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Long Range Planning Manager

City of Los Altos, CA

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! The Community Development Department (CDD) provides the City Council and community with creative guidance and effective implementation or review of land use development, planning, housing, environmental policies, plans and programs in order to maintain and enhance the City's safety, vitality, and attractiveness. The successful candidate will assist with implementing departmental goals and objectives related to application processing, policy analysis, operational improvements, studies, and analysis, including taking the lead role in land use and development-related project assignments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Supervises technical, clerical, lead staff and entry level supervisors or managers to include:
• Administer the General Plan, Specific Plans, subdivision regulations, and zoning codes.
• Administer the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and related state and federal laws and regulations, the Affordable Housing Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program.
• Meet with developers, design and construction professionals, and interested members of the public to provide advice and information, and provide applicant support throughout the planning building permitting process.
• Supervise, coach, train, and evaluate and motivate staff.
• Develop long range land use policies and regulations that facilitate the Community’s long term vision for Los Altos.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate thrives in a high profile and demanding environment; has a depth and breadth of experience in the disciplines of strategic planning, project management, negotiating, and outcome-based performance management; has experience in land use and sustainability planning; and has strong relationship building and collaboration skills with a track record of getting things done. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a detail and solution-oriented individual responsible for ensuring excellent customer service and working collaboratively with stakeholders and the community.
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering or a closely related field. Possession of a Master’s Degree in one of the specified fields is desirable.

Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience working with commissions or committees that have been appointed by the agency’s elected officials and that have

the authority to review and take discretionary actions on development applications or participate and make recommendations on land use laws or policies of the City..

Licensing Requirements:
• Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a Class C California Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
• Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners is highly desirable.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS: The recruitment closes on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5:00pm. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a livescan background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Complete an online application and submit your resume.

Job Details

Job Function
Division Manager
Position Type
Full Time

City of Los Altos


1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022-3000
United States

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