Assistant Planner – City of San Marcos (Due 11/27/18)

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Job Title: Assistant Planner

Job Location: San Marcos

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Job Description:

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE AT:  SALARY:  $4,967.02 – $6,480.84 Monthly;    $59,604.24 – $77,770.02 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/15/18; CLOSING DATE: 11/27/18 05:30 PM

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:  The City of San Marcos Development Services Department has an exciting opportunity for a Full Time Assistant Planner in the Planning Division. The Development Services Department provides a one-stop-shop for private development projects and handles everything from project entitlement approvals to construction permits while addressing violations of the City Ordinances related to land use and development. This position is the first point of service for the public for all planning related inquiries as the full time Planning Division representative at the Development Services front counter. The ideal candidate must have strong communication and analytical skills, be a team player with exemplary customer service skills and be willing to apply his or her previous experiences and knowledge within the planning field to this exciting time of growth in the City of San Marcos.

Applications accepted through: 5:30pm, November 27, 2018; First Interview: December 10, 2018; Second Interview: December 18, 2018; Anticipated Start Date: On or after January 7, 2019;

Under direction and general supervision, performs various professional field and office planning work related to current and advanced planning, including review of 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 assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides staff assistance to the City Planner, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports. This is the intermediate level class in the professional planning series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents with basic planning experience perform professional and technical planning work in current, long-term, and/or environmental planning activities, and daily departmental operations, in addition to providing project management and administration. 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 supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Reviews routine to complex commercial, industrial, and residential development proposals, plans, and applications for issuance of zoning clearance; reviews for compliance with General Plan and appropriate regulations and policies. Conducts complex planning work on various projects including the review of land use and environmental issues; site development, building and grading plans, tentative parcel maps, tentative and final subdivision maps, and similar applications; prepares written staff reports and provides recommendations; identifies problems and assesses alternatives for projects. Reviews permit applications , business license applications, and building plans for completeness and compliance with current City codes and regulations; provides interpretations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and local environmental guidelines; conducts follow-up and recheck and approves or denies submittals. Serves as project manager for application projects, including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review, and making recommendations. Compiles information for a variety of studies and reports; researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends; develops recommendations and prepares written reports on various planning matters and the City’s General Plan. Participates in the implementation and administration of the City’s General Plan and development regulations. Researches, collects, records, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes statistical and demographic information; prepares spreadsheets and establishes and maintains a comprehensive database. Prepares and presents staff reports for the Planning Commission, City Council, various committees, and advisory boards as directed; prepares research, reports, maps, and conducts briefings. Communicates with and assists developers, property owners, and the general public regarding laws, policies, regulations, standards, and procedures with respect to the submission of plans and processing of applications; implements requirements. Drafts, updates, and files land use maps, official zoning maps, and other maps, charts, and research materials. Maintains well organized case files and related public records. Researches and assists in preparing ordinances for review. Conducts field inspections and surveys and reports findings to senior staff. Participates in coordinating City planning and development related activities with other City departments and with outside agencies. Provides written and oral information and service to the public on a wide variety of planning related information; conducts neighborhood meetings. Receives and records zoning and code compliance complaints, establishes appropriate files, performs inspections to document violations, coordinates actions as needed with those of other agencies, and implements appropriate procedures to correct or resolve each violation. May attend meetings and make presentations to community groups, professional organizations, and committees; may represent the City on various committees. Conducts environmental review for planning projects, including the preparation of Negative Declarations; reviews environmental impact reports and Negative Declarations, including mitigation measures; reviews project environmental assessments for compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA); prepares and oversees consultant contracts; prepares, tracks, and/or ensures compliance and implementation of mitigation measures of Mitigation Monitoring Programs and regulatory agency permit obligations; prepares and distributes CEQA notices. Reviews and prepares responses of referrals from other agencies or organizations regarding proposed policies, environmental documents, or development applications that may affect the City. Communicates and coordinates regularly with stakeholders to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities. May provide technical direction and training to other planning and technical staff. Provide support at the development services counter. Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and procedures related to urban and regional planning, development, and zoning administration; geographic, socio-economic, transportation, political, and other elements related to urban planning; comprehensive plans and current planning processes and the development process; site planning and architectural design principles; engineering drawings, topographic mapping; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and requirements related to planning and zoning, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, Subdivision Map Act, and other governmental environmental policies, rules, and regulations; project management and contract administration principles and techniques; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures; recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to planning, zoning, and environmental review; modern office methods, practices, procedures, and equipment, including computer hardware and software necessary for graphic presentation, mapping, and database management; practices of researching planning issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; principles of advanced mathematics and their application to planning work; practices of researching planning and land use issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff. Ability to: Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public; read plans and specifications and make effective site visits; identify and respond to issues and concerns of the public, City Council, and other boards and commissions; interpret, apply, and explain complex laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances; analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulation, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services; conduct routine and/or complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations; read, interpret, apply, and explain technical written material and complex laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and City planning policies and procedures; read and understand technical drawings and specifications; perform mathematical and planning computations with precision; effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business,  professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals; coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and agencies as required; direct the work of contract consultants; prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; establish and maintain a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems; make sound independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines; operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and  specialized software applications programs; exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within the general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the  course of work. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Education/Training – A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, community development, geography, public administration, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. Experience – One year of responsible city or regional planning experience. The City of San Marcos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service. The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate  applicants with disabilities upon request.

Note: All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a medical examination, including substance abuse screening, at the City’s expense. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of employment. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any of the provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:; 1 Civic Center Dr. San Marcos, CA 92069; 760-744-1050,; Position #2018 – 67


* 1. The minimum educational requirement for this position is as follows:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, community development, geography, public administration, or a related field is required. Do you currently meet this verifiable requirement?



* 2. The minimum experience requirement for this position is as follows: One year of responsible city or regional planning experience.

Do you currently meet this verifiable requirement?



* 3. Describe your experience, if any, with researching and analyzing information related to General Plan, Zoning, Ordinance, and Specific Plans.

* 4. Describe your experience related to land use planning and review of private development projects.  Include any experience related to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

* 5. Describe your experience preparing written reports, written responses to public inquiries and making presentations on planning-related projects or issues.

* 6. Describe your experience working and communicating with the public in a planning environment (counter, phone, email, in person, at meetings).

* 7. Describe your use of technology as it relates to your planning work. Include which software you can use and your general ability level with each.

* Required Question

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Apply by date: 11/27/2018