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Assistant/Associate Planner
Type: Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate: Assistant: $6,078 - $7,388 monthly; Associate: $6,550 - $7,962 monthly
Posted Date: 7/6/2010
Deadline to Apply: 7/16/2010

Assistant: $6,078 - $7,388 monthly
Associate: $6,550 - $7,962 monthly
(effec. 7/1/10, pending Council approval)
+ City paid PERS*, 2.7% @ 55

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

The Position

The City of Cupertino is currently recruiting for an Assistant/Associate Planner. Planners perform a variety of professional planning activities involving residential design review, use permits, subdivisions, and environmental review. The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate level, depending on the level of qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Typical duties include the following: conduct studies and prepare reports related to mid-range and long-range planning projects; evaluate and review development plans for compliance; compile, update, and analyze data on land use, population, urban growth patterns, economic and social trends, industrial development and other demographic data essential to land use planning; assist in conducting analytical research investigations regarding environmental or other planning related issues; interpret zoning ordinances, development standards, city plans and policies regarding development for public inquiry; process development applications and prepare Planning Commission reports; give presentations to appointed and elected bodies including preparation of graphic materials; respond to requests for planning information.


Assistant Planner - Knowledge of: principles, practices and trends of public planning; maps, site plans, and architectural drawings; laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to zoning and land use; statistical and research methods as applied to the collection, analysis, and presentation of planning data; business correspondence, report writing, and English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar; computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics applications. Ability to: interpret and explain planning and zoning programs, ordinances, statutes and City policies and procedures to the general public; read and interpret architectural and engineering plans and specifications; prepare reports on graphic presentations; learn applicable laws and regulations pertaining to environmental protection and land use development; attend evening and weekend meetings; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; analyze situations quickly, objectively and determine proper course of action. Additionally, on a continuous basis, sit at a desk or in meetings for long periods of time, twist and reach office equipment, stand, walk, climb or squat while conducting field checks; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps; lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.

Associate Planner – In addition to the Assistant Planner description - Knowledge of: principles, objectives and procedures of municipal planning, urban design, and zoning; environmental laws, regulations, and review processes; techniques used in the development and maintenance of comprehensive plans; applicable laws related to sub-division, annexation, zoning and land use. Ability to: perform complex planning work requiring independent judgment; represent the Planning Division at community and neighborhood meetings.

Experience and Education: Both levels require a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, environmental studies, engineering, geography or related field. In addition to the Bachelor’s degree: prior experience in a related field is preferred but not required for Assistant Planner; 2 years of professional planning experience is required for Associate Planner. Experience with Photoshop and Arcview GIS is desirable. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners is a plus.

License or Certificate: Possession, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License.

The Selection Procedure

Applicants must complete an official City of Cupertino application and return it to Human Resources. Position is open until filled. Application and resume screening will be part of the examination process. Based on the screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board (QAB), which will determine those candidates that will be placed on the eligible list. The eligible list will remain in effect for 6 months from the date established. The City of Cupertino is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition (cancer), marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Cupertino Human Resources upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

About the City

The City of Cupertino (population 55,000) is located against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the west end of the world famous Silicon Valley. Cupertino has one of the most diverse, progressive, and technologically savvy populations in Northern California, and is committed to being a model multicultural community. The City serves as a center for research and development for many Silicon Valley companies. Around the world, Cupertino is renowned as the home of high-tech giants, including Apple and Hewlett-Packard. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as a city with outstanding public schools and is home to top ranked De Anza College. Quality schools and proximity to high-tech jobs and beautiful open spaces make Cupertino a desirable location for a highly educated and culturally diverse population.

Employee Benefits

Excellent supplemental Benefit package includes:
2.7% @ 55 PERS Retirement, *with the City paying 6% of the employee contribution and the employee paying the remaining 2%.
Choice of health insurance, employee’s premium paid by the City in addition to portion of family premium.
Fully paid vision, life, and disability insurance.
Fully or partially paid dental insurance, depending on plan.
Fully paid Employee Assistance Program.
Educational reimbursement for approved coursework.
12 holidays plus 20 hours of floating holidays annually.
8 hours of sick leave per month (no limit on sick leave accrual).
10 to 22 days of vacation annually based on years of service.

Employment Information

City employment applications may be obtained from the City of Cupertino Human Resources, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA, by calling (408) 777-3227, or by visiting our website at Completed City employment applications and supporting materials must be received by the City’s Human Resources no later than the final filing date. Postmarks or late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will be accepted only if the original application is received no later than the first business day following the closing date. Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute “see resume” in the employment history section of the application. Resumes should be attached separately. Appointment to this position is contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical paid for by the City, a pre-employment fingerprinted criminal history records check and the ability to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.