City of Piedmont – Assistant/Associate Planner

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.  To obtain the complete job announcement, employment application and supplemental questionnaire, please visit our website: or call 510-420-3047.

Assistant/Associate Planner

Base Salary Asst. Planner: $6,008 – $7,302

Base Salary Assoc. Planner: $6,481 – $7,876

Closing Date/Time: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 5 p.m.

The City of Piedmont is a charter city of approximately 11,000 residents located in the beautiful Oakland Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.  The city, which is virtually built out, consists of established, high-quality single family homes on quiet tree-lined streets. Within Piedmont’s 1.8 square-mile area there are five city parks and numerous landscaped areas which offer wooded paths, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and picnic facilities.


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.

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.