Escondido – California
The Assistant Planning Director is a leadership position working closely with the Director of Community Development to administer and oversee the services and activities of the Planning Division. The position assumes management responsibility for identifying workload needs and directing assigned services and activities of the Planning Division including advising City committees, commissions, and the City Council on land use, design, and environmental matters. Duties may include conducting environmental and other technical reviews, coordinating various approvals with state, federal, and local agencies, coordinating all types of development entitlements including General Plan Amendments, Specific Plans, Subdivisions, Planned Developments, and related processes and documents, providing technical assistance on Capital Improvement Projects, preparing and implementing the City’s habitat preservation sub-area plan, and related programs, services, and activities. For more information, please see the job announcement on the City’s website.

Required Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment where innovative, solution-based customer service is encouraged. A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible professional experience in urban planning, regional planning, community development, or a related field including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility will be required. A strong working knowledge of federal, state and local planning and zoning laws including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is essential. The selected candidate will have experience in the principles and practices of management, organization, training and customer service with demonstrated ability to:

  • Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Prepare and interpret ordinances and formulate land use, zoning, and related policies.
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, council members, committee and commission members, outside agencies and groups, and the general public.