Associate Planner

City of Carlsbad
Professional Area: 
Economic Planning and Development
3-5 years
Contact person: 
Human Resources
Carlsbad, CA

 The City of Carlsbad invites applications for the position of:  Associate Planner

Opening Date: 8/22/14

Closing Date: 9/19/14 5:00pm

Salary: $2,553.56 - $3,340.58 Bi-Weekly


SAVE THE DATE! Interviews are tentatively planned for October 6 & 7, 2014.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record working independently with discretion and initiative on advance planning activities in support of City Council programs and the General Plan.  He/she will present as a professional capable of driving deadlines and milestones on complex, long range planning assignments, requiring exceptional project management and prioritization skills. The Associate Planner will take projects from origination through to completion, occasionally providing presentations to business groups, neighborhood groups, other professionals, the Planning Commission and City Council. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong consensus builder amongst disparate parties such as other agencies, industries, developers and citizens.  He/she may engage with public participation in lengthy processes which requires a customer-focused orientation, as well as problem-solving and decision making abilities.  Reporting directly to a Senior Planner, the Associate Planner must be innovative and comfortable in creating standards where there are none, as is the necessity of advance planning. 

Key Responsibilities

Manage general, community and urban plans.  Manage land use and land development projects.Review and write environmental documents; prepare and coordinate processing of local, state and federal permits; review and analyze technical drawings, specifications and reports; perform site inspections and field research.
Research, review and prepare ordinances and policies; review projects and advise citizens and developers during application process to ensure compliance with City regulations; organize and participate in conducting and organizing public workshops and hearings.
Utilize GIS products/maps; perform quality control, coordinate various departments and agencies, monitor mitigation requirements for environmentally sensitive projects and perform proper documentation. Researches and creates draft resolutions, ordinances, and General Plan amendments for review; prepares legal notices and notices of decision; conducts surveys and studies to address significant development issues; reviews and processes private and public development projects and updating land management files.
Prepares and presents staff reports to Planning Commission and City Council; attends public hearings for assigned projects; processes and reviews grading improvement plans.
Handles complex projects; exercises judgment within standard, defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. 
Incorrect decisions or recommendations or failure to get results may cause delays in schedules and result in the allocation of more resources.
May attend regional committees for information and assist in communicating agency input on regional issues.


Requires a thorough understanding of:
Municipal planning principles, procedures and methods including principles of urban design, site planning and architectural design, applicable federal, state, and local planning laws, ordinances, and policies.
Sound working knowledge of California Planning Law and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is preferred.
Requires full use and application of standard principles, theories, concepts used and a basic understanding of the City’s policies and procedures.
Effective communicator, with both written and oral presentation.
Developing excellent presentation, demonstration, and writing skills.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills. Effective team player and leader of small, departmental or interdepartmental teams.

Experience & Education

The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in planning or a related field, plus a minimum of three years of related work experience.
A Masters' degree in planning, public  administration or a related field is desirable.


City of Carlsbad is an equal opportunity employer