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Company: City of Torrance, CA
Location: Torrance
Posted on: September 16, 2023

Job Description:

Salary: $5,310.93 - $6,616.13 Monthly

Location : Torrance, CA

Job Type: Permanent Full-time

Job Number: 23023311

Department: Community Development

Opening Date: 02/09/2023

Closing Date: Continuous



The City of Torrance recognizes the principles of diversity and inclusion, and strives to ensure equal opportunities for its workforce, applicants and community members. If you are a person who wants to make a difference, give back to your community, and be a voice for change, apply to the City of Torrance today.

Join the City of Torrance as our next Planning Assistant!

The Department
Advancing a Safe, Accessible and Sustainable Built Environment
The Community Development Department (CDD) plays a vital role in the continued development, sustainable growth, and success of Torrance. CDD maintains the Building and Safety, Engineering, Environmental (Code Enforcement), the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Mapping, Housing, and Planning Divisions, which serve the community by overseeing redevelopment, comprehensive planning, zoning, housing programs, project planning, permitting, environmental stewardship, NPDES and building and code enforcement.

Responsibilities of the Community Development Department include:

  • Building Permits & Online Permitting
  • Code Enforcement
  • Construction Plan Check and Inspections
  • Development Review and Comprehensive Planning
  • Engineering Permits and Records
  • GIS
  • Housing Programs (including Section 8)
  • NPDES Administration
  • Successor Agency to the Former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Torrance
  • Survey Information
  • Transportation Planning
    The Division

    The Planning Division is committed to urban planning and design to provide an attractive, safe, and enriching environment that assures a high quality of life. The Planning Division is comprised of two sections: Development Review and Comprehensive Planning.

    Development Review is focused on reviewing development plans for conformance with land use policies and standards, and is responsible for processing development applications, conducting environmental review, and responding to inquiries on zoning and land use. Development Review also provides staff support to the Planning Commission and to the City Council.

    Comprehensive Planning is focused on developing plans, policies and programs to guide development in Torrance, and is responsible for maintaining the General Plan, conducting special studies related to land use, and collaborating with regional and state agencies. Comprehensive Planning also provides staff support to the Historic Preservation Commission, and to the Planning Commission and the City Council.

    The Position
    The Community Development Department's Planning Division is seeking two dedicated, detail-oriented Planning Assistant to join their team! As part of the team, the Planning Assistant perform entry-level work in municipal planning and environmental review. The incumbent should have experience in compiling, recording, and analyzing data for planning activities; conducting field surveys and conducting project site analysis; preparing maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams for use in planning studies; reviewing proposals and applications for development.

    For a detailed job description, click here.
    Education and Experience

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in city or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, public administration, engineering, or closely related field.

    Six months of research and writing experience involving municipal planning and/or redevelopment activities specifically related to General Plan and Research, design/development administration or redevelopment and housing activities.

    License and/or Certificates
    A valid California Driver's License Class 3 is normally required.

    Ideal Candidate
    In addition to the above requirements, the most successful candidate will possess:
    • Strong oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to make presentations in a public setting;
    • Extensive knowledge of municipal planning principles and practices;
    • Excellent time management skills;
    • High comfort level with technology; and
    • Ability to work occasional weekends and nights.
      Interested candidates must submit an online City application and supplemental questionnaire at . Application submissions will be accepted on a continuous basis until the positions are filled.

      Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components:

      Oral Interview: 100%

      Visit to find out more information about our community.

      Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources. If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (310) 618-2915 no later than five (5) business days before the test date. For further information, click here

      As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and a pre-employment medical examination.

      The City of Torrance Conflict of Interest Code requires that employees in this classification file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. Information about this requirement may be obtained from the City Clerk's office.

      The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

      City of Torrance Inclusion Statement
      The City of Torrance is a welcoming and culturally-rich community. As a pillar of public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a talented workforce where people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religions, and lifestyles are valued. Our mission is to create an inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and contribute towards making a positive impact.

      The City is an equal opportunity employer and works towards building collaborative teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. Come join us to help cultivate a workplace that welcomes and celebrates the diversity of our employees!

      Note: Not all benefits listed may be applicable to all positions with in the unit. Please refer to the MOU for specifics.

      Premium Pay (sec. 3.1)
      Varies by position and assignment. (See section 3.1 and 3.2)

      Night Shift Differential (sec.3.2.1 and 3.5.1)
      Full time employees paid 5% above base hourly pay when - or more of the shift is scheduled to work after 5:00 p.m. or before 7:30 a.m.

      Educational Incentive Premiums (sec. 3.6.1)
      ENGINEERS: (Premiums paid above base pay, per hour. Total premiums not to exceed 12% combined)
      • International Code Council (ICC) certificate: 4%
      • 2% for each additional certificate, maximum of 12%
      • Loss of 2% for each year's delay for failure to maintain certification
      • LEED AP certificates (LEED AP, LEED AP BD+C, LED AP Homes, LEED AP ND): 2.5%
      • Build It Green Certification (Green Point Advisor, Green Point Rater): 2.5%
        Holidays (Sec 4.1)
        13 paid holidays (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday directly following Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve)

        Vacation/Annual Leave (Sec. 4.2)
        Engineers (Accrual rate per month):
        Year 1: 6.58 hours; Year 2: 7.21 hours; Year 3: 7.87 hours; Year 4: 8.54 hours; Years 5-6: 10.54 hours; Years 7 -9: 11.21 hours; Years 10 -20: 14.56 hours; Years 21 - 24: 15.88 hours; Year 25+: 18.54 hours
        TFEA (Accrual rate per month):
        Year 1: 6.57 hours; Year 2: 7.51 hours; Year 3: 8.17 hours; Year 4: 8.84 hours; Years 5-9: 10.84 hours; Years 10 -20: 14.19 hours; Years 21 - 24: 15.51 hours; Year 25+: 16.17 hours

        Sick Leave/ Personal Leave (sec.4.3)
        Accrual rate is 6 (six) hours per month to a maximum of 600 hours accrued sick leave. *Two work shifts of sick/vacation leave may be used for personal leave.

        Bereavement Leave (sec 4.6)
        Three (3) working shifts (up to 2 additional working shifts for travel 300 miles or more)

        Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance (sec.4.9)
        The City's monthly contribution for health insurance effective 1/6/19 is as follows:

        EE Only EE +1 EE +2 or more
        Full time EE's $542.68 $1,035.36 $1,470.96
        Part- time
        (hired prior to 1/1/08) $465.61 $872.41 $1,214.93
        (hired after 1/1/08) $335.07 $575.81 $784.69

        The City's monthly contribution for vision insurance is $3.33
        The City's monthly contribution for dental insurance is $33.71/EE only and $67.42/EE +1 or more
        City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy
        The City provides a Cash In-Lieu payment of $232.34 for Engineers and $226.01 for TFEA for as long as the employee opts-out of medical coverage for consecutive plan years

        Disability Insurance (sec 4.9)
        Employee receives 2/3 base pay after elimination period (14 consecutive days for STD and 180 consecutive days for LTD)

        Retiree Insurance (Sec. 4.9)
        City will pay $50/month for retirees who continue health insurance coverage in one of the PERS health insurance plans (TFEA only).

        Retirement (sec. 4.10)
        PERS 2%@55, including - pay continuance, highest single year and military buy-back and supplemented by Social Security. City pays employee's 7% for employee's hired before 1/11/2011. Employees hired on or after 1/11/2011 pay 7% employee's contribution.
        Uniform Allowance (sec. 4.11.1)
        $107.50 every 6 months (Paid June and December).

        Tool and Educational Materials Allowance (sec.4.12.1)
        $175 per year (Paid in February).

        Licenses and Certificates (sec. 4.14.1)
        $220/year for license/certificates with recurrent fees: Registered Professional Engineer, Licensed Land Surveyor, and American Institute of Certified Planners.

        Shoe Allowance (4.15.1)
        $135 per year (Paid in September) for employees required to wear safety shoes or boots

        PERS 2@62 for "new members" hired on or after January 1, 2013, pay (50%) of normal cost with three year average final compensation.

        Deferred Compensation Plan (Sec. 4.13.B)
        A voluntarily 457 plan is available to all employees.

        Retirement Health Savings Plan (sec 4.13.C)
        Any hours under or equal to 600 (sick) and 600 (vacation) will be deposited into the ICMA-RC RHSP Plan, for retiring and separating employees. The remaining balance up to limits allowed by law will be disbursed into the City's 457 plan or be paid in cash.


        The following supplemental questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Resumes are encouraged but will NOT be used in lieu of the application or supplemental questions. Please read each question carefully and provide a thorough and complete response. Do NOT state "see resume" or "see application" to respond to any of the following questions. Failure to respond to all questions will be considered an incomplete application and may not be considered for further processing. Do you understand the foregoing?
        • Yes
        • No


          I UNDERSTAND that I am required to describe IN DETAIL my qualifying experience in the Work Experience Section of my application. In addition to including my qualifying experience, I UNDERSTAND that I should list ALL JOBS, regardless of duration, including part-time jobs, military service and any volunteer experience during my entire work history.I UNDERSTAND that when providing my work history, ALL DATES should be UPDATED, starting with my most recent job.I UNDERSTAND that answers that I provide to the supplemental questions should be reflected in the Work Experience Section of my application.I UNDERSTAND that if I am currently employed by the City of Torrance, I MUST provide my appropriate job classification/title and provide a description of my duties in the Work Experience Section of my application.I have read these statements in their entirety and understand them completely and to their fullest.
          • Yes
          • No


            Do you possess a degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Public Administration, Engineering, or closely related field?
            • Yes
            • No


              If yes, list type of degree and field (i.e. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering).


              Indicate the amount of fulltime work experience that you have in research and writing experience involving municipal planning and/or redevelopment activities specifically related to General Plan and Research, design/development administration or redevelopment and housing activities.
              • None
              • Less than six months
              • More than six months, but less than one year
              • More than one year, but less than two years
              • More than two years, but less than three years
              • More than three years


                Do you have any historic preservation experience?
                • Yes
                • No


                  If yes, please describe. (If none, type N/A.)


                  Do you understand that you may need to attend Planning Commission and City Council Meetings, as needed?
                  • Yes
                  • No

                    Required Question

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