City of Palo Alto

Palo Alto is located about 35 miles south of San Francisco; and 14 miles north of San Jose.  Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” and global center of technology and innovation, is the corporate headquarters for many world-class companies and research facilities such as VMWare, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Tesla, and Skype. Home to Stanford University and a top-ranked public school system, Palo Alto also features beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and retail districts.

 

Palo Alto has a highly educated and culturally sophisticated citizenry that is actively engaged in making a difference both locally and globally. Unique among city organizations, Palo Alto operates a full-array of services including its own gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage provided at very competitive rates for its customers.

 

4 job(s) at City of Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
May 05, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department The Administrative Services Department strives to provide excellent customer service to decision makers, the public, employees, and City departments; provide analytical, organizational, and administrative support for a wide variety of projects; record, monitor, and protect City assets in a responsible manner; provide essential financial management and forecasting reports; and prepare and present financial reporting to various committees and the City Council. The primary functions of the department include: Administration, Accounting, Purchasing and Contracts, Office of Management and Budget, Property Management and Acquisition, and Treasury and Revenue Collections. The Position The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is responsible for the management of the Purchasing Division which includes the functional areas of centralized purchasing as well as contracts administration. Supported by eight (8) team members, consisting of professional, technical and clerical staff, the position is responsible for developing policies and procedures in compliance with federal, state, and municipal code requirements. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Administrative Services, the CPO serves as the principal public purchasing official for the City and is responsible for the procurement of supplies, equipment, and services in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will be an experienced and progressive procurement professional who enjoys problem solving and making positive impacts through cohesive teamwork and delivering reliable and consistent service to customers. Active in the profession, he/she will be a motivating and strong people manager who also offers impressive technical knowledge and skills. A history of developing collaborative solutions that align with industry best practices and reflect customer sensitivity will be expected. The individual selected will have the aptitude to assess and manage workflow while identifying opportunities for improvement as he/ she will be empowered to modernize current operations for maximum efficiency. Adept at managing change, the ideal candidate will exhibit keen awareness around the dynamics of designing and implementing effective process and system improvements. Competitive candidates will possess at least three years of experience as a manager of a purchasing operation with similar organizational complexity and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Material Management. A Master's degree and/or certification in purchasing issued by the National Association of Purchasing Management (Certified Public Purchasing Officer, Certified Purchasing Manager, or equivalent) is desirable. For more details about this exciting opportunity,please review theChief Procurement Officer Brochure . Apply Now For additional information please contact: TERI BLACK & COMPANY, LLC Tina White • 619.948.1786 Teri Black • 424.296.3111 www.tbcrecruiting.com Closing Date/Time: 5/31/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
May 05, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position The City of Palo Alto Utilities' (CPAU) Electric Engineering team has an excellent opportunity for an Electrical Engineer with power systems experience. If you enjoy seeing the results of your work for years to come and want to be part of a mission to provide progressive, customer driven utility services to a vibrant community then this is the opportunity for you. You will work with an engineering team dedicated to providing safe, reliable, electric and fiber optic service to customers in the City of Palo Alto. A Power Engineer job with the City of Palo Alto will give you the opportunity to expand your job skills as you will be involved in all aspects of electric and fiber optic system design, construction, and operation (including projects to apply the latest technologies to the Electric utility systems); providing information directly to customers; and coordinating work with other City departments and outside Utility companies. This position performs advanced electrical design on a wide range of utility projects of a complex nature and may serve in project manager capacity, as required. This position develops electrical engineering designs, specifications, and cost estimates; prepares written reports for electric utility maintenance and construction programs associated with various projects and facilities, works with the public and consultants providing direction and information on specific programs and projects, and works in a fast-paced collaborative, team-oriented office environment. This position is expected to perform these duties with minimal supervision and under the direction of a Senior Electrical Engineer. Ideal Candidate CPAU is looking for a responsible candidate who is interested in challenging opportunities and contributing to the vibrancy of our local community of customers through the valuable services that the Utilities Department strives to deliver. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others, able to perform independently with minimal supervision, but also work as an active team-member of a dynamic work group and take initiative to solve problems, knows when to ask for help and ready to help out a team member when needed. We will also accept applications that meet the minimum qualifications of an Associate Power Engineer or an Assistant Power Engineer. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for assigned projects requiring engineering capability in the electric utility. Performs electrical engineering assignments for a wide range of activities. Manages electric utility construction projects, taking responsibility for contract administration, schedule coordination, political liaison, public relations, inter-utility coordination, and quality control. Field decisions and supervision of any and all tests may be required to assure specified results. Develops utilities' materials standards, equipment specifications, and operating procedures. Assists in rate and cost-of-service studies as required and formulates recommendations for electric utilities' rates. Performs load studies and prepares forecasts as required for utilities' system planning and budget preparation. Provides guidance and work supervision to technicians as required by projects, as well as outside consultants on major projects. Assists in the preparation of the utilities' annual budget, capital improvement programs, and quarterly financial and performance reports. Works with and provides guidance for the utilities' customers in establishing utilities' service requirements and efficient usage. To review the full job description for the Power Engineer, go here To review the full job description for the Associate Power Engineer, go here To review the full job description for the Assistant Power Engineer, go here Minimum Qualifications Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). and Four years increasingly responsible electric utility related engineering experience. Note: Masters degree or registration as a professional engineer may be considered in lieu of one year's experience. Special Requirements Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California required to attain top salary step. Associate Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). and Two years electric utility engineering experience. Special requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Assistant Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mar 17, 2020
Full Time
Description The City of Palo Alto Utilities Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position The primary role of a Lineman/Cable Splicer is to install, maintain and repair high-powered electrical lines and systems as well as construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical systems. The incumber is expected to climb power poles and steels towers in addition to performing rubber glove work on voltages up to 21,000 volts. The Ideal Candidate Have knowledge and the ability to demonstrate safe work practices and take initiative when needed. Be a team player and resourceful. Work through challenges and problem solve through difficult situations. Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills including displaying patience and tact when interactingwith internal and external customers. Have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Climbs power poles and steel towers. Works on energized lines, low voltage and high voltage. Constructs, maintains and repairs overhead and underground electrical system and equipment up to 60 KV. Performs high voltage field switching, including working with energized high voltage equipment with approved hotline tools. Performs rubber glove work on voltages up to and including 21,000 volts. Drives and operates specialized vehicular equipment. Required to work on ladders, and at times, out of an aerial lift bucket. May be assigned to work on utility service truck to perform disconnect reconnects and other related assignments. To review the full job description, go here Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Completion of an apprenticeship as an electrical lineperson. Special Requirements: Employees may be required to be available for standby after successfully completing the probationary period and/or considered qualified to do so by supervisory personnel. Employees may be required to work outside their regularly scheduled hours, to be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work. Possession of a valid California Driver's License or the ability to obtain a Class A Driver's License within first six months of appointment. Ability to become qualified to rubber glove voltages up to and including 21,000 volts within six months of employment. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mar 17, 2020
Part Time
Description Level I Reserve Officers are held to the same standards as full-time regular officers. They may work alone and perform the same duties. Level I Reserve Officers must work an average of 16 hours per month. Position Overview: To preserve public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce all laws and ordinances of which the Department takes cognizance; to be involved in community relations and specialized work. Minimum Qualifications Minimum of 21 years of age GED or High School Diploma. Possession of a valid California Driver's License at time of application. Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test; candidates must not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison. Weight in proportion to height. Visual rating correctable to 20/30 in both eyes; Possess normal color vision. If military veteran, discharges other than honorable will be evaluated on an individual basis. Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background, polygraph, and psychiatric examinations. Citizenship: must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or have applied for citizenship and complete within three years of appointment. Passing a WSTB Physical Agility Test with a score of 384 or above and a 14 minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run. Completion of a California POST Basic Academy or a California POST Level I Reserve Academy (Modular I-III format) within 2.5 years of application date. Current police officers also qualify if they have a California POST Basic Certificate or higher. Requalification certificates received within 2.5 years of application date may also be considered. Some testing and training requirements may be waived for lateral Peace Officers recognized by P.O.S.T. MINIMUM TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS: Level I 1. Regular Basic Course (min. 727 hours) 2. Field Training Program (min. 400 hours) 3. Continuous Professional Training (24 hours every two years) Ideal Candidate Note: positions listed as "Open Until Filled" may be closed without notice SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. YOUR ONLINE INFORMATION (NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND E-MAIL) PLUS THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE REVIEWED, AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE MAILED A FULL APPLICATION PACKET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE CITY OF PALO ALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT Thank you for your interest in a position with the City of Palo Alto Police Department. You will need to read and agree to a number of conditions before applying for this position. Many times applicants do not understand or realize the amount of time and level of commitment required to successfully complete the Reserve Police Officer process. The information given is to better help you determine your career path for the future. It is strongly suggested that you come to Palo Alto and take the time to find out about the City, it's priorities regarding public safety and the type of Police culture you are choosing. Competition is high and each candidate must be prepared and at their best in each level of the process in order to proceed to the next step. Listed below are the steps following acceptance of your completed Police Department application for the position of Reserve Police Officer. You must pass each step in order to proceed to the next step in the process: POST PHS Review Written Skills Examination Oral Panel Interview Thorough, detailed background examination will be conducted, which includes an extensive review of financial records and any criminal activity up to and including high school years. Polygraph testing. Psychological testing Medical Examination (POSTMHSand Exam) The process is intense and lengthy and knowing this up front can be helpful in reaching your decision to begin the process. Specific Disqualifiers The City and Police Department have a very strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and prohibitions against unfair employment practices under Title VII (41 U.S. Code 2000e), the Americans With Disabilities Act (42 U.S. Code 12112), the State Unruh Civil Rights Act (Government Code Section 12940) and other applicable fair employment practices as outlined in the California Labor Code. The dilemma facing the Department is one of developing a job-valid and nondiscriminatory set of policies, which will allow it to lawfully exclude persons who do not meet the City's or State's hiring standards. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commissions of California and Nevada (P.O.S.T.) have developed a list of guidelines, identified as "15 Job Dimensions", which are used as a professional standard in background investigations. Individual agencies have set their own standards (within applicable law) to interpret these guidelines. Supplemental Questionnaire: The standards on the following pages have been adopted by the Palo Alto Police Department as a prima facie disqualification for reserve police officer applicants. You must read and agree to ALL the conditions presented to apply for this position. If you have any inquires about this position please contact Sgt. Alex Afanasiev, Special Operations, at Alex.afanasiev@cityofpaloalto.org . Closing Date/Time: Continuous