FT job - City of Cupertino - Assistant/Associate Planner
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City of Cupertino
Type: Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate: Assistant: $6,078 - $7,388 monthly; Associate: $6,550 -
Posted Date: 7/6/2010
Assistant: $6,078 - $7,388 monthly
Associate: $6,550 - $7,962 monthly
(effec. 7/1/10, pending Council approval)
+ City paid PERS*, 2.7% @ 55
Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled
The City of Cupertino is currently recruiting for an Assistant/Associate
Planner. Planners perform a variety of professional planning activities
involving residential design review, use permits, subdivisions, and
environmental review. The position will be filled at the Assistant or
Associate level, depending on the level of qualifications and experience
of the selected candidate.
Typical duties include the following: conduct studies and prepare reports
related to mid-range and long-range planning projects; evaluate and review
development plans for compliance; compile, update, and analyze data on
land use, population, urban growth patterns, economic and social trends,
industrial development and other demographic data essential to land use
planning; assist in conducting analytical research investigations
regarding environmental or other planning related issues; interpret zoning
ordinances, development standards, city plans and policies regarding
development for public inquiry; process development applications and
prepare Planning Commission reports; give presentations to appointed and
elected bodies including preparation of graphic materials; respond to
requests for planning information.
Assistant Planner - Knowledge of: principles, practices and trends of
public planning; maps, site plans, and architectural drawings; laws,
rules, and regulations pertaining to zoning and land use; statistical and
research methods as applied to the collection, analysis, and presentation
of planning data; business correspondence, report writing, and English
usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar; computer software, including
word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics applications. Ability
to: interpret and explain planning and zoning programs, ordinances,
statutes and City policies and procedures to the general public; read and
interpret architectural and engineering plans and specifications; prepare
reports on graphic presentations; learn applicable laws and regulations
pertaining to environmental protection and land use development; attend
evening and weekend meetings; communicate clearly and concisely both
orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working
relationships with those contacted in the course of work; analyze
situations quickly, objectively and determine proper course of action.
Additionally, on a continuous basis, sit at a desk or in meetings for long
periods of time, twist and reach office equipment, stand, walk, climb or
squat while conducting field checks; visually differentiate between colors
on land use maps; lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.
Associate Planner – In addition to the Assistant Planner description -
Knowledge of: principles, objectives and procedures of municipal planning,
urban design, and zoning; environmental laws, regulations, and review
processes; techniques used in the development and maintenance of
comprehensive plans; applicable laws related to sub-division, annexation,
zoning and land use. Ability to: perform complex planning work requiring
independent judgment; represent the Planning Division at community and
Experience and Education: Both levels require a Bachelor’s degree from an
accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning,
environmental studies, engineering, geography or related field. In
addition to the Bachelor’s degree: prior experience in a related field is
preferred but not required for Assistant Planner; 2 years of professional
planning experience is required for Associate Planner. Experience with
Photoshop and Arcview GIS is desirable. Membership in the American
Institute of Certified Planners is a plus.
License or Certificate: Possession, or ability to obtain, a valid
California Driver’s License.
The Selection Procedure
Applicants must complete an official City of Cupertino application and
return it to Human Resources. Position is open until filled. Application
and resume screening will be part of the examination process. Based on the
screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be
invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board (QAB), which
will determine those candidates that will be placed on the eligible list.
The eligible list will remain in effect for 6 months from the date
established. The City of Cupertino is an equal opportunity employer and
does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race,
religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical
disability, medical condition (cancer), marital status, sex, age or sexual
orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special
assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should
advise City of Cupertino Human Resources upon submittal of application.
Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.
About the City
The City of Cupertino (population 55,000) is located against the foothills
of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the west end of the world famous Silicon
Valley. Cupertino has one of the most diverse, progressive, and
technologically savvy populations in Northern California, and is committed
to being a model multicultural community. The City serves as a center for
research and development for many Silicon Valley companies. Around the
world, Cupertino is renowned as the home of high-tech giants, including
Apple and Hewlett-Packard. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is
known as a city with outstanding public schools and is home to top ranked
De Anza College. Quality schools and proximity to high-tech jobs and
beautiful open spaces make Cupertino a desirable location for a highly
educated and culturally diverse population.
Excellent supplemental Benefit package includes:
2.7% @ 55 PERS Retirement, *with the City paying 6% of the employee
contribution and the employee paying the remaining 2%.
Choice of health insurance, employee’s premium paid by the City in
addition to portion of family premium.
Fully paid vision, life, and disability insurance.
Fully or partially paid dental insurance, depending on plan.
Fully paid Employee Assistance Program.
Educational reimbursement for approved coursework.
12 holidays plus 20 hours of floating holidays annually.
8 hours of sick leave per month (no limit on sick leave accrual).
10 to 22 days of vacation annually based on years of service.
City employment applications may be obtained from the City of Cupertino
Human Resources, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA, by calling (408)
777-3227, or by visiting our website at www.cupertino.org. Completed City
employment applications and supporting materials must be received by the
City’s Human Resources no later than the final filing date. Postmarks or
late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will be
accepted only if the original application is received no later than the
first business day following the closing date. Applications must be filled
out completely. Please do not substitute “see resume” in the employment
history section of the application. Resumes should be attached separately.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon passing a pre-employment
physical paid for by the City, a pre-employment fingerprinted criminal
history records check and the ability to provide verification of
authorization to work in the United States.
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