City of Santa Clara – Principal Planner

SALARY: $69.86 – $90.40 Hourly
$12,109.46 – $15,669.78 Monthly
$145,313.52 – $188,037.36 Annually

 

OPENING DATE: 06/03/22
CLOSING DATE: 06/24/22 04:00 PM
EXAM WEIGHT: 100% Oral
TENTATIVE EXAM INFORMATION:
DESCRIPTION:

The Department: 
The Community Development Department strives to enhance the community’s safety, welfare, quality of life, and economic opportunities by providing advanced planning, development review, permitting and inspection services, as well as administration of programs related to affordable housing. To learn more about the City of Santa Clara’s Department of Community Development/Housing click here.
 
The Position: 
This is a management position in the Unclassified Service responsible for managing a variety of programs and activities of the Community Development Department. The Principal Planner provides management/supervisorial oversight for advanced planning, policy development, current planning, code enforcement and/or other special project teams and may act as project manager for significant projects. The position’s major responsibility will be to ensure timely and efficient completion of current planning/land use entitlement activity and long-range planning projects such as the City’s General Plan updates, Housing Element updates, zoning code revisions, specific plan creation, and updates of various City design guidelines. The Principal Planner may also act as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, Architectural Review Committee or other City Committees. An incumbent in this classification performs professional planning work of considerable difficulty in the field of urban planning and may serve as the City’s Zoning Administrator.

The Department is also recruiting for a Development Review Officer.  To view the job announcement and apply, please visit our website.

As a member of the City’s Unclassified Service, this is an “at will” position, and the incumbent serves at the discretion of the City Manager.  An incumbent in this classification demonstrates strong ethical, professional, and service-oriented leadership and interpersonal skills; sets a good example; and correctly applies the tenets of the City’s Code of Ethics and Values.

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.

TYPICAL DUTIES:

This description may not include all the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be performed.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

With General Direction:
For all Departments:
• Prepare statistics and other information for general distribution;
• Manage, train and evaluate staff and develop processes designed to support a continuous learning assignment;
• Act as technical and management advisor to staff in solving difficult assignments and reviewing objectives, techniques of execution and findings; and
• May represent the City at county, regional and State committees, meetings, and working groups.

For Community Development Department:
• Manage current planning and policy planning projects and programs  under the general direction of the Planning Manager and the Director of Community Development;
• Research, analyze and present data in the form of written, graphic, or oral reports for general distribution or before commissions and public hearings;
• Plan, manage, and participate in the preparation of advanced planning projects;
• Provide technical and management assistance to department staff in solving difficult assignments and in reviewing objectives, techniques of execution and resultant finding;
• Assist in the review of the City’s General Plan and preparation of new ordinances to effectuate the same and the coordination of land development activity to be consistent with the General Plan;
• Research, plan and perform technical analysis for complex planning projects and preparation of reports including recommendations;
• Coordinate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental consultants, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) requirements associated with advanced planning projects;
• Plan and participate in meetings of various civic, business and community organizations;
• Assist the Planning Manager in the staffing of the Planning Commission, the Permit Center and the allocation of budget and staffing resources as directed;
• May lead a team on a planning initiative;
• May act as the Planning Manager or the Director in their absence;
• May represent the Department at the Architectural Committee, Historical and Landmarks Commission, Planning Commission, and other planning advisory or decision-making committees; and
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

To view the full list of duties and minimum qualifications, view the class specification here.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:
• Experience in managing consultants on large and complex projects involving significant public outreach, steering committees, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

For Community Development Department:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in City Planning, Architecture or a related field; and
• Four (4) years of professional experience with a municipal planning agency or closely related planning experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.
• A Master’s degree in City Planning, Architecture or a related field is desirable.
 
Acceptable Substitution:
None.

License/Certifications:
Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver’s license is required at time of application and for the duration of employment.

Desirable Qualifications:
For Community Development Department:
• Experience coordinating multiple disciplines involved in policy planning is desirable.
• California professional municipal or closely related planning experience is desirable.
• Certification through the American Planning Association (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) as a Certified Planner is desirable.

Other Requirements:
• May be required to work nights and/or weekends.
• Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager Directive 100.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the interview process.  Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test.  
 
Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of:
For all Departments:
• Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards.

For Community Development Department:
• Principles,  practices and trends of community and urban planning and land use management and their administration;
• Land use entitlement procedures and customer service principles;
• Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to general plans, environmental matters, redevelopment, zoning and land development, e.g., CEQA, NEPA, the subdivision Map Act, etc.;
• Physical, social and economic implications involved in city planning, including the development of urban, environmental and aesthetic needs;
• Research methods, including statistics;
• Governmental organization, transportation, communications and public utility systems as related to planning;
• Legal considerations and provisions of planning law, environmental law, zoning administration and subdivision regulations;
• Coordinating multiple disciplines involved in policy planning;
• Computer software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, permitting software and Geographic Information System (GIS);
• Best practices for land use policy development, General Plan updates, creation of specific plans, writing municipal code, and other advanced planning projects; and
• Principles, practices and techniques of managing consultants on large and complex projects involving significant public outreach, steering committees, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ability to:
For all Departments:
• Exercise independent judgment and initiative with minimal supervision;
• Develop well-supported recommendations;
• Prepare and present highly technical and complex written and oral reports to City Council, Citizens and City Staff;
• Plan, organize, direct and coordinate organization activities and effective manage the work of others;
• Manage, organize and conduct research studies and reports;
• Draw logical and perceptive conclusions from factual data;
• Define alternative actions and creative solutions;
• Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals;
• Train and supervise the work of others in a team environment;
• Communicate logically and clearly, both orally and in writing;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including staff, developers and citizens;
• Effectively represent the City at a variety of inter-governmental and public meetings;
• Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines;
• Walk or stand for extended periods of time; and
• Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned duties.

For Community Development Department
• Manage, organize and conduct planning research studies and reports;
• Draw logical and perceptive conclusions from factual data;
• Define alternative actions and creative solutions;
• Work cooperatively with others and maintain a collaborative approach for resolving complex planning and development projects;
• Collaborate with local, regional and State agencies and organizations in complex current and/or advanced planning projects;
• Supervise preparation of maps, charts and other graphic materials;
• Train and supervise the work of others in a team environment;
• Read and interpret planning policies and apply code requirements; and
• Collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning and land use situations.

Additional Information:
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. Applications must be filled out completely (i.e. do not write “see resume or personnel file.”)  To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) Cover Letter and, 2) Resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application packets may be submitted online through the “Apply Now” feature on the job announcement at www.santaclaraca.gov.   Applications must be submitted by the filing deadline of Friday, June 24, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

The City of Santa Clara is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. The City of Santa Clara is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 615-2080 or HumanResources@santaclaraca.gov.

 

Principal Planner Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Select the option that best describes how you meet the minimum qualifications.
Checkbox I possess a Bachelor’s degree in City Planning, Architecture or a related field and four (4) years of professional experience with a municipal planning agency or closely related planning experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.
Checkbox I possess a Master’s degree in City Planning, Architecture or a related field and four (4) years of professional experience with a municipal planning agency or closely related planning experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.
Checkbox I do not meet the minimum qualifications.
* 2. Describe your experience in managing consultants on large and complex projects involving significant public outreach, steering committees, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
* 3. Do you possess a valid California driver’s license?
Checkbox Yes
Checkbox No
Checkbox I do not possess a valid California driver’s license, but have the ability to obtain one prior to appointment.
* 4. Do you have Certification through the American Planning Association (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) as a Certified Planner?
Yes Yes    No No
* 5. The Department is also recruiting for a Development Review Officer. If you meet the minimum qualifications, would you be interested in being considered for this position?
Yes Yes    No No
* 6. Please describe your experience (length of years and number of staff members) supervising and managing staff.
* 7. Please describe breadth of experience (type of projects, complexities, and number of years) working on current planning projects.
* 8. Please describe your breadth of experience (type of projects, complexities, and number of years) working on long range planning projects.
* 9. Have you led a public hearing as the presiding officer before? If so, please describe the breadth of experience (type of meeting, number of meetings as presiding officer, and types of projects) you have had experience presiding over in a hearing body. If you do not have this experience, please describe your experience leading a group or body through a planning process.
* Required Question