Assistant/Associate/Senior Planner – City of Benicia

You’re invited to apply to be Benicia’s next Assistant, Associate or Senior Planner. Benicia seeks an energetic, versatile planning professional who is looking for the chance to make a difference working with a skilled team of planners including the Community Development Director, Planning Manager, Senior Planner, and Associate Planner. You will work on a variety of projects, including historic preservation, design review, housing, cannabis regulation, sustainability, current planning, permits, plan checking, and customer service. Benicia’s two historic districts, industrial park, oil refinery, and waterfront location give planners a chance to work on a variety of projects and develop broad skills. Benicia offers a great working environment, including generous benefits and the opportunity to grow your career.

Salary range: $74,309.40 – $114,264.12
Application deadline: This position is open until filled with first review of applications scheduled for September 21, 2022
Link to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/benicia/jobs/3713966/assistant-planner-associate-planner-senior-planner?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

This position can be filled at either level depending on qualifications and experience.

Assistant Planner/Associate Planner/Senior Planner

You’re invited to apply to be Benicia’s next Assistant, Associate or Senior Planner. Benicia seeks an energetic, versatile planning professional who is looking for the chance to make a difference working with a skilled team of planners including the Community Development Director, Planning Manager, Senior Planner, and Associate Planner. You will work on a variety of projects, including historic preservation, design review, housing, cannabis regulation, sustainability, current planning, permits, plan checking, and customer service. Benicia’s two historic districts, industrial park, oil refinery, and waterfront location give planners a chance to work on a variety of projects and develop broad skills. Benicia offers a great working environment, including generous benefits and the opportunity to grow your career.

If you are looking for a challenge, a rewarding place to work, and a place to grow, consider Benicia! We look forward to receiving your application!

Assistant Planner: Under the general direction of the Associate Planner, performs complex professional work involving a broad spectrum of planning assignments. By direction, has responsibility for advanced and current planning projects and performs related work as required.

Associate Planner: Under general direction of the Community Development Director or their designee, performs complex professional work involving a broad spectrum of planning assignments; responsible for current and advanced planning projects and performs related work as required.

Senior Planner: Under general direction of the Community Development Director, serves as a project manager for complex planning projects; a primary staff person to City boards and commissions; and serves as a project coordinator providing lead direction to other staff members and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Assistant Planner: The Assistant Planner is typically the entry level professional position in the Planning Department.  The incumbent of this position must possess working knowledge of the fundamentals of urban planning. Duties performed in this class are generally performed on the basis of clearly established techniques and procedures.

Associate Planner: This position is typically the journey-level professional classification in the Planning Division. The incumbent must possess sound knowledge of and practical experience in applying the fundamentals of urban planning to complex planning issues. In consultation with supervisors, this position will compose staff reports, and may make recommendations and present staff findings to the City Council, boards, and commissions.

Senior Planner: This is the advanced journey level class in the professional Planner series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including complex projects, technical and functional (lead) supervision. 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.

The incumbent must possess sound knowledge and practical experience in applying the fundamentals of urban planning to issues faced by the community. This position is distinguished from the Associate Planner by the greater responsibility, experience and discretion required and greater involvement in major projects. Incumbent independently applies the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and other relevant regulations to determine conformance. The incumbent makes independent decisions regarding the appropriate level of review for assigned projects. Work also involves assisting with the training of new staff members, providing lead direction and supervision of subordinate staff.

Representative Duties / Qualifications

Assistant Planner:

-Reviews and analyzes applications for staff level, commission and council planning projects.

-Assists in research and analysis of demographic, land use, economic and other data related to planning activities.

-Performs research and analysis, writes and presents staff reports for appropriate review bodies, including commissions and the City Council.

-Assists developers in complying with City ordinances and policies regarding design, architecture, landscaping and other criteria.

-Performs environmental analysis on proposed projects, reviews project plans for completeness, accuracy and issues zoning permits.

-Performs final building and project inspections.

-Conducts field inspections related to project applications, to ensure conformance to approved plans and code enforcement.

-Provides information to the general public and other City and State agencies regarding zoning, development and design, interpretation of planning documents, interpretation of State documents, City permits and all other related activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

-Principles and practices of urban planning, land use and environmental planning.

-Current literature and informational sources in the field of planning and zoning.

-Statistical and research methods relating to planning.

-Laws underlying general plans, environmental matters, zoning and land division and related planning matters.

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Ability to:

-Compile, analyze, interpret and apply technical reports and data.

-Review and evaluate land use maps, design and construction plans.

-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the general public and other City personnel.

-Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

-Prepare and analyze planning studies and communicate findings of these studies in an understandable manner.

-Complete routine tasks with minimal supervision.

-Exercise independent judgment and initiative at staff level.

Associate Planner:

The representative duties listed include essential and marginal functions that vary by position. Individuals with disabilities will be considered for placement into positions in this class based upon an assessment of the essential functions of the particular position.

-Reviews and analyzes applications for consideration by the City Council, commissions and senior staff.

-Prepares complex staff reports for appropriate review bodies, including commissions and the City Council, and makes recommendations to the Community Development Director, Zoning Administrator, boards and commissions.

-Plans, directs, coordinates and participates in the work of subordinate professional and technical employees in data collection, analyses, plan formation and implementation of a wide variety of planning, zoning and environmental review activities.

-Acts as Zoning Administrator as assigned.

-Assists developers, and citizens in complying with City ordinances and policies regarding design, architecture, landscaping, historic preservation and other criteria.

-Prepares or assists in the preparation of planning studies such as General Plan amendments, zoning amendments, specific plans, and other studies as assigned.

-Performs environmental analyses on proposed projects, reviews project plans for completeness and accuracy, and issues zoning permits.

-Conducts field inspections related to project applications, to ensure conformance to approved plans and code enforcement.

-Researches and analyzes demographic, land use, economic and other data related to planning activities.

-Provides information to the general public and other City and State agencies regarding zoning, development and design, interpretation of planning documents, interpretation of State documents, City permits and all other related activities.

-Represents the Community Development Department at public meetings and presents planning and development matters to the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Review Commission, and other commissions as requested.

-Coordinates planning activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

-Principles and practices of urban planning, land use and environmental planning.

-Current literature and informational sources in the field of planning and zoning.

-Statistical and research methods relating to planning.

-Underlying general plans, environmental matters, zoning and land division and related planning matters.

-Working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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Ability to:

-Compile, analyze, interpret and apply technical reports and data.

-Review and evaluate land use maps, design and construction plans.

-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public and other City personnel.

-Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

-Prepare and analyze planning issues as well as development applications; communicate findings clearly and concisely.

-Complete routine tasks with minimal supervision.

-Exercise independent judgment and initiative at staff level.

-Apply principle and practices of customer service.

Senior Planner:

The representative duties listed include essential and marginal functions that vary by position. Individuals with disabilities will be considered for placement into positions in this class based upon assessment of the essential functions of the particular position.

-Serves as a project manager for complex planning projects including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review for project plan and applications, and making recommendations.

-Coordinates and performs research and analyses pertaining to the General Plan, area plans, grant programs, related municipal ordinances and policies; prepares related reports and recommendations; and renders professional advice regarding planning issues.

-Performs technical research, analysis, and report writing.

-Critiques development proposals.

-Creates and updates long-range planning documents such as the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

-Coordinates activities of consultants preparing reports required by the California Environmental Quality Act; manages related contracts.

-Reviews Initial Studies; coordinates the preparation of environmental impact reports; reviews environmental documents of other agencies.

-Provides lead direction to subordinate planners on assigned projects; coordinates and reviews the preparation of various reports, correspondence, tabulations, and summaries; provides input regarding the quality of performance to supervisors.

-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 authoritative bodies such as the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC), City Council, and the boards, task forces, and legislative bodies of other governmental agencies.

-Conducts site inspections, including determining if projects are in compliance with laws, regulations, and ordinances; makes recommendations regarding proposed changes.

-Performs related work as required.

-Promotes the City’s Mission to serve and enhance the City of Benicia with Care, Commitment and Pride; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

-The objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices, and trends in the field of city planning.

-Relevant land use, physical design, historic preservation, economic, environmental, and social concepts.

-Project management techniques.

-Supervisory theories and principles.

-Software applications used in planning.

-Relevant mathematical concepts.

-The application, modification, and interrelationships among ordinances, policies, standards, procedures, and practices.

-Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations.

-The terminology, symbols, methods, and techniques used in Planning.

-Common reference sources.

-Local government organization.

-The functions and practices of City and other governmental work units with which coordination is required.

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Ability to:

-Perform varied and responsible assignments involving the use of initiative and judgment under minimum supervision.

-Manage multiple priorities, multitask, and work under quickly changing priorities.

-Provide lead direction and coordinate the work of other professionals.

-Monitor and evaluate professional staff.

-Perform and coordinate activities, such as the collection, analysis, and preparation of reports and recommendations pertaining to complex issues.

-Interpret laws, policies, procedures, regulations, maps, specifications, site and building plans, graphs, and statistical data.

-Make and defend decisions.

-Prepare visual displays, such as PowerPoint presentations.

-Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

-Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

-Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those encountered in the course of work.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

Assistant Planner:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to acquire the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
One year of technical experience in urban planning. A Master’s Degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Education:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major in urban or environmental planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or a closely related field.

Associate Planner:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in urban planning. A Master’s Degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Education:
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in urban or environmental planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or closely related field.

Senior Planner:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience involving general plan, zoning and development services; which includes at least two (2) years of project management and two (2) years of lead or supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

Education:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Architecture or related field.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Most work is performed, sitting at a desk and/or standing at a front counter for long period of time. Work involves reaching office equipment, bending and twisting. Employee will write, use a keyboard, and other standard office equipment to communicate; may lift light weight objects; walk on uneven surfaces.  Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but may include visits to existing and potential businesses and to proposed development sites. It also involves frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted on weekends or during the evening.  The work also involves irregular hours and some out-of-town travel.