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Planning Services Manager
City of Alameda, East Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Sep 13, 2010
Salary: $102,336.00 - $122,410.00 Annually

This recruitment may close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.


Under general direction, is responsible for overall management, coordination and administration of all planning activities and functions including current planning, advance planning, design review, historic preservation, and public arts programs; performs other related work as required. Work in this position is characterized by fiscal and operational management of major planning operations and functions, and by the wide scope of administrative responsibilities. The focus of managerial functions is on professional staff management and consultant work oversight.


  1. Develops and implements comprehensive planning and development programs, projects and activities.
  2. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages all current and advance planning work including design review, development review, zoning, housing, transportation, historic preservation, environmental and land use planning.
  3. Works with developers and the general public regarding advance planning efforts, development applications and processes, explaining purposes, regulations, policies and accepted development practices.
  4. Coordinates planning services in and with permit activities and functions; may process and/or monitor complex projects through the permit process.
  5. Coordinates and directs the work of professional planners, other assigned staff, and/or consultants.
  6. Coordinates development, maintenance and implementation of the general plan. 
  7. Participates in the development and implementation of departmental goals, policies, and priorities.
  8. Administers and performs general and specialized planning activities as assigned.
  9. Coordinates activities with other departments and agencies; provides information and assistance regarding planning matters, policies, and procedures.
  10. Serves as liaison to various agencies and community or professional groups.
  11. Investigates and resolves complaints regarding planning operations.
  12. Prepares and reviews notices, agendas, minutes and other materials.
  13. Provides and may coordinate staff and technical assistance to the City Council and to various boards and commissions; serves as secretary to various boards and commissions as assigned.
  14. Prepares and presents various reports and studies.
  15. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes, etc.
  16. Serve as Environmental Coordinator, Zoning Administrator or Hearing Officer.
  17. May function as acting department head as required.
  18. Assists in budget preparation and administration.
  19. Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff.


Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the exam will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in city or regional planning, urban design, or related field.
  • Four years of progressively responsible professional urban planning experience involving current planning, advance planning, zoning administration work and project management, with substantial experience in a supervisory capacity involving direct supervision of professional planners or in comprehensive and significant project management.

Other Requirements

Knowledge of municipal planning principles and practices including current planning, advanced planning, zoning, code compliance, environmental review, and historic preservation; land use, physical design, demographics, environmental, social and economic concepts including public and private financing and capital improvements; applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and code provisions; municipal government organization and operations.

Ability to effectively manage all planning services activities and functions; provide responsive, cost effective and innovative services; plan, organize, coordinate and direct assigned staff, activities, projects, and programs; demonstrate effective leadership; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls; review and analyze complex and technical information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities and meet deadlines; interpret and apply relevant state, federal and local laws and regulations; interpret and explain complex governmental regulations, policies and procedures; establish and maintain accurate records; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; prepare complex technical studies and reports; set priorities, meet deadlines, and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, other departments and agencies and the general public; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

Selected positions require possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment


PART I: A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam.

PART II: An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.

PART III: A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%). The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position. Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List. The five (5) names highest on the list are certified to the department(s) having vacancies. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head. Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.


1. Apply ONLINE at or
2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501
Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.


The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Management and Confidential Employees Association.

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