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Planning Manager

  • Management/ Executive
  • ASAP

Essential Information

EmployerCity of Concord
Street Address 1950 Parkside Dr.
Concord, CA 94519
Website URL agency.governmentjobs....

The City of Concord invites qualified applicants to apply for our Planning Manager position.

To view the detailed Planning Manager job brochure, please click here:


This recruitment closes on August 5, 2014.

Administers activities of the Planning Division department; provides key direction to permit processing and long-range planning in collaboration with other managers of the Permit Center; supervises assigned personnel and coordinates the development of reports and recommendations regarding significant land use and community development issues; may serve as acting head of the department. Performs related and other work as required all within the context of the City’s Mission of providing responsive, cost effective, and innovative local government services through a collaborative effort with the community to make Concord a city of the highest quality.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines
Uses Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and procedures and principles of planning. Uses City vehicles, telephones, and equipment, and computer system.

Working Environment
Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but includes visits to study areas and proposed development sites. It also involves some out of town travel and frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted on weekends or during the evening. May also involve occasional irregular hours.

Physical Demands
Emphasize speech, hearing, vision, and stamina associated with attendance [delete] at evening meetings following a normal workday.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given
Reports to the Director of Planning and Economic Development/ who collaborates with incumbent to develop the scope and objectives of assigned projects. Supervision received is characterized by general administrative support and guidance, rather than direct control over methods, programs or objectives. The incumbent has internal control over program activities and provides fiscal oversight for program budgets. Exercises independence in developing and meeting program goals and objectives. Progress, results and project status is reviewed each trimester. Directly trains and supervises professional staff who, in turn, exercise some independence in their assignments.

Examples of duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Plans, organizes, leads and controls the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff which:

Administer permit processes, such as development plans for conformity to various laws, regulations, standards, and procedures.

Administer planning processes, such as research culminating in recommendations regarding General Plan elements, specific area plans, property annexations, and related municipal ordinances, policies, procedures, standards, and regulations.

Administer compliance with development permits relating to residential, business and public buildings.

Administers specialized City programs, such as those that are grant supported.

2. Represents City interests regarding plans, designs, programs, or major projects in discussions and coordination with the public, special interest groups, and other governmental agencies; coordinates activities with other City work units; acts to clarify and interpret ordinances, policies, procedures, alternatives, and solutions.

3. Renders professional and managerial advice and decisions regarding short and long-term program goals, personnel assignments, work priorities, and resource needs; ensures that objectives are accomplished within authorized budget allocations.

4. As assigned, represents the City before the City Planning Commission, City Council, Design Review Board, developers, citizens' groups, and other organizations.

5. Serves as Secretary to the Planning Commission, and renders decisions on land use permit applications as the City’s Zoning Administrator

6. Coordinates the planning division function with other Permit Center managers regarding permitting procedures and processes.

7. Confers with the Department Head and various public groups, other agencies, and utilities regarding issues, alternatives, proposals, priorities, and operating problems.

8. Determines, recommends, and justifies goals of assigned programs and related financial and personnel resource needs; is responsible for accomplishment of goals; and accounts for the effective use of all resources within authorized allocations.

9. Applies Federal, State, and local laws, policies, procedures, regulations, and rules pertaining to the work and to the work group; prepares work appraisals and discusses performance evaluations; and initiates official disciplinary actions as necessary; identifies and/or resolves subordinate complaints.

10. Coordinates the division's activities with other City work units, other agencies and City goals; ensuring understanding of the division's roles, capabilities, and limitations.

11. As assigned, assumes the responsibilities as head of the Planning and Economic/Redevelopment Department.

12. Promotes the City’s Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City.

13. Performs other work as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications, Knowledge, and Abilities
Considerable working knowledge of the objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices, and trends in the field of urban planning; of relevant land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and social concepts; of relevant mathematical concepts, including statistics and statistical analysis; of alternative processes and procedures used for modifying ordinances, policies, procedures, standards, and practices associated with the Planning function; of relevant Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and procedures; of the terminology, symbols, methods, and techniques used in Planning; of common reference sources used in the work; of government organizations and intergovernmental relations; and of the functions and practices of City and other governmental work units with which coordination is required. General knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.

Ability to perform varied and responsible assignments with considerable independence, initiative, and judgment; to effectively supervise, coordinate, and review the work of various Planning levels; to perform original research, including the collection, analysis, and preparation of reports and recommendations pertaining to complex issues; to accurately interpret laws, ordinances, regulations, maps, specifications, site and building plans, graphs, and statistical data; to direct the preparation of visual displays, such as maps, graphs, and illustrations; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to issue clear oral and written instructions; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Master's Degree in Urban Planning supplemented by courses in supervision and management or other combinations of related education and training.

A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public or business administration, or related field is also required. A master’s degree and AICP certification is highly desirable. Advanced leadership training and education will be thoughtfully evaluated.

Experience: Six (6) years progressively responsible professional planning experience, including supervision of Planning staff involved in General Plan, zoning, or development services. A minimum of three (3) years of experience administering a planning division, or managing a current or long-range planning program is required.

Candidates should have extensive experience in hiring, evaluating and counseling employees. They should also have direct experience in preparing and administering budgets and demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of public sector budgets. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Candidates should have experience working collaboratively with other divisions, city departments, the community, and regional agencies to accomplish comprehensive goals and resolve challenges. Candidates should also have a proven track record of proactively improving upon customer service and an understanding and mastery of technology tools used to enhance effectiveness in service and employee performance.

A California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

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Additional Information

Contact: Cristina Albers

Contact Email: cristina.albers@cityofconcord.org

Industry: Government

Manages Others: no

Deadline Information: ASAP

Salary: DOE

Salary Range: 107,536 - 147,867

Benefits: Health Insurance – City provides PERS Health, which includes a variety of plans from which to choose. Concord currently pays a portion of the Kaiser rate for employees and their eligible dependents. Employees will contribute 50% of future increases or decreases in the Kaiser rate. A cash benefit may be paid in lieu of coverage if candidate has coverage from another source.

Dental & Vision Insurance – Employees and eligible dependents are covered by a dental plan that includes orthodontics. The City pays premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. Vision plan is available.

Retirement Program – CalPERS 2% @ 62 formula based on one-year final compensation. Employees pay 50% of normal costs, currently at 6.25% employee contribution. Classic CalPERS members Tier II formula is 2% at 55, paying 7% employee contribution. Concord offers Employer Paid Member Contribution (EPMC) as part of final retirement compensation and retiree health insurance coverage analogous to active City employees.

Vacation & Sick Leave – Vacation accrues at the rate of 15 days during the first year of employment and increases to 27 working days after 20 years of service (cash out only upon termination). Sick days are accrued at 12 days per year with no limit on accumulation.

Administrative Leave – Executive and management employees may be granted up to 10 days.

Social Security/Medicare – Concord participates in the federal Social Security and Medicare programs.

Life Insurance – City-paid benefit; coverage at twice annual salary.

Long-term Disability – Long-term and short-term disability protection provided by City.
Pre-tax Savings Benefits – Section 125

Flexible and Commuter Benefit Plans are available.

Job Duration/Time: Full-time

County: Contra Costa

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