Assistant Planner

City of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Infrastructure Planning
Planning Law
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 

Who We Are
The City of Beverly Hills has a long-standing reputation for providing superior customer service to residents, businesses, and visitors. This characteristic, combined with outstanding staff in all departments, has been a hallmark of success for this high performance organization. The municipal government provides the highest quality safety services, recreational, municipal services, and physical environment.

What We Do
The Planning Division guides development of the built environment to enhance and maintain quality of life. The majority of Planning's work effort is directed to the review and processing of private development projects; providing information to residents, business owners, government and non-governmental agencies; and implementing City Council work plans. The division is also responsible for implementing city goals and objectives identified in the General Plan, including policies related to land use development, housing, conservation and preservation, among others.

What We're Looking For
The Assistant Planner is an entry level professional position who performs current and advance planning, as well as environmental analysis implementing the Municipal Code, Local Guidelines, and State Law. As an entry level professional in the Planner Series, incumbents receive considerable, direct supervision and training on new aspects of assignments and work is reviewed in progress and upon completion. Assistant Planners have acquired the skills and experience to perform planning duties of entry level difficulty. We are looking for a forward thinking, hands-on, detail-oriented individual, with superior communication and customer services skills, and a desire to build positive relationships within the overall community. The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of professionalism and exhibit proactive planning skills to enhance program administration and various initiatives for the City.

Selection Process
All submitted application materials will be reviewed. Those candidates appearing best qualified based upon application materials (including supplemental questions) will be invited to a written test for the position. The written test is tentatively scheduled for sometime in December 2018 or January 2019 (date may be subject to change). Top scoring candidates from the written test will be invited to the oral interviews thereafter.

Conviction History
As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be contacted to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City of Beverly Hills.

Disaster Service Workers
All City of Beverly Hills employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Major Duties

Assistant Planners perform entry level current and advance planning; environmental analysis implementing the Municipal Code, Local Guidelines, and State Law. As an entry level professional in the Planner Series, incumbents receive considerable, direct supervision and training on new aspects of assignments and work is reviewed in progress and upon completion. The Supervisor screens assignments for unusual or difficult problems and selects techniques and procedures to be applied on non-routine work. As incumbents become more capable, they work with a degree of independence and may be eligible for the next class in the series.

Some of the core duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Checks simple commercial, industrial, and residential development plans and provides advice regarding zone requirements at the public counter and on the telephone.
  • Reviews less complex zoning, variance, permit applications and development proposals for compliance with City codes; works with developers to bring any plans info compliance with zoning and all other laws.
  • Confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards.
  • Responds to or notifies applicants regarding information requested, status of application, explanation of the application process, and ordinance criteria.
  • Processes less complex permits for planning applications (variances, conditional use permits, rezoning requests, etc.) including issuance of public notice, preparation of staff reports, inspection of sites, and analysis and preparation of recommendations to the Planning Commission.
  • Analyzes less complex proposals for potential esthetic and environmental impacts and compliance with appropriate regulations; may prepare and present reports of recommendations to relative Commissions.
  • Evaluates and prepares graphic displays and/or photographs project sites.
  • Processes public convenience or necessary applications for liquor licenses, including holding the public hearing.
  • May prepare written reports and present oral reports on projects to Planning Commission, Architectural Commission, and Design Review Commission.

Advance Planning

  • Compiles information and makes recommendations on special studies and prepares planning reports.
  • May assist in the preparation of zoning code and General Plan amendment studies.
  • May research and draft ordinances for review.
  • May research, analyze, and interpret social, economic, population and land-use data and trends.
  • Monitors projects in adjacent jurisdictions and provide updates to Planning Commission and City Council.


  • Analyzes, develops and prepares studies regarding environmental impacts when required for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


  • Performs other related tasks as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

These qualifications are typically required. A combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be substituted).

  • A Bachelor's degree from and accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, economics, geography, public policy, or a related field.
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in a planning organization.
  • Minimum six months Internship experience may be considered (as part of professional experience).
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.



Published on:
November 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
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