Assistant/Associate Planner

City Of Sonoma   Sonoma, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on May 22, 2024
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The Assistant/Associate Planner performs 
professional and technical urban planning 
duties requiring specialized knowledge; to 
organize, assign and review the work of 
assigned staff engaged in preparing staff 
reports to the City Commissions and to 
provide highly responsible professional 
support to assigned management. 
The Assistant/Associate Planner receives 
general direction from the Community 
Services Director and may receive technical 
and functional supervision from the Senior 
The Assistant Planner is the entry-level 
class in the professional Planner series. 
Positions in this class typically have little or 
no directly related work experience and 
work under immediate supervision while 
learning job tasks. The Assistant Planner 
class is distinguished from the Associate 
level by the performance of less than the 
full range of duties assigned to the 
Associate level. Incumbents work under 
immediate supervision while learning job 
tasks, progressing to general supervision 
as procedures and processes of assigned 
area of responsibility are learned. The 
Associate Planner receives only occasional 
instruction or assistance as new, unusual or 
unique situations arise and is fully aware of 
the operating procedures and policies 
within the work unit. 
The ideal candidates would be open 
minded, perceptive, and proactive leaders 
who posses a thorough knowledge of 
principles and practices of urban planning 
and CEQA. In addition, proven written and 
oral communication skills, solid 
interpersonal skills, and an ability to 
develop and maintain effective working 
relationships with staff, other City 
departments, elected officials, and 
members of the community is critical.

Minimum Qualifications 
Any combination of education and experience 
that would likely provide the required knowledge 
and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain 
the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an 
accredited college or university with major course 
work in urban planning, public administration, or 
a related field.
Assistant—no professional experience is required
Associate—two years of responsible experience 
similar to Assistant Planner with the City of 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid 
California Driver’s License.

Compensation and Benefits
The City of Sonoma provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. The 
current salary range for the Assistant Planner position is $85,624-$104,076 per year and the 
range for an Associate Planner is $101,107-$122,896 per year The City of Sonoma offers a 
variety of alternative work schedules including a 9/80.