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Associate Planner

Job Description

The City of Oxnard's Community Development Department is seeking an Associate Planner with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, a strong customer service orientation, a history of effective partnerships and problem-solving, and the ability to fit well within an energetic and dedicated team. 

Under direction and with an emphasis in customer service, provides information on General Plan, Local Coastal Program, inland and coastal Zoning, and other planning related policies and procedures to the public, city staff and representatives of other agencies; performs all relevant duties assigned to classes in the Planner series including the processing of current and advanced planning projects from submittal through environmental review, public hearing, plan check and final inspection; demonstrates a full understanding of all applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties; provides information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning and development related matters; leads, oversees, reviews and performs work activities and duties assigned to various teamsassumes responsibility for the more difficult and complex tasks; performs related duties as required.

The Associate Planner is the journey level class responsible for processing residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use planning projects and the review and or development of long-range plans, policies, programs and projects proposed by local, state and federal agencies; advises appropriate managers concerning the steps that should be taken to protect and/or enhance the City's interests, after reaching definitive conclusions about a project’s potential impacts of the proposed changes on the City. This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Assistant Planner by the performance of more complex planning projects.
General supervision is provided by the Planning and Environmental Services Manager. Technical or functional supervision may be provided by the Planning Manager’s designee. May exercise mentoring relationship with lower level Planning staff. Incumbents of this class do not routinely exercise supervision.
Include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.
  • Staff the public counter and respond to questions and concerns; provides information to the general public in person, via telephone and/or Internet on planning, zoning, environmental impact, subdivision and site planning matters. Accepts project application submittals; assesses and collects fees. Resolves service complaints.
  • Updates public information handouts, zoning and other types of maps and project lists.
  • Confers with developers, architects, engineers, attorneys and contractors on development plans and designs regarding processing requirements, procedures, policies and standards for land use entitlement.
  • Team player who coordinates with other departments and agencies that are involved with project review and permit processing.
  • Performs the full array of duties assigned to classes in the planning series including assisting other departments, agencies and the general public at the counter, explaining and interpreting the General Plan, Local Coastal Program, inland and coastal Zoning and planning regulations, makes recommendations to achieve the policy goals and regulatory requirements, and handling public information calls.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding of applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties.
  • Evaluates and approves Temporary Use Permits, Home Occupation Permits and Zone Clearance applications.
  • Reviews and processes simple to very complex residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use projects through the planning process including: subdivision maps, Lot Line Adjustments (mergers), Special Use Permits, Zone Changes, Ordinance Amendments, General Plan and Specific Plan Amendments, and other administrative and/or discretionary application requests. Estimates time, materials and equipment necessary for the successful completion of the project. Makes recommendations for necessary resources to complete projects and overcome constraints as is appropriate.
  • Researches and drafts revisions and amendments to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program & inland and coastal Zoning regulations.
  • Reviews proposed projects, environmental documents, and changes in plans and policies originating with other jurisdictions that may impact the City, and provides recommendations.
  • Initiates and provides guidance, team building and leadership to teams formed to complete some of the most complex projects undertaken by the City.
  • Prepares and / or reviews environmental documents in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Documents may include initial studies (ISs), negative declarations (NDs) and mitigated negative declarations (MNDs), environmental impact reports (EIRs), environmental assessments (EAs), findings of no significant impacts (FONSIs), environmental impact statements (EISs), and etcetera.
  • Manages consultant contracts and or tasks included in scope of work and review invoices.
  • Reviews plans, provides critiques regarding aesthetic and technical matters, and approves civil and architectural blueprints for planning and building permits.
  • Works with contractors during the construction process through the final inspections.
  • Monitors project compliance with conditions of approval and environmental mitigations; identifies potential issues and seeks solutions.
  • Uses personal computer and specialized permit processing systems to prepare correspondence, staff reports, resolutions, and other specialized documents.
  • Makes presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, Community Workshop, Hearing Officers and various inter-departmental committees.
  • Reviews various County and City agendas and comments as appropriate.
  • Analyzes proposed legislation, plans, policies and systems; makes recommendations for change, as appropriate, to protect and/or enhance the City's interests.
  • Prepares and/or coordinates proposals and documents for federal, state and grant funded projects.
  • Provides ongoing support to grants management concerning program coordination and eligibility criteria.
  • Prepares for Census.
  • Provides mentorship to interns and junior staff.  
  • Performs other related essential functions as needed.

Job Information

Job Title:
Associate Planner
Required Skills/Experience/Education:
The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:

Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an Associate Planner.  A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of three (3) years of directly related experience as an Assistant Planner, and a Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related field considered useful in City planning. A Master's degree in urban planning or a related field is desirable.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver's license
The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  • Submit NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application.
  • Complete and submit responses to the supplemental questions, if required.
  • Upload resume, cover letter, proof of degree (transcript) or other requested documents.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume.  Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

The list of qualified candidates established from this recruitment may be used to fill other full-time, part-time, and temporary assignments. There is currently one (1) full-time vacancy within the Community Development Department.  

For most positions, the City of Oxnard relies on office automation (Microsoft Office, Google) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all positions.
City staff may be required to play an active role in the event of an emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.

Employees are required to participate in the City's direct deposit plan and are paid on a bi-weekly basis. 

This position requires a 12 month probationary period.
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Oxnard makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled.  If you believe you require special arrangements to participate in the testing process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date.  Applicants who request such accommodation must document their request with an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation required.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: On the first day of employment, new employees must provide proof of citizenship or documentation of legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as amended. The City participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS. 888-897-7781 dhs.gov/e-verify

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

Salary Range:
$29.24 - $45.36 hourly, $60,812.34 - $94,339.65 annually
Other Benefits:
Retirement Contributions: New members (as defined by PEPRA), 2% @ 62; "Classic" members 2% @ 55. The employee will be required to pay a portion of their annual earnings toward their retirement. The City of Oxnard does not participate in social security. Vacation Accrual Rates: Full time employees accrue vacation leave at a rate of 4.39-8.08 hours per pay period based on years of service. Sick Leave Accrual Rate: Full time employees accrue sick leave at a rate of 3.70 hours per pay period. Deferred Compensation: The City contributes 1% to a deferred compensation program. Bilingual Pay: A regular full time employee may receive bilingual pay at the rate of $50.00-$125.00 bi-weekly depending on the level the employee is required to provide bilingual services as determined by the City Manager or designee. Educational Incentive: Employees earn educational incentive pay for educational attainments not required by the classification. The educational incentive pay is as follows: Associates degree - 2.5%, Bachelor's degree – 3%, Graduate degree – 3.5% Health and dental: The City contributes $993.91 per month toward medical insurance premiums and an additional $74.20 per month toward dental insurance premiums. For those employees who waive the medical the City will contribute $893.91 per month. Any unused dental premium monies are paid to the employee. Life Insurance: City employees receive Basic Life Coverage and have the option to purchase additional insurance. Tuition Reimbursement: Full-time employees are eligible for 100% reimbursement of the costs of tuition, registration fees, laboratory fees, and books to a maximum of $1,000 per fiscal year for work related coursework. Holidays: The City observes 12 holidays per year.
Position Type:
Full Time
Job Application Due Date:
February 24, 2021
Date Added to Website: February 11, 2021

Contact Information

Organization Name:
City of Oxnard
300 West Third Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
United States
Phone Number:

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