City of Fremont – Associate Planner, Affordable Housing

ABOUT US

As a well-managed and innovative city, Fremont has recently generated national attention by placing in Money Magazine’s top 50 “Best Places to Live 2016” in the country, and ranking 4th on the “Most Family Friendly” list of California cities by Estately. Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 231,664 residents. As a full service city, Fremont employs over 915 regular employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $190 million.

Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity. Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service. Think Fremont!

THE VISION

The City of Fremont cares about its community and continuously strives to enhance the quality of life of its residents by increasing, improving, and preserving affordable housing in Fremont. To this end, the Housing Division is dedicated to meeting the goals of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and the Housing Element in order to provide affordable housing opportunities for families at different income levels. The Associate Planner in the Housing Division will play a vital role in ensuring progress towards meeting these goals as well as other development goals throughout the City.

HOW WILL THE ASSOCIATE PLANNER BE SUCCESSFUL

– By serving as team lead/project manager and coordinating the development review process for planning and development applications; reviewing and analyzing land use compatibility, environmental impacts, and compliance with local and state regulations and City policies.
– By evaluating and reviewing affordable housing development plans; communicating with applicants, consultants, staff and members of the public; preparing staff reports, Initial Studies and correspondence.
– By conducting research and site inspections.
– By developing schedules and methods to accomplish assignments, ensuring work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
– By preparing meeting materials and making presentations to the Planning Commission, City Council and other boards and commissions, as needed.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR THIS JOB WILL TYPICALLY HAVE:

Any combination of education and/or experience which has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be: education and/or experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in city or urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, geography, public administration, or a closely related field and four years of experience in professional planning, community development, or affordable housing, of which one year must be at a level equivalent to the City’s class of Planner II. An appropriate Master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s license and satisfactory driving record are required.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN A CANDIDATE:

The City is searching for a self-motivated individual who has a strong background in affordable housing development review process and has knowledge and experience in affordable housing, multiple layering, and competitive financing. Candidates must have knowledge of the planning principles and practices related to affordable housing development applications. The successful candidate will have strong analytical thinking, problem solving, design review, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, and the ability to review a variety of planning and development applications and conduct environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The annual salary is $89,628— $108,949 depending on qualifications. Fremont offers an attractive benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to:
CalPERS retirement plan, paid holidays, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete benefits summary can be found at: https://fremont.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18704

READY TO APPLY?

To view the complete job announcement and application instructions, visit www.fremont.gov/cityjobs

The first review of applications is 12 noon, April 12, 2018.