City of Bakersfield

City of Bakersfield

Assistant Planning Director

$53.05 – $64.49 Hourly

$9,196.03 – $11,177.75 Monthly


$9,196.03 – $11,177.75 Monthly
Please note: An additional salary increase of 5% will be effective 7/1/2024

FILING DEADLINE:  Continuous. The application filing may close any time after ten days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks are not acceptable; therefore, it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.  First application review on April 11, 2024.

Under general direction of the Planning Director, the Assistant Director manages, supervises, coordinates, and implements the activities and day-to-day operations of the City’s Planning Division; manages the implementation and coordination of planning programs, projects, and related components including current and long-range planning, report writing, ordinance updates, and environmental determinations; supervises a technical staff of planning professionals within the general policies of the City; acts as the Division Head in the absence of the Planning Director; and performs other work as assigned.

Representative Duties

The following typical tasks and responsibilities are representative of the position’s essential duties.  They are descriptive, not limiting.  Essential Duties:  Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the professional planning staff in the analysis and preparation of City planning documents; Manages and guides the principal planners through the negotiations of multiple complex projects; Evaluates opportunities for improving the City’s development standards;

For a full job description, click here.

Minimum Qualifications

Applications will be accepted only for those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City Application and Resume that they have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Urban or Regional Planning, Geography, Public or Business Administration, Architecture, Economics, or closely related field; AND
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible planning experience in land use, urban revitalization/design, planning at the municipal level, and/or public policy, of which three (3) years must be at supervisory level; OR 
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the capabilities to perform the described duties;
  • Possession of a valid Class “C” California driver’s license;
  • Must be able to pass a background check;

POSITION OVERVIEW: Reporting to the Planning Director, the Assistant Planning Director will provide direction to three Principal Planners who manage the Advanced Planning, Land Division and Current Planning teams. Those teams are staffed with a total of 17 planning staff members.  If you’re ready for the next step in your career, then take a step up to Bakersfield. Check out the General Plan progress at and RISE.

OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Full job description linked above.

City of Bakersfield
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, California, 93301
(661) 326-3773
(661) 326-3773

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