The City of San Diego is accepting resumes for the unclassified position of DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PLANNING DEPARTMENT, Environmental & Resource Analysis Division.

Salary Range: Dependent on qualifications and experience
Recruitment: Open to all qualified candidates.
Filing Deadline: February 27, 2015.

The City:
With more than 1.3 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as “America’s Finest City.”

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget of $2.97 billion and employs approximately 10,000 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City’s website:

The Department:
The Planning Department includes three divisions: Long-Range Planning, Environmental & Resource Analysis, and Facilities Financing. The Department operates with a staff of approximately 78 employees and a budget of $11.6 million. The Environmental & Resource Analysis Division (E&RA) has a staff of 18. E&RA supports the Long-Range Planning Division’s mission to engage San Diegans to envision, plan, implement and maintain a sustainable City through the wise use of land, resources, and aesthetics, ensuring a high quality of life for all generations, including sustainability planning, grant applications and administration, and coordination with other City departments and government agencies. E&RA serves as the center for all environmental policy in the City.

The Position:
This position offers an outstanding opportunity to join the management team of the Planning Department. The Deputy Director is responsible for managing multiple programs, formulating policy positions, maintaining budgets and ensuring deadlines are met. As a member of the management team, the Deputy Director will also assist in the preparation of the annual department budget and related documents.

With adoption of the FY 2015 budget, the City Council formalized the organization and function of the Planning Department to include environmental authority, policy, and review of discretionary public projects including community plan updates and other planning projects, capital improvement projects, and other City-initiated projects. The Deputy Director will play a major role in implementing this function and establishing CEQA policy and practices for the City of San Diego.

Qualifications and Experience:
Under the direction of the Planning Director, the Deputy Director will be responsible for taking a leadership role and overseeing staff engaged in CEQA, Historical Resources, MSRP, Park Planning & Urban Forestry work. The individual must have excellent analytical, written and verbal communication, organizational, and project management skills. Strong working knowledge of CEQA is essential. Must be able to work collaboratively, ensure deadlines are met, provide quality control, and think critically.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
• Strong working knowledge of CEQA;
• Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, ordinances, codes and regulations related to environmental review, resource management, and historic preservation;
• Knowledge of the ministerial and discretionary review processes;
• Experience in the historic survey and designation processes,
• Experience in environmental document preparation and review;
• A commitment to public service, responsible stewardship and innovation in government;
• Excellent writing and communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management, other government agencies, and members of the public;
• Extensive experience in the writing and editing of reports and documents, including final quality control for documents;
• Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political; and
• Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative.

Typical qualifications for this position include professional innovative planning experience with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, and a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in planning, environmental studies, landscape architecture, architecture, biology, law, or related field. A master’s degree is desirable.

Management Compensation and Benefits:
The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600. Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit Risk Management, Employee Benefits at Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.

Medical Evaluation:
A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.

Selection Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit your: 1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Human Resources Department at (619) 236-6313.

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

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