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Job Title: Public Engagement Program Manager, Planning Department - U2101 (Unclassified)
The Program Manager will report to the Planning Department’s Deputy Director in the Environmental Policy and Public Spaces Division. The Program Manager position is a key member of the Executive Management team in the Planning Department and will be responsible for providing oversight to a diverse team of professional planning staff. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacant Program Manager positions in the Planning Department.
The Public Engagement Program Manager Position will be responsible for developing and managing a new program for public engagement and communications for the Department. This new program would focus on public and stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on reaching, educating, and engaging with people that have not traditionally participated in the public process, to ensure that input is received that is representative of the City’s diverse population. Public engagement is an integral component of the success of the Department’s initiatives, which include long-range community plans, implementing zoning ordinances, infrastructure plans, and environmental policies. The public engagement program will offer a variety of digital and in-person opportunities for interaction and information sharing available to all residents and demographics.
The public engagement program will also provide a strategy for engagement with the public, community-based organizations, and key stakeholders as each of the Planning Department’s initiatives are developed. These initiatives implement policy goals such as housing affordability, Climate Action Plan implementation, streamlining efforts, and enhancing quality of life in our neighborhoods. To more efficiently manage existing resources dedicated to engagement and outreach, the position will provide a department-wide plan and administration of the program while managing consultants and coordinating with staff.
In addition to measuring and reporting on program effectiveness, the manager will also refine or develop additional public engagement policies and procedures for the Department. This position will also be responsible for the inclusion of social equity and justice as a foundational principle in the Department’s work program, recognizing that our city is comprised of many diverse aspects of identity including race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. This position will also serve as a community, communications, and legislative liaison with a high degree of independence and discretion.
Highly desirable candidates will have:
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in planning, law, political science, public administration, communications, or a related field. Participation in professional organizations, training and coaching experience, and continued learning are also highly valued.
Key Areas of Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Management Compensation and Benefits:
The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600. Retirement benefits for this unclassified position depend on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). To learn more about employee benefits, please review the Benefits Summary for Unclassified Employees. (Download PDF reader) Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.
A City medical examination including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.
To be considered for this position, please submit your: 1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for the position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to [email protected]. Please reference Recruitment No. U2101 in the subject line of the email.
Upon submittal, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.
If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at [email protected].
The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.