Los Altos Hills

Assistant or Associate Planner

Full-time, benefited position
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Planning
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San Francisco/Peninsula
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Full-Time
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4/30/2018 at 5pm or until 75 applicants
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$62,292.00-$108,119.00 Annually
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Location

26379 Fremont Rd. Los Altos Hills, 94022

Description

Assistant Planner Salary Range: $62,292-$93,230
Associate Planner Salary Range: $69,612-$108,119


The Town of Los Altos Hills is seeking either an Assistant or an Associate Planner, depending on qualifications, to join its outstanding team of community development professionals. The Town is looking for an individual who wants to make a difference in community planning and who will support the Town’s goals of maintaining its open and rural atmosphere.


Experience with hillside development is highly desirable.


Incorporated in 1956, Los Altos Hills is a residential community of nine square miles with a population of 8,334. Town Hall is located on a 2.2 acre campus that is within walking distance of downtown Los Altos. The current Town Hall opened in 2005. An extensive pathway system comprised of about 85 miles of trails and off-road paths connects most of the community and provides a nice environment for walking, running or cycling.


Assistant Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university, with major course work in urban planning, geography, architecture, environmental studies and/or related field.
• One to two years of professional experience in urban or environmental planning, preferably with a public agency or agencies. A Master’s degree can be substituted for one year of experience.
• Experience dealing with diverse public and private interests in the planning and development process.
• Possession of a valid Class C California driver license.


Associate Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in urban planning, geography, architecture, environmental studies and/or related field (Master’s degree desirable).
• Three years of professional experience in urban or environmental planning, preferably with a public agency or agencies.

• Considerable experience dealing with diverse public and private interests in the planning and development process.

• Possession of a valid Class C California driver license.

Ideal Candidate

Assistant Planner:
This is a journey level, non-exempt position. Under the direction of the Planning Director, performs a variety of professional work as a member of the City Planning staff; independently conducts research and analysis in relation to the administration of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Ordinances; prepares reports and presentations to the Planning Commission on projects of moderate complexity; engages in considerable public contact regarding planning and zoning standards; and performs related duties as required.


Associate Planner:
Experience with hillside development is highly desirable.


Abilities:

• Substantial knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as the ability to quickly acquire an understanding of the physical, social and economic concepts underlying planning functions.
• Ability to analyze complex planning issues and problems in a clear and concise manner, to read and understand development plans, and to develop responses and solutions to planning issues.
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions, including the ability to accurately interpret and administer applicable codes, policies and Design Guidelines.
• Ability to conduct environmental assessments and prepare related documents for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
• Ability to prepare accurate and concise written reports, and to effectively present information at public meetings.
• Ability to operate a personal computer, including word processing and database management, and other office equipment, including copy and fax machines and telephone equipment.
• Ability to interact extensively and effectively with the public, at the counter and on the telephone.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, Town officials, and the general public.
• Ability to prepare basic maps, exhibits and drawings, and to make technical and mathematical computations.

 

Examples of Duties:
• Reviews and makes recommendations on development proposals of considerable complexity, including requests for site development permits, variances, conditional development permits, conditional use permits, lot line adjustments, and subdivisions.
• Prepares reports and recommendations regarding projects scheduled for Planning Commission, City Council or Site Development hearings, and attends meetings and makes presentations as necessary.
• Conducts field investigations as necessary to assist with project evaluation.
• Coordinates plan review with Town consultants and other public agencies.
• Inspects projects for compliance with conditions of approval.<br>• Conducts research and analysis on planning related topics, such as land use surveys, General Plan revisions, Census information and review, and participation in the Urban County Community Development Block Grant funding process.

• Evaluates and approves administrative level development permits and checks building plans for compliance with approved plans and conditions of approval.
• Answers questions and interprets planning and zoning regulations and land use planning principles to the general public, architects and builders.
• Conducts site analysis meetings with design professionals and residents.
• Evaluates projects for compliance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and prepares Negative Declarations or coordinates preparation of Environmental Impact Reports as necessary.

 

Benefits

  • CalPERS Retirement
    • New employees with no prior CalPERS service or have a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more: 2% @ 62. Employees are required by law to pay 50% of the normal cost, or 6.5%.
    • New employees who are classic CalPERS member and did not have a break in service for more than 6 months: 2% @ 60.  Employees are responsible for CalPERS member contribution, currenlty set at 7.0%.
  • Health Insurance – Town provides a generous flexible spending allowance to employees at a rate that currently covers up to the Kaiser premium cost.
  • Dental Insurance – Town paid insurance through Assurant Employee Benefits for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Vision Insurance – Town paid insurance through VSP for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (ADD) Insurance – Town paid Life and ADD insurance for active employees to receive a lump sum amount up to the employee’s annual salary in the event of a qualified loss while employed by the Town.

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