, architectural and landscape plans, preparing written project reports and analyses with appropriate recommendations.
  3. Writes and reviews Initial Studies; coordinates the preparation of environmental documents; recommends determinations of the environmental impact of projects; reviews environmental documents of other agencies.
  4. Coordinates and attends various meetings for the purpose of providing and receiving information regarding projects and proposals; as assigned, attends and represents the City’s interests or policy position on issues including making presentations before such bodies as the Planning Commission and Design Review Board, and the boards, task forces, and legislative bodies of other governmental agencies.
  5. Conduct site inspections, including determining if projects are in compliance with laws, regulations, and ordinances; makes recommendations on changes.
  6. Provides information on city, regional, and state environmental, zoning, and subdivision requirements to consultants, developers, property owners, and the general public.
  7. Promotes the City’s Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City.


Knowledge and Abilities

Working knowledge of the objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices, and trends in the field of city planning; of relevant land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and social concepts; of project management techniques; of supervisory theories and principles; of software applications used in planning, including advanced level GIS applications; of relevant mathematical concepts; of the application, modification, and interrelationships among ordinances, policies, standards, procedures, and practices; of federal, state, and local laws and regulations; of the terminology, symbols, methods, and techniques used in Planning; of common reference sources; of local government organization, and of the functions and practices of City and other governmental work units with which coordination is required.

Ability to perform varied and responsible assignments involving the use of initiative and judgment under periodic supervision; to collect, analyze, and prepare reports and recommendations pertaining to moderately complex issues; to interpret laws, policies, procedures, regulations, maps, specifications, site and building plans, graphs, and statistical data; to make and defend decisions; prepare visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those encountered in the course of work.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will require:

Education: A bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, or related field.

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience involving general plan, zoning and development services or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

A California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

The City of Concord is an Equal Opportunity/Veteran’s Preference Employer.

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