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Planning Manager

at City of Pasadena (CA)

Pay: $61.2852 to $76.6068/hour
$61.2852 - $76.6068
Posted: 5/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2443259
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

The City of Pasadena's Planning and Community Development Department is seeking a Planning Manager to oversee all daily operations of the Planning Division including the Design and Historic Preservation, Zoning, and Community Planning sections. The Planning Manager will also oversee the various Commissions assigned to each section in addition to budget, personnel, and other management responsibilities.

The Planning and Community Development Department protects and advances quality of life through the application of sound land use planning principles, development review standards and building codes; facilitating informed land use decisions through community participation and collaborative processes; protecting and enhancing safe, livable neighborhoods which reflect and preserve Pasadena's unique cultural and historic character; supporting and encouraging healthy reinvestment in the community to provide for a strong local economy; and promoting smart planning and a sustainable future for generations to come.

The ideal Planning Manager will be an experienced, hard-working professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  This person will have exceptional decision-making abilities and possess a strong work ethic. 

Essential Functions

The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the job description

  • Directs the activities of the planning division; plans, organizes and directs the development and maintenance of the General Plan in accordance with state laws; directs the development, maintenance and administration of the Zoning Code of the City of Pasadena, including the coordination and direction of major revisions.
  • Directs the development of area plans, neighborhoods plans, and Environmental Impact Reports.
  • Coordinates the development of Urban Design plans and historic preservation programs and surveys.
  • Oversees the management of census, economic and land use data; effectively administers the Planning Commission, Design Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Hearing Officer, and Board of Zoning Appeals and other boards, commissions and/or committees involved with land use/development processing.
  • Confers with the department head and peers to discuss, develop and resolve departmental issues and strategies; coordinates division activities with other departments and public agencies.
  • Represents the city at meetings and other events; maintains currency in the field of planning, urban conservation, zoning, design, environment and other planning-related issues.
  • Makes a variety of public presentations and directs the preparation of reports and correspondence.

The following lists represent the core competencies needed for success in this position. 
  • Self-Management - Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability
  • Presentation Skills - Formally delivering information to groups
  • Writing -  Communicating effectively in writing
  • Professional Impact - Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Relationship Building - Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Managing Change - Addressing key factors that influence successful organizational change
  • Strategic Perspective - Evaluating immediate actions in the context of achieving long-range objectives
  • Leadership - Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal
  • Decision Making - Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Legal and Regulatory Navigation -  Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations


Qualification Guidelines


  • A bachelor's degree in planning or a related field is required.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal planning, zoning administration or community development and at least two years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Desired qualifications: master's degree in planning or a closely related field, experience working in the public sector, and membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) are preferred.

The tentative selection process will consist of a training and experience evaluation, interview panel, department-level interviews and possibly an online Work Preferences Questionnaire and a work sample review. 

Probationary work period is one year and part of the Pasadena Management Association bargaining unit. 

There is currently one vacancy in the Planning and Community Development Department. 
The resulting eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill this vacancy and similar vacancies in the future. Candidates selected for this position are subject to a one (1) year probationary work period and are part of the Pasadena Management Association.

Special Requirements

  • Resume and cover letter must be attached to the job application.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Must provide and operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of performing field inspections and other related duties.
  • Willingness to work overtime during nights and weekends is required.