Planning Managers (Two Positions) – City of Salinas

Planning Managers are responsible for the overall planning, direction, and coordination of their assigned division. Incumbents provide highly skilled, responsible, and experienced technical staff assistance to direct activities of their assigned division. This recruitment is for two Planning Managers; one to oversee the Advanced Planning and Project Implementation (APPI) Division and the other the Economic Development (ED) Division. Both APPI and ED Planning Managers report to the Assistant Community Development Director. The APPI Planning Manager oversees a staff of six full-time employees with additional part-time employees and intern employees. The ED Planning Manager oversees a staff of two-full time employees with an additional intern employee.

Additional skill set in current planning, housing, and economic development (business retention and expansion, opportunity site predevelopment, disposition, and development activities) is desirable, but not necessary.

Salary range: $107,472 – $137,172
Application deadline
: Friday, October 14, 2022
Link to apply:


The ideal candidate is a strong leader, team player, and staff manager; possessing excellent supervisory skills necessary to guide, mentor, and develop employees and create a respectful and high performing working environment. The successful candidate will have broad experience in all areas of planning with extensive expertise managing staff and creating an organizational structure with a sense of team and purpose. As the manager interacts with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, exceptional interpersonal skills and political acumen are of the utmost importance. The successful candidate will have a proven track record creating efficiencies, implementing best practices, and removing unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles, while working with and establishing clear procedures and policies, both written and verbally. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for public service, especially serving an underserved community; an entrepreneur from within who recognizes this opportunity to create and establish an effective and efficient administrative infrastructure for long-term success. This is the perfect opportunity for the individual that wants to make a positive impact in a community.


The City of Salinas is the 33rd largest city in the state with a population of approximately 163,542. Salinas is located in beautiful Monterey County and is the County seat. Just 40 minutes south of the heart of the nation’s high-tech industry, Silicon Valley, the City has the largest population in California’s Central Coast, is a multicultural and diverse community and a key asset in today’s global economy. The region also boasts spectacular scenery, from breathtaking mountains and valleys, to the beauty of the sun, sand, sea, and soil.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to:

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets of past organizations.

For additional information, please contact:

Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233