Town of Los Altos Hills, ASSOCIATE or SENIOR PLANNERView job details
CLOSING DATE: March 28, 2014
COMPANY WEBSITE: www.calopps.org
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Town is recruiting EITHER a Senior Planner and an Associate Planner.
Under supervision of the Community Development Director, performs a variety of professional work as a member of the Town Planning staff; independently conducts research and analysis in relation to the administration of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Ordinances; prepares reports and presentations to the Planning Commission and/or City Council on projects of considerable complexity; provides training, technical assistance, and direction to interns and other personnel on intermittent basis; acts as Director in the Director’s absence; and performs related duties as required.
Examples of Duties:
• Reviews applications for residential development; evaluates alternatives and conformance with Town policies, ordinances, the General Plan and state and federal laws; prepares and presents staff reports to the Planning Commission and the City Council regarding such applications
• Serves as project manager for complex planning projects, including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review for project plans and applications and making recommendations;’ manages consultant contracts including determining scope of work and budgets, tracking budgets and approving contract payments
• Supervises professional, technical and support staff, including determining workloads and schedules, developing and interpreting policies and procedures, effectively evaluating staff performance and making hiring and termination recommendations
• Updates and creates long-range planning documents such as the Town’s General Plan and other assigned plans; prepares modifications to specific General Plan elements.
• Reviews applications for zoning variances and other occupancies for conformance to applicable ordinances and policies
• Prepares written project analysis including identifying appropriate land use policy, design issues and environmental requirements; makes recommendations for action.
• Serves as staff liaison for committees and elected officials, including providing technical advice and giving presentations
• Confers with and provides information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes; explains codes, requirements and procedures and evaluates alternatives
• Conducts site inspections, including determining if projects are in compliance with laws, regulations and ordinances; makes recommendations on changes
• Evaluates projects for compliance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and prepares Negative Declarations or coordinates preparation of Environmental Impact Reports as necessary
• Substantial knowledge of the principles, practices of planning, and ability to perform environmental assessments including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as the ability to quickly acquire an understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning functions
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions, including the ability to accurately interpret and administer applicable codes, policies and Design Guidelines
• Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS concepts and applications
• Project management techniques
• Principles and practices of effective supervision
• Project management techniques
• Techniques for effectively representing the Town with governmental agencies, community groups, business, professional and regulatory bodies and with property owners, developers, contractors and the general public
Senior Planner Qualifications:
• Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in city, urban or environmental planning, architecture or a field related to the area of assignment and seven years of planning related experience, which must have included two years of project management or supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.
• At the option of the appointing authority or the Town, persons hired into this class may be required either to possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits, designated licenses, professional registration, certification or specialized education and training related to the area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record
• Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within the Town and away from the Town and to inspect various work, building or construction sites; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment up to twenty-five pounds, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio
Associate Planner Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in urban planning, geography, architecture, environmental studies and/or related field (Master’s degree desirable)
• Three years of professional experience in urban or environmental planning, preferably with a public agency or agencies
• Considerable experience dealing with diverse public and private interests in the planning and development process
• Possession of a valid Class C California driver license