Planning Manager position, City of Citrus Heights, California

Planning Manager position – City of Citrus Heights, California

The position will coordinate, direct, organize, and plan activities of the Planning Division, including current and long-range planning, development plan review, general plan and specific plans. The Planning Manager receives administrative direction from the Community Development Director, and exercises direct supervision over assigned supervisory, professional, technical, and office support personnel.   This position assigns work activities, projects and programs, monitors workflow, and reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures. The Planning Manager prepares the division’s budget, coordinates staff training, conducts performance evaluations, educates the public regarding City standards in order to create an improved community, and communicates regularly with neighborhoods, businesses, Planning Commission, City Council, and the community –at-large to keep them apprised of the work and goals of the Planning Division.  Additionally, this position manages and implements the City’s General Plan, zoning, and subdivision ordinances, as well as Grant funding. This position will also play an important role in the city’s business licensing program.

Ideal Candidate

Ideal Candidate

  • Possesses professional planning skills and abilities to evaluate current development projects through detailed review and analysis.
  • Demonstrates the ability to understand, interpret, and apply city codes and ordinances, Federal and State rules, regulations, and guidelines as applied to architectural, zoning and general plan requirements, including CEQA and NEPA.
  • Has the ability to explain and communicate city development standards, applicable codes and ordinances to developers, contractors and to the public in a clear and understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and ability to prepare and administer a budget.
  • Has the ability to simultaneously manage provide coordination on a variety of development projects and special studies and work effectively and cohesively with consultants, contractors, and/or other public agencies.
  • Possesses analytical skills to identify and project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Focuses work effort to carry out the city’s Customer Service philosophy of actively listening, addressing customer concerns, and providing services at a level that exceeds customer expectations.
  • Thrives in a team environment that encourages cooperation, communication, and mutual sharing of risk, responsibility, and reward.
  • Identifies and generates “a better way of doing things” by viewing issues or problems as opportunities for improvement rather than as obstacles.
  • Treats all individuals encountered, equally and with respect, basing actions on honor and ethics.
  • Demonstrates an ability to support the City’s core values


The hiring salary may be set anywhere within the salary range, based on a candidate’s experience.  The City offers first class benefits, including: CalPERS retirement (employee pays full member contribution), 136 hours of Annual Leave (to be used for vacation or sick time); 40 hours of Long Term Medical Leave; a substantial monthly City contribution toward health insurance, and if alternative group health care coverage is demonstrated, a $600/month cash-out may be added to salary or deferred compensation; and fully paid family dental, family vision, life, and long-term disability insurance.  The City does not participate in Social Security but does participate in Medicare and State Disability Insurance (SDI). In addition, the Panning Manager is a part of the City’s management team; the position receives 80-hours of Management Leave, a $100,000 life insurance policy, and up to a 3% City-matching 457 deferred compensation contribution.


Minimum Qualifications

Planning Manager

Experience and Training

Five years of increasingly responsible experience in planning, including two years of supervisory responsibility.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public administration, business administration, community development, or a related field. Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.


May need to possess a valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance as required by the position.


Possession of an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate is highly desirable.

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