City of Piedmont – Assistant/Associate Planner

Under direct and general supervision, performs various professional field and office planning work related to current and advance planning, including review of development, architectural design,  and land use applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental analysis and document review; provides professional support work in managing, implementing, and monitoring environmental and transportation related projects and programs; provides complex professional staff assistance to the Director of Planning, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.

Assistant/Associate Planner

Base Salary Asst. Planner: $6,188 – $7,521

Base Salary Assoc. Planner: $6,675 – $8,112

Closing Date/Time: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 5 p.m.

We’re recruiting to fill one vacancy within the Planning Department.  Depending upon qualifications, the City is seeking to hire at either the Assistant or Associate level.


Receives direct and general supervision from the Director of Planning.  Exercises no direct supervision over staff.  May exercise technical and functional direction over and provide training to lower-level staff.

Class Characteristics

Assistant Planner:  This is the first experienced-level class in the professional planning series.  Initially under close supervision, incumbents with basic planning experience perform professional and technical planning work in current, advance, and/or environmental planning activities.  As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.  Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Associate level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.  Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern.  Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise.

Associate Planner:  This is the full journey-level class in the professional planning series.  Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical planning work in all of the following areas: current, advance, and/or environmental planning activities, and daily departmental operations, in addition to providing project management and administration.  Positions at this level are distinguished from the Assistant level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently and exercising judgment and initiative.  Positions 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 the professional planner class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Associate level are normally filled by advancement from the Assistant level requiring two (2) years of experience at the Assistant-level and after gaining the knowledge, skill, experience, licenses, and certifications which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class.  When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have three (3) years of experience that allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the Associate level.

Education and Experience:

Assistant and Associate Planner: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, community development, architecture, business or public administration, transportation planning, traffic engineering, civil engineering, or a related field.

Assistant Planner: One (1) year of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or transportation planning and traffic engineering.


Associate Planner: Three (3) years of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or transportation planning and traffic engineering; or two (2) years of experience as Assistant Planner at the City of Piedmont.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. The City monitors DMV activity over the course of employment.

Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points; to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.  Employees may interact with challenging staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


May be required to work a varied schedule of hours, which may include evenings, and/or weekends, as needed.


Base Salary:

Assistant Planner: $6,188 – $7,521 (+3% salary increase effective 7/1/2020)

Associate Planner: $6,675 – $8,112 (+3% salary increase effective 7/1/2020)

Other:    Additional 1% of salary for obtaining and maintaining American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credentials through the American Planning Association.

Auto Allowance: $200/per month

+ excellent benefits, including Children of full-time City employees are eligible to attend school in the Piedmont Unified School District.  Additionally, the children of full-time employees are eligible to attend the Skipping Stones (based upon eligibility for ages 2 yrs. 9 mo–four years), and Schoolmates (elementary school aged) programs at no charge