Planning Manager (PBES) – Napa County

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Planning Division within the Planning Building, and Environmental Services Department (PBES), including advanced/ current planning, zoning administration, resource conservation, supports the Planning 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 and Assistant Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services.

Salary range: $133,369.60 – $162,115.20
Application deadline: Open until filled
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For more information and to apply, please visit our website at This is a continuous executive recruitment and applications will be accepted online only. Candidates must attach a cover letter (addressed to David Morrison, Director of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department), resume, three-five professional references, and responses to the supplemental questions to their online application for it to be considered complete. Applications with required attachments will be screened as they are received, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.

HIRING BONUS:  Applicants appointed to this position will receive a one-time signing bonus of $5,000; $2,500 of the hiring bonus will be paid in the second pay period of employment and the remaining $2,500 bonus will be paid upon successful completion of probation period.

The Position
A division manager is responsible for using considerable independent judgement 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 and manage 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.