CLOSING DATE: April 01, 2015
COMPANY WEBSITE: http://alamedaca.gov/community-development
JOB DESCRIPTION: PLANNER I: $23.84 – $33.54 per hour; 4-day workweek plus excellent benefits
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Under direction, performs responsible professional planning work in connection with public assistance and information services, planning-related permit and application processing, research and investigation of current and advanced planning issues and performs other related work as required. This is the entry class in the professional planning series. Work in the class is closely monitored with detailed instructions given, particularly during earlier stages of employment.
Examples of Duties:
1. Provides information, support and assistance regarding planning and zoning policies, procedures, and practices: provides customer service at the Planning public counter.
2. Reviews or assists in the review of development proposals and project plans for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations; assigned to steward various plans and applications, including design review, variances, use permits, zoning clearances; sign permits, and other assigned projects through City processes.
3. Interprets, explains and applies government regulations.
4. Conducts basic research and compiles, analyzes and evaluates information pertinent to planning studies or planning permit processing, such as demographic, economic, social, environmental, land use, and housing data; may develop related recommendations.
5. Prepares various recommendations, reports, correspondence, and summaries, including illustrations, maps, and graphs; performs basic plan check review.
6. May make presentations to the Planning Board, Historical Advisory Board and other City Boards and Commissions or other groups or gatherings as assigned
7. Establishes and maintains accurate records and recordkeeping systems.
8. May coordinate work activities as assigned.
Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Experience & Other Requirements
1. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, urban design, environmental planning or related field.
2. Municipal planning and permit center customer service experience, especially in a California municipality, is highly desirable.
3. Selected positions may require possession of a valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
KNOWLEDGE OF basic municipal planning principles and practices, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), historic preservation, sustainable practices and economic development; public administration and municipal government operations; and basic mathematics and statistical methods; and current office methods, practices and technology including designated computer hardware and software programs.
ABILITY TO effectively perform professional planning work; perform basic plan check review; interpret, explain and apply complex governmental regulations, and established policies, procedures and codes; compile, analyze, evaluate and explain data related to planning studies; prepare and present clear and concise summaries, reports, maps and graphs; apply designated computer word processing, spreadsheets and database functions and other technological systems and software; read and interpret maps, building plans and specifications; establish and maintain accurate records; clearly define problems and develop solutions; perform multiple tasks and projects; set priorities, meet deadlines and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy, and initiative; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; and coordinate assigned work activities.
PART I: A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam.
PART II: An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam. FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.
PART III: A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%). A comprehensive review of each candidate’s technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position will be conducted. Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List. The ten (10) names highest on the list shall be certified to the department. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head. Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.
1. Apply ONLINE at http://alamedaca.gov/human-resources/job-opportunities or
2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.
Applications and completed Supplemental Questionnaires must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the last date to apply. No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow adequate delivery time. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.
VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City’s policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.
The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.