Placer County

Planning Director - Planning Services Division (#13535)

$68.71-$85.82 Hourly / $11,909.73-$14,875.47 Monthly / $142,916.80-$178,505.60 Yearly



To manage and direct the the daily operations of the Planning Services Division under the general direction of the Community Development Resource Agency Director; to oversee and coordinate internal management of the division;to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; to manage a major division of the Agency and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Community Development Resource Agency Director, including serving as the County Planning Director.


This is a single position classification with full responsibility for the administration and management of the Planning Services Division of the Community Development Resource Agency as well as the responsibility and authority to perform all functions described by the California Government Code.  In addition, the incumbent performs general administrative and management tasks for the Community Development Resource Agency Director as assigned. 


Receives administrative direction from the Community Development Resource Agency Director.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage and direct the Planning Services Division and serve as the County Planning Director in compliance with California Government Code.
  • Assist in developing division goals and objectives; and assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and review the activities and operations of the Planning Services Division,  including supervision of current and advanced planning, housing and economic development programs.
  • Provide staff support and make recommendations to the Planning Commission; act as Zoning Administrator, assign designee, to exercise independent judgment relative to various land use entitlement applications. 
  • Serve as staff planner for large and/or unusually complex project applications; and prepare major policy documents, reports, ordinances, special studies etc. for presentation to the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and other public agencies and groups.
  • Develop and implement the Planning Services Division’s work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; and review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Planning Services Division budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; and administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement disciplinary procedures as requested; and maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service; and coordinate Planning Services Division activities and projects with other land development divisions and departments within the County administrative structure.
  • Represent the division and Agency to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; and provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning and development, including two years of management or supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning or a related field.

Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver's license. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and practices of land use planning and development. 
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.  
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.  
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.  
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.  
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.  
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.  
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.  
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment; knowledge of planning and related applications. 

Ability to: 

  • Organize, direct and implement comprehensive current and advanced planning, housing, and economic development programs. 
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division related issues; remember personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy. 
  • Prepare and administer a budget. 
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel. 
  • Develop, implement, interpret and explain division policies and procedures. 
  • Organize, direct, and implement multiple complex planning activities and programs. 
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements. 
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive public presentations. 
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps.


        CLASS: 13535; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 9/25/2018;