City of Orinda – Planning Technician (Limited Term-18 months)

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COMPENSATION: $4,837 – $5,844 per month [Depending on Qualifications]
HOURS: 40 hours per week [some evenings]
FILING DEADLINE: February 18, 2020 – 5:00 PM

The Position

The City of Orinda Planning Department is seeking a strong, customer-service oriented Planning Technician, for a limited-term, to primarily staff the Planning Counter and process code-enforcement cases. Depending on experience, the successful candidate may also gain opportunities to assist with various current and long-range planning tasks. This non-exempt position will report to the Director of Planning.

Qualifications

All City of Orinda employees are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s core values including serving the public, being respectful and accountable, maintaining professionalism, and demonstrating responsibility. Specific qualifications for the position are noted in the following table.

Table 1. Required and preferred qualifications.

Planning Technician

Limited Term – 18 Months

COMPENSATION: $4,837 – $5,844 per month [Depending on Qualifications]
HOURS: 40 hours per week [some evenings]
FILING DEADLINE: February 18, 2020 – 5:00 PM

The Position

The City of Orinda Planning Department is seeking a strong, customer-service oriented Planning Technician, for a limited-term, to primarily staff the Planning Counter and process code-enforcement cases. Depending on experience, the successful candidate may also gain opportunities to assist with various current and long-range planning tasks. This non-exempt position will report to the Director of Planning.

Qualifications

All City of Orinda employees are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s core values including serving the public, being respectful and accountable, maintaining professionalism, and demonstrating responsibility. Specific qualifications for the position are noted in the following table.

Table 1. Required and preferred qualifications.

Planning Technician

Limited Term – 18 Months

COMPENSATION: $4,837 – $5,844 per month [Depending on Qualifications]
HOURS: 40 hours per week [some evenings]
FILING DEADLINE: February 18, 2020 – 5:00 PM

The Position

The City of Orinda Planning Department is seeking a strong, customer-service oriented Planning Technician, for a limited-term, to primarily staff the Planning Counter and process code-enforcement cases. Depending on experience, the successful candidate may also gain opportunities to assist with various current and long-range planning tasks. This non-exempt position will report to the Director of Planning.

Qualifications

All City of Orinda employees are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s core values including serving the public, being respectful and accountable, maintaining professionalism, and demonstrating responsibility. Specific qualifications for the position are noted in the following.

Education & Experience:

  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field;
  • Equivalent to two-years of college, supplemented by at least two years of job experience or training in the planning or a planning-related field; or
  • Four years of planning and building administrative support experience.

Other Qualifications Required:

  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check and an occupational medical pre-employment physical exam which includes a pre-employment drug screen.
  • Ability to work in a standard office environment including ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and lift 30 pounds as well as ability travel to different sites and locations.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Strong communication (written and oral), research, and analytical skills.
  • Competency in basic computer programs/applications such as Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Box, etc.
  • Basic understanding of planning principles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework and/or experience with aspects of urban planning, long-range planning, urban redevelopment, public policy, civic engagement, stakeholder participation, and governance.
  • Ability to be remain flexible and work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to learn fast and adapt quickly without comprising the quality of work.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS.

Typical Functions

  • Staffs the Planning Counter to assist the public, conduct plan checks, collect and process forms, and file permit applications and plans.
  • Responds to email, telephone, and counter inquiries regarding the municipal code, entitlements, and the City’s development policies and procedures.
  • Conducts field work, including Planning Final Inspections, site visits, and code-enforcement.
  • Receives, investigates, and monitors requests to investigate alleged violations of the municipal codes and other complaints.
  • Coordinates and conducts abatement procedures, including preparing correspondence, coordination with other agencies (Contra Costa County Building Division, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, etc.).
  • Processes applications for a hillside-grading permit, elevated-deck permit, exception permit, tree-removal permit, and other “minor” discretionary projects.
  • Assists staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects and provides support at community meetings as necessary.
  • Researches and prepares routine graphic displays/exhibits for use by the Department, Planning Commission, and City Council.
  • Drafts reports of limited or variable complexity.

How to Apply

Please visit CalOpps.org to submit a fully-completed application, current resume, and a cover letter before the filing deadline. A limited number of applicants with the most desirable qualifications, as determined by initial screening of applications and resume, will be invited to participate in an interview and testing process that may consist of a written test and oral-board interview. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to participate further in the selection process. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (925) 253-4214 or at humanresources@cityoforinda.org.

Completed application materials must be submitted on the CalOpps.org website by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Orinda is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex origin or disability.  In accordance with Federal law, the City of Orinda will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.  Candidates with a disability which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should submit a request for accommodation with the application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.