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Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP is looking for an experienced planner with relevant experience to join our dynamic practice.

About Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is a law firm specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law. Since 1980, the firm has provided public agencies, non-profits, tribes, and community groups with the highest quality representation, offering an array of litigation, regulatory, counseling, and planning services. While SMW is a private law firm, it has a public interest mission: to serve non-profit and community-based organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments to advance progressive environmental, land use, and good governance values/outcomes.  You can read more about the firm at

SMW’s planners prepare and review complex environmental and land use documents; manage technical experts; prepare comment letters for consideration by public officials; work directly with staff and volunteers for local community groups; interact with staff at regulatory agencies, and testify at public hearings.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in the work that we do. For us, diversity means the differences in people’s backgrounds and identities—including their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and religion—that result in varied perspectives and knowledge. Inclusion means nurturing a sense of belonging and a culture of respect within our firm, the legal profession, and within our communities, especially by listening to and amplifying the voices of people who have been traditionally ignored or silenced, and supporting people in achieving their potential. Equity means the redistribution of opportunities, resources, and power to promote justice.  We aim to bring these values to bear in all firm decisions, including hiring.

Position Summary

SMW is a great place to work. SMW’s planners work on a wide variety of exciting projects in a collaborative and supportive environment. Our two current planners have been with the firm for 20 and 33 years, respectively. One of our planners is retiring soon, so we are recruiting to fill one position. We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated and excited to learn and to take on increasing responsibility with our clients. The ideal candidate will have professional work experience in urban and/or environmental planning, and experience with CEQA, NEPA, and California’s Planning and Zoning Law. Direct experience working for municipal planning departments or in a community group or non-profit is a plus.


  • Serving as project manager for complex and controversial projects
  • Preparing CEQA and NEPA compliance documents for municipal clients
  • Analyzing environmental documents for compliance with CEQA and NEPA
  • Interpreting technical reports for the assessment of air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, climate change, geological hazards, hydrological issues, noise, and transportation
  • Working with attorneys and clients to prepare comment letters and support testimony on proposed projects, environmental review documents, and technical reports
  • Managing technical experts and consultants
  • Keeping up to date on environmental and planning related issues

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent related work experience
  • Five years urban planning and/or environmental planning experience
  • Solid knowledge of and experience with the procedural requirements of CEQA, NEPA, the Planning and Zoning Law, and other state and federal regulations related to planning
  • Solid understanding of zoning and other planning policies and regulations, and the typical local planning approval process
  • Excellent and detail-oriented research, analytical, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • A self-starter who likes a fast-paced environment and has the ability to both work independently and be part of a collaborative team
  • Effective and efficient problem-solving capabilities with the ability to work proactively to develop creative solutions to meet client needs
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under tight timelines
  • A positive and collaborative attitude

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus discretionary annual bonus
  • Generous medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance coverage and vacation/sick/parental leave policies
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution and discretionary profit-share
  • Commuter, cell-phone, and technology subsidies

 Partially Remote Work

Ideally, candidates would be local to the Bay Area and able to work in our San Francisco office and attend in-person meetings. Because of COVID-19 this position may be a combination of remote and in-office work. We are willing to consider flexible or hybrid approaches.

Application Process

To apply and be considered, please email a cover letter and resume to Janessa Cooks ( with “Planner Application” in the subject line.  Please attach a single PDF file that includes both your cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, express why you are interested in SMW and are a great fit for this position. No phone calls please.

Thanks, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

City of Berkeley – Deputy Director of Planning

Visit our website for more information and to apply.

The City of Berkeley has an opening for a Deputy Director of Planning.  Under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Development performs complex, difficult operation, administrative, information systems, statistical and other management analyses in support of activities and functions; makes recommendations for action and assists in policy, procedure and information systems development and implementation; may direct the activities and programs of the codes and inspections, advanced or current planning division; performs related work as assigned.

The Deputy Director of Planning has responsibility for planning, developing, administering and evaluating operation program plans, policy, budgets and schedules for all planning programs in collaboration with Planning operating divisions and other Planning staff. This class works directly with the Division Directors to implement management systems. The incumbent is also responsible to assure that all Planning programs are managed and that resources are utilized efficiently. The Deputy Director of Planning must coordinate with the Director of Planning on issues concerning programs and reviews.

The Deputy Director of Planning has division level responsibilities for the overall direction and administration of one of the City’s planning functions, i.e., codes and inspections, current or advanced planning. Incumbents will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge particular to that function. The incumbent is responsible for formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, planning, developing and administering the assigned division’s budget and directing day-to-day operations. The Deputy Director of Planning is distinguished from the Planning Director in that the latter has overall management responsibility for all aspects of physical planning, including zoning, code enforcement, transportation and capital improvement planning, and administration.

Planner Series

The County of Santa Cruz is currently recruiting for Planner I, II, III & IV.  Are you an experienced planner seeking new, exciting opportunities?  If so, please keep reading!

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

Salary Range:
Planner I: $5,267 – 6,668 / Month
Planner II: $6,203 – 7,852 / Month
Planner III: $6,838 – 8,656 / Month
Planner IV:  $7,932 – 10,034 / Month

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies in the Planning Department as well as future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

REQUIREMENTS: Vary by position. Please visit for more information and to apply online.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority.

Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!

The County’s natural beauty spans from its coastal beaches to its redwood forests. The County also has excellent shopping throughout the local communities and features a lively downtown area in the City of Santa Cruz.

APPLY NOW! Please visit

2022 Summer Planning Intern (9910)

Position Description

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently looking for seventeen (17) bright and enthusiastic interns to work full-time with staff on a variety of planning projects this summer (June 6, 2022 thru Aug. 26, 2022). This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect, and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to housing, historic and cultural resources, social and racial equity, community engagement, urban design, climate change, and many other issues.


  1. Four-Plex Prototypes Intern
    The Intern will develop architectural prototypes for four typical lot typologies by considering recent legislation that allows for the construction of fourplexes.  Ideally this would result in reference designs that would illustrate the basis for related code, policies, and design standards, and potentially be developed to approvable prototypes for the purpose of site permits.
  2. Public Art & Statues Historic Context Statement Intern
    The Intern will research and write a historic context statement on Public Art & Statues that identifies and evaluates the significance of San Francisco’s public artworks, murals, statues, artists, sculptors, and muralists.  The Intern will identify, and survey public art created over different periods of development and draft biographies of known artists who have contributed to the public art of the city.
  3. SFCCRS – Jewish Historic Context Statement Intern
    The intern will research and write a historic context statement documenting the history of the Jewish community in San Francisco. The context statement will identify key people, buildings, sites, and events associated with this theme and aid with the evaluation of potentially significant sites related to Jews in San Francisco.
  4. SF Cultural Association & Historic Resource Finding Audit Intern
    The Intern will identify properties eligible for landmarking that are associated with marginalized and underrepresented communities.  The intern will analyze existing information from past historic resource determinations to identify buildings and neighborhoods with potential cultural associations, develop metrics on evaluation findings related to cultural associations, and identify gaps in priority geographies and underrepresented communities.
  5. Landmark Recognition & Interpretation Intern
    The intern will examine the current landmark plaque program, research historic recognition programs in other cities, research new technologies for recognizing historic buildings and sites, and recommend a strategy to ensure consistency in recognizing San Francisco’s landmarks.
  6. ADU Program Communication and Outreach Intern
    The Intern will identify, develop, and assist with process improvements for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permitting and outreach procedures to pro-actively advance equity in the Department’s external work as it relates to community planning, community engagement, and process improvements.
  7. Public Resources for Commercial signage and Residential building standards Intern 
    The Intern will create informational manuals about commercial signage and development standards for residential buildings. Tasks of this internship are reviewing existing regulations, conducting field work, interviewing staff, updating existing materials, and writing easily understandable summaries and instructions.
  8. Equity Map of Resources Intern
    The Intern will build on the existing Environmental Justice Framework to help residents, planners, and community-based organizations understand the complex resources and needs by geography across the city. The Intern will develop community profiles that will include demographic, land use, and employment information along with qualitative data on community priorities and concerns, cultural and language needs, and past and existing projects.
  9. Community Engagement Public Information and Process Improvement Intern 
    The Intern will produce public informational material to inform project applicants about community engagement requirements and recommended best practices.  The Intern will also create internal materials to support Department staff in reviewing and administering outreach efforts of project applicants.
  10. Housing Element 2022 Update Intern 
    The intern will conduct policy research, create a plan for ongoing outreach, and assist with current engagement efforts related to the Housing Element 2022 Update.  Other responsibilities may involve data analysis for the Housing Element and other related work.
  11. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intern
    This intern will update various greenhouse gas  (GHG) related documents.  The intern will also identify recent local, state, and federal policies and legislation that could affect San Francisco’s GHG emissions and assess the progress in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets.
  12. Environmental Planning Racial and Social Equity Intern  
    The intern will assist in analyzing past appeals of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations by examining who typically participates in appeals, topics of concern raised in appeals, staff hours spent, and outcome of appeals.  The Intern will then conduct a racial and social equity impact analysis on related environmental topics.
  13. Environmental Monitoring Team Intern
    The intern will assist the environmental monitoring team on researching past and current projects with mitigation requirements, creating a modern tracking system, and developing monitoring procedures and site visit tools.
  14. Railyards Redevelopment and General Plan Transportation Element Intern
    The Intern will provide support to the Railyards Redevelopment project and the new Transportation Element of the General Plan. The intern will develop a communications strategy for the Transportation Element, participate in public outreach events associated with the Transportation Element Update and the development of the 4th and King Railyards, and analyze existing travel behavior in the city.
  15. Streetscape Design Advisory Team Intern
    The Intern will assist with several interdepartmental initiatives related to the advancement of safe, dynamic, and engaging streets. The Intern will  collaborate with various agencies to develop design typologies for alleyways that need to accommodate both pedestrians and commercial trucks; and designate ideal truck routes in coordination with existing and planned bicycle routes.
  16. Small Multifamily Strategies Research Intern
    Expanding small multifamily housing (sometimes called “missing middle” housing) can add housing choices in areas that have been limited to single family homes and that are currently too expensive for many residents. The Intern will research approaches to support existing homeowners in adding housing by provide information and education about financing and other incentives.
  17. SF Young Planners Program Intern
    This position will assist the Internship Coordinator in managing a group of 16 high school students as part of the summer high school internship program.  This includes content development related to the field and career of city planning, information presentation, project creation, intern supervision, field trip chaperone, and liaison with employment partners.

For complete description of the available internships, please visit:


Minimum Qualifications

Requires completion of two (2) years (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field specific to the internship.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Falsifying one’s education training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Additional Information

The Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Planner I, II, & III – Time-Limited

Planner I, II, & III – Time-Limited

$5,054 – $8,524/Monthly*

Grow your career in land use planning with the County of Sonoma!


Depending upon experience and level of the position, starting salary up to $49.01/hour ($102,289/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

As a Planner, you will process and coordinate complex planning applications as well as research, prepare, and create planning projects, studies, and reports regarding economic development, environmental compliance and protection, solid waste planning, and related land use topics.

As our ideal candidate, you bring to Permit Sonoma your:

  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • Ability to interpret title reports; and review legal documents, market data, blueprints, and maps
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents, and employing data visualization techniques
  • Ability to provide effective customer service support and skillfully communicate and work well with others
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

What We Offer

When you join Permit Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A 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
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Planner III ($40.32 – $49.01/hour)

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner – Time-Limited position at either the I, II, or III level that is currently funded through June 30, 2024. If you are interested in applying at either level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitments being conducted for those levels.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range 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. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and we are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 02/21/22

City of San Pablo – Assistant/Associate Planner

Now Accepting Applications for
Assistant/Associate Planner (full-time)
Annual Salary Range
$ 86,088 – $ 117,984 DOQ
4-day work week
plus full benefits, including CalPERS Pension
Filing Deadline: March 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. or first 100 applications (whichever occurs first)
Applications MUST be submitted online at
The City of San Pablo has adopted a COVID-19 employee mandatory vaccination policy for new hires. Under the policy, all employees must, as a condition of employment, either be fully vaccinated and verify that vaccination status with the City, or the employee must have applied for an exemption under the law through the City.
The City of San Pablo is seeking an extraordinary planning candidate to join its Community Development Department. The Community Development Department is responsible for collaboratively planning for and reviewing the development and construction of safe, healthy, and sustainable residential, commercial and other uses that comply with the City’s policies and regulations, while striving to promote economic vitality and sustainability, and enhancing the design of the City’s built environment. The dynamic work environment will require that the successful Assistant or Associate Planner (, depending on qualifications (DOQ), candidate be a conscientious and passionate professional who wants to work in a positive, innovative, and creative team work environment.
About the position: In addition to the great salary and benefits, including a four-day work week, the incumbent will serve as a member of the Community Development Department. The incumbent of this position reports to the Community Development Director/Planning Manager and interfaces with and supports City employees at all levels. For additional information about the position, see the Job Description page of the City’s website.
Experience and Training: An ideal candidate must have excellent problem solving, judgement, analytical, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to deal with divergent information and, to concisely and succinctly convey decisions and information to the public and other departments and divisions. Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Assistant Planner: No professional experience is required; however, relevant technical experience is desirable and an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, urban studies, environmental studies or a highly related field.
Associate Planner: Minimum two (2) years of professional experience similar to that of an Assistant Planner with the City of San Pablo and an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, urban studies, environmental studies or a highly related field.
Required license and certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license. Future obtainment of certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners is encouraged.
Benefits: The City provides an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, paid vacation and holidays, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS retirement pension. Please see the Benefits page of the City’s website for details.
How to apply: Applications, cover letter, and resume will only be accepted online at For general questions, call the Human Resources Division at (510) 215-3000. Applications must be submitted to by the date and time listed. Applications not submitted by the posted date and time will not be considered. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the subsequent phases of the selection process. Meeting the minimum requirements of the position does not guarantee the advancement in any phase of the selection process. Final selection will be made from an eligibility list.
Background investigation and Pre-employment medical examination: Successful candidates will undergo a complete background investigation, fingerprinting, and pre-employment medical examination, which may include a TB test. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Please contact the Human Resources Department
on, or before, the filing deadline if special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the selection process. Every attempt will be made to consider your request (medical documentation must be provided upon request). Immigration Reform & Control Act: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all potential employees will be required to provide proof of United State Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States. Drug-Free Workplace Policy: In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, it is the objective of the City of San Pablo to achieve a drug-free workplace.
The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract of employment and these provisions are subject to change.
Please respond in detail to the questions below, as they will be used as screening criteria. Applications without supplemental questions will not be considered.
1) This position requires some combination of experience and training. Please describe the professional experience, relevant technical experience, and training or education that you believe qualifies you for this position. (For the Assistant Planner, this may include relevant technical experience and/or training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, urban studies, environmental studies, or a related field. For the Associate Planner, this may include two years of experience similar to that of an Assistant Planner and training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, as noted above).
2) Describe any experience you have working with the public, answering questions, and providing technical information to customers.
3) Describe any experience you have reviewing land use development plans and proposals for compliance with relevant regulations and policies.
4) Describe your experience preparing technical or planning-related reports, presenting them to the public, and answering questions.
5) Describe your experience preparing maps, charts, graphics, and other data collection and presentation approaches. What are your relevant computer skills, including Geographic Information Systems and related programs?
6) What do you think are the elements that make a community a good place to live and conduct business? How would you put these elements into place?

Research and Data Analyst

Are you looking to join a team that is making a difference in the future of San Jose?  We are looking for a skilled Research and Data Analyst who wants to help tell the story of downtown San Jose through data.  The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) is a non-profit organization that has worked closely with private and public-sector partners since 1986 to represent the interests of business owners in downtown San Jose.  Please review before applying, to better understand SJDA’s mission, programs and services.  Details on the position are below:

POSITION TITLE:  Research and Data Analyst, San Jose Downtown Association


The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) is a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1986 to represent business and property owners. We make downtown a better place for business, residents and visitors through events, advocacy, marketing and more.

The Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) is a special assessment district that conveys certain benefits to the properties located within its boundaries.  Established in 2007 and managed by the SJDA, the PBID provides funding for downtown services, including clean and safe services, enhanced maintenance and landscaping, beautification projects and small business support.

The Research & Data Analyst role is responsible for managing SJDA’s internal programmatic data, including management of the organization’s Salesforce database.

Scope of the role includes leading and executing data analysis projects; creation and dissemination of programmatic collateral; leading best-practice research for the organization; collaboration with partner agencies on research and analysis of trends and topics that impact downtown San Jose; and support to staff as the organization uses a data-driven approach for various programs.  The position will often be the point-person to guide projects and initiatives through their full life cycle.  The candidate should be experienced with data analysis as well as internal and external communications.

The Research and Data Analyst is a full-time, exempt position and is supervised by and reports to the Director of Public Space Operations.


  • Data Analysis
    • Research, retrieve and manage data, conduct data analysis, and contribute written content and design direction for the visual display of quantitative and qualitative findings for internal and external reports, including but not limited to the following:
      • SJDA/PBID Salesforce
      • Programmatic data
      • Area development Projects
      • Ground floor retail tracking by category (restaurants, retail, etc.)
      • Sales volumes (trends by category and area)
      • Transit, pedestrian, and traffic counts
      • Census information and area demographics (residents and workers)
      • Visitor counts for main attractions and events
      • Office space (gross, vacant, Class A, B & C)
      • Retail space (gross, vacant, type)
      • Lease rates & land prices
      • Business Improvement District
  • Management of SJDA’s Salesforce membership database
  • Serve as a point of contact for research partners at local, regional, and national firms that oversee and maintain real estate data tracking, tourism data tracking, and other related fields. Maintain and update inventory of these contacts
  • Serve as a primary user of third-party data tracking technologies subscribed to by SJDA, such as demographic reporting platforms, pedestrian tracking platforms, real estate tracking platforms, etc.
  • Provide mapping support via GoogleMaps, CoStar, and other subscription based platforms
  • Research
    • Develop familiarity with local, regional, and national resources in public space management, commercial real estate and urban development that can provide reliable sources of research data and related information that supports the mission of SJDA and its related organizations
    • Monitor new/existing research, collect market data, and maintain files on relevant programmatic, market and economic development information from other downtowns/related markets throughout the US and internationally


  • Technical skills required:
    • Basic programming skills in languages: SQL, Python and/or R
    • Database management experience, with specific emphasis on Salesforce
    • At least 2 years of Computer Science, Math, and Statistics coursework.
    • Ability to pre-process structured and unstructured data as well as QA and troubleshoot data
    • Strong reporting and data visualization skills (i.e. in R, Excel, or Tableau)
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work in high-pressure situations and present to senior leaders
  • Excellent attention to detail and written/verbal communication skills

SALARY:  Salary is $85,000 and includes competitive benefit package

DEADLINE:  February 18, 2022 at 5:30pm.

TO APPLY:     Please submit cover letter and resume to SJDA’s HR department.

Please note that upon submission of both cover letter and resume, qualified applicants will be sent a technical assessment to complete prior to February 18.

Applicants who do not complete the technical assessment will not be considered.


Submit your cover letter and resume to or
San Jose Downtown Association, Human Resources
28 N. First St., #1000
San Jose, CA 95113

Senior Community Planner / Technical Planner

Dynamic Planning + Science is looking for the newest member of our specialty planning and data visualization firm. DP+S’s mission is to deliver products and services crafted to foster community health, resilience, and safety by addressing challenges between the natural and built environment.

We’re looking for a full-time, mid-level to senior-level planner with experience in local community planning, hazard mitigation, technical writing, and data analysis. The selected candidate will be responsible for effectively and efficiently supporting multiple simultaneous projects such as comprehensive/general plans (e.g. safety elements and housing elements), hazard mitigation plans, and risk and vulnerability assessments in relation to climate change.

The candidate will work with local governments throughout the West (primarily California and Colorado) to support sustainability and resiliency planning efforts through data presentation and analysis, planning documentation, multi-jurisdictional coordination, policy and regulatory analysis, and community engagement.


5-7 years of full-time paid professional experience in environmental, urban and/or regional planning which must have included performing one of the following kinds of planning activities associated with a planning agency: comprehensive, regional, area, or community planning; public infrastructure environmental analysis; plan/proposal review; general plan amendments; CEQA/NEPA document preparation; zoning; land division; housing administration; information services; urban renewal; or planning administration. Supervisory experience may be required or preferred. AICP Certification is preferred.

Planning Manager – PBES

The Napa Valley

Napa County is currently recruiting for the position of Planning Manager. Please apply directly online by visiting our website at Candidates must attach a cover letter (addressed to David Morrison, Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department), a resume, three professional references, and must answer the supplemental questions.

To view the Planning Manager brochure, go to:

The Position

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Planning Division within the Planning Building, and Environmental Services Department, including advanced/current planning, zoning administration, resource conservation, supports the Planning Commission, Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Airport Land Use Commission, administration, and clerical; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director, Assistant and Deputy Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services.

A division manager is responsible for using considerable independent judgment and discretion in the management of a division that may include multiple work groups of significant depth and complexity. Responsibilities include overall management and administration of the planning division, including development of the division’s objectives and design and implementation of supporting programs, processes, policies, and/or procedures to successfully achieve those objectives. A Division Manager is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of associated budgets.

This classification is designated as an “at will” classification.

The Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is an experienced, community minded professional who:

Is well-regarded with a proven track record of accomplishments that are relevant to Napa County; is knowledgeable of comprehensive planning and zoning principles, tools and strategies, and land use development review; and is well-versed in planning, building, environmental and engineering principles, the Brown Act, and property rights.

Has the ability to work in a political environment and establish effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, engage with applicants, community organizations, local jurisdictions, regional and state agencies, and interested parties.

Is a proactive and imaginative problem solver who thinks beyond the constraints of traditional government or conventional business practices. Not driven by ego, but derives satisfaction from quality work and relationships, innovation, and the success of the team.

Has knowledge and practical experience in professional organization management including budget, staff supervision, hiring and discipline, project management, goal setting and implementation; is an experienced, proficient, and supportive manager who has a reputation for integrity and treating people fairly and equitably, and has a history of empowering staff in a manner that stimulates ownership and pride in outcomes.

Has the ability to explain and provide context to citizens regarding the development process, issues, proposed projects, and draft ordinances and policies.

Has strong leadership skills, including a solid ethical foundation; the ability to develop and promote a diverse and productive work environment and to lead, manage, and supervise multiple teams within a large organization; having prior experience serving a highly engaged and informed population is highly desirable.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience— Six years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the planning field, including a minimum of four years of management and/or supervisory responsibility.

Education— A Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university with major course work in planning, geography, engineering, economics, public administration, or a closely related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for a 4-year degree on a year for year basis.)

License or Certificate— Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Application Process

The final filing date is 02/21/2022 5:00 PM.

For more information or to apply, please visit our website: and click on the “apply” button on the bulletin. Only online applications will be accepted. Candidates must attach a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and supplemental questions to their online application for it to be considered complete.

Following the final filing date, applications will be screened, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the beginning of March 2022. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.