Deputy Planning Director

City of Santa Paula

DEFINITION:  Under general direction, this newly created management postion will assist the Planning Director in supervising the day to day operations of the Planning Department. Serves as a first-line supervisor. This position also involves the management and monitoring of various planning programs, department services and assisting with contract management.



EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:  Incumbents assigned to this job supervise the Planning Department staff and report directly to the Planning Director. Assist planning staff with analysis of complex projects, review staff reports and may assist with contract administration. 


Essential Job Functions:  May include, but are not limited to the following characteristics, duties, responsibilities, knowledge and skills.  Assists with the daily operations of the Planning Department by participating, leading and/or coordinating the work flow, responding to questions from planning staff and the public. May attend meetings on behalf of the Planning Director. 


Participates in the analysis of development projects, provides policy direction to staff and public, coordindates Planning Commission and City Council public hearings for development projects.

Represent the City or assigned program in community and professional meetings and/or with other governmental agencies; acts as a liaison or point of contact; analyzes, interprets, and explains City policies and procedures. 


QUALIFICATIONS:  Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Deputy Planning Director. A typical way of obtaining the required qualification is to possess a Bachelor’s degree in planning, community development, public administration, economics or closely related field and seven (7) years of increasingly  responsible professional  planing expereince, preferably a majority of which has been with a government agency. Previous supervision or management experience is required. Contract management experience is helpful. A Masters Degree in Planning may substitute for one year of experience. AICP certification is highly desireable.


Knowledge and Abilities:  Thorough knowledge of principles of municipal government, related laws and ordinances; knowledge of organization and functions of the assigned role; knowledge of principles and practices of state and local planning.


Proven experience in being results oriented with proven supervisory experience in a local government planning organization. Excellent people skills and be committed to providing superior customer service is a must. Ability to perform professional level work of the assigned position including program or project management; interpret and apply laws, ordinances, policies and procedures; administer contracts; design, manage and evaluate projects; prepare reports, documents and correspondence. Experience in preparation and presentation of reports; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to work under pressure, handle significant problems and tasks that arise simultaneously and/or unexpectedly.  Skill in operating a personal computer and standard office computer programs. Ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other City employees and the public.


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities.


License: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s license.

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