Planning Manager

City of Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $107,244.00 - $148,944.00

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The City of Rolling Hills Estates is seeking a forward-thinking Planning Manager who will develop and oversee the City’s current and long-range planning services.

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The ideal candidate will bring a breadth of experience in managing the planning department, including  complex and sensitive land use entitlement projects, navigation of existing and upcoming local and State laws, codes and regulations, and the facilitation of public meetings and hearings. Experience in environmental and sustainability programs is desirable. Along with having this technical knowledge, the Planning Manager will be highly attuned to the political nature of city planning while working with community members and City staff. 

The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, relationship builder, change maker, creative thinker, and leader. Being flexible to change, results oriented, and knowledgeable about the functions and processes of municipal organizations is highly important. 

Examples of Duties
  • Organizes, directs and coordinates activities of the  Planning Department;
  • Prepares annual department budget in consultation with Director;
  • Supervises departmental personnel;
  • Prepares staff reports for Council, Commission and Committee agendas and attends meetings;
  • Acts as staff liaison to the Planning Commission and Environmental Advisory Committee;
  • Coordinates the update and implementation of various elements of the General Plan;
  • Administers, reviews and proposes changes to zoning, subdivision and other pertinent ordinances;
  • Confers with applicants, developers, architects, engineers, contractors and the public;
  • Oversees related building and safety services through the County of Los Angeles and other public and private agencies;
  • Oversees Code Compliance and Enforcement and Traffic Control activities;
  • May assist with administration state and federal grant programs as needed;
  • Represents City at various regional planning association meetings;
  • Interacts with other municipal, state and federal agencies and staff, as well as the public regarding land use policies, project recommendations, complaint resolutions and other City planning policies;
  • Performs assignments involving high level contact with public officials and civic leaders requiring independent, responsible and mature judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive and confidential matters;
  • Plans and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development;
  • Identifies problems and recommend solutions;
  • Performs related work as required. 
Typical Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: 

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in city or urban planning, public administration, architecture, geography, economics or related field, required;
  • Master's Degree, or graduate-level training, in planning or related field, desirable;
  • Five years in a progressively responsible position in municipal planning, including supervisory experience and two years with a City or County.

Job-related Certifications/Licenses:

  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License with a safe driving record
  • AICP Certification, desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Organization and operations of municipal government;
  • Principles and practices of public or business administration;
  • Techniques, principles, practices and procedures of urban planning and zoning;
  • Laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to municipal planning, zoning, subdivisions, conservation, open space and environmental quality.
  • Techniques and processes involved in the preparation and implementation of long-range plans;
  • Economic analysis as applied to urban planning;
  • Sources of research, technical and professional publications, state and federal data and commercial documents and organizations providing pertinent planning information;
  • Techniques and processes involved in zoning administration, principles, practices, and development review; preparation and implementation of long-range and General Plans; and principles and practices of local planning.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Business English, spelling and punctuation;
  • Modern office practices, methods and computer equipment;
  • Applicable codes, regulations, policies, and technical processes and procedures related to the department to which assigned;
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with a high-level of customer service with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Understand architectural plans;
  • Provide effective management in coordinating programs and projects;
  • Prepare and present effective written and oral reports and presentations;
  • Develop clear, concise, and comprehensive studies, reports, and agenda items;
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff;
  • Delegate authority and schedule department work program;
  • Analyze, plan, coordinate and direct various technical aspects of City planning;
  • Basic understanding of Building Department codes and practices;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Promote good relations with the public, City officials, City staff and other government agencies;
  • Maintain professionalism, courtesy and composure at all times, including stressful situations, and handle disputes and complaints in a calm manner
  • Evaluate situations, identify problems, and exercise sound judgment within established guidelines;
  • Work effectively in a team environment; 
  • Problem solver;
  • Serve as emergency services worker in the event of an emergency.

Must clear LiveScan fingerprint (background) check.
Must pass Pre-placement physical exam.
Must clear E-Verify process.

Supplemental Information

Moderate; Typical office setting with prolonged periods of sitting; may require some driving to different locations; Performs work involving lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects which may weigh up to 25 pounds. General use of standard office equipment, including a computer and computer screen for extended periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach office equipment; bend, squat and kneel when filing; walk and stand when operating office equipment; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; hear and talk with the public; file papers and reports. Ability to be present at work during normal business hours; Required to attend evening meetings. Ability to hear and speak to communicate in person or over the telephone. Must be able to handle stressful situations.
The City of Rolling Hills Estates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will provide reasonable accommodation in accordance with applicable state and federal law and City policy.  Please contact Human Resources for more information or to submit a request for reasonable accommodation.  

Posted July 6, 2022, 1:43 PM PDT

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