Deputy Director of Planning, Building & Environmental Services

County of Napa
Napa, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Economic Development
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$131,996.80 - $160,430.40 Annually

The Deputy Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services (PBES) directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Planning Division within the Planning Building, and Environmental Services Department, including advanced and current planning, conservation, zoning administration, and resource management.  The Deputy Director will oversee those responsible for reviewing and processing development proposals, guide the preparation of ordinance and policy documents, and ensure implementation of General Plan and Strategic Plan objectives.  The Deputy Director provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director and Assistant Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced, community minded professional who:

  • Is well-regarded in the Planning profession with a proven track record of accomplishments that are relevant to Napa County;  is knowledgeable of comprehensive planning and zoning principles, tools and strategies, and land use development review; and is well-versed in CEQA, General Plan law, the Brown Act, and property rights. 
  • Has the ability to work in a political environment and establish effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, engage with applicants, community organizations, local jurisdictions, regional and state agencies, and interested parties.

  • Is a proactive and imaginative problem solver who thinks beyond the constraints of traditional government or conventional business practices. Not driven by ego, but derives satisfaction from quality work and relationships, innovation, and the success of the team.

  • Has knowledge and practical experience in professional organization management including budget, staff supervision, hiring and discipline, project management, goal setting and implementation; is an experienced, proficient and supportive manager who has a reputation for integrity and treating people fairly and equitably, and has a history of empowering staff in a manner that stimulates ownership and pride in outcomes.

  • Has the ability to explain and provide context to non-planning staff and citizens regarding the planning process, issues, proposed projects, and draft ordinances and policies. 

  • Has strong leadership skills, including a solid ethical foundation; the ability to develop and promote a diverse and productive work environment and to lead, manage, and supervise multiple teams within a large organization; having prior experience serving a highly engaged and informed population is highly desirable.

  • A candidate with current or previous public service in an agricultural community is strongly preferred.


Education and Experience

Experience - Six years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the planning field, including a minimum of four years of management and/or supervisory responsibility.

Education - A Bachelor's degree from a four year accredited college or university with major course work in planning, geography, engineering, economics, public administration or a closely related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for a 4 year degree on a year for year basis.)

License Required - Possession of a valid driver’s license.

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Published on:
February 12, 2019 - 9:53am
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