ASSOCIATE PLANNER – PLANNER II
King City is accepting applications for a full-time Associate Planner with our Land Use Planning team to kick start our Planning Division. We are looking for an experienced problem solver who will deliver excellent customer service and assist the City and community with implementation of the City’s land use code and adopted plans in a manner consistent with the community’s vision. In addition to serving as project manager in the review of complex development proposals/land use applications (such as planned unit developments, zone changes and comprehensive plan amendments), and a full range of more routine land use application types, this position includes continually evolving our services (including customer service, written communications, technology, and processes) and serving as lead on efforts to bring the City's land use code into better alignment with the community's vision.
Many aspects of the position will involve working closely with the public, ranging from general inquiries to facilitating meetings with development professionals, neighborhood representatives, committees, and other interest groups. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, dynamic planner with a track record of excellent communication; a commitment to meaningful public involvement; and the ability to formulate elegant, sensible solutions to complex challenges. A successful candidate for this role will have strong current planning experience and a firm commitment to implementation that supports the community’s vision.
- Two(2) to Four(4) years progressively responsible experience in a wide range of land use issues is required.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning or related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, etc.
- Specialized skills required include proficiency in interpreting site plans, architectural drawings or technical documents including topographic maps and geotechnical reports.
- Must have a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.
- Background Check.
- Job related reference checks.
- Complete passport acceptance agent training within 6 months of employment.
- Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application, providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status.
- Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.
- Under general direction and supervision, performs complex research, analysis and evaluation activities focusing on transportation, long range planning and land use.
- Provides staff support to City Council and appointed boards and commissions and coordinates regional and state planning efforts.
- Contributes to a positive work environment.
- Helps with the front counter processing permits and passports when necessary.
- Maintains a positive relationship with contacts specific to them and positions outside the City organization.
- Processes all types of land use applications and annexation proposals, as prescribed by the City's Development Code identifying and resolving critical issues affecting the feasibility and success of various development proposals and land use applications.
- Typical areas of involvement include: land use, transportation and parks and recreation planning.
- Draft and submit grant applications and monitor expenditures of grant funds.
- Analyzes and evaluates land use applications, building permit and development proposals; prepares appropriate public notices; evaluate data interprets applicable laws, codes, and ordinances, and makes appropriate recommendations; coordinates reviews and negotiations with other City departments.
- Prepares staff and planning-related reports for the City Council and Planning Commission, Hearings Official, and other committees and advisory boards; makes presentations as required.
- Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints and recommends corrective action as necessary to resolve concerns regarding the City's planning functions. Serves as public contact on land use planning when working in the Permit and Information Center.
- Prepares maps, charts, and graphs for a variety of land use applications and planning projects; prepares initial studies and designs for land use applications, annexation and other related reports.
- Compiles and analyzes information and makes recommendations on community plans and special studies.
- Researches and drafts ordinances for review; processes amendments to the City zoning ordinances, other land use development ordinances, and community plans.
- Confers with and advises engineers, developers, architects, attorneys, and the general public regarding City development requirements and planning policies and standards; coordinate City's response on land use applications, zoning, and other planning related matters; negotiates and resolves related conflicts that arise.
- Collects, records and summarizes statistical and demographic information; establishes and maintains a comprehensive database.
- Serves on departmental or interdepartmental staff teams and a variety of city committees.
- Conducts planning studies in the community to gather data for evaluating planning projects. May serve as project manager for complex land use applications, studies and planning projects.
- Conducts field investigations to assess project conformity with plans and policies; makes recommendations for corrective action.
- Develops promotional and informational materials to provide information to the public regarding planning division programs, procedures, and related City ordinances, codes, plans, and other standards.
- Makes presentations regarding general planning issues, or specialized planning policies and procedures to neighborhood groups, educational, civic, and professional organizations, and other groups.
- Reviews complex development proposals and works with developers to reach agreement on acceptable site plans; reviews various development applications for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies; prepares reports and recommendations.
- May provide technical assistance to less experienced professional and technical staff.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Two(2) to Four(4) years progressively responsible experience in a wide range of land use issues is required. Desirable experience includes working with neighborhood groups, historic resources, economic development, industrial redevelopment, project management and consensus building.
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in urban planning or related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, etc. A master's degree in urban planning is desirable and may replace two years of required work experience.
Specialized skills required include proficiency in interpreting site plans, architectural drawings or technical documents including topographic maps and geotechnical reports.
Desirable to have experience with or training in computer applications relating to GIS, planning practice, permitting systems and data analysis.
Must have a valid driver's license at time of appointment.
King City determines starting pay within the range based on relevant education and experience as provided by the applicant in their application materials.
Salary Range is based on a 7 step schedule and ranges from $61,992 to $83,076 annual salary.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM with flexibility per business need. Hybrid schedule an option with supervisor approval.
Benefits: King City offers a robust and competitive benefits package including PERs Equivalent Retirement, HRA, Gym Reimbursements, Vacation, Holiday and Personal Days, in addition to longevity incentives and a balanced and fun working environment. For more information contact King City Administration at 503-639-4082.
Minimum Qualification Review: King City Administration will screen applications for the minimum requirements on a weekly basis.
Subject Matter Expert Review: Your employment materials and responses to the supplemental questions (if applicable) will be evaluated and scored by subject matter experts.
Panel Interview(s): The top candidates will be invited to participate in a panel interview.
Conditional Offer: Administration Staff will extend a conditional offer to our top candidate. Successful completion of the following is required to be appointed to the position.
- Background Check
- Job related reference checks
Start Date: An official start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.
Please note: Candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact King City Admin at 503-639-4082, at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.
The City of King City is committed to equal employment opportunity as a way to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified employees. Moreover, it is the intent of the city to actively support and comply with local, state and federal law. Accordingly:
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
The City of King City provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application, providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.
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