Sunday, May 22, 2022

Senior Planner

Recruitment #21-2940-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.

DESCRIPTION

THE AGENCY
The Community Development Agency mission is to enhance the quality-of-life of the County residents and plan for the future well- being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical, economic, and social needs of the County residents through land use planning, environmental management, neighborhood improvement, and community development; and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic, vitality and human health.

THE POSITION
Under general direction, the Senior Planner is responsible for supervision of the day-to-day activities of a functional section within the Planning Division of the Community Development Agency; administrative and evaluative functions for the division and the Department; personal performance of duties related to more complex projects; and related work as required.

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IDEAL CANDIDATE
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinker and problem solver
  • Ability to identify and proactively look to resolve issues early 
  • Organized 
  • Responsible
  • Detail-oriented
  • Desire to mentor/lead by example
  • Excellent judgement
  • Solution-oriented

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:
Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Planner III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Or II

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and the equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible, professional experience in County, city, or regional planning, or a related field, including experience directing the work of others or administrative experience.

(NOTE: A Master's degree in city, regional or urban planning, public health, or a related field from a accredited college or university, based on a two-year curriculum, may be substituted for two years of the required experience.)

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:  

Knowledge of:

• The principles and aims of city, regional, and environmental planning and zoning administration.
• Implications of economic, demographic, and sociological trends on land development and community planning.
• Evaluation, data sources and research methods, including statistical methods.
• Proportion, spatial relationships, and aesthetic concepts of physical planning.
• Concepts of basic site planning including grading, circulation, landscape design and building placement.
• Laws relating to planning, zoning, housing, subdivision and environmental protection, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or similar legislation.

Ability to:

• Apply the principles, methods, and techniques involved in city, regional environmental planning, and zoning administration.
• Analyze and review site plans, subdivision design, grading plans, surface mining plans, service delivery plans and/or strategic plans.
• Make recommendations for actions consistent with County, regional, and State policies and regulations.
• Plan and organize.
• Make decisions, use good judgment.
• Exercise leadership.
• Provide management control.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Deal effectively and tactfully with the public and staff, members of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other bodies and jurisdictions.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of candidates' supplemental questionnaire to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION COMPONENTS.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs/.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline For Filing:

5:00 PM, Wednesday, January 26, 2022

February 2, 2022

February 16, 2022

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Thursday, February 10, 2022

TBD

Screening for Best Qualified:

Friday, March 4, 2022

TBD

Oral Examination*:

Week of March 14, 2022

TBD

*Updated on 1/20/2022

*Updated on 2/1/2022

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

***WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN***

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs/.

Conclusion

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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box Noreply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Irene Lu | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6469 | irene.lu@acgov.org
www.acgov.org/hrs

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Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.