City of San Jose, Planner IVView job details
CLOSING DATE: January 5, 2015
COMPANY WEBSITE: sanjoseca.gov
JOB DESCRIPTION: About the Department
The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation’s best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. The City’s Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE) and Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) are seeking individuals whose values align with the values of the City’s employees.
The Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department’s mission is to facilitate the preservation and building of a safe, attractive, vibrant and sustainable San José through partnership with and exceptional service to our diverse communities and customers.
The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department’s vision is to be a national leader of parks and recreation in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces.
Position and Duties
The City is recruiting to fill four vacant Planner IV positions. Presently, the PBCE Department has one permanent, full time position in Data Analytics/GIS/Policy Development and two permanent, full time positions in Development Review/Current Planning. The PRNS Department has one permanent, full time position (pending budget approval). Each of these positions will report to a Division Manager within the PBCE Department and the PRNS Department.
Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
The Planner IV positions in the PBCE Department supervises and leads a staff team as well as manages complex planning projects of considerable complexity and difficulty. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
– Provides frontline supervision to a team of professional Planners, Planning Technicians, and/or interns.
– Contributes to the evaluation and determination of recommendations on private or City initiated General Plan, Zoning, land use, subdivision, and other Planning applications based on applicable General Plan, Zoning Code, Council Policies, and other relevant guidance documents.
– Meets with applicants and other interested parties to problem-solve on issues associated with Planning applications.
– Reviews, edits, and writes reports to the Planning Commission, City Council, and other audiences.
– Makes presentations before the City Council, Planning Commission, neighborhood groups, or other agencies.
– Represents the City at meetings and/or conferences.
– Collaborates and coordinates with other City departments, government agencies, and other entities on matters relating to San José’s Planning programs.
– Communicates clearly and demonstrates excellent customer service consistent with PBCE standards.
– Contributes ideas and develops proposals for Council consideration to modify the Zoning Code, streamline processes, improve service delivery, conduct staff training, etc.
– Uses performance data to guide the work of the team.
Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
The PRNS Department is experiencing growth in workload for advanced planning projects and strategic studies such as the Greenprint Update, a Citywide Community Gardens Study, a Trails Strategic Plan as well as review and approval of complex development applications which involve park planning such as Communications Hills. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (1) identification of appropriate parks and recreation spaces as part of residential development plan applications under the Park Dedication and Park Impact Ordinances (“PDO and PIO”); (2) refinement of the existing PDO and PIO ordinances; and (3) development of publicly accessible private open space guidelines for the urban villages. The PRNS Planner IV position is intended to provide an overall lead for the park planning team with oversight for these activities with the help of existing staff and outside planning consultants for special projects.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:
1. Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, environmental studies, or a closely related field.
2. Experience: Five (5) years of professional planning experience that includes three (3) years of journey-level experience.
Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s Degree or sixty (60) semester hours of graduate coursework from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography or environmental studies, or a closely related filed can substitute for two (2) years of journey-level planning work experience.
3. Licenses or Certificates: A valid California driver’s license. AICP certification is desirable.
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 Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Analytical Thinking – approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, collects and analyzes data, uses logic and judgment to arrive at conclusions and recommendations.
Communication Skills – communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive, and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current, well organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.
Customer Service – demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers’ needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.
Job Expertise- demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
Leadership – leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, encourages and rewards risk-taking, allowing others to learn from mistakes.
Negotiating – achieves “win-win” outcomes by identifying common interests, clarifying differences, and achieving consensus or compromise.
Team Work & Interpersonal Skills – develops effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors, development applicants and community stakeholders by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process:
1. Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban studies, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban geography, environmental studies, or a closely related field? If so, please specify what your degree is in.
2. Do you have a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban studies, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban geography, environmental studies or a closely related field? If so, please specify what your degree is in.
3. Do you have increasingly responsible professional experience in city or regional planning, zoning or zoning administration, including journey-level experience? If so, please describe, including number of years of journey-level experience.
4. Do you have unique skills and experience that would allow you to be an ideal Planner IV? If so, please describe.
5. Do you have experience leading a group and/or team to resolve a specific problem? If yes, please describe how you led a group and/or team to resolve a specific problem.
6. Do you have an example of how you worked collaboratively with people from other departments to provide a single, unified message to a question from a customer instead of individual responses from each department that may have competing or conflicting requirements? If so, please describe.
7. Do you have a specific example of a situation in which you were responsible for resolving the concerns of a dissatisfied customer? If so, please explain: (a) what specifically you did; (b) why you took that action(s); (c) how the customer responded; and (d) what you learned from this experience and what you would do differently the next time you face a dissatisfied customer.
You may answer these questions directly in the on-line application system or on a separate document and then cut and paste your answers into the appropriate spaces when prompted.
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 further consideration.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection, or hiring processes, please contact Linh Le by phone at 408-535-5652 or email at Linh.Le@sanjoseca.gov.
Submission of a resume is optional. The Education History and Work History sections of the application must be completed or the application will be considered to be incomplete and may be withheld from further consideration.
E-mail is the default method of communication with applicants. To ensure that you receive timely notification regarding your application status, please provide a current e-mail address when submitting your application. It is also recommended that you adjust any spam filters to ensure that you can receive e-mails from @sanjoseca.gov.
The application deadline is 11:59 PM on the final filing date. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.
If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityJobs@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.
Employees in this classification are represented by City Association of Management Personnel, IFPTE, Local 21.