Job Title: Director of Planning

Job Location: San Diego

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Job Description:


Position:        Director of Planning

Hours:            Full time, Salaried (some evening and weekend work required)

Supervisor:    Executive Director

Salary:            $70,000 to $90,000

Start Date:     July 2019



This is a unique opportunity for a medium to senior level planning professional to join a high profile organization and to lead a team of collaborative and dynamic planners. This position is perfect for a lateral jump into a nonprofit, or for an up-and-comer looking to take the next step in their career to develop leadership, management, and business skills.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Planning, is responsible for day-to-day operational management of all activities and functions of Circulate Planning, a value-oriented fee-for-service planning division of Circulate San Diego. Helping communities plan well is key to our mission.

Duties include business development, proposal writing, project management, and overseeing a team of four dedicated planners to deliver high quality active transportation planning and outreach services. In addition to the competitive salary, the organization also offers generous benefits, a friendly work environment, 401(k), parental leave, sick time, and vacation.


Main Duties

  1. Provides excellent planning service for our active transportation and community outreach clients and partners.
  2. Cultivates relationships with current and potential clients, funders, and project partners to maintain and expand a current book of fee-for-service business and grant-funded planning worth about $500,000 annually.
  3. Provides for the selection, management, training, mentoring, and professional development of planning staff, and makes recommendations on hiring, termination, promotion and discipline as needed.
  4. Writes proposals and grants to fund projects, prepares budgets and project scopes, analyzes cost effectiveness and exercising cost controls, and advises the Executive Director of any anticipated overspend or potential shortfall.
  5. Represents the organization in meetings and acts as representative to a variety of public agencies, businesses, community groups and other nonprofit organizations; fosters collaborative working relationships to accomplish mutual goals and objectives.
  6. Prioritizes and allocates available project resources; reviews and evaluates service delivery, makes recommendations for and executes changes in operations where necessary; assists in developing new projects, including researching, compiling and analyzing support data.
  7. Performs complex administrative duties requiring oversight, attention to detail and analysis, including assisting the Executive Director and the Board in organizational development, strategic planning and financial analysis.
  8. Develops systems and maintains records that provide for the evaluation, control and documentation of assigned projects; manages the invoicing process for all program projects, prepares a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures, directives and other materials, as required.
  9. Develops, analyzes, synthesizes and uses reports and other materials as a policy development tool; develops recommendations and reports to address community concerns and aspirations.
  10. Identifies and pursues business development opportunities to team with local planning and outreach companies and to work directly with local jurisdictions on contract projects.
  11. Utilizes software tools such as GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office to meet organizational needs.
  12. Performs related work as required dependent on the necessary skills, experience and aptitudes, and subject to such additional responsibilities falling within the general duties of the position.


General Duties

As a staff member of Circulate San Diego, the Director of Planning is expected to contribute to its overall mission, and:

  • Contribute to the friendly and collaborative work environment of Circulate San Diego;
  • Serve as a key member of the leadership team for a high profile organization;
  • Assume responsibility for following all policies and procedures;
  • Attend Board, committee and other internal meetings, as required
  • Provide a high level of client service at all times; and
  • Project and maintains a positive image on behalf of Circulate San Diego.


Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree (or comparable experience) in Planning, Engineering, or other relevant field,
  • Experience in active transportation planning and community engagement
  • Familiarity with preparing proposals for fee-for-service planning work
  • Ability to prospect and write grants to philanthropic funders
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience working with GIS, and the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Spanish fluency a plus


Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, $70,000 – $90,000, depending on experience
  • Health and dental coverage
  • 401(k) match of up to 7% employer contribution with 3% employee contribution
  • 15 annual vacation days
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 13 annual sick days
  • Paid parental leave
  • Professional development fund


How to Apply

Circulate San Diego values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and any relevant work product examples to, and with the subject line “Planning Director Application.” No phone calls please.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. This job description is subject to review and amendment in light of experience and in the annual employee review process. 

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Apply by date: 07/31/2019