Associate Planner

City of Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$42.76 - $51.98/hr (Steps 1 - 5)

This position is responsible for performing and overseeing current and advanced planning activities pertaining to the City’s General Plan, Housing Element, Specific Plans, Master Plans, and Zoning Code. This position works independently to conduct studies, perform analyses, and make recommendations on complex General Plan, zoning, land, redevelopment, economic development, and environmental issues.


  • Prepares and/or manages the preparation of complex environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Supervises, trains, mentors, and directs the technical work of lower-level planning employees
  • Manages and oversees complex planning projects, such as long-range planning strategies and Master Plan amendments; conducts studies and analyses; performs field work and site surveys; ensures compliance with the General Plan, Unified Development Code, and Federal, State, and local laws; identifies issues and recommends solutions; implements approved plans; administers consultant contracts; prepares budget decision packets
  • Facilitates and leads discussions with City staff, developers, property owners, and members of the public to address planning issues and identify solutions
  • Provides information and assistance to City staff, developers, property owners, and members of the public regarding planning laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; assists with and resolves the more complex and sensitive planning issues at the public counter and on the phone
  • Prepares staff reports and makes presentations to community groups, the Planning Commission, and City Council on planning-related issues
  • Establishes strong working relationships with City employees, developers, outside agencies, and members of the public


  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban studies, geography, or a related field
  • Master’s degree is desirable
  • Three years of planning experience in the public or private sector, including experience managing complex planning projects
  • Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary will be considered
  • Valid American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license may be required


  • Strong understanding of the laws, regulation, principles, and practices of government planning and the ability to apply it to General Plan, zoning, land, redevelopment, economic development, and environmental issues
  • Strong understanding of the Subdivision Map Act, Planning and Zoning Law, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to make clear presentations regarding complex planning issues in a way that represents a positive City image to the public and the development community
  • Strong written communication skills and the ability to write clear, concise, detailed correspondence and reports representing a thorough analysis of planning principles
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to review and evaluate complex planning, zoning, and development plans
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills and the ability to identify solutions and make sound recommendations for complex planning issues
  • Strong teamwork skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize workload, coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, and consistently meet time-sensitive deadlines
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to evaluate planning needs, make sound decisions, manage resources, implement directives, and meet critical deadlines
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to interact with people in a tactful, professional, and helpful manner
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to conduct oneself in a professional and ethic manner
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to supervise, mentor, and train employees; establish employee goals and priorities; evaluate and provide constructive feedback on employee performance; and quickly and effectively address and resolve poor performance issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, developers, outside agencies, and members of the public
  • Strong mathematical skills and the ability to read figures quickly and accurately and solve mathematical calculations
  • The ability to drag, push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds

An online completed City application form is required to apply for this position.  All employment information must be provided on the application.  Providing a resume is not a substitute for completing this section of the application.  Applications left incomplete, or with a reference to attachments may be rejected.  The selection process will include one or more of the following: written exam, technical knowledge assessment, writing skill assessment, and/or oral interviews. Applicants that meet minimum qualifications and are selected for interviews will be required to disclose information regarding criminal convictions.  If you require special accommodations to participate in the application/selection process, please notify Human Resources for assistance. 
All offers of regular employment with the City of Santa Clarita are made contingent upon receipt of proof of legal right to work in the United States, successful completion of a post-offer pre-employment physical, which may include a drug screen and Department of Justice fingerprinting.  Criminal offender information will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The City uses the E-Verify program to electronically confirm work authorization of newly hired employees. All new employees are required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull-Notice Program.  This program authorizes the City to receive a driver record report upon enrollment and during employment. Only degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will be accepted. 
Compensation includes enrollment in California Public Employees’ Retirement System as a replacement for Social Security plus a competitive benefits package.  All appointments are made at step 1 of the salary range unless otherwise authorized by the City Manager.
For more information and to apply online please visit  
The City of Santa Clarita is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Published on:
July 9, 2019 - 11:39am
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