City of Madera
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City of Madera
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Senior Planner
$80,118 - $102,242/year
Additional 2% COLA increases December 2023,
June 2024, and December 2024
$1,500 lump sum July 2024
5% pay incentive for Master’s Degree / 7% for Doctorate

Senior Planners with the City of Madera represent the advanced level class in the professional planning series in which incumbents are expected to independently perform the full scope of assigned duties. Incumbents in this position work independently in the research and analysis of planning issues, and preparation of planning reports, studies and recommendations. The lead, oversee, review and perform complex and professional land use and urban planning work including current and long range planning, implementation of the City’s General Plan, coordination of special projects; draft ordinances and resolutions; make presentations to various groups; and review complex zoning and development applications.

Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in urban planning, and a Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field. A Master’s degree in city or urban planning may be substituted for one year of experience. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California Drivers License.

Only those applicants who meet the qualification standards of this position by the application filing deadline will be allowed to participate in the examination process. Examination scores determine standing on Civil Service eligibility lists. The City Manager, upon recommendation of the department head, will make the final selection and appointment from the established eligibility list. The examination process may consist of the following parts: Application Package Review: Qualifying Only; Oral Interview: 100% Weight Value. Candidates must earn a score of 70% or higher to be considered for the eligibility list.
Applicants who require special examination accommodations due to a disability should contact the Human Resources Department five (5) business days prior to any scheduled examination at (559) 661-5401.
Applicants may be eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points (5 points) and should attach a DD214 to their employment application for consideration of this preference.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 23, 2023

Compensation and benefits for the Senior Planner position are defined in the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Mid Management Bargaining Unit, as well as the City’s Personnel Rules. The City’s payroll is on a bi-weekly schedule, with 26 paychecks per year. The biweekly steps within the salary range for Senior are shown below.

Effective 6/17/2023        Effective 12/30/2023      Effective 6/15/2024        Effective 12/28/2024
Step A   $3,081.47                           $3,143.10                           $3,205.96                           $3,270.08
Step B   $3,235.54                           $3,300.26                           $3,366.26                           $3,433.59
Step C   $3,397.19                           $3,465.13                           $3,534.43                           $3,605.12
Step D   $3,566.94                          $3,638.28                           $3,711.04                           $3,785.26
Step E    $3,745.34                           $3,820.25                           $3,896.65                           $3,974.58
Step F    $3,932.39                           $4,011.04                           $4,091.26                           $4,173.08

The City provides a $25,000 life and accidental death and dismemberment policy along with $5,000 dependent life.
The employee may purchase additional supplemental life insurance for him/herself, spouse and/or dependents.

This city paid benefit provides up to 2/3-income protection.

English/Spanish for qualifying individuals and positions after passing annual bilingual test.

The City offers a paid/vested contribution of 4.2% of base pay to one of two 457 plans offered to the employee. In
addition, the employee may also contribute, though not required.

▪ 5% of base pay for a job-related Master’s Degree
▪ 7% of base pay for a job-related Doctorate Degree

Up to $2400/fiscal year for college coursework with prior approval from your Department Head.

Mid Management employees are eligible for additional scheduled pay, up to 10%, for additional years of service after reaching Step F of the assigned salary range.

The City participates in the CalPERS defined benefit retirement system. Retirement formulas and contributions are as follows. The terms “Classic Member” and “New Member” are as defined by CalPERS. Classic Members employed with the City prior to 10/20/2012.
▪ 2.5% at 55 formula, single highest year final compensation
▪ Employee Contribution paid by the employee pre-tax: 3.375%
Tier I Members employed with the City on or after 10/20/2012
▪ 2% at 60 formula, average three year final compensation
▪ Employee Contribution paid by the employee pre-tax: 3.375%
New Members employed with the City on or after 1/1/2013
▪ 2% at 62 formula, average three year final compensation
▪ Employee Contribution paid by the employee pre-tax 7.75%

The City contributes a monthly amount for the employee to use to purchase health, dental and vision coverage. For medical coverage, the City contracts with Anthem and Kaiser. Dental insurance is through Delta Dental and vision coverage is through Superior. The City’s contribution covers 100% of the health, dental, and vision premium for the employee and family on both the Anthem and Kaiser Core Plans.

The City of Madera offers an employee assistance program or employees and dependents that provides counseling and other services for dealing with life’s challenges at no cost to the employee.

The City of Madera offers a generous paid leave program, including paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation. Holiday Closure without loss of pay between Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Applications may be obtained from the City’s website www.madera.gov/apply or by calling the City’s Human Resources Department at (559) 661-5400, option #8. Applications must be submitted to the City’s Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline. Appointment will be contingent upon an extensive background check, pre-employment physical and drug screen. The City of Madera is an equal opportunity, drug free, and affirmative action employer.