Planning Technician, PBCE

City of San José
San Jose, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$54,454.40 - $66,144.00

About the Department

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business.  Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region.  The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values:  Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. 

The City's Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees.

The Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department's mission is to facilitate the preservation and building of a safe, attractive, vibrant and sustainable San José through partnership with and exceptional service to our diverse communities and customers.

Position and Duties

The Planning Division is divided into the following four sections:      

  • Long Range Planning – General Plan Updates, Urban Village Plan Development, Ordinance& Policy Updates, Research and Data Management
  • Environmental Review – Review of Environmental Clearances, CEQA Compliance Review of Development Projects, Historic Preservation
  • Development Review – Entitlement of Zonings and Development Permits, Community Outreach
  • Permit Center – Front Counter/Public Information, Plan Check Conformance, Review for Development Projects, Zoning Compliance 

The Planning Technician is responsible for completing the initial processing of development applications, including but not limited to calculation of development fees, determination of application completeness, data input into the City's permitting database, creation of maps and graphics, and other related tasks. The Planning Technician is also responsible for assisting customers with basic planning and application questions.

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Staffing the permit center’s public information counter.
  • Processing basic planning applications and public information letters.
  • Creating maps, graphic illustrations, and other planning materials primarily using computers. 
  • Creating and maintaining documents using the Adobe Suite and Microsoft Word, databases and spreadsheets, and geographically based information in map and database form.
  • Provide technical support for public hearings, including Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission and Planning Director’s hearings. 

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: High school diploma, General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate or equivalent.

2. Experience: Two (2) years of technical experience using a personal computer to create word processing documents, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets and maps OR associate degree from an accredited college with an emphasis in a technical field such as computer science, geographic information systems, computer graphics, or architectural drafting with a completed coursework in each of the following software applications: word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets and maps. 

3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license may be required.

4.  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 José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

To Learn More and Apply

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page at and select the“Open-Competitive Recruitments” link.

Published on:
March 7, 2018 - 2:54pm
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