Planner II / III
SALARY: $38.92 - $53.54 Hourly $3,113.60 - $4,283.20 Biweekly $6,746.13 - $9,280.27 Monthly $80,953.60 - $111,363.20 Annually.
OPENING DATE: 09/14/18
CLOSING DATE: 09/28/18
JOB TYPE: Full Time
COUNTY OF NAPA AS AN EMPLOYER
The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.
As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.
THE POSITION This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. This vacancy may be filled at the II or III level, depending on the qualifications of the applicant pool. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term and extra help vacancies for up to one year.
The Planner II/III is a flexibly staffed job series performing a full range of professional planning activities within the Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department. The difference in Planner levels (II/III) depends on the complexity of the assignments and degree of independent judgment and responsibility required. The Planner II is the journey level of the series and works under general supervision. The Planner II position will be performing more difficult, varied and complex professional planning assignments. As experience, knowledge, skills and abilities are acquired, and increased proficiency consistently demonstrated, an incumbent may be promoted to a Planner III when there is an associated need. The Planner III is the advanced journey level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Planner II level by the successful completion, on a regular and continuing basis, of the more complex planning assignments. This position is expected to perform the full range of planning duties with a significant degree of independent judgment and responsibility.
The Planning Division of Napa County is looking for an energetic, dynamic and eager individual to join a team of 14 experienced and accomplished Planners. The County is looking for a planner with a demonstrated ability to adapt/respond to challenging work in an environment with multiple priorities. Working within a team, timely completing assigned tasks, and managing projects with minimal oversight are desirable skills.
There is one current vacancy within the Planning Division of the Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department. The position will primarily focus on current planning, particularly environmental review and permit processing with regards to new and expanding wineries, as well as other planning applications. The position may focus on conducting environmental review and impact analysis on new hillside vineyard projects.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Planner II: Investigates issues involving planning problems/opportunities, legal and public relation concerns and prepares detailed presentations of findings and recommendations; conducts field investigations to verify compliance with County regulations and planning related citizen complaints; prepares and presents agenda items for the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Wildlife Conservation Commission, Board of Supervisors and other advisory committees and public agencies, including environmental documents in support of agenda items; prepares reports and recommendations on a variety of planning and land use applications, such as zoning changes, use permits, vineyard development/erosion control plans, parcel maps, tentative subdivision maps, general and specific plan amendments; oversees the County's street name and house numbering system; conducts comparative studies of land use, population characteristics and economic activity; assists other staff in completing complex assignments, either individually or as member of a team; assists in public meeting coordination and facilitation related to specific projects as well as countywide planning issues and community policy development; issues citations for code and zoning violations; coordinates with legal counsel staff to prepare for enforcement hearings, litigation proceedings or other means of violation resolution; provides technical information to the public, developers, builders and property owners regarding permit processing, environmental review and zoning requirements; maintains Parcel Map Books and updates zoning changes authorized through adopted ordinances and resolutions; utilizes GIS software to identify the geography and natural resources associated with proposed development areas; prepares maps for general public and other County Departments/Agencies to visualize potential impacts of proposed individual and small developments; performs other related duties as assigned.
Planner III: Prepares draft planning related ordinances, Department policies; general plan reports and policy recommendations; prepares findings and recommendations for action on petitions for zoning changes and specific and/or general plan amendments; conducts research, compiles and analyzes potential project environmental/ecological and economic aspects of varying degree of complexity: prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of negative declarations (ND), mitigated negative declarations (MND) or Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for new vineyard projects, winery proposals, and other use permit applications; prepares and presents agenda items to the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Wildlife Conservation Commission, Board of Supervisors and other advisory committees and public agencies, including environmental documents in support of agenda items; provides training to less experienced staff; recommends alternate enforcement actions to complex zoning compliance issues; serves as the subject matter resource for Departmental Personnel regarding code enforcement policy, procedures and processes; reviews and identifies impact of proposed zoning ordinances and resolutions; represents the Department as needed at meetings, commissions, committees, boards and public hearings; provides technical information and policy interpretation regarding zoning ordinances, legislation and regulations the public, contractors and other County staff; utilizes GIS and graphic software to conduct analysis and produce mapping of potential environmental impacts of proposed large or complex development activities; provide oversight of vendors/consultants performing mapping and other related services for the County; and, ensures all resource data and GIS data layers are updated with current information relative to planning matters and management of the County's natural resources.
KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, practices and theories of land use planning General Plan development and implementation Environmental laws and policies State planning, map and zoning laws and their application California Subdivision Map Act California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) California Planning Act and other state or federal legal requirements related to general land use planning State and local zoning ordinances and regulation guidelines SKILL TO: Compile and analyze technical and statistical information and data. Apply applicable State and County laws and regulations to land use permit requests and planning projects. Collect, analyze, interpret and apply data summary information to assigned planning projects. Analyze planning and land use situations accurately, make recommendations and take effective action to resolve potential conflict. Prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete records and reports. Carry out assigned tasks and meet specific deadlines. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Investigate multiple inquires and complaints and conduct multiple field inspections. Utilize mapping software to produce visual representation of various GIS data layers to get a precise picture of the geography of identified land use projects. Prepare reports for use in determining potential environmental impacts of proposed development projects. Analyze environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents, studies, findings and recommendations for various development projects including minor zoning amendments and related planning documents. Collect, analyze, tabulate and present land use, economic and other data summaries necessary to complete required work assignments. Make effective presentations to Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other public and private agency meetings. Prepare amendments to the General Plan and specific plans as needed. Independently perform routine investigations and inspections regarding possible or known code violations. Prepare evidence and files for enforcement cases including testimony in court as necessary. Use analytical software (GIS and others) to provide accurate projections of selected areas to identify sensitive resources, potential erosion, soil characteristics and slope stability to ensure proposed developments are planned for accordingly.
ABILITY TO: Work cooperatively with the public, other departments and outside agencies. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others on staff.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A desirable combination is: Experience Two years professional experience in the planning field. Education Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in city, regional, land use or environmental planning, or related field. License or Certificate Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
KNOWLEDGE OF: General principles, practices and theories of land use planning, general plan development, zoning ordinance development, local regulations and code compliance and monitoring mechanisms. Procedural requirements of the California State Planning Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Subdivision Map Act and other state and federal regulations that directly related to rural and urban planning. Principles of leadership, supervision and employee training. Knowledge of the specific technology and software used in assigned Unit and those systems and data used throughout the Department. Technical reports related to the assessment of archeological, biological, aquatic and other natural resources.
SKILL TO: Manage numerous projects simultaneously to meet multiple deadlines. Plan workloads, schedule assignments, prioritize tasks, and assign projects; train other planning employees. Prepare amendments to General Plan, specific plans or required elements thereof for assigned complex projects, which are difficult or high priority. Analyze potential environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents required for complex or large development or research projects, general plan amendments, zoning and ordinance revisions. Coordinate consolidated efforts with other County departments and land use agencies to ensure soil erosion, water supply, sensitive habitats/resources, historical preserves and the public interest are represented when large, complex or controversial developmental plans are reviewed, approved and implemented. Analyze environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents, studies, findings and recommendations for various development projects including minor zoning amendments and related planning documents. Collect, analyze, tabulate and present land use, economic and other data summaries necessary to complete required work assignments. Make effective presentations to Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other public and private agency meetings. Independently perform routine investigations and inspections regarding possible or known code violations. Prepare evidence and files for enforcement cases including testimony in court as necessary. Use analytical software (GIS and others) to provide accurate projections of selected areas to identify sensitive resources, potential erosion, soil characteristics and slope stability to ensure proposed developments are planned for accordingly.
ABILITY TO: Carry out assigned tasks and meet specific deadlines. Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing. Work cooperatively with the public, other departments and outside agencies. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, other departments and agencies, the private sector and the public. Use persuasion and diplomacy to achieve consensus and cooperation, especially on difficult or divisive issues. Exercise initiative, ingenuity and good judgment in decision-making and in solving problems, including problem of a sensitive or political nature. Work independently in the absence of close supervision. Adapt quickly and appropriately to a variety of situations and personalities. Communicate tactfully in stressful situations when dealing with individuals holding differing opinions and viewpoints. Make appropriate decisions when faced with time constraints and limited information.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Experience: Three years of responsible professional experience in the planning field or related field. (A Master's degree in planning or related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban, regional, land use or environmental planning or related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for two years of the required college education on a year-for-year basis.)
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Active membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred. ADA Accommodation Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.