Planner & Associate Planner

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $92,352.00 - $121,201.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Description

The Planning and Development Services (PDS) Department provides the City Council and community with creative guidance and effective implementation of land use development, planning, transportation, housing and environmental policies, plans and programs in order to maintain and enhance the City's safety, vitality, and attractiveness.

The Planning and Development Services Department is seeking multiple professionals to fill the position of Planner and Associate Planner to work on the Current Planning Team. This is a fast-paced, dynamic and innovative work environment focusing on exceptional customer service. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong work ethic, technical knowledge and a desire to learn and will possess relevant municipal experience in the site of California. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to foster effective, cooperative working relationships with City staff, property owners, the development community and citizens at large are essential.

The selected candidate(s) must be able to perform a variety of planning functions within the department. The position will be part of the Current Planning Team, working on projects that include preparing staff reports, work with CEQA and/or historic consultants, reviewing discretionary projects and CEQA documents, and making public presentations.

These are Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) positions.

Essential Duties

Planner

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evaluates and prepares reports on projects submitted for Planning approval including projects requiring variances, conditional use permits, site and design approval, nonconforming use extensions, subdivisions and other types of projects requiring some form of discretionary approval.
  • Prepares reports for the HRB, ARB, Planning Commission, City Council, appointed committees and other City staff.
  • Prepares and works with CEQA consultant in preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact reports on projects submitted for City approval.
  • Conducts on-site inspection/condition monitoring during construction
  • Makes public presentations before appointed boards, commissions, committees, and the City Council.
  • Oversees maintenance of Planning Division data files.

Associate Planner

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists in the evaluation of projects submitted for Architectural Review Board (ARB) review
  • Checks plans of new single-family homes and remodels for zoning compliance
  • Prepares reports, which include all necessary research, on projects submitted to the City
  • Prepares and works with CEQA consultant in preparation of minor environmental assessments on projects submitted for City approval
  • Conducts on-site inspection/condition monitoring during construction
  • Makes public presentations before appointed boards, commissions, committees, community groups, and the City Council
  • Maintains Planning Division data files.


Ideal Candidate

  • Has experience analyzing architectural and landscape plans, working collaboratively, and providing customer service to the public;
  • Thinks strategically and has strong writing and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to learn and use software programs such as: Microsoft Office Suite, GIS, Accela, DigEplan, graphics/presentation programs, database management programs and other comparable programs.
  • Skills in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data pertaining to planning and zoning projects.
  • Familiar with implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Knowledge of accepted practices of local and state laws and regulations relating to California municipal planning and zoning.
  • A background in housing is beneficial, but not necessary.
  • Familiarity with Secretary of Interior Standards is beneficial, but not necessary.


Minimum Qualifications

Planner
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or related field from an accredited college or university. and
  • Three years of suitable professional experience in urban or transportation planning.
Associate Planner
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Studies or related field from an accredited college or university, and
  • Two years of related experience in urban, conservation, or transportation planning




Vaccination Status: The City of Palo Alto recently implemented a COVID19 vaccination policy, which requires employees reporting to work onsite to be vaccinated or regularly tested. Upon your start date, you will be asked your COVID19 vaccination status. If vaccinated, we will ask to see a copy of your vaccination card. A member of our Benefits team will explain the policy in more detail once onboarded.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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