Centrally located and serving as the eastern anchor of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, the City of Fremont (pop. 235,439) prides itself on being a vibrant and strategically urban community. Fremont has developed into a technological and advanced manufacturing power base that captures metropolitan living at its best. It is also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the Bay Area.
Within its 90-square miles, Fremont boasts over 42 million square feet of office, R&D, manufacturing, and warehouse building space. It is home to a wide variety of innovative high tech, life science, and clean technology firms including Tesla Motors, Lam Research, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Redwood Systems, Boston Scientific, and Western Digital, among many others. The city’s Innovation District is known as the hottest new address for start-ups. Over the last two years, companies in Fremont received more than $400 million in venture funding according to PitchBook Data. Fremont is a City on the move!
The City of Fremont is also an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity. Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service. Think Fremont!
The Planning Division, within the Community Development Department, plays a key role in shaping the future of Fremont. The Associate Planner performs a variety of professional planning activities and typically serves as the team lead and main point of contact for development applications. In this role, the Associate Planner routinely reviews plans for compliance with adopted standards; provides design guidance and direction; reviews and prepares technical analyses; conducts site inspections; prepares staff reports and recommendations; provides assistance to the general public; and performs related work, as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Serves as team lead/project manager and coordinates the development review process for planning and development applications; reviews and analyzes land use compatibility, environmental impacts, and compliance with local and state regulations and City policies.
- Evaluates and reviews development plans; communicates with applicants, consultants, staff and members of the public; prepares staff reports, Initial Studies and correspondence.
- Conducts research and site inspections.
- Develops schedules and methods to accomplish assignments, ensuring work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
- Prepares meeting materials and makes presentations to the Planning Commission, City Council and other boards and commissions, as needed.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The City is searching for a self-motivated individual who has experience in the development review process and environmental review. Candidates must have strong customer service skills and thorough knowledge of the planning principles and practices related to processing of development applications. The successful candidate will have strong analytical thinking, problem solving, design review, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, and the ability to review a variety of planning and development applications and conduct environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Department currently has one vacancy to fill; however, the recruitment will be used to create a hiring eligible list, which has a life of one year and may be used to fill future vacancies that become available to fill.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of education and/or experience which has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in city or urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, public administration, or a closely related field and four years of experience in professional planning or community development, of which one year must be at a level equivalent to the City’s class of Planner II. A Master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience. Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and satisfactory driving record are required.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The annual salary is 89,628— $108,949 depending on qualifications. Fremont offers an attractive benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to: CalPERS retirement plan, paid holidays, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete benefits summary can be found at www.fremont.gov.
To view the complete job annoucement and application instructions, visit www.fremont.gov/cityjobs
The first review of applications is May 29, 2018.