City of Santa Rosa, City PlannerView job details
The City of Santa Rosa is seeking qualified applicants to join a team of professionals performing highly responsible work in the field of urban planning and environmental analysis as City Planners!
A City Planner is the primary point of service for planning issues and meets face-to-face with applicants; conducts neighborhood meetings; makes staff presentations to the Planning Commission, the Design Review and Cultural Heritage Boards; and attends City Council meetings to answer questions about their assigned projects.
These are very busy, challenging, yet rewarding times for the Planning and Economic Development Department due to dramatic increase in activity as a result of the unprecedented October 2017 fire disaster in which several businesses and 5% of the City’s housing stock were destroyed. In addition, the City Council approved a comprehensive cannabis ordinance and program in December 2017 and included additional Planning staff to assist in the development of the cannabis land use permit program, the public review process, preparing reports and presentations, conducting outreach and education, and processing major cannabis permit applications.
There are currently two openings in Development review, staffing the front counter. The eligible list of candidates resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future City Planner vacancies in other sections of the department. Promotional opportunities will be available to Senior Planner as City Planners gain experience. This is an excellent opportunity to join the City and be part of a dynamic and professional team!
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: To be successful, a candidate will need to demonstrate a solid foundation in planning principles and practices through at least one year of full-time planning experience and related formal education; strong communication and interpersonal skills; and a track record of providing excellent customer service. In addition to basic computer software, knowledge of GIS, Accella or permit software is highly desirable. The ideal candidate is also a proven self-starter with a strong commitment to the field, thrives on managing multiple projects and working in a fast-paced, dynamic organization.
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of urban planning and zoning; laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions; current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning; applicable environmental laws and regulations; computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Knowledge of ArcMap GIS is highly desirable.
Ability to: Analyze and compile technical and statistical data and prepare reports; utilize computer software to prepare professional reports, spreadsheets, maps and presentations; perform complex professional planning work with a minimum of supervision; conduct and analyze planning studies and present the findings in an understandable manner; apply planning principles and practices to specific problems and formulate recommendations; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; work under pressure and meet established deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other agencies, municipal officials and the public.
Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience – Sufficient independent planning experience of a professional nature in a public planning environment. Typically this experience would be comparable to that gained in the City of Santa Rosa’s Planning and Economic Development Department. A minimum of one year of experience would be expected at the entry level. Education – Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work.
License or Certificate: This classification requires the ability to perform work at various locations. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various City facilities or work locations which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.