Assistant/Associate Planner - City of Cupertino
The City of Cupertino Invites Applications for the Position of Assistant/Associate Planner
Assistant: $75,226.52 - $91,438.60 annually
Associate: $81,070.21 - $98,541.47 annually
Salary Effective 6/30/14:
Assistant: $76,889.40 - $93,459.84 annually
Associate: $82,862.27 - $100,719.73 annually
+ CalPERS Retirement
Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled
First Review of Applications on Friday, June 13, 2014.
The City of Cupertino is currently recruiting for a Full-time Regular Planner and a Full-time Limited-Term Planner. Planners perform a variety of professional planning duties, including zoning and planning administration, environmental review, assistance in housing programs, plan preparation, code enforcement duties, and special projects; and prepares reports and recommendation relative to assigned area of responsibility.
The positions will be filled at the Assistant or Associate level, depending on the level of qualifications and experience of the candidates selected. Appointment to the Limited-Term position is limited and will end no later than six months from the date of appointment.
Duties may include but are not limited to 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; perform zoning code enforcement work, including investigation of citizen complaints, field checks, issuance of correction notices and citations, and court appearances; 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; assist in plan preparation, coordination, monitoring and other activities related to federal, state, and local housing programs; and perform related duties as required.
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; 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; 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 and objectively and determine proper course of action.
Associate Planner – In addition to the Knowledge and Abilities of Assistant Planner - 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 ease. Ability to: perform complex planning work requiring independent judgment; represent the planning division at community and neighborhood meetings.
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 or apply online at www.calopps.org. Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled. The recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without notice. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this job announcement. Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which may include a written examination and/or panel interview. An eligible list will be established as a result of this process and will remain in effect for 3 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, religion, color, sex (including gender and pregnancy), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics, and physical or mental disability. 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 58,000) 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. Around the world, Cupertino is renowned as the headquarters of high-tech giant, Apple Inc., and many other Silicon Valley companies. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as a city with outstanding public schools including top ranked De Anza College, and beautiful open space preserves. The combination of innovation, education and collaboration make Cupertino a desirable location for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.
Excellent supplemental Benefit package includes: CalPERS Retirement:
o New employees to Cupertino hired after 12/29/12 with prior CalPERS (or recipricol agency) service– 2.0% @ 60, City pays 3.5% of employee contribution and employee pays remaining 3.5% of CalPERS employee share; effective 7/1/14, City pays 2% of employee contribution and employee pays remaining 5% of CalPERS employee share.
o New employees with no prior CalPERS service or a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more -– 2.0% @ 62 employee required by law to pay 50% of the Normal Cost which currently equates to 6.25% Choice of health insurance, portion of family premium paid by the City, and fully or partially paid premium for employee, depending on plan. Monthly contribution of $83.00 per month into a Health Reimbursement Arrangement account; additional $80.00 per month effective July 1, 2014. Fully paid life and disability insurance. Partially paid vision and dental insurance. Fully paid Employee Assistance Program. Educational reimbursement up to $1,200 for approved coursework. 12 holidays plus 20 hours of floating holidays annually. 8 hours of sick leave per month. 10 to 22 days of vacation annually. Free membership to the Cupertino Sports Center.
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. To apply online, visit www.calopps.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. Applications received through fax transmission by the final filing date are acceptable only on the condition that the original application is received no later than by 5 p.m. one week 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. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.