Job Title: Associate Planner

Job Location: San Clemente

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Job Description:

NOTE: The salary for this position will increase effective July 2, 2018 to: $37.45 to $45.52 DOQ.

THE CITY:  San Clemente, incorporated in 1928, is a general law city operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The city is a popular southern Orange County beach community which enjoys a year-round moderate climate averaging 70 degrees and is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is 18.45 square miles in area and has a current population of approximately 65,500. The City has approximately 190 full-time employees.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The beautiful Southern California coastal City of San Clemente is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Associate Planner. This position performs a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions, including conducting studies, analyzing data, and preparing reports on current planning projects; to coordinate and manage all activities related to assigned projects; and to provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning and development related matters.

Associate Planner: This is the full journey level class within the Planner series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Planner by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including assuming responsibility for advanced planning projects, management of planning projects, and preparation of complex planning reports. Employees 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.

Receives direction from assigned management staff.
May exercise technical and functional supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Two years of increasingly responsible experience in urban planning at the Assistant Planner level. Historic Preservation experience is highly desired.Note: Due to department and community needs, candidates with Current Urban/Land use, Historic Preservation, municipal public agency experience will be given first consideration.


  • Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, political science, public administration, or a related field.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of planning, architecture, and building construction.
  • Site planning and architectural design techniques and methods.
  • Technical report writing techniques.
  • Laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions.
  • Laws related to the California Government Code related to planning and community development.
  • Applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • Current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning and zoning.

Ability to:

  • Complete work with minimal supervision.
  • Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
  • Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.
  • Provide excellent customer service.


Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, routine tasks in areas of Urban/Land Use Planning, Historic Preservation, and Costal Planning:

  1. Perform professional level planning functions in support of assigned projects including conducting studies, analyzing data and preparing reports.
  2. Receive and review development proposals and applications, and zoning and variance requests; ensure compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; recommend modifications as appropriate.
  3. Conduct a variety of current and long-range planning studies; research, analyze and interpret social, economic, land use and population data; identify trends; prepare written reports and make recommendations on planning activities; make presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  4. Serve as project manager for complex advanced planning projects, as assigned.
  5. Confer with and advise developers, contractors and the general public on acceptable site plans; review building plans, parcel maps, tract maps, subdivision proposals; ensure compliance with regulations and ordinances; recommend modifications, as appropriate.
  6. Plan check construction plans to determine compliance with City codes and conditions of approval; inspect construction projects.
  7. Perform environmental review of projects; analyze architectural, site planning and use merits of projects.
  8. Assist in administering and managing consultant contracts; Participate in bidding process; review proposals and assist in conducting interviews; participate in consultant selection review work progress; ensure compliance with specifications; recommend adjustments, as necessary.
  9. Conduct field inspections for development proposals, land use surveys, and related planning studies; ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  10. Make public presentations; explain planning and zoning regulations, and upcoming planning projects; respond to and resolve complaints and inquiries.
  11. Provide staff assistance to boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission; prepare and present staff reports.
  12. Coordinate planning activities with other departments, divisions and outside agencies and organizations.
  13. Provide customer service to the public at the counter, over the phone and in the field.


If applicant has Historic Preservation experience typical duties may include but would not be limited to:

  1. Administers and oversees the historic preservation section of the zoning ordinance;
  2. Oversees, coordinates activities and serves as staff liaison for Historic Preservation.
  3. Oversees and coordinates historic preservation activities of the City including the Certified Local Government and Mills Act programs;
  4. Supervises and coordinates funding (including the preparation of grant applications) for historic districts with local, state, and federal agencies and officials.
  5. Assist in training of Boards and Commission related to the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation.
  6. Prepares and monitors annual reports and other data as required by the commission, local, state, and federal government;
  7. Accomplishes condemnation proceedings for properties within Historic Districts;
  8. Monitors projects and administers programs and funds to ensure compliance with regulations and reporting requirements for historic preservation;


Additional Marginal Functions:

  1. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of urban planning.
  2. Conduct pre-application meetings with applicants.
  3. Provide research assistance for the City Attorney relative to legal aspects of various projects.
  4. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Environmental Conditions:
Office environment with occasional field inspections.

Physical Conditions:
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing and walking for prolonged periods of time.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE:  All applicants must submit a completed City of San Clemente application form and supplemental questionnaire in order to be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email.

Applications must be submitted via the City’s web site at  All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral exams to evaluate the applicant’s skill, training, and experience.

Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a background review, medical examination, including drug screen, and be fingerprinted, all at City expense.  If selected, written identification showing entitlement to legally work in the United States will be required.


Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or age.
In accordance with the ADA, candidates that require accommodation to perform the tasks of this position should contact Human Resources to inform them of the accommodation requested.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.

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Apply by date: 04/11/2018