City of San Jose – Planner I/II/III

Planner I/II/III – Multiple Departments  (2100346): 

About the Department 

The City of San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation’s best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration.

To learn more about Environmental Services Department, click here

To learn more about Planning, Building & Code Enforcement, click here

To learn more about Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, click here

Positions & Duties

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Planner I/II/III classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

The annual salary for Planner I: $68,993.60- $83,824.00

The annual salary for Planner II: $ 80,433.60- $97,718.40

The annual salary for Planner III: $ 92,019.20-$ 112,132.80

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting to fill Planner I/II/III vacancies in the following departments:  Environmental Services, Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, and Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

Environmental Services Department – Land Use & Planning Group – Sustainability & Compliance Division

The Land Use & Planning group requires a Planner III with skills and competencies not typical of traditional Planning department positions to manage highly technical environmental permitting and regulatory requirements for the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility’s (Facility) Capital Improvement Program (CIP); coordinate internally and externally with a diverse group of engineers, project managers, consultants, other departments, and regulators, in order to obtain necessary environmental clearances for critical Facility infrastructure repair and replacement projects. This position must effectively manage a project-oriented workload while promoting a partnership with our CIP team. This Planner III position requires a highly organized and motivated self-starter with strong collaboration, communication, negotiating, and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated track record of successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously.

This position will report to and take direction from the Supervising Environmental Services Specialist managing the Land Use & Planning group. Typical responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate regulatory compliance with the Lead Agency (City of San Jose Planning Department) for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other federal, state, and local laws, and monitoring implementation of environmental mitigation measures for CIP projects.
  • Facilitate, coordinate, and oversee environmental permitting between project engineers, consultants, and regulatory agency staff. Permits may include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permit, Regional Water Quality Control Board Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Section 1600 Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement, State Historic Preservation Officer Section 106 consultation, and the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan.
  • Attend and participate in various highly technical engineering workshops associated with scoping, design, and construction of capital projects.
  • Assist project engineering staff with identification of environmental constraints and opportunities, and selection of environmentally preferred alternatives.
  • Perform field visits or inspections on active construction projects related to environmental mitigation measures and permit conditions.
  • Provide expertise and sound advice to project engineers and managers on the Plant Master Plan, CEQA, Historic Preservation, wetland conservation, biological permitting, and other planning-related information, requirements, policies, and guidelines.
  • Support managing consultant contract agreements for CEQA services, which includes managing services, completion times, budget, and maintaining a professional working relationship.
  • Provide a lead role or assistance in updating the Plant Master Plan and any affiliated studies.
  • Assist with program-level policy analysis and decision making.
  • Collect and analyze data related to existing and planned land uses and environmentally sensitive resources.
  • Perform duties under independent judgment and initiative.

Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department 

The Planning, Building and Code Enforcement is currently recruiting for Planner I/II/III positions in the Planning Division.  The Planning Division is divided into the following four sections:

Citywide Planning – Long range planning, General Plan amendments, zoning and sign code amendments, preparation of Urban Village/area plans, station area planning, urban design, housing policy, data analysis/GIS and special projects

Environmental Review – Review projects for compliance with CEQA, NEPA, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan, and City environmental protection policies

Development Review – Entitlement of zonings and development permits, historic preservation, and community outreach

Permit Center – Plan check conformance, review for development projects, front counter/public information, and zoning compliance

Click here to access the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan and Urban Village Plan Development.

The ideal candidates will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills, and a supreme work ethic.  These positions require excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility and written and verbal communications skills.

  • Typical duties for a Planner I/II/III position include but are not limited to:
  • Oversees and coordinates land use entitlements including zonings, development permits, and/or environmental documents to meet the requirements of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state laws and local ordinances.
  • Provides information and direction to professionals, developers and the public concerning the General Plan, zoning ordinance, CEQA, historic preservation, and other planning development policies and guidelines.
  • Manages the preparation of the Urban Village, station area or other area plans that address land use, urban design, circulation and streetscape, parks and open spaces, sustainability and plan implementation and financing.
  • Manages land use entitlements, including SB 35 and AB 2162 ministerial permits for supportive or extremely low-income (ELI) housing development projects and supports policy work to facilitate the production of affordable housing, including General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments.
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and recommendations on land use decisions at community meetings and public hearings.
  • Confers and coordinates with other departments, agencies, professionals, and the public on land use related matters.
  • Participates in the preparation of amendments and updates to the Zoning Ordinance and Sign Ordinance.
  • Participates in the development of planning policies, including General Plan, housing, and other development focused policies.
  • Conducts research, data management (including GIS), analysis and reporting in support of other Planning activities.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature requiring independent judgment and initiative.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and recommendations on land use decisions at community meetings and public hearings.
  • Confers and coordinates with other departments, agencies, professionals, and the public on land use related matters.
  • Participates in the preparation of amendments and updates to the Zoning Ordinance and Sign Ordinance.
  • Participates in the development of planning policies, including General Plan, housing, and other development focused policies.
  • Conducts research, data management (including GIS), analysis and reporting in support of other Planning activities.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature requiring independent judgment and initiative.

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department 

The Capital Projects Team in PRNS’ Parks Division has an exciting opportunity for a Planner I/II/III position within its Strategic Planning unit.  This is a limit dated position with a current budgeted end date of June 30, 2021, and the likelihood of an extension.  This position may also be converted to a one year overstrength position with the  possibility of extension.  

The position reports directly to the Supervising Planner (IV) of the Strategic Planning Team. We are looking for a candidate with highly professional written, verbal communication, and public presentation skills. The ideal candidate will also possess strong analytical skills and an aptitude for cultivating and maintaining good relationships with a variety of stakeholders such as internal departments, other external organizations, private businesses, consultants, and the community.

Typical responsibilities for this opportunity include, but may not be limited to:

  • Coordinating the preparation of the Urban Village, station area or other area plans that address land use, urban design, circulation and streetscape, parks and open spaces, sustainability and plan implementation and financing.
  • Reviewing newly filed residential development proposals for compliance with City polices and municipal codes (primarily the Parkland Dedication and Park Impact ordinances – San Jose Municipal Code Chapters 19.38 and 14.25).
  • Data collection, management, and analysis (including GIS and Spatial analysis)
  • Preparing professional documents (such as City Council memos, staff reports, letters to outside customers, etc.).
  • Preparing and delivering oral and written reports and recommendations on land use decisions at staff meetings, community meetings, and public hearings.
  • Contract and agreement review and development.
  • Reviewing and editing California Environmental Quality Act and federal NEPA documents

**This position requires attendance at some evening and occasional weekend meetings outside of standard working hours. The number of evening and weekend meetings varies and is not predictable each month.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

 

Qualifications

 

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field.

Experience: Planner I: none; Planner II: two (2) years of entry-level professional planning experience; Planner III: four (4) years of professional planning experience including two years as a Planner II or equivalent.

Acceptable Substitution: Master’s Degree or sixty (60) semester hours of graduate course work from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field can substitute for the two (2) years as a Planner II or equivalent.

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license may be required for some assignments.

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 US Department of Labor.

Competencies

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise:  Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices in the planning profession, development of entitlement processes, and federal and state rules and regulations.

Analytical Thinking: Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Communication Skills:  Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers’ needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful, and friendly manner.

Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Selection Process 

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

 1.  Which of the following does your planning work experience include? Please check all that apply.

  • Long-range planning (i.e. General Plan Update; specific plans)
  • Development review (i.e. entitlement of zonings and development permits, architectural/ urban design review)
  • Environmental review (i.e. CEQA/NEPA compliance review of development projects, review of environmental clearances)
  • Permit center (i.e. public information/ customer service, plan conformance,)
  • Historic preservation
  • Research and data management (i.e. GIS, databases)
  • Park and recreational planning
  • Public facilities planning
  • Obtaining and/or overseeing compliance with permits from regulatory agencies (i.e. the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)

2.  From the areas you selected above, please describe your professional work experience in detail and specify the years of experience, the agencies (public agency or private-sector consulting firm) where you gained the experience, and your job title(s).

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Manjit Atwal at manjit.atwal@sanjoseca.gov.

 

Additional Information 

Link to Benefits page

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.   

The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or Human.Resources@sanjoseca.gov if you have any questions.

 

 

Job

: Planning

Schedule

: Full-time

Employee Status

: Regular

Job Type

: Standard

Job Posting

: Apr 26, 2021, 10:36:23 AM

Minimum Salary

: 68,993.60

Maximum Salary

: 112,132.80

Bargaining Unit 1: Municipal Employees’ Federation