CLOSING DATE: May 5, 2016
COMPANY WEBSITE: www.sccjobs.org
JOB DESCRIPTION: Job Title: Associate Planner
Salary: $35.70 – $43.21 Hourly
$2,855.60 – $3,456.56 Biweekly
$6,187.L3 – $7,489.21 Monthly
$74,245.60 – $89,870.56 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Throughout the County of Santa Clara, California
Final Filing Date: 05/24/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Under general direction, to provide service to the public and permit applicants, to review and process development applications for cities, agencies and other county departments, to conduct planning studies, feasibility studies, master plans and concept plans, to perform research and analysis of planning data, and to assist in the administration of zoning, planning, or parks and recreation development programs.
The Santa Clara County Planning Office is located at the County Government Center. The position will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing and processing land use applications (Use Permit, Subdivision, and Design Review) and their related building and development permits. This position may also assist in working on comprehensive planning projects, including housing element implementation, and updates to the Zoning Ordinance and related development standards. Responsibilities include writing staff reports, preparing CEQA documents and making presentations at public meetings and hearings. A successful candidate should have education and/or experience in land use planning, CEQA/environmental review, project management, and familiarity with local, state and federal land use laws and policies.
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department Office is located in Vasona Lake County Park. The Associate Planner positions are entrusted to research, analyze, plan, coordinate, and implement a diverse array of park and trail planning projects such as park master/conceptual plans, site plans, trail plans, and feasibility studies. They may also review outside agency projects and plans and provide input that advocates for or otherwise protects the interests of the Parks Department. As project managers, Associate Planners hire and manage consultants and other subject matter experts; conduct public meetings; interface with the public, stakeholder groups, and other agencies; and present findings in public forums (i.e., Parks and Recreation Commission). Top-level candidates should be familiar with CEQA/environmental review and local, state and federal land use laws and processes. Exceptional candidates will demonstrate outstanding collaboration, creative problem solving, and technical skills; in addition to parks, natural resource, and/or related regional planning experience.
This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at www.sccjobs.org. Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.
• Participates in the development and management of planning studies, feasibility studies, master plans and concept plans, coordinates the work on minor projects, and reports on topics, such as land use, housing, historic resources, environmental impacts and economic development, in support of new or updated plan policies, regulations or programs;
• Analyzes and reviews land development applications, site plans and building permit applications for completeness and conformance with policies, ordinances, master plans, concept plans, County General Plan, conditions of approval, and State and Federal regulations, prepares conditions of approval where necessary, and takes discretionary action on certain land development projects that are reviewed at the staff level, making required findings;
• Abstracts information from aerial photographs, subdivision maps, census reports, building permits, etc., for analysis in planning studies;
• Analyzes geographic information systems data and creates maps;
• Prepares maps, plans, graphs, and other visual aids;
• Performs field inspections to gather data relevant to planning projects and the development review process and/or to verify that development projects comply with approved plans or to initiate actions necessary to correct violations of regulations or project conditions;
• Prepares recommendations and presents detailed reports on development applications, master plans, concept plans, feasibility studies and other planning-related documents to decision-making bodies such as Board of Supervisors, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Airport Land Use Commission, Historical Heritage Commission, Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee, and San Martin Planning Advisory Committee;
• Enters development permit information and permit process workflow data in a central database;
• Tracks application and project expenses and verifies the accuracy of invoices;
• Coordinates staff, agency and community review of development applications, zoning and plan amendments;
• Answers inquiries and provides general information to the public regarding land use projects, permitting procedures, development policies, plans, zoning ordinances and other regulations;
• Provides information to the public regarding the permitting and development review requirements of other County departments such as Fire Marshal’s Office, Environmental Health, Land Development Engineering, Geology, Roads and Airports, and Building, and County programs such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation, and the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan;
• Provides customer support for the preparation and processing of routine to moderately difficult development applications, re-zonings, and plan amendments;
• Writes and delivers presentations;
• Participates in meetings, conferences, and workshops;
• Prepares environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) such as Categorical Exemptions, Negative Declarations or Addendum to Environmental Impact Reports;
• Conducts in-depth property specific research including the review of deeds and other legal documents;
• Conducts outreach to community groups, government agencies, developers and the public to encourage participation, resolve problems or obtain input;
• Resolves issues and complaints from the public or neighbors and permit applicants;
• Attends evening meetings;
• May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
• Performs related duties as required.
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a major in planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, natural resources, social science or related field;
Two (2) years of professional planning experience. A Master’s degree in planning may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. A Master’s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver’s Permit.
Possession of license, registration or certification in a related field, such as American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is desirable.
• Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration;
• Environmental protection regulations such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),
• National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation
• Act, and Endangered Species Act;
• State and local laws pertaining to land use such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation
• Program, and Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan;
• Relationship of land use planning to the requirements of other County departments such as Fire Marshal’s Office, Environmental Health, Land Development Engineering, Geology, Roads and Airports, and Building;
• Principles of effective customer service;
• Research, report writing and presentation techniques;
• Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development;
• Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, internet, and geographic information systems.
• Review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance;
• Interpret the zoning ordinance and other policy documents;
• Perform research and analysis of data; Prepare clear and concise reports;
• Communicate technical reports, policies and ordinances to the public and decision-making bodies;
• Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff;
• Speak and write effectively;
• Manage multiple projects and issues effectively and meet firm deadlines;
VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION
Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD2I4 form, and received a discharge of other than dishonorable, from the armed forces showing service in any branch of the United States military will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.
THE EXAMINATION PROCESS
The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.
This recruitment requires completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge and abilities for the position you are applying for. Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.
New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.
DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS
Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers (DSW). In the event of a catastrophic event, County employees may be expected to fulfill emergency action assignments. As DSW’s, they may be assigned to assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation of lives and property.
INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION
For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $117,020 for 2016): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If you were a member prior to January 2013, the limit is $265,000 for 2016.