City of Seaside – Assistant Planner

The ideal candidate will have an inquisitive nature and demonstrates an interest and ability to work in all areas of the planning department. The candidate will have excellent customer service skills and an eagerness to serve and support the community through their work and public forums. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and proactive in their approach to solving problems and enjoy working as part of a collaborative, supportive team environment. Experience in the Public Sector is ideal; however, strong skills with an understanding of the intricacies of public sector development will also be accepted.

Compensation & Benefits

$72,608.64 – $88,258.56

Health & Wellness:
A choice of 3 Blue Shield PPO Medical Insurance plans up to 100% City paid for select plans, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and City paid Life

Vacation and Leaves:
12 paid holidays with 2 additional floating holidays. 10 vacation days annually, and 8 hours of sick leave accrued per month.

Participation in CalPERS sponsored pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Matching Program.

Other perks:
Tuition Reimbursement, Educational Incentive Pay, Longevity Pay Program, Spanish Bilingual Pay Program, Wellness Stipend of $45 per month to be used towards health club membership and free access to the city swimming pool for employees and their families.

The position

Under direct and general supervision, performs various professional field and office planning work, including review of the development and land use
applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental documents; provides project management and administration; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides complex professional staff assistance to management, 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.

Class Characteristics
This is the 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 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. This class is distinguished from the Senior Planner in that the latter is the advanced journey-level class in the series and is responsible for organizing, assigning, and reviewing the work of departmental and/or contract staff involved in a major area of the Planning Division, in addition to performing the more complex planning and project management activities.
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Key Responsibilities

• Presents and prepares staff evaluations and recommendations for projects at public hearings and various commission meetings including the Planning
Commission and Architectural Review Commission; prepares follow-up reports as necessary.
• Researches and interprets data, performs necessary field work, and prepares staff reports for various commissions concerning land divisions, site plans, architectural review, variances, use permits, etc.
• Checks for compliance with Zoning Regulations and addressing through follow-up letters and field inspections .
• Prepares maps, charts and other illustrative materials for various planning reports, staff, and Commission information
and general distribution.
• Assists with generating data and preparing staff reports for land use projects.
• Coordinates and cooperates with other City departments and outside agencies; gathers land use data, addresses public input and concerns, prepares plan amendments/revisions and reviews development proposals consistent with local, federal and state laws and guidelines, and
provides information on land use and zoning codes, laws, regulations, and ordinances affecting construction and other land use proposals.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications is as follows:

Any combination equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field; and 6 months
minimum of professional planning experience. Internship experience may be considered.

The City of Seaside is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively encourages workforce diversity.
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Deadline to Apply for this position is at 11:59pm on October 27, 2021.