City of Berkeley – Associate Planner

SALARY: $42.31 – $50.22 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 10/15/18
CLOSING DATE: 11/05/18 05:00 PM
This classification is located in the Land Use Planning Division of the Planning Department, in the Community Services & Administration Division in the Health, Housing & Community Services Department and in the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department.

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill vacancies for all city departments. In order to be considered for any of the City’s permanent or temporary vacancies for Associate Planner during the next year, you must submit an employment application and responses to the supplemental questionnaire prior to the application deadline, and pass all examination phases.

Although the current vacancy is in the Planning Department, provided below are specific responsibilities for departments that staff Associate Planners: 

Associate Planner – Health, Housing and Community Services
The associate planner in the housing services unit of the health housing and community services department performs a variety of professional activities in support of the city’s affordable housing and community development programs. Work requires the exercise of considerable independence and sound judgment in evaluating proposed development projects’ compliance with applicable environmental and affordable housing regulations.  These regulations typically include the federal NEPA, local inclusionary housing and housing mitigation fee and condominium conversion programs.  The associate planner also prepares clear,  concise  and complete written agreements with project sponsors using provided guidelines.

Associate Planner – Public Works Transportation Division 
The Associate Planner in the Public Works Department works on a variety of programs and initiatives, such as coordinating with transit providers, primarily AC Transit, on transit projects affecting Berkeley, including service planning and bus stop improvements; supporting transportation capital improvement projects and developing Complete Streets projects; and developing and implementing the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans and other transportation plans. Additional duties may include assisting in grant applications, grant compliance, procurement of consultants, and consultant contract management.

Associate Planner – Planning Land Use Division
The Associate Planner in the Planning Department performs a variety of professional activities in support of the City’s planning services. In this journey-level class, incumbents conduct planning research and analysis on moderate to difficult projects. Work requires the exercise of considerable independence in preparing planning studies and reports on well-defined assignments and making presentations on such projects.  The Land Use Planning Division administers zoning regulations, reviews development projects and assists the community in its efforts to plan for the City’s physical, cultural, environmental, and socio-economic future.  If current planning activities are assigned, work will include data collection, provision of information to the public at the zoning counter, processing development applications, and environmental review. If policy planning activities are assigned, work will include ordinance and plan revisions, data collection and analysis, and other land use studies.

Equivalent to graduation from a four year college with major coursework in city, regional, or urban planning or a closely related field.AND

Two (2) years of professional planning experience. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college coursework on a year-for-year basis.

Other Requirements
A valid California driver’s license is desirable. Must be able to attend evening meetings as required.

Knowledge of: Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices information sources and trends of municipal urban planning; Implementation of zoning subdivision, design review, landmarks, environmental review and other municipal ordinances; Methods used in developing information for General Plan modifications; Application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process; Housing trends, market analyses techniques, programs and financing mechanisms for low and moderate income families; Mathematic concepts, including statistical analysis techniques and formulae relevant to the planning process; Methods, techniques and instruments used in planning and map drafting; Local government organization and the functions and practices of a municipal planning unit; Fiscal and real estate analyses.

Ability to: Perform increasingly responsible and varied assignments under decreasing degrees of supervision; Understand and apply those aspects of federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the planning process; Interpret maps, site and building plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data; Research, analyze, and summarize planning data both manually and with basic computer programs; Prepare clear visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; Make clear and persuasive presentations of ideas; prepare clear, concise and complete technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials; Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines; Instruct others in work procedures and provide specific project direction; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Applicants must submit the following:

All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:

  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
  2. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a competitive review and assessment of their supplemental questionnaire and education/training and experience.

Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver’s license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.
DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources | (510) 981-6800| |  2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704.

Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: (510) 981-6300 | TTY: (510) 981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.

The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.

To apply and for more information about this opening, please visit our website at, no later than Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM (PST).