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Planning Division Manager
City of Gilroy, South Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(408) 846-0228
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $109,707.00 - $146,281.00 Annually

Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Under the general supervision of the Community Development Director, direct, plan, supervise, and coordinate the work of the Planning Division. The Planning Division includes the Planning, Housing & Community Development Block Grant, and Code Enforcement Sections.

Assist in development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of the City Council.
Plan, organize, manage, and perform the functions and activities of the Division, including long-range and current planning, code enforcement, environmental review, housing and community development, and special projects.
Coordinate the development processing procedures of the City; see that coordination is maintained between various City departments, outside governmental agencies, and citizen groups for development processing functions.
Serve as staff and prepare or direct preparation of reports and recommendations to the Community Development Director, City Administrator, City Council, Planning Commission, and other boards and commissions.
Manage the functions and activities of the Housing & Community Development Section including oversight of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and city Housing Trust Funds.
Manage and provide oversight of the Code Enforcement Section, including planning, building, and related municipal code enforcement.
Review and remain current with legislation and legal opinions that may affect activities of the Division.
Meet with and advise developers and general public regarding development applications and processes; explain purposes, regulations, and directives of accepted development practices.
Serve as Acting Community Development Director as required.
Prepare and administer various Federal and State grant programs.
Represent the City and assist in preparation of studies with regional planning groups and organizations.
Administer and supervise work performed by contract professional consultants.
Prepare and administer the Planning Division budget.
Supervise, train, and evaluate professional, technical and clerical subordinates.
Perform related duties as assigned.



A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited College or University with major coursework in urban planning or a related field considered useful in City planning. A Master's degree is highly desirable and may be substituted for one year of the required professional planning experience.
Five years of professional-level experience in the field of urban planning and zoning administration, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity.
Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicle(s).
Pass a post-offer medical examination which includes a drug test.
Pass an employment check and Department of Justice criminal record check for employment.
Prefer non-tobacco user.

Ideal Candidate:

The Ideal Candidate will:

Be extremely well versed in contemporary approaches to land use planning and development.
Have excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain technical information in a manner that the City Council, public, development community, employees, consultants, professional and technical groups, and other governmental agency representatives can understand.
Have a sense of humor and humility.
Possess exceptional customer service skills.
Have a can-do attitude, and a work style that supports teamwork, collaboration and positive relationships that will support and compliment the City of Gilroy environment and customer service goals.
Think beyond the situation under review, be flexible within reason, work closely with other city departments and the development community, and anticipate problems before they develop.
Select consultant, establish a committee and begin the General Plan update process
Implement the Silicon Valley Habitat Conservation Plan
Implement process improvements that reduce processing time for planning applications and environmental clearance
Work with the City Housing and Community Development Division to implement the Housing Element
Develop a customer satisfaction survey for both on-line and paper responses
Review progress and complete the comprehensive review of the Zoning Ordinance



Health Allowance and Flexible Benefits Plan
Depending upon the number of dependents the health allowance ranges from $576.69 to $1,522.92 per month for core health benefits. Subject to specific rules, a cash back program is also available with proof of other medical coverage. City employees participate in the PERS Health Program, and may choose their medical coverage from a variety of providers. The City’s flexible benefits plan includes medical and dental coverage as core benefits. A range of optional benefits including vision care and medical and dependent care accounts are also available.
Other Benefits
The City offers the PERS 2.5% at 55 pension plan, based on single highest year, credit for unused sick leave, and pays the full employer portion of the retirement contribution.  The employee contribution of 8% is a pre-tax payroll deduction in lieu of social security.  Employees participate in Medicare (1.45% for both the employer and employee) as this is a mandated federal program.
Leaves and Work Schedule                        
Annual vacation ranges from two to four weeks per year, based on years of service.  Employees accrue eight hours of sick leave each month.  Employees receive 44 hours of personal leave time and 56 hours of administrative leave time in July of each fiscal year which must be used during the fiscal year.  The City observes 10 paid holidays each year.
All City employees are paid monthly, on the last business day of each month. Direct deposit is available and encouraged.
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