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Assistant/Associate Planner

City of East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto, CA
United States
Assistant Planner: $79,361—$94,464 Associate Planner: $84,550—$102,771

The City of East Palo Alto seeks an Assistant/Associate Planner to join our team under administrative direction of the Community & Economic Development Department to help pioneer and manage future development while maintaining compatibility with community expectations.


We are the “City on the Move” with a goal to foster a healthy, well designed, diverse and thriving environment, while preserving the heritage of a multi-cultural community. East Palo Alto has significant potential for growth due to its central location, and updated General Plan. The City is in process of updating the Ravenswood Specific Plan, a designated priority development area, in response to recent demand for development and represents exciting planning opportunities. The position is expected to perform professional work in the field of current and/or comprehensive planning; and to provide information and assistance to developers, and the business community on land use planning, housing, and development related matters. This recruitment is to fill one regular, full-time position in the classification of Assistant or Associate Planner in the Planning Division.

We are currently hiring for a Planner (Assistant or Associate level), to join our Planning Division in our mission of serving the Community. The level at which an individual is hired will be dependent on the applicant's qualifications and work experience.



Assistant Planner:  $79,361—$94,464

Associate Planner: $84,550—$102,771

Assistant Planner:  This is the first experienced-level class in the professional planning series.  Initially under general supervision, incumbents with basic planning experience perform professional and technical planning work in current, advance, and/or environmental planning activities.  As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.  Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Associate level but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.  Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern.  Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise.


Associate Planner:  This is the full journey-level class in the professional planning series.  Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical planning work in all of the following areas: current, advance, and/or environmental planning activities and daily departmental operations, in addition to providing project management and administration.  Positions at this level are distinguished from the Assistant level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative.  Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.  This class is distinguished from the Senior Planner in that the latter is the advanced journey-level class in the series and is responsible for organizing, assigning, and reviewing the work of departmental and/or contract staff involved in a major area of the Planning Division, in addition to performing the more complex planning and project management activities.


Positions in the professional planner class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Associate level are normally filled by advancement from the Assistant level requiring two (2) years of experience at the Assistant-level and after gaining the knowledge, skill, experience, licenses, and certifications which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class. 

Minimum Qualifications

Assistant and Associate Planner: Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Public Administration, Business Management or a closely related field.

Assistant Planner: One (1) year of full-time professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities.

Associate Planner: Three (3) years of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities, or two (2) years of experience as Assistant Planner at the City of East Palo Alto.

Possession of a master’s degree in City Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field is desirable, and will substitute one-year of professional experience.


Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record, at the time of appointment.

Published on:
May 21, 2021 - 4:36pm
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