Assistant/Associate Planner

City of San Pablo

San Pablo, CA

Experience Level: Entry Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $86,088 - $117,984

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Filing Deadline: August 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. or first 100 applications (whichever occurs first)

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The City of San Pablo is seeking two extraordinary candidates to join its Community Development Department. The Community Development Department is responsible for collaboratively planning for and reviewing the development and construction of safe, healthy, and sustainable residential, commercial and other uses that comply with the City’s policies and regulations, while striving to promote economic vitality and sustainability, and enhance the design of the City’s built environment.  The dynamic work environment will require that the Assistant or Associate Planners, depending on qualifications (DOQ), be conscientious and passionate professionals who want to work in a positive, innovative, and creative team work environment. 

About the position: In addition to the great salary and benefits, including a four-day work week the incumbent will serve as a member of the Community Development Department.  The incumbent of this position reports to the Community Development Director/Planning Manager and interfaces with and supports City employees at all levels. For additional information about the position, see the Job Description page of the City’s website.

Experience and Training: An ideal candidate must have excellent problem solving, judgement, analytical, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to deal with divergent information and, to concisely and succinctly convey decisions and information to the public and other departments and divisions.  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:  

Assistant Planner: No professional experience is required; some relevant technical experience is desirable and an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental studies or a related field.

Associate Planner: two (2) years of experience similar to an Assistant Planner with the City of San Pablo and an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental studies or a related field.


Required license and certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

Benefits:   The City provides an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, paid vacation and holidays, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS retirement pension. Please see the Benefits page of the City’s website for details. 


How to apply:   Applications, cover letter, and resume will only be accepted online at general questions, call the Human Resources Division at (510) 215-3000.  Applications must be submitted to by the date and time listed.  Applications not submitted by the posted date and time will not be considered.  The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the subsequent phases of the selection process. Meeting the minimum requirements of the position does not guarantee the advancement in any phase of the selection process. Final selection will be made from an eligibility list.

Posted July 15, 2021, 2:36 PM PDT

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