• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Jun 28, 2021
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $62,240.88 - $92,061.84 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is hiring! We have immediate vacancies in a key position within the organization. Come join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together - they're counting on us.

We are accepting applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Planner. There are currently two (2) vacancies that the City is looking to fill immediately. The Assistant/Associate Planner performs responsible professional planning work involving land use planning, environmental analysis, and/or historic preservation. In addition, the position performs planning work with design review, public policy and ordinance development, economic development, green technology in economic development, and CDBG/HOME program implementation or other related areas.

Assistant Planner: This is the class in the professional planning series approaching the journey level. Under general supervision, work involves the responsibility for assignments that require the application of fundamental planning principles requiring prior planning experience, or project management experience in development permit application review and processing, perform long range planning for policy and ordinance development for general plan, community plans and local coastal program, implement housing and community development, and economic development depending on assignment. Assignments are generally moderately difficult in scope, but within the design and procedural framework established by higher-level employees, however, as experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence.

Associate Planner: This is the journey level class in the professional planning series. Work is performed with minimal supervision and a high degree of independence. Work involves a wide variety of assignments of increasing difficulty and complexity in professional planning, project management or program development requiring the application of professional knowledge and skills to various municipal planning, zoning, economic development, and environmental issues, depending on assigned area. Responsibilities include the preparation of specific reports and plans with opportunity for independent judgment in planning work, analysis of municipal code and general plan policies and making technical determinations. Positions in the class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the lower class of Assistant Planner, but may be filled at the Associate level depending upon the needs of the City and the qualifications of the incumbent.

The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated technical expertise in development review with a background in current planning, historic preservation, urban design, housing, or economic development. This person is results oriented with a proven track record to reach solutions while understand the importance of excellent customer service. The ideal candidate will understand how to facilitate projects, negotiate agreements, and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse interests. The selected person will be a team player with passion and interest in community development, economic vitality, and sustainability.

Classes in this series are flexibly staffed, and incumbents may advance to the higher-level class after demonstrating proficiency and meeting the qualifications for that classification.


The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.

This recruitment is open until filled. The first review of application is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2021.

To be considered for this career opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire. For initial consideration, please submit your application and supplemental questionnaire by the first review date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at or by selecting here Assistant Planner / Associate Planner .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources at .

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in City Planning, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Economics or closely related field, and depending on assignment, qualifying experience as described below, in the following areas: land use planning, economic development, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, general plan policy and ordinance development, green technology in economic development, or CDBG/HOME programs.

Assistant Planner : One year of responsible professional planning experience or project management experience in assigned area.

Associate Planner : Three years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience or project management and program development experience in assigned area. A related master's degree is highly desirable. Prior experience in historic preservation, urban design, and working with community councils and advisory boards is highly desirable.

Certificates: AICP certification is desirable.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method to submit your application is online at . If you are unable to submit an online application, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours or emailing Paper applications and answers to the supplemental questionnaire can be Faxed to (805) 648-4467 or mailed to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93001. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents via mail.

It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

Application Filing Deadline :

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis. The first review of applications will take place on Friday, February 26, 2021. For initial consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before this date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

Department Selection Interview :

A select number of candidates will be invited to a qualifying panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position. Selected candidates will be notified of specifics at any time after the first review date. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the panel interview process is completed.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

501 Poli Street, Ventura, California United States View Map