City of San Jose – Land Use and Economic Development Policy Advisor

The Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo is seeking a highly qualified professional to serve as a member of the Mayor’s Policy Team, working on several priority initiatives, making recommendations and developing action plans for meeting the Mayor’s policy objectives. This position will focus on policy areas of land use and economic development. The focus of this position is to provide technical expertise and advice in the area of land use. The ideal candidate will have a strong grasp of urban planning and understand the 2040 General Plan for the City of San José. 

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This position will:

– Develop and maintain positive working relationships with City Council offices, City Development Services Team, corporate and development community, and neighborhood associations
– Support Council Committee meetings, including:
    • Community & Economic Development Council Committee
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Development Services Meetings: Process Improvements
    • Meetings for the planning of Diridon Station Area, namely the following committees: Diridon Station Area Plan, Diridon Integrated Station Concept, Station Area Advisory Group
    • Airport Commission
    • Planning Director’s Hearing
    • Planning Commission Meetings
    • Developer Roundtable Meetings
    • North San José Roundtable Meetings
    • Urban Village Advisory Group Meetings
    • Business Appreciation Visits
– Attend and represent the Mayor at City-related meetings and activities
– Draft routine to complex correspondence, memoranda, and reports which articulate the Mayor’s land use and economic policy initiatives
– Conduct public meetings and events on behalf of the elected official and/or prepare summaries of public and private meetings, reports, memoranda and other documents for review by senior staff and the Mayor
– Prepare or assist in preparation of speeches and talking points for the Mayor
– Provide support in community engagement efforts with neighborhood, district or city-wide business or community groups or associations and other interested parties regarding community concerns, issues, and priorities
– Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

1.Education: A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university, preferably in the field of Urban, City, or Regional Planning, or a related field.
*Strongly preferred: Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and/or 4-years of land use and economic development experience
2. Experience: At least four (4) years of professional experience in land use and economic development experience or a closely-related field, with duties similar to those listed above. In addition, we are specifically seeking candidates who:
Experience: At least four (4) years of professional experience in land use and economic development experience or a closely-related field, with duties similar to those listed above. In addition, we are specifically seeking candidates who:
– Demonstrate a history of receiving progressively-increasing responsibilities and documented success at each level
-Possess experience managing complex projects and/or interdepartmental teams
-Have reported directly to or worked alongside an organization’s senior leadership team
-Have prior work experience in local government or political offices
    • Continued monitoring and analysis of cost of development/city fee structure through dialogue with City staff and development community
    • Familiarity with San José General Plan, zoning concepts, and the planning process
    • Economic development experience including business attraction and retention programs, workforce development experience, and placemaking
3. 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 José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.
Desired Skills and Core Competencies
A competitive candidate will possess all of the following attributes:
– Bilingual skills: oral and written proficiency with languages such as Spanish or Vietnamese
– Excellent project management skills: ability to lead committee meetings listed above
– Ability to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Ability to exercise sound judgment in developing, analyzing, and evaluating various programs and services
-Ability to manage programs, activities, and projects within the scope and authority of the Mayor
– Strong and effective organizational skills
– Ability to thrive and succeed in a high-energy, fast-paced environment that is the Mayor’s Office of America’s 10th Largest City
Application & Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to the interview process, which may include practical/writing exercises.
To be considered for this position, you must fill out the online application available on the City of San José website and submit the following:
-Cover Letter & Resume
-Three (3) writing samples that best demonstrate your level of proficiency
-Responses to the following job-specific questions:
  • Describe your background/experience in urban planning and land use including any specific experience in San José.
  • What do you see are the biggest challenges to San José from a land use and economic development perspective?
  • Describe your experience facilitating development and the planning/entitlement process.
  • Describe any experience in politics or local government.