East Palo Alto

Planning Division Manager (19943592)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$115,760.00-$140,708.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto, 94303


The City of East Palo Alto is experiencing the most of development in the City’s history. Currently, the City is processing development applications for nearly three (3) million square feet of non-residential and an estimated 1,000 residential units. If you are a dynamic leader seeking to manage a great team responsible for processing high-profile projects, this may be the opportunity for you;


This classification is FLSA exempt and reports directly to the Community and Economic Development Director; provides direction, training and direct supervision of subordinate professional, technical and administrative support staff 


This is full-time, At-Will Management position that performs a variety of managerial, supervisory, technical, and professional duties related to current and advance planning and special projects; provides supervision and oversight of daily planning operations; trains and evaluates personnel in Planning Division; performs related duties as required.

Ideal Candidate

  • Oversee the daily operations of the Planning Division.
  • Extensive experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Plan and administer the City’s General Plan.
  • Plan and administers special programs or projects as directed by the City Council and Planning Commission.
  • Assign and review the work of assigned staff.
  • Develop training programs for division personnel.
  • Provide coordination and oversight in the use of the department’s manual and automated systems and capabilities.
  • Analyze, propose, and implement solutions for complex planning problems in an independent manner.
  • Prepare and manage the Planning Department’s annual budget, including estimating expenditures and projecting revenues.
  • Perform research, analysis and planning for complex planning and redevelopment projects.
  • Gather, analyze and present data in form of written, graphic and oral reports for use before the Planning
  • Commission, City Council and citizen committees and groups.
  • Administer planning and environmental consulting contracts.
  • Attend meetings, conferences and training sessions and represents the division/department o Inter-departmental committees and city-wide task forces.
  • Determine work procedures, prepare work schedules, and expedites workflow studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Resolve complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing.
  • Oversee the permitting functions of the department, including application, fee assessment and collection, application and plan review, permit issuance, inspection and occupancy.
  • Ensure the maintenance and accurate and complete records of department activities and of records relating to planning applications, permits, maps, blueprints, overlay, and sketches pertinent to urban planning and development programs and projects.
  • Monitor inter-governmental decisions and legislation effecting departmental operations and take appropriate action.
  • Serves as the Planning Commission Secretary in the absence of the Department Director.



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Land-Use Planning, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Community Development, or a closely related field; and



Three (3) to Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in urban planning with emphasis in current and advance planning. Two (2) years of supervisory experience is preferred.  


Licenses and/or Certifications:

  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record, at the time of appointment.
  • AICP Certification


Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Community Development, or closely related field is desirable, and will substitute one-year of experience.


CalPERS  Classic Members — 2.5% @ 55 formula

(Employee pays 8% employee contribution. Three year average final compensation.)

CalPERS New Members — 2% @ 62 formula

(Employee pays 6.25% employee contribution.  Three year average final compensation.)



Medical: City pays 100% of Employee Coverage for Kaiser and 65% Dependent Coverage

If employee chooses to upgrade to Sutter Health, there will be an additional cost to the employee.

Dental:  City pays full cost for employee only

Life Insurance: City pays for coverage of $100,000

Long Term Disability: City paid

State Disability Insurance: Employee paid

Management Leave:  up to 60 hours / year

Holidays: 12 paid holidays / year

Vacation: Two-weeks per year

Sick Leave: 8 hours / month

Optional Benefits: Flex (125) Plan with Supplemental Benefits

Alternative Work Schedule: May be available based on the needs of the Department

Special Instructions

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, application and supplemental information at: www.calopps.org The first review of applications will start on December 6, 2019. The City reserves the right to end or extend the recruitment at that time.


Application packets will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure and job description (s). Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications by the City may be invited to the panel interview. The most qualified candidates, as determined by the City, will be invited to the final interviews. 

For additional information contact:

Irene Camarena, Human Resources Manager

Phone: (650) 853-3187 

Email: icamarena@cityofepa.org 

 For additional information visit our website at: www.cityofepa.org

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