San Diego – California
Two Openings:
Chief, Advance Planning Division
Chief, Code Compliance Division
(Official Classification Title: CHIEF, DEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONS)
Starting Pay Range $100,000 to $117,000
Excellent Benefits Package

The County of San Diego is seeking dynamic, independent, and innovative leaders to fill two Chief positions for Advance Planning and Code Compliance Divisions. These two unclassified management level positions are in Planning & Development Services (PDS), which is part the County’s Land Use & Environment Group. Under the administrative direction of PDS executive management, these unclassified management positions will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight over all functions and activities of the assigned division.


The ideal candidates thrive in a fast-paced, high profile and demanding environment; have depth and breadth of experience in land development, design, engineering, and the planning profession; and are highly skilled in the discipline of strategic planning, project management, and outcome-based performance management. Additionally, ideal candidates will be solution-oriented individuals, responsible for ensuring excellent customer service and working collaboratively with stakeholders and applicants.

The ideal candidates will also possess a professional history that demonstrates the following leadership competencies and attributes:

  • A customer service-oriented management philosophy which transcends all levels of an organization.
  • Organizational and political awareness of sensitive issues and understanding of multiple stakeholder needs to develop consensus on projects and programs, including working with boards and commissions, community planning or sponsor groups, industry groups, community organizations, agency officials, and the public.
  • Strategic thinking and anticipation of future consequences and trends while applying knowledge appropriately.
  • Ability to mentor, develop, and advocate for staff.
  • Ability to convey information and ideas verbally and in writing in an open and articulate manner.

Please click here for additional information on the job classification for Chief, Departmental Operations.


Qualifying candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or certified equivalency for foreign studies, AND, five (5) years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification, which must include two years of management or supervision; OR, a combination of experience and/or education as stated above. Note: A master’s degree or higher degree may substitute for a total of one year. In order for education to substitute for work experience as indicated above, college level coursework must demonstrate progress toward a degree and may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree or higher in public administration, urban studies, urban design, planning, environmental science, architecture, engineering or a related field, and at least five years of professional level planning experience in the public or private sector is highly desirable . Ideal candidates will also have at least two years of full supervisory or management level experience in a planning, land use, design or environmental field.


The annual salary range upon appointment for this position will be $100,000 to $117,000.

To view the full salary range for this classification, click here.

Placement within this range is dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. Annual salary reviews are performance-based and goal-oriented.


  • Fifteen days of paid vacation, thirteen days of paid sick leave, and thirteen paid holidays.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans.
  • Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death/Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Flexible Management Benefit Package – a monthly credit may be used to select benefits from a group of options.
  • Defined benefit retirement program.
  • Reciprocity with other governmental retirement systems may be granted; for further information, the website for the San Diego County Employees Retirement System can be accessed here.
  • May be eligible for relocation allowance.
  • Deferred Compensation Program (457) and 401(a) plans.


Through operational excellence and attention to customer service, PDS strives to balance community, economic and environmental interests to ensure the highest quality of life for the public of San Diego County. PDS has six major divisions: Advance Planning, Building Services, Code Compliance, Land Development, Project Planning, and Support Services.

PDS has an annual budget of $35 million and a total of 180 employees. For additional information on PDS, please click here.


The Advance Planning Division is responsible for the long range planning programs that guide land development within the unincorporated areas of the County of San Diego. The division maintains the County General Plan that provides a framework for future growth and development in the County and oversees the modernization and streaming of policies and regulations to make them more responsive to today’s land use challenges and technologies without sacrificing public safety and quality of life.

On average, the division manages 20 — 25 long range planning initiatives throughout the year. Advance Planning is currently developing several innovative strategic programs, including: Climate Action Plan, Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan, North County Multiple Species Conservation Plan, and form-based standards and community indicators based on livability, sustainability, and healthy communities.


The Code Compliance Division is responsible for investigating and responding to community concerns and helping to maintain a healthy, safe and clean living environment for the citizens of the county. The division focuses on educating the public about County codes and takes a collaborative approach in order to gain voluntary compliance whenever possible. Areas of responsibility include ensuring compliance with zoning laws and addressing: building and grading without permits, substandard and dangerous structures, signs, storage of solid waste, removal of abandoned, inoperable and junk vehicles, noise, and graffiti.


The mission of the County of San Diego is to provide the residents of San Diego County with superior County services in terms of quality, timeliness, and value in order to improve the region’s Quality of Life.

  • The County covers 4,261 square miles, extending 75 miles along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Orange County and inland 75 miles to Imperial County along the international border shared with Mexico.
  • San Diego enjoys a wide variety of climate and terrain, from coastal plains and fertile inland valleys, to mountain ranges, forests, and the Anza-Borrego Desert. The average annual rainfall is only 10 inches.
  • The County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected to four-year terms in district, non-partisan elections.
  • There are 18 incorporated cities and a large number of unincorporated communities.
  • County services are provided by five business groups, that are headed by General Managers, who report to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
  • The County has a budget of $4.86 billion and provides services to the residents of the County through its nearly 16,000 employees in 42 different departments.


Applications may be accessed and submitted online. To apply, go to then link to Jobs; or click here.

In addition to completing the application, please submit an updated résumé indicating academic degrees held and dates conferred, employment history and positions held, dates of service, areas of experience, levels of responsibility, key duties performed, reporting structure, number of direct reports or staff, and salary information.

Applications and résumés will be initially screened for minimum qualifications. An evaluation board will convene to review submittals and identify top competitors to be considered for further evaluation.

The first review date for résumés will be Friday, January 29, 2016.


Persons serving in positions in the Unclassified Service do not accrue tenure and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The provisions of this job announcement may be modified or revoked and do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Qualified women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.


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You may direct any questions regarding the application and selection process to Aaron Morgan, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Department of Human Resources, For questions regarding the position, please contact Patricia Cabello, Senior Departmental Human Resources Officer, Planning & Development Services,