San Diego – California

Deputy Director, Planning & Development Services

The County of San Diego is seeking a dynamic, independent, and innovative leader to fill a Deputy Director position. This executive management level position is in Planning & Development Services (PDS), which is part the County’s Land Use & Environment Group. Under the administrative direction of Director of PDS, the selected candidate will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight over all functions and activities of the Land Development Division and the Project Planning Division.


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, high profile, and demanding environment; has depth and breadth of experience in land development, place-making and design, engineering, and planning professions; and is highly skilled in the discipline of strategic planning, project management, and outcome-based performance management. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a solution-oriented individual responsible for ensuring excellent customer service and working collaboratively with stakeholders.


Minimum Qualifications

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. Experience must include three (3) years of management level experience and at least one (1) year of supervision.



The anticipated hiring range upon appointment for this position will be $120,000 – $130,000. Placement within range is dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.


Application Process and Recruitment Schedule

Applications may be accessed and submitted on-line. To apply, go to, then link to jobs.

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.


Contact Information

You may direct any questions regarding the application and selection process to Brandy Winterbottom-Whitney, Deputy Director, Human Resources, at or 858-505-6324. Questions about the position or department should be directed to Kevin Powell, Group Human Resources Director, at, or 619-685-2441.