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5640San Jose Planner I/II

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  • td_do
    Oct 29, 2013
      Job Description
      Planner I/II
      3862
      $55348.80
      $79393.60
      Full-Time
      Regular
      11/12/2013

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      Additional Salary Information
      Planner I: $55,348.80-$67,246.40/annually 

      Planner II: $65,374.40-$79,393.60/annually
      About the Department
      The mission of the Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department is to facilitate the preservation and building of a safe, attractive, vibrant and sustainable San José through partnership with and exceptional service to our diverse communities and customers. 

      The award-winning Envision San José 2040 General Plan expresses the City's ongoing commitment to a leadership role in the advancement of an innovation-based economy, the development and implementation of environmental policies, and the utilization of land use planning best practices to shape San José's future. As the 10th largest city in the United States, San José's Planning program provides exciting opportunities for Planners to make significant contributions and advancements to the profession in the areas of development review, ordinance and policy work, data analytics and mapping, community-based plans, environmental review, and other General Plan implementation activities. 

      ABOUT SAN JOSE 

      San José California is a unique place, playing a vital economic and cultural role within North America. San José is fortunate to be the largest and most urban city within Silicon Valley, known for the nation's largest collection of leading innovative companies. San José is also home to an energetic, talented and diverse population and is located within the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with an abundance of good weather. 

      At the same time, San José faces many contemporary challenges common to other American cities, including the need to address the effects of the rapid suburban growth that took place after World War II, improve the overall urban design and connectivity of the City, foster all modes of transportation, and ensure a sustainable future growth pattern with individual land use decisions that meets the City's environmental, economic, social, and fiscal goals.
      Position and Duties
      There are currently two (2) Planner I/II positions to be filled. These positions are temporary, full-time, benefited with an end date of December 30, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Both positions have the possibility of extension upon budget approval. 

      The City of San Jose Planning staff work in a wide variety of roles, including current and long-range planning, environmental review, data analysis and public information. The City of San Jose Planners are often given the opportunity to work on innovative and complex projects, creating and applying land use policies and ordinances to address emerging community issues and economic development needs.  A Planner I performs beginning level professional planning duties, including the analysis of planning issues, the preparation and presentation of reports or planning studies, and the processing of zoning and land use permits. A Planner II performs advanced level professional planning duties, including the analysis of planning issues, the preparation and presentation of reports or planning studies, and the processing of zoning and land use permits. 

      Incumbents in Planner positions require independent judgment and initiative. 

      This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
      Minimum Qualifications
      Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: 

      Planner I 

      1.  Education:  A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in planning, architecture, urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, environmental studies or a closely related field 

      2.   Experience:  None. 

      Planner II 

      1.  Education:  A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in planning, architecture, urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, environmental studies or a closely related field 

      2.   Experience:  Two years of experience equivalent to the level of Planner I with the City of San José. 

      3. Acceptable Substitutions: A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field can substitute for the required two years of experience for Planner II (sixty semester hours of relevant graduate course work can substitute for the required graduate degree). 

      3.  Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license may be required for some assignments. 

      4.  Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.
      Competencies
      The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include: 

      -Analytical Thinking - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, collects and analyzes data, uses logic and intuition to arrive at conclusions and recommendations 

      -Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form 

      -Customer Service - demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner 

      -Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
      Selection Process
      The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise. 

      You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process: 

      1.  Do you have a Bachelor's Degree (degree must be received by the final filing date) in one of the following areas: urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, environmental studies, or closely related field? If so, please provide the name and subject matter of the Degree. 

      2.  Do you have a Master's Degree (degree must be received by the final filing date) in one of the following areas: urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, environmental studies, or closely related field? If so, please provide the name and subject matter of the Degree. 

      3.  Do you have any professional or volunteer work experience related to land use planning?  If yes, please briefly describe the responsibilities and length of the experience. 

      4.  Please insert a short writing sample (2,000 words or less) that demonstrates your analytical writing ability. 

      5.  Please provide a brief summary of your customer service experience (200 words or less). 

      6. Please list the computer software programs, including GIS, web, graphics and database software, with which you are familiar and indicate your level of competency for each. 

      You may answer these questions directly in the on-line application system or on a separate document and then cut and paste your answers into the appropriate spaces when prompted. 

      You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 

      If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Laura Black by email at Laura.Black@... or Lupe Rodarte by email at Lupe.Rodarte@....
      Application Instructions
      Submission of a resume is optional.  The Education History and Work History sections of the application must be completed or the application will be considered to be incomplete and may be withheld from further consideration. 

      E-mail is the default method of communication with applicants. To ensure that you receive timely notification regarding your application status, please provide a current e-mail address when submitting your application. It is also recommended that you adjust any spam filters to ensure that you can receive e-mails from @.... 

      The application deadline is11:59 PM on the final filing date.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. 

      If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityJobs@... and we will research the status of your application.
      Employee Unit
      Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal Employee's Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.