Planner I/II/III – City of San José

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

  • Citywide Planning – Long range planning, General Plan updates and amendments, zoning and sign code amendments, preparation of Urban Village/area plans, transit station area planning, housing policy, data analysis/GIS, grant management, and community engagement
  • Environmental Review – Review of environmental clearances, CEQA compliance review of development projects
  • Development Review – Entitlement development and use permits, subdivisions, rezonings, historic preservation, and community engagement
  • Permit Center – Plan check conformance, review for development projects, front counter/public information, and zoning compliance

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

Salary range:
Planner I: $78,165.36 – $94,960.32
Planner II: $91,138 – $110,706.96
Planner III: $104,264.16 – $127,021.44
Application deadline: Monday, September 19, 2022
Link to Apply:

Position and Duties

Per the City’s COVID19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment, absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, “up-to-date” means that an employee is not only “fully vaccinated,” but has also obtained any booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccination for which they are eligible, within 15 days of first becoming eligible.

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

The full salary ranges for Planner I/II/II classification are shown below. All ranges include an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The annual salary for Planner I: $78,165.36 – $94,960.32

The annual salary for Planner II: $91,138 – $110,706.96

The annual salary for Planner III: $104,264.16 – $127,021.44

Typical duties for a Planner I/II/III position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviews and coordinates land use entitlements including development and use permits, zonings, , and/or environmental documents to meet the requirements of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state laws and local ordinances.
  • Manages the preparation of the Urban Village, transit station area or other area plans that address land use, urban design, circulation and streetscape, and parks and open spaces. Applies for and manages grants.­­­
  • Coordinates with cross-discipline internal and external project team members to establish and update project schedules, identify and resolve issues, communicate progress on a regular basis, and keep various stakeholders informed. Manages projects to ensure that all parties are on-track with project requirements, deadlines, and schedules.
  • Confers and coordinates with other departments, agencies, professionals, and the public on land use related matters.
  • 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.
  • 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, affordable housing, and other development-focused policies.
  • Conducts research, data management (including GIS), analysis and reporting in support of other Planning activities.
  • Uses a permitting database system to track project statuses and workflow. Conducts electronic plan review.
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and recommendations on land use proposals at community meetings and public hearings.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature requiring independent judgment and initiative. 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.

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 and who provide the best responses to the Job Specific Questions 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. You will be evaluated on the quality of your response and your written communication skills.  Please specify your degree, major, and the accredited college or university you obtained it from.

* Please specify your degree, major, and the accredited college or university you obtained it from.

* Please describe your academic and/or professional work experience in planning or a planning-related field, with a public agency, private consulting firm, or nonprofit in the area of Long-Range Planning, Development Review, Environmental Review, Permit Center, Historic Preservation, Research and Data Management, and/or Project Management. Specify years of experience and the employers from where you obtained the experience. (Your response should be consistent with your work history).

* Please describe your experience working with internal and/or external customers. In your response specify your responsibilities and length of experience. (Your response should be consistent with your work history).

* Please share an example of how you have had to adapt to technology or protocol changes at work. (Your response should be consistent with your work history).

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 Emma Go at

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, environmental studies or a closely related field.
  2. 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 2 years as a City of San Jose Planner II or equivalent.

  1. Acceptable Substitution: Master’s Degree or sixty (60) semester units 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 years of professional planning experience equivalent to Planner II.
  2. 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 Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, demonstrated by 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, and 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 using professional. demeanor.

Flexibility: Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

Project Management:  Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives

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

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

Recruitment Contact

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