Associate Planner

City of Pacifica, CA Pacifica, CA
San Francisco/Peninsula

Job Type


Close Date

8/3/2018 at 11:30pm or until 100 applicants


$85,992.00-$101,400.00 Annually

Additional Questionnaires

Pre-qualification, Supplemental

About Pacifica

The City of Pacifica is a beautiful community located on the coast, just south of San Francisco and is framed by the ridges of the Coast Range on the east, Montara Mountians on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Rich in history, Pacifica is a quiet, family-oriented community. The population is approximately 40,028 with an area of 12.6 square miles.

The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Legislative authority is vested in a five member City Council elected at large for four-year overlapping terms.

The City employees 158 full-time and 100 part-time and seasonal employees in the following departments: City Attorney's Office; City Manager's Office; Finance; Fire; Human Resources; Parks, Beaches and Recreation; Planning and Economic Development; Police and Public Works.

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1800 Francisco Boulevard Pacifica, 94044


The City of Pacifica

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This is a two year - limited term position. Under direction of the Planning Director the Associate Planner performs professional level work in the fields of current and advance planning; conducts special projects and research as assigned; prepares reports and recommendations relative to assigned area of responsibility; and interprets planning and zoning requirements for the public and other departments.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

* Perform responsible professional planning work in the review of development proposals and both short and long-range planning and economic development studies.

* Respond to inquiries from the general public regarding property, development projects, and planning and code questions at a public counter and over the phone; review plan submittals.

* Process development applications for General Plan amendments, rezones, use permits, coastal development permits, site development permits, tentative maps, planned developments, and design review; review proposals for consistency with applicable codes and policies.

* Review and sign off on business license requests and administrative permits; perform plan review of building permits.

* Coordinate work with other City departments and outside agencies.

* Prepare maps, charts, diagrams and other documents for reports and public hearing notices.

* Research and prepare complex reports on a wide range of planning issues, including staff reports, zoning verification letters, and CEQA documents; prepare environmental determinations.

* May conduct site inspections to investigate a new or approved project for compliance with conditions of approval.

* Manage and maintain records for development projects.

* May attend and/or make presentations at City Council, Planning Commission, Open Space Advisory Committee, other committee and community group meetings.

* Coordinate and maintain current and advance planning programs related to general plan revisions, zoning ordinance revisions, and economic development.

* May serve as project manager for major studies or special projects.

* File and prepare grant applications and track progress of grant approvals.

* Analyze statistical data, such as long-range transportation, population characteristics, growth trends and other data.

* Perform research on a variety of planning issues; prepare and/or revise planning ordinances.

* May work with consultants and manage budgets on a project basis.

* Perform planning and zoning studies.

* Train subordinate professional personnel as assigned.

* Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

* Principles and practices of urban planning, coastal zone development processes, economic development, and zoning administration.

* Basic principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

* Environmental review procedures.

* Statistical and research methods applied to the collection and analysis of data pertinent to planning.

* Principles of mathematics and statistics.

* Principles and techniques of project management.

* Principles and techniques of research and analysis.

* Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

* Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including laws related to current and advanced planning, including CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning law and the California Coastal Act.

Ability to:

* Assume responsibility for planning activities on multiple projects.

* Prepare long-range planning studies.

* Prepare maps and other graphics.

* Engage in professional planning design work.

* Prepare reports, proposals and written materials of an analytical, budgetary, financial, technical and evaluative nature.

* Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.

* Explain City policies, practices and objectives to diverse public and private agencies, organizations as individuals.

* Read and interpret maps, plans, sketches, schematics, diagrams, and blueprints.

* Collect, analyze and compile technical, statistical and related information pertaining to planning, zoning, environmental research and coastal development programs.

* Construct maps, charts and other visual aids using GIS; prepare written reports; follow written and oral instructions.

* Speak effectively in public.

* Work with and manage consultants and project budgets.

* Make sound analysis, evaluations and recommendations on matters relating to City planning or downtown development and economic development.

* Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

* Prepare concise oral and written reports.

* Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

* Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

* Meet critical deadlines while working with frequent interruptions.

* Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.

* Manage a wide variety of planning/economic development related projects.

* Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications

Training and Education:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, regional planning, or a related field.


Three years of increasingly responsible professional current and/or advance planning experience.

License or Certifications:

Possession of a valid California driver's license issued by the State department of Motor Vehicles.

Application Process:

Interested applicants must submit a completed on-line employment application in and submit a cover letter, and resume. Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained on-line at

Applications must be received by Friday, August 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Examination and Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and only those applicants identified as the "most highly qualified" will be invited to participate in the examination process. This process may consist of a written exercise and/or an oral panel interview. Candidates passing the examination will be placed on the Eligible List. Only the top applicants may be invited to the Departmental Interview for selection.

Ideal Candidate

Will be available to work two years in this position and have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, regional planning, or a related field; Three years of increasingly responsible professional current and/or advance planning experience; Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including laws related to current and advanced planning, including CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning law and the California Coastal Act.


Benefits. The City of Pacifica provides a highly competitive compensation and benefits package that includes the following:

Retirement: The City contracts with CalPERS to provide a retirement plan that utilizes the formula of 2.5% @ 55 for "Classic members" or 2% @ 62 for "PEPRA members." Classic Members contribute 8% employee contribution plus 2.5% employer cost share for a total contribution of 10.5%. PEPRA members pay 6.75% employee contribution plus 2.5% employer cost share for a total contribution of 9.25%. The City does not participate in Social Security.

Insurance: The City provides its employees with a medical insurance allowance that allows employees to purchase medical insurance through either Teamsters Union #856 Health and Welfare or CalPERS medical benefits plan. Some plans require employee contributions.

Employees with proof of qualifying health insurance coverage through another group health plan may qualify for a "Health In-Lieu Payment" when declining city coverage.

The City contributes toward a dental insurance plan and vision plan for employee and all eligible dependents.

The City pays premiums for:

* Life insurance premium in the amount of two (2) times annual salary up to $200,000.

* Long term disability insurance (to begin sixty days after onset of non-work-related illness or injury).

Deferred Compensation – May participate in the 457 deferred compensation plan with one of three offered plans.

Vacation – Accrual begins at ten (10) days annually and increases based upon years of service.

Sick Leave – Twelve (12) days per calendar year

Administrative Leave - 60 hours per fiscal year

Holidays – Thirteen (13) holidays (includes two floating holidays pro-rated based upon hire date) per year.

Union and Probation – Position is a member of Teamsters Local 350 and serves a twelve (12) month probationary period.

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Special Instructions

Applicants must be able and willing to accept a two-year limited term position.