Assistant/Associate Planner

Recruitment #18-S18-001


Are you a planning professional with proven experience in Development Review?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Planner vacancy on the collaborative Planning team in the Community Development Department.  To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online by the 6/9/2019 filing deadline!

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Under direction, performs responsible professional planning work involving land use planning, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, public policy and ordinance development, economic development, green technology in economic development, CDBG/HOME program implementation or related areas.

The job classification is flexibly-staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the city.  An eligibility list is being established to fill the Planning Division vacancy in the Community Development Department, as well as future full-time, part-time or temporary vacancies. 


  • Has proven technical expertise in development review
  • Has a strong background ground in current planning, historic preservation, urban design, housing or economic development 
  • Understands form-based coding, and has familiarity with the principles of urbanism, smart growth and traditional neighborhood design
  • Is results oriented with a proven track record to reach solutions 
  • Has exemplary customer service skills
  • Understands how to facilitate projects, negotiate agreements, and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse interests
  • Thrives in fast-paced environment while juggling several projects with overlapping deadlines  
  • Is a team player with passion and interest in community development, economic vitality and sustainability
  • Has a strong knowledge of computer software applications such as: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, and ArcView GIS
  • Is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)


Depending on area of assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

May be assigned to a particular planning function such as land use planning, environmental analysis, design review, general plan policy and ordinance development, CDBG/HOME program implementation, and economic development, green technology in economic development, or related areas.

Studies selected aspects of proposed legislation and provides advice regarding its possible effect on long range planning and community development programs. Prepares documents for publications; addresses interested groups, and makes oral presentations.

Reviews building plans, subdivision maps, lot line adjustments, and development proposals for conformance with regulations, City's General Plan and Local Coastal Program, zoning and subdivision ordinances, and applies Smart Growth and strong urban design principles to development projects.

Prepares statistical and narrative reports and recommendations on development proposals in connection with hearings held by the Historic Preservation Committee, the Design Review Committee, Planning Commission and City Council, amendments to the General Plan or Local Coastal Program, and prepares new or revised zoning ordinance regulations, and new economic development programs and projects.

May prepare grant applications; performs other related duties as required.

Compiles and analyzes data and makes recommendations on the formulation of policies and procedures; confers with and makes presentations to members of the public to explain policies and programs; compiles materials and assists in the preparation of reports, manuals and publications.

Accepts planning applications at the counter and verifies information as complete and accurate; schedules projects for review; assists the public by providing information related to programs, processes, codes, and project plans verbally and in writing.

Responds to public, applicant, and developer inquiries and complaints; explains and interprets planning policies, zoning and development regulations and procedures, and economic development policies and procedures.

Makes oral presentations to City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, and other City-appointed boards and committees. Conducts neighborhood meetings and other public participation programs to provide information and mediate and resolve residents' concerns.

Researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, demographic, and land use trends in the preparation of long range planning, zoning, economic development, and other research studies. Identifies and coordinates activities, projects and programs with various departments, public agencies, private businesses, groups, and individuals. May represent the department at conferences and meetings.

Assists in evaluating feasibility and implementation of sustainable economic development programs relative to promoting green business practices, championing green infrastructure projects, and the incubation, expansion, retention and attraction of green jobs and businesses.

Performs other related work as required.


Licenses: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificates: AICP certification is desirable.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in City Planning, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Economics or closely related field, and depending on assignment, qualifying experience as described below, in the following areas: land use planning, economic development, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, general plan policy and ordinance development, green technology in economic development,  or CDBG/HOME programs.

Assistant Planner: One year of responsible professional planning experience or project management experience in assigned area.

Associate Planner: Three years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience or project management and program development experience in assigned area. A related master's degree is highly desirable. Prior experience in historic preservation, urban design, and working with community councils and advisory boards is highly desirable.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for course taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application, cover letter and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in July 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: