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Planning Director

City of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$123,358 - $161,857 annually

Planning Director
City of Sacramento
SALARY: $123,358 - $161,857

The City of Sacramento seeks a Planning Director to lead the planning division across current planning, long range planning, new growth, urban design, and zoning administration. The position will represent the City and provide technical guidance and expertise to staff, City leadership, and various community boards, committees, and commissions. The ideal candidate will bring several years of experience in managing complex technical long range, current, and environmental planning projects and will have an ability to understand the details, as well as the greater planning strategy, and execute the City’s planning vision and goals.


The Planning Director oversees 50 staff and a budget of $9.3 million across six sections: current planning, long range planning, new growth, urban design, and zoning administration. This position reports to the Community Development Director and is responsible for providing policy and technical direction and guidance to staff and city leadership, as well as assisting in meeting the goals of the General Plan for the City through the development, implementation and maintenance of programs and ordinances. This position also manages key development projects, prepares the strategic action plan for the Planning Division and guides the division towards meeting its goals. The Planning Director represents the City and the Community Development Director to multiple commissions, boards, and the City Council.


The ideal candidate will be a professional who possesses strong skills including leadership, planning expertise, management, drive, and customer-focus. The Planning Director will help develop a vision for City planning, nurture an organizational culture that builds trust in the community, strategically manage Sacramento’s unique environment, and make planning decisions that are fair, educated, and well informed. California municipal planning experience in an urban environment and knowledge of CEQA are highly desirable. We are looking for a true leader, someone who can find creative solutions to get things done and actualize organizational improvements.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban or regional planning, architecture, engineering, or other design-related field; urban studies, environmental planning, public administration, political science, economics, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in one of these fields is desirable.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in urban planning, including five years of project management and supervision.

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by February 4th at:


  • Interviews will be held on March 1st and 2nd (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:

The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

Published on:
January 7, 2021 - 11:03am
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