Planning Manager
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Planning Manager
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Within discretionary authority performs a variety of managerial, supervisory and professional duties related to current and advance planning and special projects; provides supervision and oversight of daily operations of the division; trains and evaluates personnel in Planning and Code Enforcement; performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is a full-time, middle management position performing advanced technical, professional, managerial and supervisory responsibilities. This position is the highest level of the professional planner series and is characterized by a high degree of independence and judgement. Methods of performing tasks are largely within the discretion of the incumbent who has considerable latitude in interpreting and applying policies, rules and regulations and whose performance is measured mainly by the results accomplished. May act as Community Development Director in his/her absence.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Provides direction, training and supervision of subordinate professional, technical and administrative support staff in coordination with and in the absence of the Community Development Director. Receives general supervision from the Community Development Director.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
The duties and responsibilities listed below are illustrative only. They are not meant to be a full and exhaustive listing of all of the duties and responsibilities of the classification.

Oversees the daily operation of the Planning/Code Enforcement Division; plans and administers the City's affordable housing and transportation programs; plans and administers special programs or projects as directed by the City Council/Community Development Agency Board.

Assigns and reviews the work of assigned staff; develops training programs for division personnel.

Provides coordination and oversight in the use of the Department's automated systems and capabilities.

Analyzes, proposes and implements solutions for complex planning problems in an independent manner.

Prepares the Division budget and coordinates the preparation of the department budget.

Performs research, analysis and planning for complex planning and redevelopment projects; gathers, analyzes and presents data in the form of written, graphic and oral reports for use before the Planning Commission, City Council and citizen committees and groups.

Administers planning and environmental consulting contracts.

Attends meetings, conferences and training sessions and represents the department on inter-departmental committees and City-wide task forces.

Performs related duties as required.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  principles, practices and purposes of city planning; statistics and statistical analysis as applied to land use, transportation, zoning and master plan studies; principles and techniques involved in the development, maintenance and implementation of a comprehensive master plan including the development of affordable housing programs; laws and other regulations relating to municipal planning, state planning, redevelopment, subdivision and environmental regulations; basic principles and methods of supervision and training; applicable personal and on-line computer applications associated with the work.
Ability to:  independently analyze, propose and implement solutions to complex planning and redevelopment problems; manage the day-to-day functions of the Planning/Code Enforcement Division; direct, train, supervise and evaluate the work of assigned staff; prepare written reports; make effective oral presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; effectively communicate technical information to non-technical individuals or groups; work varying and irregular hours associated with the work.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Urban Studies or a closely related field. A Master's Degree is preferred.
Experience:  Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal planning with emphasis in current and advance planning.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to learn, retain, interpret and communicate complex information, terminology, policies, practices and procedures; ability to attend meetings during non-business hours; drive a City car to make visual and physical site assessments concerning potential land development issues; maintain composure in difficult situations; communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and technical problems; manage competing demands and prioritize projects and time to meet service requirements; use personal and on-line computer systems.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record.
SALARY:  $9,076 - $11,032 per month

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