Assistant Planner Job at El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California

Assistant Planner

City of El Cerrito , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$66,072.00 - $80,292.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


10/30/2020 04:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



The Community Development Department is responsible for current and advanced planning, economic development, sustainable transportation and placemaking, affordable housing, and Development Services (Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement).  The City of El Cerrito is looking for an Assistant Planner.

The Assistant Planner is the entry-level class in the professional planning series.  Work involves the responsibility for assignments in the fields of current or advanced planning or environmental analysis which require the application of fundamental planning principles.  Assignments are generally limited in scope and without the design and procedural framework established by higher level employees, however, as experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence.  Assistant Planners are normally considered to be in a  training status and as assigned responsibilities and breadth of knowledge increase with experience, may reasonably expect their positions to be reassigned to the next higher class of Associate Planner if the minimum requirements are met for each level.  



Typical Duties Include:

  • Research, analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on various planning matters and elements of the General Plan. 
  • Staffs planning counter to answer questions with public and provide information and documents.  Review development proposals for consistency with City policies and standards. 
  • Compile information for and make recommendations on special studies and prepare planning reports. 
  • Prepare staff reports for the City Council, committees, community groups, boards and commissions and other governmental bodies as required. 
  • Check commercial, industrial, and residential development plans for issuance of zone clearance; process permit applications. 
  • Liaison with State agencies as directed.
Marginal / Non-Essential Functions:
All positions:  Perform related duties and responsibilities as required



The City is looking for a creative, team-oriented, proactive individual who can clearly demonstrate that he/she has the following background and competencies:

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. 
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 ordinances.
  • Perform site inspections to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  • Maintain effective audiovisual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, writing and operating assigned equipment.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. 

Experience and Training Guidelines:
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:
1-2 years experience in planning activities/work

Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or a related field. 
Licenses/Certificates/ Other requirements:
Valid California driver's license.



Due to COVID-19, some City classifications are subject to biweekly furloughs. 


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