County of Monterey – Chief of Planning

Monterey County encompasses some of California’s most stunning scenery and offers an ideal year round Mediterranean climate. Miles of beautiful beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, groves of redwoods, low-rolling foothills, and scenic valleys are characteristics that contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by over 446,000 residents and the numerous tourists who visit the area year-round. Monterey County boasts world-renowned attractions such as the spectacular Big Sur Coast, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and the Steinbeck Center.

The Chief of Planning is responsible for managing a unit consisting of 20 FTEs, including two Managers that oversee Current and Long-Range Planning. Planning functions include regulating development activity in the unincorporated areas of the County, preparing and implementing land use policy and regulations, providing information to the public, and reviewing development projects to ensure compliance with the County’s land use regulations governing planning, building construction and design, subdivisions, grading and erosion control, as well as assisting in the preparation of a countywide Park Master Plan.  The Chief will join the newly created Housing and Community Development Department during a time of exciting and challenging transition. Within this environment, there is a great opportunity to facilitate, coordinate and enhance communications and systems throughout the department.

Land use and planning expertise with extensive knowledge of the state regulatory environment, including CEQA and the Subdivision Map Act are a critical need. The ideal candidate will typically possess a Bachelor’s degree in in urban and regional planning, national resource management, landscape architecture, geography, environmental, engineering or a closely related field and five years of administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in the general management of land use planning. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. Valid AICP certification is also highly desirable. The salary range is $121,884 – $166,375 annually, DOQ. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by November 6, 2020.