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ABOLISHED 07/02/2014 PER PAY LETTER 14-11 - Planner (4644)

ABOLISHED 07/02/2014 PER PAY LETTER 14-11 - Planner

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: JW16
  • Class Code: 4644
  • Established: 03/19/1981
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, the Planner initially performs the less complex professional work in connection with State planning and development studies; with training, performs professional planning work of average difficulty; and does other related work.

Typical Tasks

Incumbents assist with the work involved in the development and carrying out of regional and statewide planning projects; assist higher level planners by securing factual information and analyzing, compiling and interpreting data in the field of planning; perform specific office and field assignments in connection with community planning and development; make preliminary studies and prepare reports in draft form of assigned projects; assist in the work of the State planning programs by consulting with city, county, area, and regional governing bodies and planning commissions or boards with respect to the preparation of general or master plans, and the granting of financial assistance from Federal or other public or private agencies and private sources in other planning matters; assist in the gathering of planning information, the analysis of data and the preparation of the State development plan; assist in the analysis and coordination of planned public works of various governmental levels; and prepare reports and recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Six months of experience in the California state service performing planning activities in a class at a level comparable to Junior Staff Analyst.



Experience: One year of professional experience in planning, economic, or administrative research work. (A Master's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Political Science, or a similar field may be substituted for the required experience. Registration as a graduate student in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of satisfactory completion of a master's degree, mentioned above, before they will be considered eligible for appointment.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with any major, but preferably with extensive course work in planning, economics, public administration, or a related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required general education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: General principles and techniques of research and statistical analysis as applied to government planning; generally accepted theories, concepts, and techniques of planning and familiarity with current regional, municipal, State, and other planning programs; social and economic aspects of planning; various legal requirements relating to planning; trends in Federal, State and local planning; California geography and resources as they relate to future developments; organization of the various State and local governments.


Ability to: Gather and analyze data, draw logical conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations; read comprehensively; participate effectively in conferences and interviews; establish and maintain effective cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work; prepare complete and comprehensive reports; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; speak and write effectively.

Alternate Range Criteria

When an employee first enters State service in the class of Planner, he/she shall be appointed to the appropriate range in terms of the following criteria.


When the requirements for the particular criteria are met and upon recommendation of the appointing power, the employee shall receive a rate in the new range equivalent to that provided for movement to a class with a higher salary range under the provisions of State Personnel Board Rule 98.3 and a new salary anniversary date will be established.


Range A. This range shall apply to incumbents who do not meet the criteria for Range B.


Range B. This range applies to persons who have satisfactorily completed either: (1) one year of experience in the California state service performing duties comparable to those of a Planner, Range A, or (2) two years of increasingly responsible professional experience in a governmental or private agency in one or a combination of the following:


a. Urban, metropolitan, regional, or State planning. or


b. Analysis and interpretation of economic and demographic data in the field of planning and development. or


(Possession of a Master's Degree in Planning, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Regional Science, Sociology, Civil Engineering, Forestry, or a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

  Updated: 10/9/2017
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