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City of San Jose

Planner IV

Full Time
Real Estate Field
  • Development
San Jose
Postal Code
United States

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Positions & Duties

The Capital Team of PRNS consists of planners and designers who regularly work with the public and the development community to envision and manage the City’s parks, community centers and trails.

The Planner IV leads a section of technical professionals within the capital team to perform strategic planning and long term visioning of our parks, community centers and trails.  Job duties include managing a team of planners, landscape designers, and GIS professionals; working collaboratively with other City departments to advance the mission of PRNS; and performing strategic planning for the park system.  Strategic planning includes evaluating existing facilities and prioritizing improvements; and evaluating the park system, determining deficiencies and developing action plans that ensure equity and access to parks and recreation amenities for all residents.   


Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Providing leadership for and supervising the work of an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and sub-professionals
  • Reviewing development projects with an eye toward impacts (and benefits) to the park system; This will include meeting with applicants and other interested parties to problem-solve on issues associated with planning applications
  • Interacting with developers to negotiate terms of parkland agreements
  • Negotiating terms for agreements with interagency partners such as school districts, utility districts, regulatory agencies, other City departments and citizen groups
  • Managing the section in assigning work, tracking schedules and budgets
  • Presenting project information to the Department Director, City Manager, Parks and Recreation Commission, Neighborhood Services and Environment Committee and the City Council
  • Communicating clearly and demonstrating excellent customer service consistent with PRNS standards
  • Contributing ideas and developing proposals to streamline processes, improve service delivery, conduct staff training, etc.
  • Using performance data to guide the work of the team
  • Preparing formal written documents including memoranda to Council
  • Performing complex research and preparing technical reports

The ideal candidate will be a forward thinking professional that possesses a high level of professionalism, creativity, excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic.  The position requires excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility, and written and verbal communication skills. 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 to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


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


2.  Experience:  Five (5) years of professional planning experience that includes three (3) years journey level experience.

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 two (2) years of planning work experience at the City of San José's Planner II/ III level or equivalent.

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

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 sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


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 - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.

Leadership - Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.

Political Skill – In taking action, demonstrates an understanding and consideration of how it will impact stakeholders and affected areas in the organization.

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.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 

1.  Please describe your education and experience that supports your meeting the requirements for Planner IV. In your response, please include: degree major and/or graduate course work, years of experience, and detailed job duties.  This should expand on information on your resume.  Attaching a resume only is not an acceptable response to this question.

2.  Please describe a time when you developed and/or implemented a process improvement in a work team.  What change did you make, how did you get buy-in from your team and what was the outcome?

3.  Please explain your experience working with the private development community.  This can be experience working in the public or private sector.  Please explain how you have helped problem solve to move projects forward successfully.

4.  Describe a specific example of a situation in which you were responsible for resolving the concerns of a dissatisfied customer. In your response, please explain: (a) what specifically you did; (b) why you took that action(s); (c) how the customer responded; and (d) what you learned from this experience and what you would do differently the next time you face a dissatisfied customer.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 

Job Functions

  • Development
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Planning/Entitlement

Job Sector

  • Government/Education


5+ to 7 years

This job is no longer active.

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