Planning Division Manager

City of Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA
United States
June 19, 2017
Professional Area: 
Community Development
5-7 years
AICP Certification: 
Not required
Salary Range: 
$10,196.49 - $12,393.88 Monthly

Under the general direction of the Director of Community Development, supervises, plans, organizes, and reviews work of professional, technical, and clerical subordinates and provides administrative supervision to Planning Division of the Community Development Department; and performs other duties as assigned.

The Planning Division Manager provides line supervision and administration to the staff in the Advance Planning and the Current Planning Divisions. In this capacity, the Planning Division Manager supervises, directs, and coordinates such ongoing programs as General Plan administration, Specific Plan development and maintenance, current planning, public counter duties, zoning administration, annexations, and coordinates projects with the Building Division and other City departments.

The following duties are typical of this classification and are intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed, the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s), and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Plans, organizes, supervises, and performs professional planning work; assists in developing long-range plans and objectives for community development programs
  • Supervises, directs, and coordinates such ongoing programs as General Plan administration, Specific Plan development and maintenance, current planning, advance planning, design review, zoning administration, community planning, environmental planning, and annexations 
  • Represents the department at public meetings and presents planning and zoning matters to the Planning Commission, and various citizen groups 
  • Acts as liaison between the department and other City departments and boards and commissions relative to planning matters
  • Prepares the draft Planning Division annual budget and prepares other administrative work including statistics for current planning caseload; represents the department on area-wide committees and boards 
  • Interprets planning and zoning regulations and department policy and procedures for staff and the public on behalf of the Director
  • Confers with property owners, project developers, utility officials, public officials, and others concerning the City's development policies and procedures 
  • Attends Planning Commission meetings and makes oral presentations, and City Council meetings as needed 
  • Makes every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increase the quality of service to the public; and performs other duties as assigned. 


Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a Bachelor of Science degree in City Planning or a closely related field. A Master's degree in Planning or Public Administration is desirable.

Five years of professional planning experience, at least two years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
OR any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of urban planning and management; principles and practices of effective supervision; principles of budgeting; methods of preparation of administrative reports; principles and practices of exemplary customer service; and proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Ability to:

  • Gather, organize, and analyze information to arrive at sound conclusions
  • Take a proactive approach to problem solving
  • Analyze problems and prepare written and oral reports
  • Understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions and materials
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form
  • Effectively supervise subordinate staff
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships
  • Manage the electronic records program, utilizing applications such as TrackIt, WebExtender, and other systems
  • Learn the organization, procedures, and operating details of the City department to which assigned
  • Collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community
  • Attend work, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position's required duties and responsibilities
  • Collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community; and demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community. 

Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver License. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles. Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.

Personal computer, including word processing and other software programs; motor vehicle; calculator; telephone; copy and fax machine.


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