Planner Opportunities/City of Bakersfield
- From: Cristina Piasecki [mailto:cristina@...]
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2006 1:42 PM
Subject: Planner Opportunities/City of Bakersfield
Avery Associates is an executive search firm serving the public sector
industry and we have recently been retained by the City of Bakersfield
to conduct a search for 4 City Planners at the Assistant and Associate
levels. The positions require a degree in urban planning or related
field and 2 - 3 years experience, preferably at the local government
ASSOCIATE & ASSISTANT PLANNERS
CITY OF BAKERSFIELD
Job Announcement - Effective September 12, 2006
THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD
The City of Bakersfield is a thriving place to live and work, with big city
appeal and small town charm. Bakersfield (population 295,893) is a
community projected to double in population in 20 years. This all-American
city, located in the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley, serves
as the County's epicenter for business, entertainment, and government.
Bakersfield's warm, dry climate contributes to its huge 200-crop
agri-business base. The region is also the fourth largest producer of oil
in the U.S., bringing highly sophisticated technology and skilled, dynamic
individuals to the area. The City's educational opportunities include
California State University Bakersfield, a UC Merced campus, community
colleges and extensive adult education facilities. Bakersfield is also
linked to the UCLA Medical School through its six area hospitals.
Bakersfield offers many recreational attractions. It is within two hours of
the LA Metro area, west coast beaches on the beautiful Pacific, and majestic
Sierra Nevada mountains, including the Giant Sequoia National monument. The
City is also home to one of the fastest flowing rivers west of the
Mississippi, the Kern River, where white water rafters enjoy the great
outdoors. A 12-foot wide bike path extends nearly 30 miles along the banks
of the river. Bakersfield residents take full advantage of the City's lakes,
multiple golf courses, neighborhood community parks and other recreational
facilities and entertainment options.
All this, and Bakersfield is one of California's most affordable areas to
live, at costs accessible to many first-time home buyers. Excellent
award-winning schools continue to enhance their educational programs and
lifelong learning opportunities are an ever-increasing community asset.
Bakersfield is truly a family friendly city.
Bakersfield is a charter city and operates a Council-Manager form of
government with a seven member City Council. The Mayor is elected at-large
to serve a four-year term as presiding officer at City Council meetings and
as the official head of the City for legislative and ceremonial purposes.
The City Manager is appointed by and serves the City Council. The City has
approximately 1,800 employees and provides a full-range of services. The
City's FY '06-07 operating budget is approximately $363 million and the CIP
is $140 million. A recently approved freeway expansion will consist of an
$800 million capital investment over several years.
OVERVIEW OF POSITIONS
Due to the City's rapid growth, there are current and immediate career
opportunities for three associate level planners and one assistant level
ASSISTANT PLANNER (1)
The Assistant Planner investigates and processes requests for variance,
zoning changes, sub-division plans, general plan amendments; processes
annexations; prepares initial studies and negative declarations involving
environmental matters; prepares and illustrates maps; prepares reports and
recommendations for the Planning Commission and City Council pertaining to
zoning, land division, general plan amendments; compiles and updates census
and demographic information; does background work for special planning
studies, and conducts field studies for planning projects.
ASSOCIATE PLANNERS (3)
The Associate Planner position plans, organizes and performs more complex
assignments pertaining to land use planning activity and is distinguished
from the Assistant Planner level in that the Associate level exercises a
higher level of independent project management judgment and
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
Ideal candidates for Assistant Planner will have a degree from an accredited
college in Public Administration, Planning or related field and at least two
years of professional planning experience, preferably at the local
government level; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Ideal candidates for Associate Planner will have at least three years
experience in addition to the degree.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Annual salary range for Assistant Planner: $44,000 -- $53,472
Annual salary range for Associate Planner: $55,296 - $67,224
In addition, the City offers an excellent benefit package including:
. Vacation accrual for 1-4 years of service: 10 days per year; 5-13
years of service: 15 days per year; 14+ years of service: 20 days per year.
. 13 paid holidays annually
. Sick leave is earned at the rate of 1 working day per month of
service to a maximum of 120 days; portions thereafter may be converted
. Medical insurance premiums shared by the City
. Life insurance provided by the City
. Retirement benefits provided by the City's participation in the
Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS), which is 3% at 60
HOW TO APPLY:
Email or fax a letter of interest and resume, with salary history and five
work-related references. Questions may be directed to Cris Piasecki at
3 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A
Los Gatos, CA. 95030