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Planner III

Job Description

FINAL FILING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

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Under direction, the Planner III performs progressively complex professional planning work involving data collection and analysis, report preparation and public contact; assists in zoning and/or planning programs; and performs related duties as required.

The County of Ventura Planning Division provides land use services to the public in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial permitting, engages in long range community planning, and coordinates a variety of regional programs in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The ideal candidate will be a planning professional who is highly organized with excellent writing skills, adept at identifying and solving problems, and demonstrates a track record of strong customer service, oral presentation skills before decision making bodies, time management and research/analysis skills. The ideal candidate will also be a committed, confident, and motivated individual who have 5 or more years of progressively complex work experience in land-use planning, has experience preparing written staff reports and recommendations and has experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Also looking for a candidate who has the ability to be responsible for managing moderately complex projects and/or for playing a major role on a highly-complex project as a team member.

Job Information

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

SALARY RANGE (approximate)

$33.72 - $47.38 Hour $5,844.52 - $8,212.90 Monthly $70,134.25 - $98,554.76 Annually

This posting is for the Ventura County Resource Management Agency; vacancy location is Ventura and may require travel throughout Ventura County.

 POSITION INFORMATION

Under direction, the Planner III performs progressively complex professional planning work involving data collection and analysis, report preparation and public contact; assists in zoning and/or planning programs; and performs related duties as required.

The County of Ventura Planning Division provides land use services to the public in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial permitting, engages in long range community planning, and coordinates a variety of regional programs in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The ideal candidate will be a planning professional who is highly organized with excellent writing skills, adept at identifying and solving problems, and demonstrates a track record of strong customer service, oral presentation skills before decision making bodies, time management and research/analysis skills. The ideal candidate will also be a committed, confident, and motivated individual who have 5 or more years of progressively complex work experience in land-use planning, has experience preparing written staff reports and recommendations and has experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Also looking for a candidate who has the ability to be responsible for managing moderately complex projects and/or for playing a major role on a highly-complex project as a team member.

 

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE

Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

 EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reviews and interprets Planning ordinances, State regulations including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use policies, and prepares written reports, making recommendations for completion of planning projects.
  • Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets information and data necessary to meet planning objectives.
  • Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, groups, sections, divisions, departments, and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive.
  • Coordinates projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives as part of the ongoing planning process.
  • Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, planning programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify planning reports and recommendations.
  • Conducts field investigations of proposed project sites in order to have direct knowledge of the location or project under study.
  • May act as project team leaders and program coordinators.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Resource Management Agency, Planning Division Planner III is represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS

 These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE

Considerable experience in land use planning which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field, and three or more years of progressively responsible planning experience.

Substitution: Additional experience or non-related degrees may be substituted for the required education and experience required.

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid California driver license.

DESIRED

  • Experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Professional Planner with experience in Current or Long-Range Planning areas.
  • Experience preparing written staff reports and recommendations.
  • Experience giving oral presentations before decision making bodies.
  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related fields.
  • 5 years of progressively complex work experience in land-use planning.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work is performed primarily in an indoor environment, but regular on-site inspections are required, sometimes involving hazardous terrain. Also requires occasional climbing, crouching, kneeling, balancing and keyboard entry.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES

Comprehensive knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of urban and regional planning.
  • Federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to planning, land use and environmental protection (e.g. CEQA).

 

Working knowledge of:

  • Research and statistical methods. Interagency relationships.
  • Map reading.

 

Working ability to:

  • Collect, analyze and interpret data to formulate recommendations.
  • Solve problems at increasingly complex levels as experience level increases.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Prepare technical reports on complex projects.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other agencies to provide information and coordinate planning efforts.
  • Function as a project leader and program coordinator.

 

 RECRUITMENT PROCESS

FINAL FILING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

 

FIRST REVIEW: A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around December 3, 2020 and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.

 To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in removal of the application from further consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.

NOTE: In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence. Responses such as "See Resume" or "Refer to Resume" are not acceptable and may disqualify an applicant from further evaluation. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for up to a period of one (1) year. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary, Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra Help this and similar vacancies within the Resource Management Agency. There are currently two (2) Regular vacancies within the Planning Division, Residential Permits and General Plan Sections.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Kim Mariscal by email at kim.mariscal@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2479.

Salary Range:
$33.72 - $47.38 Hour $5,844.52 - $8,212.90 Monthly $70,134.25 - $98,554.76 Annually
Position Start Date:
December 3, 2020
Position Type:
Permanent
Language:
English
Job Application Due Date:
January 10, 2021
Date Added to Website: December 16, 2020

Contact Information

Organization Name:
County of Ventura, Resource Management Agency
Location:
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
United States
Job Category:
Environmental, Land Use, Rural Planning
Phone Number:
805-654-2479
Website:
www.ventura.org/jobs

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