Associate Planner

City of Poway


$70,824.00 - $86,091.20 Annually


The City of Poway organization is known for its professionalism and excellent customer service provided by talented and top notch employees. Staff members in the Planning Division of the Development Services Department administer and implement the City's land use and zoning functions, process discretionary land use applications, and assure compliance with conditions of approval through various reviews and inspections. This division also ensures compliance with the Poway Municipal Code, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other state and federal regulations.


If you are interested in public service and joining a team of passionate, creative and enthusiastic employees in the City of Poway's Development Services Department, then we encourage you to apply for this position.


Performs various professional field and office planning work related to current and advanced planning, including review of development and land use applications, zoning, geographical maps, site plans, and environmental documents; provides project management and administration; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides staff assistance to the City Planner, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports. Ensures the implementation of projects complies with project approvals.


Receives direct and general supervision from the City Planner or assigned supervisor.  Exercises no direct supervision over staff, only interns.  May provide technical and function direction to lower-level staff.


Key Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Reviews routine to complex commercial, industrial, and residential development proposals, plans, and applications for issuance of zoning clearance; reviews for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies.
  • Reviews permit applications and building plans for completeness and compliance with current City codes and regulations; provides interpretations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and local environmental guidelines; identifies corrective actions to be taken by owners; recommends improvement and rehabilitation programs; conducts follow-up and recheck and approves or denies submittals.
  • Serves as project manager for routine application projects, including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review, making recommendations, ensuring plans and applications receive appropriate signatures, and coordinating in-house review with contractors.
  • Compiles information for a variety of studies and reports; researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends; develops recommendations and prepares written reports on various planning matters and the City's General Plan.
  • Prepare environmental documents including Mitigated Negative Declarations, Negative Declarations, Categorical Exemptions, Mitigation Monitoring Reports, EIR, Notices of Exemptions, Notices of Preparation, Notices of Determination.
  • Researches, collects, records, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes statistical and demographic information; prepares spreadsheets and establishes and maintains a comprehensive database.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports for the City Council, various committees, and advisory boards as directed; prepares research, reports, maps, and conducts briefings.
  • Acts as department liaison during meetings with prospective residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications; coordinates intra and inter departmental review to allow for a comprehensive and efficient review of applications.
  • Confers with and advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards; provides and clarifies information relative to zoning, general plan compliance, signage, and other issues.
  • Answers questions and provides information to the public; conducts neighborhood meetings and public workshops and events.
  • Receives and records zoning and code compliance complaints, establishes appropriate files, performs inspections to document violations, coordinates actions as needed with those of other agencies, and implements appropriate procedures to correct or resolve each violation.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and various trainings sessions to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Oversee the work of consultants and draft requests for proposals or qualifications.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with stakeholders to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Prepares graphics and research documents related to planning.
  • Assists in implementing City Council's annual goals and General Plan objectives.
  • Assists in the preparation of grant applications and manages grants awarded.
  • May provide technical direction and training to other planning and technical staff.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Three years of recent increasingly responsible related professional planning experience. Municipal planning experience is preferred.



A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (i.e., minimum completed California units = 120 semester/180 quarter) from an accredited educational institution with major coursework in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • A valid class C driver's license or the ability to arrange alternate and timely means of transportation in the performance of assigned duties.


Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points; to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.


Environmental Elements 

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


Examination Process

A completed NeoGov application, including supplemental questions, must be submitted through NeoGov for consideration by the application deadline. Application materials will not be accepted separate from NeoGov or after the deadline.




Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training, education, experience and writing skills as presented in the application, cover letter and resume. The process may include interviews and/or performance tests. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligibility list established, which will be in effect for a period of up to six months. A background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting and a verification of a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles are required. All appointments are also subject to the successful completion of a pre-placement physical examination that includes a drug screening. Applicants will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. The City of Poway participates in E-Verify. All employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California Constitution at time of hire.

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