FT job - City of San Jose - Planner I/II
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Planner I/II - PBCE
Type of Job: Open to all Applicants
Requisition #: CSJ-2006-0200
Department: Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
Open Date: March 03, 2006
Close Date: Open until Filled
Benefit Level: Full-Time with Benefits
Salary: $54,412.80 to $78,041.60 (Annually)
The City of San Jose offers an exciting career opportunity for city
planners. San Jose is a large and growing city, located within a dynamic
region of the Bay Area. 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 explore a wide variety of current
planning practices through large and complex projects. 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. This position
requires independent judgment and initiative.
This classification is represented by Municipal Employees Federation (MEF),
Local 101 AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training,
skills and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment
history. Desirable experience, knowledge and skills for this position
* Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and purposes of city planning
and the current trends in Federal, State, and local planning; nomenclature,
symbols, methods, practices, techniques, and instruments used in planning,
and mapping; zoning and general plan principles; organization of local
government and basic concepts of public administration; environmental law;
computer tools such as spreadsheet, presentation, GIS, and graphics
* Ability to: Apply planning principles and practices to professional
planning duties; carry out complex oral and written instructions and prepare
comprehensive and concise reports; manage City review of complex development
proposals; establish and maintain effective working relationships with
associates, government officials, and representatives of various groups and
organizations; collect, analyze, and interpret data pertaining to planning
and zoning projects; analyze and interpret statistical, economic, and highly
technical data pertaining to City planning; use computer programs involved
in the performance of job functions; work independently, with little
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to the following:
1. Education: A Bachelor's 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 (degree must be received by the final filing date).
2. Experience: Planner I - none; Planner II - Two years of experience
equivalent to the level of Planner I with the City of San José or 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.
3. Licenses or Certificates: 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).
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 José will not prepare or file a labor
condition application with the Department of Labor.
If you are an interested candidate who meets the minimum qualifications, you
can be considered for this vacancy by applying online. If you are currently
viewing this announcement online, and you would like to apply using the
online application feature, scroll to the bottom of this announcement and
click on "Apply to this Position."
If you are not currently online, to find the announcement, go to
http://jobs.cityofsj.org. Click on "Open Recruitments." Click on "Planner
I/II - PBCE" to view the job announcement. Click the "Apply to this
Position" button at the bottom of the job announcement to apply.
This is a position-specific recruitment for Planner positions in the
Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. Providing you meet
the minimum qualifications and move forward through all phases of the
selection process, your application will be added to a qualified candidate
group for six months. If it is necessary, the qualified candidate group
maybe extended for longer period of time. When a vacancy in this
classification in PBCE needs to be filled, applicants from the qualified
candidate group will be considered.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's
training and experience based on the application, resume and answers to the
job-specific questions. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match
the positions will be forwarded to the next phase of the selection process.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in the
online application process:
1. Do you have a Bachelors degree (degree must be received by the final
filing date) in one of the following areas: urban or regional planning,
urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies?
2. What college or university did you receive your Bachelor's degree?
3. 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, geography, or environmental studies? If yes,
what college or university did you receive your Master's degree?
4. 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.
5. Are you a U.S citizen or a permanent resident (green card holder)?
If no, you must have an authorization to work from the Immigration Office,
and this authorization must not be tied to 18-month practical training
exemption. We do not accept H1B visa holders. Please indicate the type of
authorization by the Immigration and Naturalization Office.
6. For either the Planner I or Planner II position, please write a
short response (300 words or less) to the following question: How do you
meet the desirable qualifications for the Planner I/II position?
7. For either the Planner I or Planner II position, please write a
short response (300 words or less) to the following question: What
specifically interests you about working as a Planner for the City of San
Jose and what do you consider to be the most significant planning issues for
8. For either the Planner I or Planner II position, please write a
short response (300 words or less) to the following question: In your
opinion, what are the primary purposes and applications of the General Plan
in planning for San Jose?
9. Please insert a short writing sample (2000 words or less) that
demonstrates your analytical writing ability.
10. Please list the computer software programs, including GIS, graphics
and database software, with which you are familiar and indicate your level
of competency for each.
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
If you have questions regarding the duties of this position, the
recruitment, selection or hiring processes, please contact please contact
Trung Nguyen in Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department at (408)
535-7883, or by e-mail at trung.nguyen@...
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the recruitment, selection
or hiring process, please contact Renee Bettencourt from Employee Services
at (408) 975-1460 or by e-mail at: renee.bettencourt@...
- City of San Jose - Planner I/II (multiple positions)
For details, see https://www.calopps.org/ViewAgencyJob.cfm?ID=11853