FWD: (FT) City of El Cerrito: Assistant, Associate, or Senior Planner (El Cerrito, CA)
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Subject: FWD: (FT) City of El Cerrito: Assistant, Associate, or Senior Planner (El
Assistant, Associate or Senior PLANNER
Filing deadline: July 31, 2003
The Department and Position
The Planner performs professional level work in the field of current
planning, advanced planning and environmental analysis.
Position will be filled at Assistant Planner, Associate Planner or Senior
Planner, depending on the experience of the candidate. Receives general
supervision from the Planning Manager and when applicable, Senior Planner.
Examples of Essential Functions
Assistant Planner: Prepares written reports on various planning matters
elements of the General Plan. Staff's planning counter to answer questions
with public and provides information and documents. Reviews development
proposals for consistency with City policies and standards. Prepares staff
reports for the City Council, committees, community groups, boards and
commissions and other governmental bodies as required. Checks commercial,
industrial, and residential development plans for issuance of zone
clearance; processes permit applications. Liaison with State agencies as
Associate Planner (in addition to duties of Assistant Planner): Supervises
long term and complex assignments. Reviews development proposals and works
with developers to reach agreement on acceptable site plans; reviews
building plans, parcel maps, and subdivision proposals for compliance with
appropriate regulations, and prepares reports of recommendations, and
confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors,
engineers and the general public regarding City development policies and
standards. Prepares zoning code and general plan amendment studies.
Researches and drafts ordinances for review.
Senior Planner (in addition to duties of Assistant and Associate Planner):
Prepares complex planning reports and studies. Participates in planning,
organizing and coordinating aspects of the City planning function. Insures
the accuracy, completeness and timely submittal of reports and analyses
prepared by staff planners. Keeps informed of current trends in planning,
Provides staff assistance to the Planning Manager. Performs related duties
Important and Essential Qualifications
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban planning; principles of
development plan review and approval and zoning enforcement; methods and
techniques of planning, zoning and subdivision design; current literature,
information sources, and research techniques in the field of urban
planning; technology pertinent to the planning function;. applicable
Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing zoning,
use, and environmental protection; laws underlying general plans, zoning
and land divisions; Principles and practices of program development and
Ability to: Participate in the preparation of zoning and land use
regulations and ordinance revisions; review a variety of planning permits
and development plans for conformance with applicable codes and
perform site inspections to ensure compliance with codes; establish and
maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the
of work; interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and
regulations; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in
participate in the management of a comprehensive planning program; prepare
and administer program budgets; oversee, direct and coordinate the work of
lower level staff.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the
required knowledge and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the
knowledge and abilities, depending on position level, would be:
Experience: One to four years of full-time professional municipal planning
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelors or Masters degree from an accredited
college or university with major course work in urban planning or a
License/Certificates/Other Requirements: Possession of or ability to
a valid California Driver's License.
Applicants are subject to standard background check.
A complete list of the physical demands, mental requirements and work
environment of this position is available upon request
The 1986 Immigration Act requires that, upon appointment, you must present
proof of your identity and legal right to work in the United States by
presenting acceptable documentation. Further information can be obtained
from the Employee Services Office.
The Application Process
Application packets may be obtained from and must be submitted to:
Services, City of El Cerrito, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA
Obtain an application by calling (510) 466-5005 or by picking one up at
How to Apply
Application Forms & Instructions
To print out a copy of the city of El Cerrito job application, you will
need 8 1/2 by 14 inch (legal size) paper. (Remember to adjust printer
You can download an Employment Application Form at
http://www.el-cerrito.org/pdf/application.pdf. This form is in PDF format
so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.
Applications may also be obtained from:
Employee Services Division
City of El Cerrito
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Tel. (510) 466-5005.
ALL applications must be returned to the Employee Services Division.
Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be submitted by 6:00
p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2003.
If special accommodations are needed at any stage of the selection
please contact Employee Services. Medical documentation must be provided
The evaluation and selection process may consist of an initial application
screening, a written examination and a qualifications appraisal interview.
Candidates must successfully pass a background check including
fingerprinting. A medical examination will be given following a
offer of employment.
Compensation & Benefits
$3,797 to $6,105 per month, depending upon qualifications.
Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week and flexible schedules, if approved by
Vacation: 11 working days after one year of service; additional days
with additional years of service.
Sick Leave: Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8.75 hours per calendar
Short/Long Term Disability: City pays full cost of employee's monthly
Health Plans: Choice of three plans: Kaiser, Health Net HMO and Health Net
PPO. City contributes up to the Health Net HMO premium under flexible
benefit plan per month for family medical.
Dental Insurance: City contributes the full monthly premium for the
employee and family.
Life Insurance: Amount equal to annual salary to nearest $1,000. City-paid
Retirement: The City pays employee's 7% Public Employees Retirement System
(2% at 55 plan integrated with Social Security) contribution. The City and
employee each pay own contribution to Social Security.
Union dues is required for Assistant and Associate level positions.
Located near the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, the City of El
Cerrito is an ethnically diverse community offering a high quality of life
within one of the nation's most sophisticated and beautiful living areas.
With a population of almost 24,000 residents, El Cerrito has the advantage
of being centrally located in a major metropolitan area. El Cerrito is an
established community with a strong self-identity and a commitment to
enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of El Cerrito is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified
applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, or
In accordance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if
special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the selection
notification of such accommodations must be made to the City at the time
the employment application is filed. Medical documentation must be
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