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Posted: 09/09/2011


THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE A Great Place to Live, Work and Play

JOB CODE 79661
Professional Opportunity
$8,754-11,174/month (Merit based pay to $12,850)* + Excellent Benefits.

*Appointment may be made at any step contingent upon qualifications of successful candidate. This position is eligible to receive merit based pay of up to 15% above the salary range based on documented outstanding performance and at the discretion of the City Manager.


A Great Place to Live, Work and Play



Job Code 79661

Applications will be accepted

until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 2, 2011


There is one current opening in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Under general supervision, to supervise and perform advanced professional planning work; and to perform related work as required. This position is designated as Non-Classified and is exempt from classified service. The incumbent shall be appointed "at-will" and serve at the pleasure of the City Manager. Under general direction of the Community Development Director, to plan, direct, and review the planning, zoning, and plan review activities for the City; to provide professional and technical staff assistance; and to do related work as required.


Typical duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Direct and participate in the development and implementation of the Department's goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

Plan, direct, and review current and future planning activities.

Plan, direct, and review plan review activities.

Direct research and the compilation of a large variety of comprehensive reports for use by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Provide technical advice to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, other boards and commissions, and other department heads and civic groups in matters involving planning, zoning, and municipal physical improvements.

Supervise and provide the resolution of difficult planning, zoning, environmental and administrative policy questions.

Review existing zoning, subdivision, and environmental provisions and recommend revisions to conform with community characteristics and needs.

Confer and coordinate with division leadership to review current and proposed projects, work schedules, organization and personnel issues.

Develop general procedures for control of division activities.

Direct and participate in the preparation and administration of the departmental budget.

Coordinate division activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate professional, para-professional, technical and administrative support staff.


Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning or related field considered useful in City planning, preferably supplemented by a Master's Degree in Planning or a related field considered to be useful in City planning.

Experience: Ten years of professional and responsible experience in municipal planning, including five years in a supervisory capacity.

Desired qualifications:

Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is highly desirable.

Working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

Principles and accepted practices of municipal planning.

Principles and practices of strategic management and planning.

Recent developments, current literature, and informational sources in the field of planning and zoning.

Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development.

State of California laws related to general plans, environmental matters, zoning, land division and other planning related matters.

Principles of organization, management, budget and personnel management.

Basic principles of historic preservation including the Society of Interior Standards.

Personal computer operation and software applications.

Ability to:

Direct and coordinate the work of planning and technical personnel engaged in office and field work.

Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Work effectively and develop positive relationships with a diverse population and cultures.

Identify, coordinate and resolve a wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy.

Select, supervise, train and evaluate professional, para-professional, technical and administrative support staff.

Participate as a team player and collaborate with other departments and agencies.

Operate a personal computer and relevant software programs.

Generate new and creative ideas as a result of visionary and strategic thinking.

Complete a general plan review on time and on budget.

Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on an eligibility list which will remain in effect for six (6) months. Candidates will be screened further, and those meeting additional highly desirable qualifications may be invited to compete in a written, performance and/or oral exam. Qualified candidates will be certified for a selection interview. The final candidate(s) will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check, verification of work experience, and submit an official copy of educational transcripts verifying obtained degrees or certificates as indicated on the employment application. The appointed candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination and drug test.

The City of Riverside does not reimburse candidates for any expenses incurred as a result of this recruitment.

For a complete job description and

to fill out a required on-line application,

please visit:


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How to apply
For a complete job description and to fill out a required on-line application, please visit: www.riversideca.gov/human

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