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Planner III

Job Description

Description

The Planning & Development Department is currently accepting applications to fill three full-time vacancies for a Planner III position in the Development Review Division. We have two openings in the Santa Barbara office and one in the Santa Maria office. The Planning and Development Department has a wide variety of planning projects and programs. Candidates will also be considered for future opportunities in the Cannabis Permitting, and the Energy, Minerals and Compliance Divisions.

The established employment list may also be used for future Full-Time, Part-Time, and Extra-Help Planner III vacancies in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, and Lompoc. This position is utilized by two departments in the County of Santa Barbara. Each Planner III's duties vary from one department to another depending on the needs of the department and the nature of the work that you will be performing.  
  
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW DIVISION: This Division is responsible for reviewing and processing applications for development related projects. These projects consist of subdivisions and a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural development projects. In addition, the Division is responsible for preparing environmental documents in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines and also coordinating with consultants on more complex environmental documents. The Division is the lead in providing support to the recovery and rebuilding process following the Montecito Debris Flow disaster as well as other natural disasters throughout the County. The Division supports a team that is the lead in processing permits for cannabis cultivation and related operations. More information on the Development Review Division may be found at http://www.countyofsb.org/plndev/devrev.sbc
 
CANNABIS PROGRAM:  The position will be assigned to work in the Cannabis Program, which is part of the Development Review Division.  An opportunity to work in the new cannabis industry in California.  Santa Barbara County has a long history of agriculture and is now positioned to be a leader in the cultivation of cannabis in the State.  This position will work with industry representatives, members of the public, and a wide array of state and local agencies in permitting cannabis activities in the County. More information on the Cannabis Program may be found at http://cannabis.countyofsb.org/  
 
ENERGY, MINERALS AND COMPLIANCE DIVISION: The Energy, Minerals and Compliance Division oversees oil and gas activities offshore Santa Barbara County, the onshore facilities that support those offshore operations, onshore oil and gas development, surface mining, and renewable energy projects.  Our oversight includes planning, policy development, permit processing, environmental review, permit compliance, and public outreach. More information on the Energy, Minerals, and Compliance Division can be found at  http://www.countyofsb.org/plndev/energy.sbc

For more information on the Planning and Development Department, please visit us at:  http://sbcountyplanning.org/.   
 
Ideal Candidate Qualities:

  • Skilled in land use permitting of complex discretionary projects with CEQA and or coastal regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience in the practices and principles of current or development review, ideally a knowledge of Santa Barbara County land use regulations.
  • Successful track record of establishing effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders with divergent interests.
  • Experience working in a multi-jurisdictional land use regulatory environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex projects.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and trends relevant to cannabis cultivation and operation would be beneficial for the Cannabis Program position. 
  • Individuals with degrees in geological sciences, geology or earth science are encouraged to apply for the position in the Energy, Mineral, and Compliance Division.
  • Knowledge of conducting annual surface mining inspections in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) (Energy, Minerals, and Compliance Division).

Examples of Duties

  • Reviews applications to determine whether they meet legal submission requirements and to determine the potential significant environmental impacts of the proposals; studies supportive materials necessary for initial environmental assessments of projects and analyzes the projects in conjunction with environmental documents to determine consistency with adopted State and County goals, policies, plans, and ordinances; meets with applicants to negotiate proposed permit conditions.
  • Aids in the selection and management of consultants by developing contracts, monitoring performance and billings, and reviewing technical analyses and documents.
  • Reviews comments from the public and county departmental staff; prepares project reports with analysis and comments for public distribution; states environmental impacts and recommendations for mitigating measures and disposition of the projects.
  • Makes oral presentations of reports before decision-making bodies.
  • Confers with County staff to ensure compliance with conditions of approval and proper implementation of the project.
  • Researches land use, transportation requirements, community design, resource constraints, environmental thresholds, and other development or environmental issues; analyzes data to compile reports on development policies; computes descriptive statistics from data to incorporate in reports; interprets adopted State and County policies, guidelines, ordinances, and zoning regulations for the public.
  • Serves as project manager for complex projects or participates in teams undertaking highly complex projects for special planning studies or environmental-related policies that are required to implement, amend, or revise the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Compiles, develops, and indexes a wide variety of environmental resource data using a computerized data base; develops or supervises the development of reference materials, brochures, and computer information systems to clarify and streamline the permit process and to make public information available concerning zoning and land use permit requirements.
  • Assigns work to and provides training for entry level planning and support staff; responds to questions related to general processes and specific cases; reviews and edits staff reports and recommendations.
  • Develops and processes amendments to County zoning and subdivision ordinances by conferring with advisory committees and holding public workshops to obtain public input on the development of new policies and programs.

Employment Standards

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably including course work in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences; AND two years of journey-level professional experience developing land use policies or regulations or applying zoning regulations, community plan policies, CEQA, NEPA, and other ordinances or policies in a land use planning environment;
  • Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Planner II with Santa Barbara County; OR
  • An advanced degree in urban and regional planning, AND one year of journey-level professional experience developing land use policies or regulations or applying zoning regulations, community plan policies, CEQA, NEPA, and other ordinances or policies in a land use planning environment; OR
  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.


Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: urban and regional planning and environmental review; understanding of comprehensive planning, and/or development review; state and federal laws, policies, and regulations related to planning and environmental issues including CEQA; principles and practices of public contract administration; ability to research grant sources, prepares grant applications and assists in the administration of grant programs.
 
Ability to: plan, organize, and carry out work independently; set priorities to meet deadlines; read, understand, and interpret regulations and policies; compile and analyze relevant information, draw valid conclusions, and develop recommendations to resolve issues; explain policies and regulations to others; write staff reports, policies, ordinances, and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; prepare and give public presentations before decision-making bodies; record, create, and maintain records information for future access; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public; use personal computers and software to prepare reports, create presentations, and manage projects; read and understand site plans, architectural drawings, and topographic maps.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: redevelopment; basic techniques of supervision; contract administration to monitor completion of work specified, examine expenditures, and approve payments; database software, and statistical analysis.

Ability to: plan, assign, and evaluate work of staff; plan and present training for staff; conduct and facilitate group meetings to obtain input on policy development. 

 

Supplemental Information

SELECTION PROCESS

  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
  • Application Ranking.  Applications that meet the employment standards will be evaluated and scored.  Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by the information provided on their application.  This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven qualified candidates.


Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the application ranking to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive written notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list. 

Conditional Job Offer:  Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.  Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.  The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.
 
Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

For a summary of benefits, visit: http://www.countyofsb.org/hr/employee-relations/compensation-summary/seiu-local-620.sbc 

The County of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) who believes a diverse workforce is vital to upholding its mission. Recruiting efforts are designed to find, hire and retain top talent of various background and, experiences. We believe a diverse workgroup promotes productivity and cultural acceptance where differences are embraced and encouraged.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 20, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com. In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA, 93454, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Applicants may use county computers at the Workforce Resource Centers to complete online applications and assessments at the following Santa Barbara County locations:

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Barbara
130 East Ortega Blvd Santa Barbara, CA (805) 568-1296
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Maria
1410 South Broadway Santa Maria, CA (805) 614-1550
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Collin Graham, Senior Employment Analyst: cgraham@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

Job Information

Job Title:
Planner III
Position Level:
Planner III
Required Skills/Experience/Education:

Ideal Candidate Qualities:

  • Skilled in land use permitting of complex discretionary projects with CEQA and or coastal regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience in the practices and principles of current or development review, ideally a knowledge of Santa Barbara County land use regulations.
  • Successful track record of establishing effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders with divergent interests.
  • Experience working in a multi-jurisdictional land use regulatory environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex projects.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and trends relevant to cannabis cultivation and operation would be beneficial for the Cannabis Program position. 
  • Individuals with degrees in geological sciences, geology or earth science are encouraged to apply for the position in the Energy, Mineral, and Compliance Division.
  • Knowledge of conducting annual surface mining inspections in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) (Energy, Minerals, and Compliance Division).

 

Examples of Duties

  • Reviews applications to determine whether they meet legal submission requirements and to determine the potential significant environmental impacts of the proposals; studies supportive materials necessary for initial environmental assessments of projects and analyzes the projects in conjunction with environmental documents to determine consistency with adopted State and County goals, policies, plans, and ordinances; meets with applicants to negotiate proposed permit conditions.
  • Aids in the selection and management of consultants by developing contracts, monitoring performance and billings, and reviewing technical analyses and documents.
  • Reviews comments from the public and county departmental staff; prepares project reports with analysis and comments for public distribution; states environmental impacts and recommendations for mitigating measures and disposition of the projects.
  • Makes oral presentations of reports before decision-making bodies.
  • Confers with County staff to ensure compliance with conditions of approval and proper implementation of the project.
  • Researches land use, transportation requirements, community design, resource constraints, environmental thresholds, and other development or environmental issues; analyzes data to compile reports on development policies; computes descriptive statistics from data to incorporate in reports; interprets adopted State and County policies, guidelines, ordinances, and zoning regulations for the public.
  • Serves as project manager for complex projects or participates in teams undertaking highly complex projects for special planning studies or environmental-related policies that are required to implement, amend, or revise the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Compiles, develops, and indexes a wide variety of environmental resource data using a computerized data base; develops or supervises the development of reference materials, brochures, and computer information systems to clarify and streamline the permit process and to make public information available concerning zoning and land use permit requirements.
  • Assigns work to and provides training for entry level planning and support staff; responds to questions related to general processes and specific cases; reviews and edits staff reports and recommendations.
  • Develops and processes amendments to County zoning and subdivision ordinances by conferring with advisory committees and holding public workshops to obtain public input on the development of new policies and programs.

Employment Standards

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably including course work in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social sciences; AND two years of journey-level professional experience developing land use policies or regulations or applying zoning regulations, community plan policies, CEQA, NEPA, and other ordinances or policies in a land use planning environment;
  • Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Planner II with Santa Barbara County; OR
  • An advanced degree in urban and regional planning, AND one year of journey-level professional experience developing land use policies or regulations or applying zoning regulations, community plan policies, CEQA, NEPA, and other ordinances or policies in a land use planning environment; OR
  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.


Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: urban and regional planning and environmental review; understanding of comprehensive planning, and/or development review; state and federal laws, policies, and regulations related to planning and environmental issues including CEQA; principles and practices of public contract administration; ability to research grant sources, prepares grant applications and assists in the administration of grant programs.
 
Ability to: plan, organize, and carry out work independently; set priorities to meet deadlines; read, understand, and interpret regulations and policies; compile and analyze relevant information, draw valid conclusions, and develop recommendations to resolve issues; explain policies and regulations to others; write staff reports, policies, ordinances, and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; prepare and give public presentations before decision-making bodies; record, create, and maintain records information for future access; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public; use personal computers and software to prepare reports, create presentations, and manage projects; read and understand site plans, architectural drawings, and topographic maps.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: redevelopment; basic techniques of supervision; contract administration to monitor completion of work specified, examine expenditures, and approve payments; database software, and statistical analysis.

Ability to: plan, assign, and evaluate work of staff; plan and present training for staff; conduct and facilitate group meetings to obtain input on policy development. 

Salary Range:
$89,418.48 - $107,764.27 Annually
Other Benefits:
Retirement Plans •Generous County Defined Benefit Plan •Eligible to participate in 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan •Retirement Reciprocity with CalPERS, CalSTRS, and 1937 Act plans •For more information on our retirement plans, please visit: http://cosb.countyofsb.org/sbcers/ and http://www.countyofsb.org/ttcpapg/defcomp Health Benefits •Choice of dental, vision and medical plans. In addition to the Benefit Allowance noted above, the County contributes toward medical premiums and dental premiums •On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria which provide ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 15 •Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential assistance with personal and workplace problems to employees and their immediate family members •Healthcare Advocacy Program to help employees navigate the complexities of health plan benefits •Available Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Account (HSA), Supplemental Term or Whole Life Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance and more! •For more information on our health benefits, please visit: http://cosb.countyofsb.org/hr/default.aspx?id=11064 Paid Time Off •Vacation Leave 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment •Sick Leave 12 days annually with unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement •Paid Holidays based on bargaining unit (view the compensation summary for this bargaining unit, link below) •Alternative Transportation Benefit (TDM) up to 2 days of additional vacation for using alternative methods of commuting •For more information on Paid Time Off please view the Compensation Summary for this bargaining unit (available below) Miscellaneous Benefits •County Paid Term Life Insurance •County Paid Long Term Disability Insurance •Childcare and Employee Discounts •Relocation Assistance may apply •Flexible work schedule may apply •For more information on all of these benefits, please visit: http://cosb.countyofsb.org/hr/default.aspx?id=11064 Compensation Summary •To view the Compensation Summary specific to the bargaining unit for this position (link to full Memorandum of Understanding also available at bottom of the summary), please visit: http://www.countyofsb.org/hr/employee-relations/compensation-summary/seiu-local-620.sbc *This benefits list is for convenience only; please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for complete details of terms and conditions. Amounts are generally prorated for part-time employment.
Position Start Date:
March 10, 2020
Position Type:
Permanent
Language:
English
Job Application Due Date:
March 20, 2020
Date Added to Website: March 10, 2020

Contact Information

Organization Name:
County of Santa Barbara, Planning and Development Department
Job Category:
Land Use
Phone Number:
(805) 568-2835
Website:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sbcounty/jobs/2727210/planner-iii?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportunitiesJobs%2CjobOpportuni
Agency:
Yes

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