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Benicia is seeking an experienced, solution-oriented leader with a solid planning background, team orientation and dedication to excellence. The ideal candidate will possess a growth mindset and will facilitate of a robust work program in  balance with great customer service and a dedication to staff development and well-being.

The Planning Division is engaged in developing long-range land use solutions for the community. Recently, the city adopted zoning and general plan amendments for the Eastern Gateway (Priority Development Area) which will generate new housing in the community.  The City is hard at work updating the General Plan Housing and Safety Element, as well as drafting ordinances to manage short-term rental uses and encourage inclusionary  housing. Looking to the future, the Planning Division will continue to focus on customer service and inclusive public participation opportunities.

The Planning Manager reports directly to the Community Development Director, supervises a team of three full-time planners, and manages the Planning Division’s day to day operations. The Planning Manager also effectively coordinates with City departments, decisionmakers and citizens. Benicia offers a great working environment including generous benefits and a flexible schedule. If you’re looking for an opportunity to advance your public service career in collaboration with a highly effective team, please consider Benicia!


This position is open until filled.

Have questions about Benicia, the position, or our department?

Contact CDD Director, Suzanne Thorsen at or (707) 746-4382.

Want to know how the benefits and pay would stack up against your current position?  We can provide a compensation comparison!

Contact our HR Manager, Kim Imboden at (707) 746-4205.

We know that planning professionals at this level are in high demand so this recruitment is continuous until we find just the right person for the job.

We’re even making it easy to apply:  submit your updated resume and cover letter directly to

We’ll give you a call to set up an interview if it looks like a good fit.

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