Planning Director

East Bay
Until filled
$134,766.00-$163,810.00 Annually

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


The Town of Moraga is a is a small, family-oriented bedroom community offering a quiet semi-rural lifestyle within easy reach of big city amenities. Located 22 miles east of San Francisco and 10 miles from Oakland, Moraga offers a unique blend of residential areas, two shopping centers and open hillsides. Moraga is also the home of Saint Mary’s College.

The Town of Moraga (Town) is seeking a knowledgeable and dedicated Planning Director to administer and manage the Planning Department. Under administrative direction from the Town Manager, the Planning Director supervises the Town’s Planning Department activities, including but not limited to:

Managing and supervising planning operations to achieve goals within available resources; directing planning staff in the enforcement of local ordinances; planning and organizing workload and staff assignments;  reviewing progress and evaluating staff; preparing and administering annual department operating budget; coordinating department activities with other departments and local agencies as needed; serving as Town liaison to other planning/transportation/resource agencies; assisting in the selection and training of staff, Planning Commissioners, Design Review Board Members, and other committee members; attending conferences, training sessions, and workshops to obtain new information; attending staff meetings.

General Plan and Municipal Code implementation: Directing, implementing and monitoring work programs for all major projects; directing and preparing amendments to the General Plan, Municipal Code, and planning guidelines; directing and preparing a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes; negotiating, coordinating, and managing planning consultant contracts; providing professional planning and land use advice to the Town Council, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board through the preparation of memorandum, staff reports, and presentations.

Evaluating land use proposals to ensure compliance with Town, State and/or Federal laws; processing complex land use applications submitted to the Planning Commission and Town Council; evaluating projects’ environmental impacts pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); consulting with other jurisdictions regarding traffic impacts associated with development; establishing meeting agendas for the Planning Commission; and providing primary staffing for the Planning Commission.

Providing professional and technical information to the public in person, on the telephone, and in writing; and making presentations to community groups.

Ideal Candidate

The new Planning Director will be a dynamic, hands-on, collaborative and communicative leader. The ideal candidate will have a record of accountability, work ethic and integrity as demonstrated through leading by example and producing excellent service and results.

The ideal candidate will possess:

Knowledge of  principles and practices of urban planning; state law and local ordinances and codes governing land use, development standards, and environmental regulations;  the Subdivision Map Act; CEQA; site planning and architectural review; and community relations and customer service practices;

Ability to  prepare and present effective written and oral reports; plan, organize, and coordinate planning activities and projects; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with Town officials, staff, other governmental agencies, contract service providers, and the public; prepare graphs, drawings, maps and other supplemental materials; understand and carry out emergency preparedness procedures; work effectively as a member of a team; and understand and carry out Town policies.

Minimum Qualification requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, architecture, public administration or related field. AICP certification is preferred;
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional level, public agency planning experience, including three (3) of management and supervisory experience; and 
  • A valid California Driver’s License. 


The Town's outstanding benefit package currently includes:

  • 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off
  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents
  • 80-200 hours annual vacation based on years of service
  • Up to 104 hours of administrative leave per fiscal year
  • 10 observed holidays plus 3 floating holidays per year
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Town paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Deferred Compensation program
  • CALPERS retirement plan 2% @ 55 for Classic members; 2% @ 62 for new (PEPRA) members

Please note that the Town does not participate in Social Security.

Special Instructions

This position is open until filled, with the first review date February 22, 2018.

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