Associate Planner

$82,476 - $100,260 yearly
  • City of Hermosa Beach
  • Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
  • Nov 14, 2020
Full time Construction Design Government Transportation

Job Description

The Position

Under general direction, prepares reports and analyses of Community Development Department projects; conducts research into planning and zoning problems; disseminates information to the general public on planning and zoning regulations and programs. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: Prepares the staff analysis of projects and initiatives being heard by the Planning Commission, City Council and Economic Development Committee; prepares and conducts planning surveys, land use studies and research; interacts with the public on planning regulations and plan reviews; prepares initial environmental assessments; may prepare, process and monitor grant applications and contracts including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The Ideal Candidate

  • Complete work with limited supervision.
  • Provide exceptional customer service and respond to public inquires and complaints in an effective and tactful manner.
  • Manage time and prioritize workload.
  • Work in a busy environment with constant disruptions and distractions.
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning;
  • Understanding of State and Federal planning, zoning, development and environmental laws;
  • Knowledge of statistical and research methods applied to the collection and analysis of data pertinent to planning.
  • Ability to effectively read construction plans and surveys; communicate both orally and in writing and prepare clear and concise written reports, findings, resolutions and ordinances in a format that can be understood by a layperson;
  • Assist with administering city ordinance and policy updates including the Zoning Code and Housing Element updates, implement permit tracking software, use word processing and spreadsheet software to prepare statistical and narrative reports; identify and interpret technical and numerical information;
  • Read and interpret regulations;
  • Work and deal courteously and effectively with the general public and co-workers.

Education & Experience

  • Two years of full-time professional experience in the planning field. Educational achievement equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or a related field.
  • A Master’s degree in Planning or Public Administration is desirable.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a safe driving record is required and must be maintained as valid during the course of employment.

The Department

The City of Hermosa Beach is seeking to fill a key Associate Planner position in the Community Development Department. We are searching for a technically proficient critical-thinker who is enthusiastic about a career in city planning and public service and thrives working in a dynamic environment where assigned tasks can change daily. Competitive candidates for the Associate Planner will possess a broad range of technical skills, knowledge and experience including excellent written, analytic and computer skills, as well as a strong customer service orientation to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other departments, outside agencies, community groups and the broader public.

About the City

Home to nearly 20,000 residents, Hermosa Beach is within a short commute of many of the largest and best-known names in corporate America in the aerospace, tech, industrial, service and financial fields. The Hermosa Beach City School District, consistently recognized as a California Distinguished School, offers a high quality education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, while high schoolers attend Mira Costa or Redondo Union High Schools. The City of Hermosa Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government with five council members elected at large, with each serving a rotation as Mayor. The City Council is responsible for appointing a City Manager to direct the day-to-day operations of the City, which includes Community Development, Community Resources, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works Departments. The City has a budget of $67 million and authorization for 134 full time staff members. Hermosa Beach is a full service City, with its own Police Department.

Compensation and Benefits

The following salary and benefits are offered for this position:

  • Salary Range: $82,476 to $100,260 annually
  • Quarterly Merit Pay: Employees in this classification are eligible to receive up to 5% Merit Pay per quarter.
  • Alternate Schedule: City Hall is open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; staff works a 4/10 schedule with every Friday off. This position may require working outside regular work hours.
  • Retirement: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS. The City does not participate in Social Security but does participate in Medicare, which requires a 1.45% contribution by both the staff member and the City.
  • Health Insurance: The City pays up to $1,786.50 per month toward medical insurance for the staff member and eligible dependents. The City pays up to $226.30 per month toward the cost of dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents. The City offers a vision insurance plan, but does not contribute to the monthly cost. Retiree Medical: The City offers retiring staff members $400 per month toward the cost of retiree insurance. A retiring staff member must have worked at least 20 years for the City and be at least sixty years of age to be eligible for this benefit.
  • Disability Insurance: The City pays the premium for both Short-Term and Long-Term Disability coverage.
  • Holiday/Vacation/Sick Leave: You will accrue 80 hours of vacation leave per year during the first two years of employment. Subsequent accruals increase with longevity until reaching 160 hours accrued per year commencing with the 18th year of service. You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month. The City observes 10 holidays throughout the year.
  • Term Life Insurance: City-paid term life insurance policy in the amount of one year of annual salary.
  • Union Membership: This position is covered by the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Professional and Administrative Group.

Application Procedure

To apply for this position, download an Application for Employment from the City website at Applicants may also submit a cover letter if desired, though not required for this recruitment. Documents can be mailed via U.S. mail, or e-mailed to The filing deadline is December 3, 2020. City of Hermosa Beach Human Resources Department 1315 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254