Planning Manager

City of Pismo Beach
(805) 773-7004

The ideal candidate will be an action-oriented leader with a history of notable achievements, including experience in managing complex projects within the Coastal Zone. Initially, the Planning Manager will play a key role in a comprehensive update of the City's Local Coastal Program. The importance of a well-written and functional LCP will be evident each time he/she looks out over the Pacific Ocean from City Hall.
The individual will manage the day to day operations of the Planning Division and will, occasionally, serve as the Acting Community Development Director. The ideal candidate will be an effective and engaged mentor with a consistent history of investing in the development and continuous growth of his/her staff. The Planning Manager must be an exceptional communicator and have the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and reviews the work of professional, technical, and administrative staff performing difficult and complex professional and technical support related to all programs and activities of the Planning Division, including current and advance planning and preparing environmental reviews; manages the effective use of the City's planning resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides highly complex and responsible support to the Community Development Director, City Council, Planning Commission, City advisory commissions and committees, and others in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Supplemental Information:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, geography, architecture, environmental design, or public or business administration, or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible management and/or administrative experience in professional urban planning, including two (2) years of experience with the California Coastal Act and three (3) years of supervisory experience. 

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.

Tentative Recruitment Schedule:

  • Close Date: July 8, 2018
  • Application Review: July 15, 2018
  • Interviews: August 3, 2018
  • Hire Date: Mid August, 2018

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