Job: Environmental
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Standard
Closing Date: Mar 27, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Minimum Salary: 86,819.20 Yearly
Maximum Salary: 105,830.40
Bargaining Unit 1: City Association of Management Personnel

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, Respect and Collaboration.

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.

Positions & Duties

The Supervising Environmental Services Specialist in the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement is responsible for program management and oversight of Environmental Inspection staff assigned to the City of San Jose Local Enforcement Agency (LEA). The City of San Jose LEA is a comprehensive, state certified program responsible for solid waste facility permitting, inspection and enforcement program empowered to enforce state solid waste regulations under authority of the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), as set forth in Public Resources Code.

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 directly apply to this link to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


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. A valid State of California Environmental Health Specialist registration pursuant to California Health & Safety Code, Sections 106600-106735 is highly desired.

- Building Trust - Communicates an understanding of the other person's interests, needs and concerns; identifies and communicates shared interests and goals; identifies and communicates differences as appropriate; demonstrates honesty, keeps commitments and behaves in an appropriate manner.

- 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.

- Conflict Management - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.

- Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead

- Creativity - Exhibits creativity and innovation when contributing to organizational and individual objectives

- 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

- Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).

- Collaboration - Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities

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

- 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.

- Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives

- Reliability - Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

- Supervision - Establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others

- Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental Studies, Environmental Health, Public Health, or other major related to the assigned program area.

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible experience in developing, promoting, and implementing environmental programs similar to those of the City of San Jose, including two years of progressively responsible supervisory experience or lead responsibility for other professional staff.

Acceptable Substitutions: Additional years of experience in developing, promoting, and implementing environmental programs may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

There shall be no substitution for the experience.

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 Jose 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.

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 text type questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

- Please describe your education and experience that supports your meeting the minimum qualifications. In your response, please include: degree major, years of experience, detailed job duties, and number of professional staff supervised.

- If you possess a valid State of California Environmental Health Specialist registration, please provide your registration number and expiration date.

- Describe your experience in inspection management and permitting of solid waste facilities. Include a specific example of a facility and/or permit that you have worked on.

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.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Sarah Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional Information
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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.