San Mateo

Planning Manager (19945925)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$11,959.00-$14,264.00 Monthly

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


330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, 94403


The City of San Mateo Community Development Department is Looking for a Planning Manager

Why Join our Department?

You’ll be joining a team of dedicated and talented professionals that strive to provide the highest quality of service to the San Mateo community, in a dynamic, fast paced, collaborative, and innovative work environment. 

The Community Development Department, also known as CDD, is organized into four divisions — Building, Code Enforcement, Housing, and Planning.  CDD has broad responsibilities including, but not limited to, long-range planning, review of applications for new developments, implementation of the City’s housing programs, and maintenance of neighborhoods.  The Planning Manager will work alongside a team of focused and highly motivated professionals who work closely with the public, City officials, and personnel from other City departments and organizations/agencies.  The Planning Manager serves as a leader, facilitator, and collaborator within CDD, the City of San Mateo, and the community at large.

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The Position

The Planning Manager plans, organizes, manages and directs the operations of the Planning Division, and is responsible for all tasks related to the current and long-range planning functions of the City.  The ideal candidate is a team player; is experienced and effective in all aspects of professional planning practices; has proven leadership, negotiation, and communication skills; works well with and among a variety of interest groups, individuals, and stakeholders; and can lead the City of San Mateo through one of the City’s largest initiatives - a comprehensive General Plan Update.  The Planning Manager also serves as staff liaison to the Planning Commission, supervises preparation of the City Planning Commission agenda and compilation of required reports and documents, and acts as Zoning Administrator and performs all duties required thereof by the municipal code.  The position exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff in the Planning Division.  The Planning Manager receives general direction from the Community Development Director and/or Deputy Community Development Director and works collaboratively with other division managers within CDD.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Have knowledge of principles and practices of land use and urban planning, including environmental review, urban design, housing and zoning.
  • Be conversant on Federal, state, and local laws applicable to general plans, discretionary permits, environmental matters, zoning, housing and land use
  • Be a problem-solver, basing solutions on thoughtful analysis, a collaborative approach, and reasoned conclusions, and be able to present solutions, alternatives, and implications for recommendations and actions.
  • Possess the ability to understand, interpret and explain codes, regulations and policies.
  • Make presentations to boards, commissions and other groups; facilitate and represent the City at meetings; and prepare reports.
  • Have effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Possess the ability to identify and respond to stakeholders, residents, Commissioners, Councilmembers with tact and build strong and positive relationships and trust throughout the community and between conflicting interests.
  • Have the emotional intelligence necessary to supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Value the importance of accountability, quality assurance, and continuous improvement.
  • Desire to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation, collaboration, coaching, and staff engagement.
  • Be passionate about community engagement and providing the highest quality of customer service.
  • Enjoy serving in a culture where the CDD leadership team is empowered to achieve goals and work together amongst divisions to address issues and priorities.

What You Need

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • You possess at least five years of increasingly responsible experience performing varied and complex municipal planning work, at least one year of which has included supervising professional staff.
  • You have the equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, Urban Studies, or a closely related field.
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Planning or a related field and the American Institute of Certified Planners certificate are highly desired.


Salary:  $11,959 - $14,264/month

What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.84% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation, and matching up to 1.0% of the Employee’s contribution
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo Management Association.

Special Instructions

Are You Ready? Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé, and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline

Recruitment will be opened until filled.  This recruitment is subject to close at any time without notice.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possibleFirst review of applications will be December 3.

Interview Process

All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these.

An eligible list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted:  November 20, 2019

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.  ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.  Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:

Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.  Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should contact Lourdes Coles, Sr. Human Resources Analyst, at or (650) 522-7264.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps.  The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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