Associate Planner (Applications reviewed on a weekly basis until filled)

  • City of San Rafael, CA
  • San Rafael, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development

Job Description

Associate Planner

$6,579 - $7,997 per month Plus excellent benefits

OPEN UNTIL FILLED: Applications reviewed on a weekly basis until filled


The City of San Rafael Community Development Department is seeking a full-time Associate Planner. The incumbent in this position, will independently perform the full scope of duties required and is responsible for administration of a specific project or program. Performs a variety of professional planning duties to develop, and maintain, the City's General Plan, and to administer the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

This position performs the following essential job duties:
  • Responds to inquiries from the public by providing information regarding the General Plan, the Zoning and Subdivisions Ordinances and statistical data.
  • Receives and reviews land use permits, design review applications, zoning and General Plan amendments for conformance with the General Plan, Zoning, and Subdivision Ordinances and other requirements; and prepares staff reports recommending appropriate action.
  • Conducts environmental review including preparation of initial studies and negative declarations, technical and administrative support on the preparation of Environmental Impact Reports and staff reports on all phases of environmental review.
  • Performs detailed planning studies, research and analysis to support development of long-range policies and plans, as well as implementation ordinances for the City's growth and development.
  • Prepares and analyzes various professional planning studies including, but not limited to, demographics, traffic and historic resources.
  • Prepares General Plan elements such as the Housing Element by drafting and finalizing plan documents; researching materials and making presentations to committees, the Planning Commission and the City Council.
  • Prepares reports and studies and represents the department before the public, other agencies, and developer representatives.
  • Attends and participates in meetings of the Design Review Board, Planning Commission, City Council, special committees and neighborhood groups.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

To be eligible for this position, you must have knowledge of:
  • Basic principles and practices of planning for community development and of the methods used in the implementation of such plans.
  • Current trends in federal, state, and local planning.
  • Socioeconomic and physical resource aspects of planning, zoning, and planning administration.
  • Principles and practices of planning for community development and of the methods used in the implementation of such plans.

To be eligible for this position, you must have the ability to:
  • Collect, tabulate, and interpret data pertaining to planning and zoning.
  • Interpret a wide variety of maps, graphic illustrations, detailed drawings, and land use data and legal descriptions.
  • Prepare and present effective written reports and verbal presentations.
  • Deal effectively with the public and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures.
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy.
  • Maintain accurate records and document actions taken.
  • Organize and prioritize work assignments.
  • Research regulations, procedures and/or technical reference material.
  • Prepare and analyze various professional planning studies.
  • Make presentations to committees, the Planning Commission and the City Council.
  • Represent the Community Development Department before the public, other agencies and developer representatives.
  • Work independently in processing and presenting actions to policy bodies.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, urban studies, geography or related field AND
  • Three (3) years of full-time work experience at the Assistant Planner level in municipal or regional planning.
  • Any combination of education, experience, and training which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities may substitute for the education (degree) on a year-for-year basis.
  • A Master's degree in planning or a related field ay substitute for one (1) year of the required work experience.

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10-25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 25-50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.


City of San Rafael application is required . Resumes do not substitute for the City application. Candidates should detail related education and experience on the application. The examination process may include the following application appraisal and oral board interview examination. The passing point for the oral board examination final score will be 70%. Note: Prior to appointment, candidate must pass a pre-employment physical, background check, driving record, drug screen, and fingerprinting. To file an application, go to: Select "Member Agencies". Select "San Rafael". Follow this link to submit your application:

For more information about the City of San Rafael, please visit

Reasonable Accommodation : The City of San Rafael will make reasonable accommodations in the exam process to accommodate disabled applicants. If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (415) 485-3474 before the test date. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Such accommodations must be requested by the applicant.

Job PDF:

Associate Planner Job Announcement.pdf


The City of San Rafael offers an attractive compensation and benefits program. The salary range for this position is $78,948 - $95,964 Annually DOQ/DOE and a competitive benefits program including:
  • Retirement:The City is a part of the Marin County Employee Retirement Association (MCERA) plan, which offers reciprocity between agencies in CalPERS (this is part of the 37 Act County System);
    • Classic Employees - 2% @ at 55 formula, single highest year of compensation;
    • PEPRA employees- hired after 1/1/13 or with 6-month break in service are eligible for a 2% at 62 formula, highest 3-year average compensation.
  • Health Insurance:Full flex cafeteria plan which can be applied to a health plan or converted to cash (Employee Only - $757.96; Employee+1 - $1,433.74; Employee+Family - $1,571.09; Waive Coverage $300.00)
  • Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance:$5,000 basic and long-term disability is two-thirds of the salary up to $1,000 per month
  • Dental Insurance:Fully paid premiums
  • Vision Insurance:Fully paid employee premium
  • Deferred Comp: Participation is voluntary. City contributes 1%.
  • Annual Leave:Vacation 10 days (1-3 years of service/6.25 hours earned per month); 12 days per year; 11 holidays, 2 days personal leave per fiscal year and 2 floating holidays
  • Bilingual Pay: Eligible to receive $150 per month for certified fluency.
  • And more......

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