Assistant Planner

Description Benefits Supplemental Questions
The City of Anaheim Planning & Building Department seeks a tech-savvy and team-oriented Assistant Planner to assist the public with basic professional level planning services at the public front counter. Candidates should posses professional education or certification in Urban Planning or a related field, professional level experience in planning, and a strong desire in providing above and beyond customer service. Experience utilizing SketchUp, InDesign, and creating multimedia content is highly desired.
Essential Functions:
The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Review and provide recommendations on planning documents, zoning petitions and permits.
Analyze environmental checklists and environmental information forms and make specific CEQA related recommendations following department procedures and state law.
Review business license applications and development projects for zoning compliance.
Coordinate the logging, data entry and distribution of a variety of planning and zoning documents.
Assist and represent department staff at meetings.
Assist professional and technical staff with special projects including surveying, data gathering and reporting, analysis and report presentations.
Compose and compile spreadsheets and tables used in planning and zoning studies and reports.
Develop and update database records.
Manage project files.
Respond to basic inquiries from the general public and resolve issues related to the City's planning and zoning procedures and specific permits; research and provide information to City staff and the general public regarding land use issues and related environmental documentation.
Process zoning entitlements (e.g. conditional use permits, variance requests, etc.) and prepare associated staff reports.
Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, realtors, appraisers and the general public regarding standard City planning and zoning procedures.
Assist in the drafting of resolutions and ordinances.
Prepare a variety of reports for City staff, the City Council, and the Planning Commission; prepare public correspondence.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities related to Planning:
Professional experience in urban planning.
Professional education or certification in Urban Planning or a related field highly desired.
Knowledge of basic principles, practices, methods and procedures of urban planning, development, zoning and redevelopment; research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development; basic principles, practices, methods and procedures of data collection and research techniques; general building and engineering practices as they relate to plan review; personal computer systems related to planning and zoning.
Ability to learn and apply laws, codes, ordinances and regulations regarding general plans, zoning and land division; learn and apply applicable environmental laws and regulations and methods of assessment; analyze and compile technical and statistical information; use personal computer and related software; participate in a variety of public and board meetings as necessary; respond to public requests and inquiries; understand and carry out oral and written directions; prepare clear and concise reports; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including a variety of City officials, staff and the general public.
Supplemental Information:
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:00PM. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date.
The selection process will consist of, but not limited to, an oral interview.
The eligibility list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill the current and/or additional vacancies throughout the department and the City.
Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration. Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a reference / background check (to include a conviction record) and pass a post-offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a drug/alcohol screening). The City of Anaheim utilizes E-Verify and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization.
Communication regarding your application and/or status will be sent to the email address listed on your application. Please check your email regularly throughout the recruitment process as you will not receive communication by any other method.

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