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City Planner Position - City of Salinas

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  • Elisa Harvie
    CITY OF SALINAS Employment Opportunity ASSISTANT PLANNER RECRUITMENT #07-050 FINAL FILING DEADLINE: By 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2007 SALARY: $4,364 - $4,582 -
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16, 2007


      Employment Opportunity



                                                  RECRUITMENT #07-050

      FINAL FILING DEADLINE: By 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2007

                                    SALARY: $4,364 - $4,582 - $4,811 - $5,052 - $5,304 Monthly

                                 (Longevity $5,570 Monthly)


      DEFINITION:    To perform professional work in planning, environmental analysis and to assist in the administration of zoning and related development regulations.


      DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:    This is the entry-level class in the professional planning series.  Work includes assignments in the area of planning, environmental analysis and zoning administration, including the enforcement of zoning and related development regulations.  Requires the application of fundamental planning principles.  Assignments are generally limited in scope and within the design and procedural framework established by higher-level employees.  However, as experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence.  This class is distinguished from that of the Associate Planner by less complex assignments received and less independence/discretion exercised.


      ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:    Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

      Inspect properties to determine compliance with specific conditions of planned unit development permits, variances, and conditional use permits. Review building permit applications, sign permit applications, business license applications and development proposals for consistency and compliance with zoning regulations.  Administer sign regulations.  Check business license and liquor license applications for zoning compliance.    Review building permit applications, sign permit applications, business license applications and development proposals for consistency and compliance with zoning regulations.  Administer sign regulations.  Assist in the review and processing of applications of planned unit development permits, conditional use permits, rezoning, variances and other permits.  Research economic, population and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on various planning matters and elements of the General Plan.  Prepare initial studies and prepare or review environmental reports, including negative declarations and Environment Impact Reports.  Compile information and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports.  Prepare general plan amendment studies.  Issue Temporary Use of Land and Family Child Daycare Permits.  Recommend needed changes in zoning regulations and related policies and procedures.  Answer questions and provide zoning regulation information to business representatives, property owners and the public.  Research and prepare technical and official reports on planning topics. Conduct special studies, surveys and projects, as assigned.  Perform related duties, as assigned.


      PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS:    Physical, mental and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines and related equipment; vision sufficient to read printed materials, visual display terminals, detailed fine writing on plans and specifications for development projects, and distinguish colors for design evaluation purposes; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in a normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop and reach overhead as needed; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, physical strength to lift up to 20 lbs.; physical stamina sufficient to sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.


      WORKING CONDITIONS:    Business office working environment subject to sitting at a desk for long periods of time, bending, crouching, or kneeling at files, pushing/pulling of file drawers and supplies, reaching in all directions and prolonged periods of time working at a computer terminal.  Occasionally include driving to job sites, training and out-of office meetings.


      QUALIFICATIONS:    Knowledge of:    Principles and practices of urban planning, zoning, and land use regulations, applicable environmental laws and regulations.  Microsoft office.    Ability to:    Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.  Read, understand, apply, and explain zoning and related regulations.  Read and interpret site and building plans.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, business representatives, coworkers, and the general public.  Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, written and oral reports.   


      License or Certificate:    Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.     


      Education and Experience:    An example of the education and experience which most likely demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties would be any combination equivalent to a Bachelor Degree in urban planning, construction engineering or a related field; and two (2) years progressively responsible paraprofessional work experience in the planning field. If available, please attach unofficial transcripts or a copy of degree(s) to your completed application. Verification of all education provided on your application will be required upon employment.


      SELECTION PROCESS:    Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided on the employment application and resume (a resume is required).  The exam process may consist of a supplemental questionnaire, oral interview and/or written exercise.  The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary.  07-050 04.04.07 kcs



      APPLY: Salinas Human Resources Office, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 758-7254

      www.ci.salinas.ca.us    Job Hotline Line (831) 758-7246     *     (831) 758-7941 Fax

      TDD Users May Call the California Relay Service at 1(800) 735-2929


      The City of Salinas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.  The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled.  Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Officer in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement.  Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied.





      SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step.  Consideration is given for increase to the second step after successful completion of a six-month probationary period.  (Employees appointed at a higher step will be eligible for consideration for the next step after one year, providing they successfully complete a six-month probationary period.)


      PRE-PLACEMENT PHYSICAL EXAM & DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING POLICY: Candidates offered employment must pass a pre-placement medical exam, which includes a drug and alcohol-screening test, prior to final appointment.  Hiring decisions may be based upon results of pre-placement medical exam and drug and alcohol screening.  Positive samples are retained for 90 days from date of notification.  Applicants with a positive result must notify the City, in writing, prior to the expiration of the 90 days to request retention beyond the 90 day period.  A copy of the City’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy is available upon request.




      BIENNIAL PHYSICAL: City-paid Biennial Physical exam every 24 months.  Employees 40 & over eligible every 18 months.


      ANNUAL LEAVE: Accrued at a rate of 22 days through 5 years; 27 days through 10 years; with additional longevity increases.


      HOLIDAYS: Thirteen days per year.


      FLEXIBLE COMPENSATION BENEFIT: A Flexible Benefit equal to 5% of the employee’s annual base salary may be used toward employee health contribution, supplemental life insurance, deferred compensation leave time or cash.


      HEALTH INSURANCE:  The City pays 100% for CalPERS Choice Health plan, Delta Dental and medical Eye Services for employee and eligible dependents.  Other PERS Health coverage may be available depending upon your residence.  The City will only provide the premium amount equal to the CalPERS Choice.


      RETIREMENT: Public Employees Retirement System 2% at 55.  Employee pays 7% contribution in addition to Social Security/Medicare contributions.


      LONG-TERM DISABILITY: Private long-term disability plan for job related and non-job related disability.


      LIFE INSURANCE: City-paid life insurance policy of $50,000.


      UNIFORM ALLOWANCE: Work clothing or clothing allowance or footwear allowance provided for employees required to wear a uniform; or in certain classifications.


      DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Employee may elect to enroll in a plan.


      BILINGUAL PAY: 5% of base salary for employees holding designated positions and who qualify through testing procedures.


      DIFFERENTIAL PAY: Split shift differential for Library Employees - 5% for days on which the employee’s shift is split.


      PREMIUM PAY:  Classifications that require certification may be eligible for up to 5% additional pay for certifications held not required for the job.


      PHYSICAL FITNESS/WELLNESS PROGRAM: City will provide 50% reimbursement to employees for actual costs of participation in health club memberships for employee only, not exceed $500 per calendar year, per employee or an annual fitness incentive of $500/$750/$1,000 for qualifying employees.





      City of Salinas

      Human Resources Division

      200 Lincoln Avenue

      Salinas, CA  93901



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