Associate Planner
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Associate Planner
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Under general supervision, performs professional planning duties, preparing studies, reports, plans, maps; develops and enforces zoning regulations; processes permits and applications; makes presentations to elected officials and the public.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is a full-time, exempt management position requiring significant technical ability and excellent communication skills.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
This is a journey level position requiring minimal supervision by the Principal Planner and Community Development Director. Does not exercise routine supervision.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Conducts design review of applications for room additions, property improvements and new developments; assists in studies of land use and design of municipal plans, assembles a variety of information and data for preparation of studies and reports; develops statistics and engages in research in preparation of various phases of planning projects; provides technical information on zoning to developers, interested groups and the public; develops maps, charts and graphics for presentations; reviews and makes presentations regarding development plans, architectural reviews, use permits and sign reviews for conformance with city design standards; performs field inspections to determine conformance to design standards and regulations; assists in the preparation and update of city design standards, regulations and plan approvals; assembles pertinent data to be used in studies required for meetings and hearings; prepares technical reports, presents and explains detailed information; assists in code enforcement activities and special projects.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  Principles, practices and purpose of municipal planning; site and project design review; nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in planning, drafting and mapping; statistics and statistical analysis as applied to land use, transportation, zoning and master plan studies; principles and techniques of developing and maintaining a master plan; site planning and architectural design; laws and other regulations relating to municipal planning.
Ability to:  Operate personal computers and utilize planning applications; analyze and compile statistical, economic and technical data; read, understand and apply state laws, local ordinances and guidelines to permit applications; prepare well written reports and oral presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, developers and the public; read and interpret architectural and construction plans; communicate clearly, concisely and tactfully with a variety of audiences; learn, retain and apply knowledge of laws and ordinances.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in City or Regional Planning, Urban Studies, Geography or a related field.
Experience:  Two years of full-time, paid professional planning experience or similar work experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to attend evening meetings; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to manage multiple priorities and projects; ability to apply technical knowledge and explain information to a variety of audiences.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and maintain a good driving record.
SALARY:  $6,925 - $8,417 per month

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