Long-Range Planning Manager

Job Information

Company Name

City of Palo Alto

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Palo Alto is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced planning professional to fill the position of Long-Range Planning Manager in the Planning and Development Services Department. The Long-Range Planning Manager is responsible for a wide range of projects including oversight, coordination and implementation of strategic plans, the City’s General Plan, coordinated area plans, housing programs including a rental registry, the City’s below market rate housing, community development block grant, annual reporting, special studies, and other programs. The Long-Range Planning Manager supervises at least 7 professional staff and provides oversight of consultant work. This working manager will be responsible for amendments to zoning code to allow for state law implementation as well as applying for, tracking, administering and reporting on grants. Frequent coordination with the Current Planning team and Office of Transportation staff is an important part of this role. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is a vibrant community and home to many tech companies. This position will work with senior management, boards and commissions, city leaders and the community to identify long term goals, then create plans to achieve those goals. Planning and Development Services is a fast-paced, dynamic city department serving an involved and well-educated community. Top-level candidates are familiar with feasibility studies, public outreach and engagement, project management, and local, state, and federal land use laws. Planning and Development Services provides the City Council and community with creative guidance and effective implementation of land use development, planning, housing and environmental policies and programs in order to maintain and enhance the City’s safety, vitality, and attractiveness. The department is also the resource for homeowners, businesses, designers, and contractors in building safe, healthy and sustainable buildings that comply with applicable codes and regulations. For more information on the City of Palo Alto, visit https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Home For more information on the Planning and Development Services Department, visit https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Planning-Development-Services Essential Duties: Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Supervises technical, clerical, lead staff and entry level supervisors or managers to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations. Manages and directs the operations of a section, including developing policies, principles, procedures, work processes and evaluating achievement of goals and objectives. Represents the Agency to the public, to other agencies, and to regional and sub-regional committees, including conducting public meetings, making presentations, and responding to requests for information. Attends, chairs, and conducts a variety of meetings; serves on committees as requested; makes presentations to the City Council; represents the Department and makes oral presentations at meetings, inter-agency meetings, conferences and other events. Prepares and develops budgets; monitors and approves expenditures in accordance with policies and principles of sound fiscal management. Develops and maintains analytical tools for audit and control of programs. Manages consultants and contractors. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. The full job description for Planning Manager can be found here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/paloaltoca/classspecs/812668?keywords=manager%20planning&pagetype=classSpecifications Supplemental Information: More than one position may be filled through this posting.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

The ideal candidate will: Have demonstrated experience completing complex, multi-year planning projects involving extensive public engagement. Have experience with updating a General Plan or Housing Element. Have experience with revising zoning code to implement state laws and other initiatives. Be an organized, creative, and energetic self-starter with excellent communication and project management skills, who enjoys working within a collaborative team dynamic. Have planning experience in another California city. Have strong analytical, communication, management, and supervisory skills. Have experience working with community organizations. Have experience applying for or administering grants. Have working knowledge of GIS, graphics/presentation programs, database management programs and other comparable programs. Have skills at presenting to Commissions or Boards, and Council. Have served as a liaison to a board or commission. Be familiar with the recent state legislative changes effecting long range planning. Have demonstrable experience exercising good judgment and managing expectations with sensitive projects in a politically challenging environment. Minimum Qualifications: Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the program or function being managed: 1. For urban planning functions, urban planning, architecture, or a related field. 2. Five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government including supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Master's degree is preferred. Licensing Requirements: Valid California Driver's License.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$127,857.60 - $191,776.00 Annually

Other Benefits

Benefits: Fantastic benefits package! Medical, Dental, Vision! For more information, visit https://www.cityofpaloaltoemployee.com/benefits-by-category For Commuter Incentives, visit https://www.cityofpaloaltoemployee.com/commuter-benefits-1; includes a GoPass for CalTrain

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Sherry Nikzat


[email protected]

Phone Number

(650) 329-2376