Placer Employment Opportunities

Planner - Senior

Recruitment #2022-14223-02

Introduction

Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit www.placer.ca.gov.

POSITION INFORMATION

This classification received a general wage increase of 4.5% effective 7/30/22 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4.5% in July 2023 and 4.0% in July 2024.

This recruitment will remain open until filled with an initial application screening deadline of Friday October 14th for immediate consideration. Applications received after this date will be screened on an ongoing basis.

The Placer County Community Development Resource Agency is currently accepting applications to fill one vacancy for Senior Planner in Auburn.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and executing housing policies, regulations, and programs that implement the County’s Housing Element and related strategies and plans. They will be lead on complex, high-profile, and sometimes controversial housing related planning initiatives, programs, and projects, including but not limited to General Plan amendments, zoning updates, and environmental studies. Additionally, they will advise County leadership on regulatory and programmatic housing initiatives and identify innovative and collaborative approaches to meeting the County’s housing goals.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to produce a high-quality work product and concurrently manage a comprehensive range of housing related projects and programs that address the County’s broad mix of housing needs, including: 
  • Housing development incentives and related community development, zoning, and housing initiatives.
  • Federal and state grant programs through application preparation and review, processing, and reporting.
  • Grantee performance monitoring to ensure effective use of funds and compliance with federal and state grant rules and fair housing requirements. 
  • Housing Elements, housing policy, and general plan implementation.
  • Providing assistance to citizens, non-profit entities, advisory bodies, staff, and others seeking CDBG, HOME, or other grants for community-wide housing, special needs housing, and community development programs. 
  • Lead various teams and oversee consultants, development technicians, and interns engaged in housing development programs and projects.
  • Analyze federal, state, and private housing development finance, construction, rehabilitation, and ownership programs.
  • Develop policy alternatives and make appropriate recommendations. 
  • Administer a public relations program to inform the public about housing programs, goals, and objectives.
  • Represent the County at governmental hearings and at public meetings. 
  • Establish and maintain liaison with officials of Placer County, state agency like HCD, and other housing related agencies to assure coordination of housing and community development efforts.
The eligible list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies as they arise, subject to position-specific requirements.

BENEFITS

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view General benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.

DEFINITION

Perform a variety of highly responsible complex professional planning duties in the field of current and advance planning; assume a lead role over less experienced professional and technical staff; provide information and assistance to developers and the public on complex planning matters.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the advanced journey level class in the professional Planner series.  Positions at this level are able to work independently and receive minimal supervision and assistance from management staff.

Positions at this level are distinguished from other positions within the professional planning series by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including overseeing the activities associated with a variety of complex planning projects and related assignments.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives direction from supervisory or management staff as assigned.
 
May exercise direct supervision over less experienced professional, technical and clerical personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

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

  • Trains and leads subordinate staff in planning duties. 
  • Researches, analyzes and interprets social, economic and population and land use data and trends. 
  • Researches planning information and concepts, land use and legal issues relating to current and long range planning matters and policy issues. 
  • Analyzes and recommend long range comprehensive planning policy documents; collects, records and summarizes statistical and demographic information; establishes and maintains a comprehensive database. 
  • Reviews and checks commercial, industrial and residential development plans and applications for projects approval and compliance with applicable County or Air Pollution Control District policies and procedures; performs site reviews; confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors and engineers regarding planning issues; negotiates and develops binding contracts and development agreements relative to County development policies and standards.
  • Reviews, investigates and enforces zoning and sign regulations or, when assigned to Air Pollution Control, reviews and prepares air quality rules and regulations. 
  • Prepares and reviews environmental analysis of projects and ensures compliance with Federal, State and local laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Prepares initial studies and assists in preparation and review of environmental impact reports, Zoning and Design review requirements; compiles information and makes recommendations on special studies.
  • Prepares staff reports for the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and Design Review Committee, various local and State regulatory agencies and advisory boards and the Board of Supervisors as directed.
  • Prepares correspondence to project applicants, violators and other agencies regarding compliance issues. 
  • Prepares and provides planning presentations to community groups; responds to community groups regarding impact and/or effects of projects. 
  • Prepares advanced planning studies for the County General Plan including element preparation, community plan preparation, policy formulation, program implementation and public presentation of findings and recommendations. 
  • Assists in production of major planning documents such as the County General Plan, environmental documents and specialized plans such as area specific plans, air and water quality plans, environmental compliance plans and related topics. 
  • Conducts current planning reviews of large and/or complex land development projects including subdivisions, conditional use permits, design reviews, development agreements, rezoning and General Plan amendments.  
  • Reviews the plans of other public jurisdictions for compatibility with County or Air Pollution Control District plans. 
  • Performs environmental analysis for current and advanced planning projects, especially those of a difficult or complex nature; review environmental impact reports. 
  • Assists the public by providing information and explaining particularly complex land use, environmental compliance, development and related regulations and procedures; meet with applicants as necessary and correspond with applicants and/or their representatives regarding project status; write staff reports; and make presentations of findings and recommendations at public hearings and to public agencies; conducts and participates in public hearings. 
  • When assigned, administer public education and public service programs through assigned employees or by contact. 
  • Coordinates with other County Departments and public agencies as needed; coordinates, directs and participates in interdepartmental land use development committees.  
  • Prepares and administers contracts with independent contractors or consultants who provide planning, or environmental services to the County or Air Pollution Control District. 
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; provide standards and operating guidelines, provide timely input to performance evaluations; recommend disciplinary measures, when necessary; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the assigned functional area of responsibility. 
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible planning experience performing duties similar to those of an Associate Planner

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, or a closely related field.

Note: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department. Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of land use planning and development.
  • Principles and practices of environmental planning and administration of environmental policies.
  • All applicable local ordinances and State and Federal statutes.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the assigned functional area of responsibility. 
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic, basic statistics and mathematical calculations. 
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Planning related software applications.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis sit at desk or in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently stand at counter for long periods of time; twist and reach office equipment; see and hear with sufficient acuity to successfully perform all aspects of the job; perform simple grasping and fine hand manipulation; use telephone and write and/or use keyboard to communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and assigned functional area of responsibility activities; analyze, interpret and evaluate technical  reports and special projects; know laws, regulations, codes and operational procedures;  problem solve operational issues related to assigned functional area of responsibility;  understand, interpret and explain applicable ordinances and statutes and policies and procedures; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps.
  • Compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and economic information of a difficult and complex nature; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; read and interpret applicable laws and regulations.
  • Interpret, explain and apply a wide variety of Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Interpret and explain complex planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Coordinate multiple projects and meet required deadlines; problem solve complex planning issues; negotiate and develop contracts and agreements.
  • Analyze and compile complex technical and statistical information and prepare appropriate reports.
  • Plan, supervise, train and evaluate the work activities of supervisory and/or professional, technical and clerical staff; act as a positive and effective team member.
  • Obtain information through interview and dialogue, and deal fairly and courteously with the public; work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Conclusion

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jenny Junkins, Administrative Technician, at jjunkins@placer.ca.gov or (530) 886-4661.


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