Assistant Director – Planning & Development Services

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Palo Alto

Position Level


Job Description

Located between San Francisco and San Jose, Palo Alto (pop. 68,000) is a model of innovation, sustainability, and creativity and the heart of Silicon Valley. A full-service city, Palo Alto has an FY 2023-24 operating budget of $1 billion and 1,063 staff. The Planning and Development Services Department includes 57 team members and a $26 million budget. The Assistant Director will lead the Current and Long-Range Planning functions and serve as a technical expert on land use development.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Palo Alto seeks a community development professional who excels in a dynamic setting and is energized by high standards. The ideal candidate will be a big-picture thinker who also displays a keen eye for critical details. The individual selected will be knowledgeable regarding industry best practices and familiar with contemporary approaches to urban planning. Competitive candidates will bring a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience, including five (5) years of management/supervisory experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. Salary range is $169,062 - $253,753, supplemented by competitive benefits. Visit for info and to apply by Sunday, June 2, 2024. Suzanne Mason • 562.631.2500 TERI BLACK & CO., LLC

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$169,062 - $253,753

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Suzanne Mason


[email protected]