City of Union City
The City of Union City Planning Division seeks a team-oriented professional to become a valued member of our planning staff. This position presents a unique opportunity to serve a diverse and growing community, and play a key role in its long-term strategic plan.
Under general direction of the Planning Manager and Economic and Community Development Director, performs complex and specialized professional services in current and long-range planning activities, including processing of complex development permits and special projects, related environmental review, zoning ordinance updates, area and specific plan updates, and large-scale plan preparation and review.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS This is the advanced journey-level class in the professional planning series. The Senior Planner performs planning work of substantial professional difficulty. This position is responsible for taking a lead role in the review and analysis of complex development projects with minimal need for direction or supervision. The Senior Planner also prepares long-range planning documents involving the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of technical data. Positions in this class require substantial professional planning experience and independent judgement. This classification is differentiated from the classifications of Assistant and/or Associate Planner by the nature and complexity of assignments and responsibility for the general and technical supervision of work performed by other planners.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only) Management, training, and general supervision of subordinate planning staff, including participation in selection and performance review.
Management of complex planning projects, including review of development plans for conformance with the General Plan, Municipal Code (including the Zoning Ordinance), and any applicable specific or area plan; review of site and architectural plans for conformance with applicable design standards; preparation of comprehensive written staff reports on projects, which include a recommended course of action and discussion of required findings; and oral presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council.
Preparation of amendments and updates to the General Plan and Municipal Code in conformance with State law.
Gathers, selects, compiles, and analyzes data with particular reference to its impact upon existing or future city plans.
Preparation of long-range planning documents, including, but not limited to, specific and area plans.
Preparation of environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, including management and administration of consultant-prepared initial studies, negative/mitigated negative declarations, and environmental impact reports.
Preparation and administration of contracts for consulting services, preparation of technical reports in cooperation with consultants, management of consultant’s work for compliance with scope of work and performance, and review of invoices for payment.
Serves as staff liaison/support for boards and commissions; assists in the preparation of agenda documents, prepares reports and materials, and presents oral presentations. Responds to public inquiries for planning and zoning related information.
Reviews and approves building permits for conformance with project approvals and the Municipal Code.
Researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends, prepares complex written reports and special studies on various planning matters.
Coordinates with other governmental jurisdictions, agencies, and citizen groups.
Works as an effective member of intra- and inter-departmental teams.
Education and Training:
Senior Planner position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, urban design or related field. A master’s degree in urban planning or related field, is highly desirable, supplemented by at least five years of progressively responsible planning experience, preferably in a municipal setting or an equivalent combination of training and experience. AICP Certification is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Thorough working knowledge of principles, methods, practices and trends of urban planning and zoning administration.
- Thorough working knowledge of federal, state, regional, and local laws and policies as they relate to the regulation of land-use including the California Environmental Quality Act and the Subdivision Map Act.
- Working knowledge of architectural design and site planning principles / methods.
- Working knowledge of sustainability principles and methods including green building, climate action planning, and energy efficiency.
- Working knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis methods.
- Working knowledge of computer software programs including Microsoft Office, Internet applications and GIS.
- Ability to read, comprehend, and interpret complex laws, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Ability to review plans to determine conformance with applicable regulations, laws, etc.
- Ability to provide feedback on architectural drawings
- Ability to interpret and analyze complex project plans and prepare clear and concise recommendations to other staff and decision makers.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports, and make effective oral presentations.
- Ability to perform field inspections of sites and buildings.
- Ability to establish and maintain helpful working relationships with the public, other city personnel, and outside agencies.
- Ability to provide all customers with friendly, accurate, and supportive service.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in one of the following retirement formulas, dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340: 1) 2.5% @ 55 (Class Employees – Tier 1; Employee Rate 8%), 2) 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees – Tier 2; Employee Rate 7%), or 3) 2% @ 62 (PEPRA; Employee Rate 7%). The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).
Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium is shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.
Medical/Dental: The City provides up to $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.
Leaves: 8 hours of sick leave/month with no limit on accumulation; 10 days of vacation per year for the first three years of service; 12 paid holidays per year plus 24 hours floating holidays.
Other: Educational Reimbursement for approved coursework; 9/80 work schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Deferred Compensation Plan available.
We encourage you to apply!
Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.
* Applications and resumes must be completed by the closing deadline.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.
The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: supplemental questions, a written exam, a performance exam, an oral interview, and medical exam.
A limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established.
Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list established by this recruitment.
The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities given a reasonable advanced notice request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.
The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.
To apply for this job please visit www.calopps.org.