Buena Park – CA
EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY
Join our professional Planning Team in our Community Development Department
ASSISTANT PLANNER ASSOCIATE PLANNER
$4,680 – $5,933 Monthly $5,534 – $7,017 Monthly
Dependent Upon Qualifications
Be a part of the team that guides the City of Buena Park through its long-range development plan for a well planned, balanced city of residential, commercial, industrial, public and semi-public uses with an emphasis on tourism. It’s an exciting time in the City of Buena Park as development is booming with the addition of major projects such as new mixed-use developments, new hotels and exciting entertainment venues along our entertainment corridor, with new auto dealerships joining our famous Auto Center Drive.
The ideal candidate is someone who is excited and has a passion for planning, is a team player, highly motivated, energetic and experienced. Exceptional project management skills with the ability to manage large high profile complex projects are a must. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to juggle competing priorities, and the ability to work in a high volume, high velocity environment. If you are ready to join our exciting team, APPLY NOW!
Appointment will be made at the Assistant Planner or Associate Planner level depending on experience and qualifications at the City’s discretion. An Assistant Planner may be promoted to an Associate Planner, consistent with the flexible staffing method, upon meeting the minimum qualifications for the position and recommendation of the department head and approval by the Director of Human Resources.
The ASSISTANT PLANNER performs entry-level professional and technical planning work and provides assistance at the public counter in explaining planning and zoning codes and requirements; and does related work as required.
The ASSOCIATE PLANNER performs journey-level professional planning work related to current or advanced planning; administers planning projects, prepares or reviews planning studies, and makes presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council; provides technical direction to technical and professional support staff, as needed; and does related work as required.
ASSISTANT PLANNER: Ability to understand and explain local development standards and requirements; understand and apply 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; prepare clear visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; operate computer equipment and use word processing and spreadsheet software programs; draft staff reports to make presentations of ideas and recommendations; prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, developers, contractors, architects, general public, and other parties. For a full description of the job classification for the Assistant Planner click here.
ASSOCIATE PLANNER: Ability to understand, explain, and interpret local development standards and requirements; check building plans for conformance with land use, architectural and zoning regulations, and suggest changes to achieve compliance; manage projects; understand and apply 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; prepare clear visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; make presentations of ideas and recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council; use word processing and spreadsheet software; prepare clear and concise technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials; establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, management, developers, contractors, commissioners and City Council, general public, and other parties. For a full description of the job classification of the Associate Planner click here.
EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Public Administration, Urban Planning, or a closely related field is required. Major course work in Urban Planning or a related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Interior Design is highly desirable. A Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Interior Design is desirable.
EXPERIENCE: ASSISTANT PLANNER – One year of general planning experience at the professional, technical, or internship level is required. ASSOCIATE PLANNER – Two years of general professional and technical planning experience is required. Public sector planning experience is desirable.
Ability to attain a valid Class C California driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation as a certified planner is preferred.
Ability to work extended hours in order to complete projects, attend meetings, and accommodate city needs.
APPLICANT INFORMATION/EXAM WEIGHT:
QUALIFYING PRACTICAL EXERCISE AND WRITTEN EXAM TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 18, 2016
ORAL INTERVIEWS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2, 2016
Applicants must file a concise and complete City application regarding their qualifications for the position online through the Human Resources Department webpage at www.buenapark.com/hr as soon as possible. Applications may be accompanied by a resume describing experience, education and training in relation to the requirements of the position, however resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a City employment application.
All applications will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to oral interview and/or written exams and oral presentations. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment eligible list from which hires may be made. The list is valid for up to one year, unless exhausted sooner.