Planner IV

Orange County Santa Ana, CA

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This recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a current Planner IV vacancy for OC Public Works. This list may be utilized to fill similar positions or lower level classifications in OC Public Works or other departments within the County of Orange. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment will be posted for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain posted on a continuous basis until the needs of the agency are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Deadline for first round of consideration is: June 13th, 2016 @ 11:59pm.


OC Public Works provides services on a regional basis to unincorporated areas, to cities, and to other County agencies and departments. The primary mission of the department is to protect and enrich the community through efficient delivery and maintenance of public works infrastructure, planning, and development services. OC Public Works core values are integrity, accountability, service and trust.

OC Public Works is a unique County department comprised of ten service areas: OC Development Services; OC Fleet Services; OC Administrative Services; OC Facilities Design & Construction; OC Facilities Maintenance & Central Utilities; OC Environmental Resources; OC Operations & Maintenance; OC Construction; OC Infrastructure Programs; and OC Survey. The Department currently has a workforce in excess of 950 positions.

OC Public Works partners with a diverse array of local, state, and federal agencies; special districts and authorities; and the private development community including, construction, planning, and design firms, to accomplish many of the County's infrastructure projects.

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Orange County Public Works currently has exciting opportunities for experienced Planner IV's to work in their Planning and Land Development divisions. The successful candidates will be responsible for the following functions: presenting projects and reports to approving authorities; preparing written documents, staff reports and public notices; performing complex planning research; reviewing and processing comprehensive planning documents, including interpreting applicable regulations and codes; responding to public inquiries and assist in the interpretation of ordinance, laws and regulations as they pertain to land development; and ensuring all plans and projects are in compliance with local and state regulations.


The ideal candidate will have a minimum 4 years of experience and/or knowledge in planning and land development and will possess a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or a related degree (a Master's degree in a related field may substitute for one year of experience).

The successful candidate will be experienced in providing leadership and direction to staff to ensure delivery of efficient, high quality services. In addition to the education and experience requirements as listed in the minimum qualifications, the successful candidate will possess the following core competencies:


* Knowledge in the principles and practices of regional, county, city and environmental planning.

* Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, County ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning and development projects.

* Knowledge in the theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process to properly implement zoning, grading, building and development related regulations.

* Knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

* Knowledge of real estate terminology, laws, practices, principles and regulations.

* Conduct field investigations and code enforcement activities.

* Prepare well-written reports on research findings and draft public notices.

* Knowledge of the Subdivision Map Act.

* Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications.


* Communicate and educate the general public regarding basic zoning concepts.

* Handle conflict in a professional and diplomatic manner.

* Effectively communicate to all levels of vested parties such as homeowners, major developers, contractors and engineers.

* Successfully interact with various governmental organizations and review boards.

* Collaborate with engineers, inspection teams, land developers and other parties involved with each planning project.

* Present ideas in a clear, logical and concise manner both orally and in writing.


* May provide training to planners and administrative staff.

* Encourage recognition and collaboration to influence the success of outcomes.

* Engage people, staff and partners in developing goals, executing plans and delivering results.

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Vision sufficient to read fine print and computer monitors; speak and hear well enough to communicate with others clearly and understandably in person and over the phone; independent body mobility to sit, stand, walk to access a standard office environment as well as participate in outdoor site visits; manual dexterity to use hands, arms and shoulders to operate a keyboard, and to write; mental stamina to work with changing deadlines and competing priorities.


Human Resource Services screens all application materials for minimum qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Qualification Appraisal Panel (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a qualification appraisal panel (QAP) of job knowledge experts. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure. Completion of a background investigation to the satisfaction of the County may be required for some assignments.

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