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Planning Manager
City of Hayward, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 583-4500
Close Date: Feb 11, 2013
Salary: $9,793.00 - $11,902.00 Monthly


FINAL FILING DATE:  Monday, February 11, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Department.

Plus excellent benefits package:  See the 2012/13 Benefit Summary on the City’s Human Resources webpage for more details.

In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 2% at age 62, or 2.5% at age 55, depending on the individual's eligibility.


THE POSITION:   The City of Hayward Planning Manager will work under the general direction of the Development Services Director to supervise and coordinate the work and functions of approximately 10 staff in the Planning Division with a current budget of $1.2 million in a diverse city of approximately 150,000 residents in a strategic location in the San Francisco East Bay.  This individual must possess excellent organizational, management, and communication skills in order to oversee a multitude of projects and functions, including an update to the City’s General Plan that is anticipated to be adopted in the summer of 2014; administer the City’s neighborhood and specific plans, zoning ordinance and related development regulations; and continue to promote sustainable practices and growth, reflective of the City’s major priorities of safe, clean, and green.  The Planning Manager also supervises and coordinates project planning, subdivision engineering, and landscape design, requiring excellent site and urban design review skills.  The Planning Manager also coordinates special and long-range planning projects, necessitating coordination with citizen groups, staff in other City departments, and regional and state agencies.  Excellent writing and analytical skills are required for preparation of reports and recommendations relating to applications for development, ordinance amendments and environmental documents, while exemplary oral communication skills are required for presentation of staff recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, and other bodies.  The Planning Manager also assists in budget preparation, and must possess the ability to deliver efficient, customer-oriented and business-friendly planning services.


THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:  The City of Hayward seeks a Planning Manager who values exemplary customer service with strong and comprehensive knowledge of planning, land use, environmental, and sustainable law and trends; will possess strong leadership and management skills to inspire an experienced staff; and will be an effective communicator.




Knowledge of:  Principles and practices of California planning and land use laws and trends, California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act, regional land use planning related to the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, housing law and planning, historic preservation, climate action and sustainability.


Ability to:  Plan, organize, and coordinate complex planning projects and studies; interpret and apply zoning regulations and planning concepts to unusual or difficult land use problems; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; and  lead, manage, train, and evaluate employees.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:  Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities are:


Experience:  Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience of a supervisory, administrative or professional nature in planning, development processing, or a related field.


Education:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration or a related field. A Master’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or related field is desirable, as is membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Licenses and Certifications:  Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.


SELECTION PROCEDURE:  Candidates must submit by February 11, 2013, a completed City of Hayward job application and a response to the Supplemental Questions, which fully describes the nature of their professional experience and qualifications.  Applications submitted without the supplemental questionnaire will not be considered.   Application packets will be screened by a qualifications panel and candidates considered best qualified based on the information provided, will move forward in the examination process. Candidate’s background and qualifications will be further evaluated by a competitive examination process that may include a writing exercise and/or oral interview, which will result in ranking on an eligible register for hiring consideration.  Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.    


SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  Completion of this Supplemental Questionnaire is required for your application to be considered and is an integral part of the examination process. Responses should be limited to one page per question and sufficiently detailed to assist in evaluating your qualifications for this position. Writing ‘see resume’ is not a sufficient response. 


1.     Please identify the most important two or three qualities of a public sector planning manager and explain why they are so important. 

2.     Describe your experience and knowledge related to sustainable planning and practices, including any experience in developing a climate action plan and greenhouse gas emission inventory.

3.     Please describe your experience in updating general plans.

4.     Describe your supervisory experience generally, including the largest number of persons supervised, the level of professional staff (Assistant, Associate, Senior, etc.), and term of supervision.  What was your most difficult supervisory experience and its resolution?

5.     Describe a politically sensitive development project for which you were responsible processing where the needs of the neighborhood and those of the developer were at odds.  How did you resolve the differences and what impact did that have on the project and the neighborhood?


        APPLICATIONS:  Candidates are encouraged to apply online at: or Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA  94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complete job description and benefit summary can be found on the City’s website.


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