County of Sonoma – Current Planning Manager

Starting salary up to $61.19/hour ($127,710/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

$8,755 – $10,642/Monthly*

Bring your land use planning experience and expertise to our team.
Expand your career with the County of Sonoma.

When you join Permit Sonoma’s challenging and rewarding work environment you become a valuable team member and gain the satisfaction of knowing you’re working together to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

Take the next step and grow your professional planning career with Permit Sonoma!

Our Project Review, Current Planning Section is responsible for approving private land and land use development projects. In support of these operations, and the advancement of the County’s General Plan, the Current Planning Manager participates in and oversees the development of planning guidance, codes, and zoning ordinances as well as long-range land use policies and procedures. Additionally, the Current Planning Manager supports the Deputy Director of Planning by:

  • Directly supervising two Planning Supervisors, a Senior Environmental Health Specialist, and a Secretary
  • Overseeing implementation of the Section’s budget
  • Managing consultants and contract administration
  • Coordinating Section work with other Divisions of Permit Sonoma; various County departments; and local, state, and federal agencies and boards
  • Recommending and implementing policy and procedural changes for the betterment of the County’s strategic and regulatory framework

To effectively support the Deputy Director, our ideal candidate for Current Planning Manager is an open minded, perceptive, and proactive leader with a clear vision for the future and has:

  • Experience working with environmental compliance and considerations in the design, location, and construction of public projects and private development, including residential and commercial projects
  • Extensive knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other local, state, and federal land use guidelines and their effective application on development projects
  • Strategic leadership abilities, with a track record of successfully mentoring professional and support staff, building teams, and meeting work plan goals, priorities, and deadlines
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to identify the critical path, track progress, and achieve project milestones in a timely manner
  • An aptitude for building effective working relationships with the public, regulatory agencies, other entities, and elected officials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate through verbal presentations and written reports
  • Budget preparation and management experience, including data analysis, preparing statistical reports, and submitting recommendations to inform current and future operations

*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. EOE Apply by 8/10/20