Planner I, II, III

City of San Jose
San Jose, CA
United States
April 19, 2017
3-5 years
AICP Certification: 

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 Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department's (PBCE) 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.

Positions & Duties

The annual salary for Planner I: $60, 486.40 - $73, 486.40

The annual salary for Planner II: $71, 427.20 - $ 86,777.60

The annual salary for Planner III: $ 80,641.60 - $ 98,259.20 The Planning, Building and Code Enforcement is currently recruiting Planner I/II/III positions.

The Planning Division is divided into the following four sections:

  • Long Range Planning – General Plan Updates (click here to access the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan, Urban Village Plan Development, Ordinance & Policy Updates, Research and Data Management
  • Environmental Review – Review of Environmental Clearances, CEQA Compliance Review of Development Projects
  • Development Review – Entitlement of Zonings and Development Permits, Historic Preservation, Community Outreach
  • Permit Center – Plan Check Conformance, Review for Development Projects, Front Counter/Public Information, Zoning Compliance Planner I under direct supervision, performs entry level planning work in the areas listed below. Planner II under general supervision, performs at least two (2) years of entry-level professional planning experience work in the areas listed below. Planner III under limited supervision, performs four (4) years of professional planning experience work in the areas listed below.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee and coordinates land use entitlements including zonings, development permits, and/or environmental documents to meet the requirements of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), States laws and local ordinances.
  • Provides information and direction to professionals, developers and the public concerning the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, CEQA, Historic Preservation, and other Planning development policies and guidelines.
  • Conducts research, data management, analysis and reporting in support of other Planning activities.
  • Participates in the preparation and updates to land use policies including the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Sign Ordinance.
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and recommendations on land use decisions at staff meetings, community meetings, and public hearings.
  • Confers and coordinates with other departments, agencies, professional, and the public on land use related matters.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature requiring independent judgment and initiative.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply directly to this link to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field.

2. Experience:

  • Planner I: none
  • Planner II: two (2) years of entry-level professional planning experience.
  • Planner III: four (4) years of professional planning experience including two years as a Planner II or equivalent.
  • Acceptable Substitution: Master's Degree or sixty (60) semester hours of graduate course work from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field can substitute for the two (2) years as a Planner II or equivalent

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

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 Dept. of Labor.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

  • Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Analytical Thinking: Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Communication Skills: Communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form responds to statements and comments of others in a way that reflects understanding of the content and the accompanying emotion; asks clarifying questions to assure understanding of what the speaker intended, ensures consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility.
  • Customer Service: Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner. -Problem Solving: Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
  • Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.
  • Team Work & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Sarah Sanchez at

Additional Information

The application deadline is 11:59 PM on the final filing date. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.


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