Associate Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of South Pasadena

Position Level


Job Description

Position Overview The first review of applications will be June 18, 2024. This recruitment may close or be extended at any time after the first review without notice. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Purpose: Under the direction of the Director of Community Development, provides experienced current and advanced planning assistance to the City, exercises independent judgment on a variety of complex planning issues; performs related work as assigned. Distinguishing Characteristics: This is an intermediate-level class within the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Assistant Planner by experience and oversight responsibility in a variety of functions, and the difficulty and complexity of work performed. This class performs some analytical work and has a wider scope of responsibility. An Associate Planner reports to a department head and/or management staff and may take general direction from senior staff members. Duties & Responsibilities Essential Functions: The duties listed below are examples of the essential job duties typically performed by employees in this class. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties that are not listed below: Develops short and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed. Provides technical and professional advice; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public. Provides information on land use applications, ordinances, codes, plans, and related planning programs, services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, owners, community groups, and interested persons. Responds to local citizens inquiring about local planning, zoning, building code enforcement, regulations, and ordinances. Prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes. Conducts technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, etc. Assist in the development and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, facilities, solid waste or other plans and codes to meet the City's needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements. Evaluates land use applications and site plans for compliance with applicable local, state or federal laws. Monitors assigned land use applications through the approval steps, and prepares reports and related data as required. Provides staff support to the City Council, Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission, Design Review Board and other boards as needed and assigned. Prepares planning reports and supporting data, including recommendations on various land use proposals. Evaluates environmental information and prepares appropriate documents according to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on behalf of the City as lead agency. Prepares responses on behalf of the City as a responsible agency. Coordinates and assists in the enforcement of local ordinances and in interpreting City codes and master plans. May assist in designs for parks, streetscapes, landscapes, and other municipal projects. Updates a variety of maps. Prepares graphics and maps for a variety of reports, plans, grant applications, publications or meetings. Serves when assigned as a member of the planning task force composed of City, County or State groups in regional and sub-regional planning efforts. Prepares and writes grant application components relating to geographies, maps, plats, site plans or other planning processes. Assists in maintaining the City's planning and economic database.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in regional planning, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related field; In addition, three years of increasingly responsible municipal experience. Any equivalent combination of education and experience, additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience. Master's degree and/or AICP preferred. Knowledge of: State land use, development, and environmental law, comprehensive planning, and zoning, including their formation, adoption, and enforcement; familiarity with urban design principles and standards; planning programs and processes; working knowledge of computers and GIS applications; drafting; familiarity with today's techniques and public information and involvement. Ability to: Read architectural drawings and plans; communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing with the general public, architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, and employees; establish effective working relationships; manage multiple tasks and projects in a timely manner; use a computer, motor vehicle, calculator, phone, copy and fax machine, and various graphic design tools and software. Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. Work may entail occasional driving to various sites within and around the City. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, moderate in the field. Physical Demands: 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. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus Ability to exert light to moderate physical effort, and exert sufficient force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 25 pounds. Ability to remain in a sitting/standing position for extended periods of time. Ability to hear and speak to the general public, and City staff on the telephone and in person. Hand and eye coordination are needed to operate office equipment. Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to use keyboard and video/computer display terminal. FLSA Status Non-Exempt

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$5,945.00 - $7,226.00 Monthly; $71,340.00 - $86,712.00 Annually

Other Benefits

The City of South Pasadena provides an extensive benefits package to support its employees' well-being and financial security, including long-term disability. These benefits include: 1% base salary contribution to deferred compensation. A flexible 4/10 work schedule, with remote/hybrid work as an option. The City also closes from December 25 to January 1, and employees are paid during this time. Vacation accrues based on years of service, starting at 88 hours the first year, 96 hours, and increasing by 8 hours annually*. Employees may cash out vacation once per year, up to 80 hours.* Paid Time Off (Per Year): 96 hours of sick leave 11 paid holidays The City offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans through CalPERS for the employee and their family. The City pays a significant portion of the premiums. City paid life insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, and Long-Term Disability coverage. Retirement benefits are offered through CalPERS, with Classic members receiving a benefit of 2% @ 55 and employees paying a 7% contribution. The City does not participate in Social Security. CALPERS: Effective January 1, 2013, new members to CalPERS or an agency with CALPERS' reciprocity or who have more than a six-month break in service between employment in a CalPERS (or reciprocal) agency will be subject to the provisions of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) and will receive the 2% at 62 formula. Employees who are current members of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS' reciprocity, or who have less than a six month break in service between employment in a CalPERS (or reciprocal) agency and employment with the City will be enrolled in the 2% @ 55 benefit formula. All employees are required to pay the full employee contribution to CalPERS.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required




Job Location

Location Address

1414 Mission St.
South Pasadena, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

South Pasadena HR


[email protected]

Phone Number

(626) 403-7216