Assistant Planner/Associate Planner

City of Vallejo

Assistant Planner: $32.43 – $39.42 Hourly  $2,594.81 – $3,154.01 Bi-Weekly $5,622.08 – $6,833.68 Monthly  $67,465.01 – $82, 004.21 Annual

Associate Planner: $35.84 – $43.56 Hourly  $2,867.35 – $3,485.28 Bi-Weekly $6,212.60 – $7,551.44 Monthly  $74,551.15 – $90,617.28 Annual

This recruitment is being conducted to fill two full-time vacancies. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

Why It’s a Great Opportunity: 
The Planning and Development Services Department has an excellent reputation for being an employer that is committed to providing a collegial atmosphere and growth for employees.
You will be part of a team that is the face of the City, reviewing complex discretionary projects, helping the community at the counter, developing and nurturing strong relationships with a diverse group of customers.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package as well as the opportunity to be a part of an organization that prides itself on customer service.
After initial training, a hybrid schedule is possible with Director’s approval.
We are dedicated to continually improving the City, with an emphasis on working collaboratively to promote equity as well as equality to keep Vallejo moving forward.

The Planning and Development Services Department is organized across four divisions: Planning (Current Planning and Advanced Planning), Building, Administration, and Code Enforcement. 

The Planning Division is responsible for implementing the General Plan, Specific Plans and Zoning Code of the City of Vallejo. They provide preliminary review, processing, plan checking and permitting for new construction, additions, renovations, alterations and collaboratively work with applicants and the community, ensuring the best possible outcome for every project.

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THE CITY OF VALLEJO The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. 

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Ideal Candidate: The successful Assistant/Associate Planner candidate will be a team player and possess the ability to think outside the box. They will be solutions oriented with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate concisely and effectively, including public speaking and presentation skills.  Transparent and frequent communication with community members is essential.


Assistant Planner – This is the entry level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including the responsibility for assignments in the fields of current or advanced planning which require the application of fundamental planning principles. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.

Associate Planner – This is the full journey level class within the professional planning series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Planner by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including responsibility for the application of professional knowledge and skills to various municipal planning, zoning and development problems and projects. Responsibilities include the preparation of specific reports and plans with opportunity for independent judgment in planning work details and making technical determinations. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled from advancement from the Assistant level, or when filled from the outside, requiring prior planning experience.

Receives direction from the Planning Manager.

Essential Functions:

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Research, analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on various planning matters and elements of the general plan.
Conduct studies and needs assessments for the development of programs to address significant development issues.
Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
Prepare initial studies; assist in preparing or reviewing environmental impact reports.
Compile information and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports.
Review development proposals and applications for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; prepare reports of recommendations.
Assist in preparing staff reports for the Planning Commission, various committees and advisory boards as directed; prepare research, reports, maps, and conduct public hearings.
Check commercial, industrial and residential development plans for issuance of zone clearance; process permit applications and calculate appropriate fees.
Research and draft ordinances for review.
Collect, record and summarize statistical and demographic information; establish and maintain a comprehensive database.
Participate in the implementation and promotion of the City’s resource management program; research recycling and waste disposal options and alternatives and make recommendations; respond to questions from the public pertaining to program.
Participate in coordinating City planning and development related activities with outside departments.
Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints concerning the City’s planning function.
Implement and enforce the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance; answer questions of the public; check plans for compliance; conduct follow-up inspections and rechecks as required.
Inspect properties and structures for compliance with current City zoning codes and regulations; recommend improvement and rehabilitation programs; identify corrective actions to be taken by owner.
Carry out a variety of operational and administrative activities such as preparation of annual budgets and the development and implementation of Departmental policies and procedures.
Assist in long range planning projects.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Assistant Planner 
Some urban planning experience is desirable.
Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field. 

Associate Planner 
In addition to the qualifications for Assistant Planner: 
Two years of responsible urban planning experience.
Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field.

The Recruitment & Selection Process:

1. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2023. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), you are welcome to attach additional documents to this application (staff report examples, etc.),  by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

Note: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues. 

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of April 17, 2023.

3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of April 24, 2023. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of supplemental questions will be invited to participate in an Oral Panel Interview.

4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of May 01, 2023. Oral panel interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates’ score. Candidates must achieve a minimum of passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be the best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions. 

5. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment, or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Martha Galo at (707) 648-4365 or send an email to: no later than April 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

The selected candidate will be required to: 1)Submit reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers – All City of Vallejo (“City”) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers (“DSW”) by state law (California Government Code Section 3100 – 3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran’s Preference – Veteran’s preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) – The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. 

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