Planning Manager (Principal Planner)
Company: City of Pico Rivera
Location: Pico Rivera
Posted on: July 27, 2022
PLANNING MANAGER (PRINCIPAL PLANNER)
(Final Filing Date Updated)
The City of Pico Rivera's vision and values are to safeguard the
public's trust through open and transparent business practices that
consistently maintain our credibility of strong ethical stewardship
of all resources. We strive to provide responsive and consistent
customer service to the community and our employees; who we trust
to always own the problem and solution of all our business
challenges. We recognize that we must engage our workforce in
productive and respectful dialogue as our success internally hinges
on the dynamic and interdependent partnerships within; thus
improving our chances of external success.
The goal is to positively impact our community by optimizing and
engaging our workforce to improve the human experience and quality
of life in the City of Pico Rivera. The City is committed to
forging a model of 21st Century government to better serve the
community and its employees. This involves designing an
organizational framework that makes maximum use of the City's
Department of Community and Economic Development and by
establishing systems of communication that help the organization
operate in a unified manner.
The Community and Economic Development Department is comprised of
the Economic Development, Planning, Building and Safety, Housing,
Emergency Services, Code and Parking Enforcement Divisions. The
Economic Development Division strives to provide retail
opportunities, create diverse job opportunities, and assists in the
fiscal stability of the City. The Planning Division is responsible
for reviewing proposed development for compliance with the City's
Zoning Ordinance and General Plan and planning long range
strategies. The Building and Safety Division ensures safe
construction practices are followed according to federal, state,
County and local standards. The Housing Division includes the
federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program and
administration of the Community Development Block Grant. The
Emergency Services Division staff ensures proper Emergency
Operation Center training and that the City is prepared for natural
or man-made disasters. The Code Enforcement Division is responsible
for enforcing the municipal codes that relate to residential and
business property maintenance standards. The Parking Enforcement
Division enforces all parking laws in the California Vehicle Code
and Municipal Code.
The Planning Manager (classified as a Principal Planner with the
working title of Planning Manager) leads, supervises, plans, and
coordinates in the Current and Long-range/Strategic Planning
activities of the Planning Division. The Planning Manager performs
complex, advanced, high-level professional planning and supervisory
work. The Planning Manager provides lead direction and technical
training for assigned Planners. This position is responsible for
writing and managing current and citywide long-range planning
efforts including municipal code updates, policy planning,
processing of entitlements, design guidelines, General Plan,
Specific Plans, grants, interdepartmental and regional planning
partnerships, community engagement, managing consultants and other
special planning projects and collaborative assignments.
Assignments will be broad in scope and require the use of
considerable independent judgment in making technical decisions and
guiding work to completion. The ideal candidate possesses extensive
professional planning experience, technical knowledge, has the
ability to multi-task and can work in a fast paced environment.
City Hall is open Monday through Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
Employees work a 4/10 schedule. This position could be required to
work non-traditional hours including nights, early mornings,
weekends, holidays based on special events, community meetings, and
commission meetings (schedule may change based on the needs of the
The ideal candidate will have the ability to perform the following
essential tasks and duties:
* Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and participate in the work
of staff responsible for providing day-to-day services and
activities in the areas of current and advanced planning.
* Serve as project manager for multiple complex current planning
projects, processing a variety of entitlements such as conditional
use permits, variances, tract maps, precise plan of design,
* Ensure over the counter planning permits and approvals are
processed accurately and timely.
* Serve as the City's Long Range Planner; researching and making
recommendations regarding zoning, land use, transportation,
community facilities, demographic and economic projections,
historic preservation, community appearance, community development,
neighborhood planning, revitalization and other city
* Write grants and complete projects for a variety of planning
studies including specific plans, general plan element updates,
economic development, etc.
* Negotiate, collaborate, and compromise to achieve land use and
community development objectives as necessary and consistent with
federal, state, county, and local laws.
* Prepare requests for proposals for technical consultant services;
evaluate proposals; manage and oversees technical consultants' work
products; ensure that deliverables are submitted on time and budget
and that progress and payment requests are consistent with policy
and contract provisions.
* Conduct plan check of improvement plans and maps related to
development projects, as well as building permit-level plan
submittals associated with complex projects to verify compliance
with project approvals and zoning requirements; conduct
over-the-counter plan check of less complex development proposals
and land uses; approves minor development plans.
* Evaluate technical studies, including studies related to the
National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality
Act, Subdivision Map Act and other planning related laws.
* Keep informed of current trends in planning, including
legislation, court rulings and new techniques; undertake studies
and prepare reports and recommendations on anticipated needs and
* Conduct and supervise outreach in the community; gathers data for
implementing or evaluating current and advance planning
* Attend meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, various
boards and committees; prepare and present staff reports; advise
members and citizens on matters relating to planning activities,
development, and ordinances.
* Assist in the development and administration of goals,
objectives, policies, and procedures related to the division;
drafts formalized policies and procedures with supervisory
* Participate in and oversee the development and administration of
departmental budgets; monitor revenues and expenditures; identify
and recommend resolutions for budgetary problems.
* Provide technical training and motivate assigned personnel; work
with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline as
* Foster and develop a culture of positive customer service in
working relationships with key staff, division and departmental
employees, other governmental organizations, and with external
services such as consultants, citizens, legal counsel, boards, and
commissions, and City Council.
* Ensure the maintenance of accurate and complete records of
department activities and records relating to applications,
licenses, permits, maps, parcels, overlays, zoning, GIS and site
* Perform other duties as assigned.
Additionally, candidates must possess:
* An ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in
writing and conduct effective presentations to various committees,
advisory boards, and Planning Commission as directed; represent the
City in numerous public meetings.
* Supervise assigned staff.
* Review and evaluate proposed and new legislation and coordinate
the administrative regulations affecting planning and related
activities as assigned.
Theories and principles of urban planning, site planning,
architectural planning, and landscape planning principles; advanced
planning, current planning, and environmental planning principles,
concepts and trends; planning principles and land use policies;
City General Plan and California Environmental Quality Act;
customer service techniques; safety procedures and practices;
communication and public relations practices; pertinent laws and
regulations; statutory reporting requirements; time management
methods; conflict resolution methods; supervisory techniques;
leadership techniques; work organization planning methods; theories
and principles of occupational disciplines.
Proper use of a personal computer/laptop/mobile device and other
technologies; proficiency in specialized software programs
including Microsoft Office Suite; skillset necessary to create and
manage Department budget; and perform mathematical computations
Organize and prioritize multiple tasks; analyze and solve problems;
research and interpret data; interpret laws and regulations;
interpret standards and practices; assist with budget preparation;
demonstrate effective interpersonal skills; use conflict resolution
techniques; tracking and writing techniques; give effective oral
and public presentations; represent the City at functions; follow
oral and written instructions; work with minimal supervision; use
project, records and time management techniques; initiate and
complete performance evaluations; write reports; comply with
required regulations; delegate tasks and manage projects; maintain
confidentiality of non-public records; demonstrate effective
leadership skills; manage capital improvement projects; review and
interpret plans and specifications.
* Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a closely
related field; college coursework/extension classes.
* Master's Degree desired.
* Supervisory and managerial training.
* Six (6) years of related experience in Municipal Planning and
* Two (2) years of supervisory experience.
* Public contact experience and leadership experience.
* Budget/policy experience is desired.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical and mental demands described here are representative
of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the
essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is
regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by
telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard
office equipment; and reach with hands or arms. The employee
occasionally walks and stands and lifts and moves records and
documents weighing 20 pounds or less.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is
regularly required to use oral and written communication skills;
read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and
solve problems; observe and interpret data and situations; use math
and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new skills or
information; perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent
tasks; work under changing and intensive deadlines with frequent
interruptions; and interact with City officials, media, citizens
groups, employees and others encountered in the course of work.
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise
level is usually quiet. Licenses and Certifications
* Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License
throughout the course of employment. City employees are registered
with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Employee Pull Notice
* Proof of car insurance (to be eligible for mileage
* AICP designation or similar professional certification in
Veteran's credit will amount to 10 points to be added to the
interview score. Proof of honorable discharge must be submitted
with the application materials in order to be eligible for
veteran's credit. Veterans who wish to utilize this credit must
have served on a full-time basis (not reserve or auxiliary) in the
armed forces for a minimum of six months (180 days).
TESTING: Written Exam- Qualifying; Oral Interview- 100%
Candidates must pass a written examination with a minimum passing
score of 70% in order to proceed to the oral interview. Depending
on the number of successful candidates, the City may consider only
the top-ranking candidates for the oral interviews.
FINAL FILING DATE:
Recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of
applications have been received and may close without prior notice.
Selection of applicants will be on a first come, first served
basis. As employment applications are received, they will be
All application materials must be submitted online prior to the
final filing date. Based on a review of application materials, the
best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the
testing process to further evaluate their job-related experience,
education, knowledge, skills and abilities. Resumes will be
accepted in addition to, but not in lieu of, the required
application materials (such as a copy of high school diploma,
G.E.D. equivalent, and/or typing certificate, if applicable). This
is a competitive process; therefore, be thorough in your responses.
All statements made on the application are subject to verification.
False statements will be cause for disqualification, removal from
the Eligibility List, or discharge from employment.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please email Human
Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID Vaccination Requirement
To ensure the safety and well-being of our community the City of
Pico Rivera requires that all employees and interns are vaccinated
or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious
exemption and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 screening test
Upon conditional offer the selected candidate will be subject to
background and reference checks and will be required to
satisfactorily complete a post offer physical examination including
a drug screen at the City's expense.
Members in this job classification are considered at-will employees
and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The
provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or
implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be
modified or revoked without notice.
Emergency Disaster Worker
City employees are registered as an Emergency Disaster Worker and
must take an oath. In the event of a declared emergency, City
employees shall initially remain at work, or if recalled, shall
report to work after completing critical personal and family
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Pico Rivera is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religious
creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental and
physical), legally protected medical condition (genetic
characteristics), marital status, sex, gender, gender identity,
gender expression, age, military or veteran status, sexual
orientation, genetic information or any other bases protected by
federal law (including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990) state or
local law. The City of Pico Rivera does not discriminate or any
other basis protected by law, in its employment policies or
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
The City of Pico Rivera provides reasonable accommodations for
qualified individuals under ADA, considering each situation on an
individual basis. Individuals with qualified disabilities who need
reasonable accommodation during the selection process must specify
the accommodation needed, in writing, for the application and/or
interview phase. If you have questions, please contact the Human
Resources Department staff: email@example.com.
City of Pico Rivera Human Resources, 6615 Passons Blvd., Pico
Rivera CA 90660
Mid Management and Professional & Confidential Representation -
This classification is represented by City Employees Associates
(CEA) under the Pico Rivera Mid-Managers and Professional, and
Confidential Employees Association (PRPCEA). Membership
Paid Vacation - 88 hours after one year, 128 hours after 5 years,
168 hours after 10 years, and 208 hours after 20 or more years of
Management/Administrative Leave - This classification may be
eligible for 60 hours of administrative leave per fiscal year.
Sick Leave - 105 hours per year with the employee having the option
to accumulate a maximum of 800 hours or receive pay each July for
unused portion accumulated in the preceding fiscal year.
Retirement - Employees are covered under the State of California
Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) at the 2% at 60
formula for current CalPERS members and 2% at 62 for new CalPERS
members as defined by AB340 (PEPRA). Classic (current City
employees) members 2.5% at 55. New employees to CalPERS pay 6.25%
of the employees' portion to CalPERS. Current CalPERS members (Tier
II) pay 7% of employee's portion to CalPERS. PERS determines
whether an employee is a Classic or New PERS member.
The City does not contribute to Social Security.
Holidays - The City observes eleven (11) holidays.
4/10 Schedule- Monday through Thursday.
Insurance - The City offers CalPERS health benefits to all full
time employees. The City will pay 100% of the health insurance
premiums for full-time employees and their qualified dependents,
but not to exceed the Kaiser HMO premium. Employees may choose a
different CalPERS health care provider offered by the City,
however, any cost greater than the Kaiser HMO premium rate shall be
paid by the employee through payroll deductions.
* Multiple CalPERS Medical plans to choose from or Cash In-Lieu of
Benefits (amount shall be paid at 80% of the Kaiser HMO-level,
published by CalPERS for 2017).
* Dental Insurance (3 plans to choose from), at no cost to the
employee selecting HMO dental plan.
* Vision Insurance- at no cost to the employee.
* Group Life Insurance ($100,000 life insurance policy), at no cost
to the employee.
* Short Term Disability Insurance, at no cost to the employee.
* Long Term Disability Insurance, at no cost to the employee.
Pre-Tax Dependent Care and Healthcare Flexible Spending Account:
Employees may specify a dollar amount annually to be deducted from
their earnings to pay for qualifying dependent care and/or eligible
medical expenses on a pre-tax basis.
Credit Union - Credit Union membership is available.
Deferred Compensation- Empower Retirement is available for employee
The City of Pico Rivera is an equal opportunity employer and
supports workforce diversity.
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