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Assistant Director of Planning & Development

City of Fresno

Annual salary $115,056 – $161,520 DOE/DOQ

The City of Fresno seeks an Assistant Director of Planning & Development (Assistant Director) who will help direct the City’s current and long-range planning, building and safety, and historic preservation services and is excited to hone their skills in permitting, land use planning, public planning, and related policies and procedures, including NEPA, CEQA, and environmental laws, codes, and practices. Along with having the technical knowledge for the role, the Assistant Director will be highly attuned to the political nature of city planning while working with community members and City staff. They will be an effective communicator, relationship builder, and change agent. Being flexible, results oriented, and knowledgeable about the functions and processes of municipal organizations is highly important. This position will report to the Director of Planning & Development and oversee several direct reports and an approximate budget of $30 million. The Assistant Director will also oversee the daily operations of the Planning & Development Department and serve as the City’s expert in planning. They will work on many exciting projects, including the implementation of the 2022 California Building Code and revision of CEQA protocols. If you are looking to become a part of a diverse, family-oriented community and want to serve as a technical advisor and innovative leader, apply now!

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The Assistant Director of Planning & Development (Assistant Director) supports the Director of Planning & Development in the planning, direction, and organization of the Department. They will oversee five direct reports and approximately 130 indirect reports. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director to plan, develop and implement an annual budget of approximately $30 million. The Assistant Director is tasked with supporting robust development growth and establishing more streamlined procedures for the Department. Balancing demands for housing with regulatory barriers is essential to this role, as is effectively coordinating with the public and public agencies. They will oversee a large volume of work, including 6,000 planning entitlements, 18,000 building permits, and 70,000 inspections annually. They will spearhead planning related to strategic plans, policies, and operational goals. The Assistant Director will serve as a technical advisor to the City Manager and City Council, and they will meet with various boards, commissions, and committees.


The ideal candidate will be a service and solution-oriented person who is highly skilled in both planning and development functions. An innovative leader who understands how multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts enhance the ability to provide best in class service will do well in this position. The ideal candidate will have a record of straightforward and open communication and a willingness to make effective decisions within the parameters of the position, as well as the ability to effectively manage conflicting perspectives and priorities. The ideal candidate will also have a strong background in project management, program administration, and overseeing fiscal programs consisting of multiple fund sources with complex regulatory requirements. A candidate with a strong record of collaborative work with internal and external stakeholders would be highly valued, as the Assistant Director must be able to develop positive relationships with staff, other City departments, the public, and several agencies.

Minimum Qualifications

·        Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is required at time of appointment AND

·        Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business Administration, Public Administration, Regional Planning, or a related field

·        5 years of progressively responsible and directly related management experience OR

·        9 years of directly related experience, including 5 years at a management level


·        Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field

Salary and Benefits:  Annual Salary $115,056 – $161,520 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package

For first consideration, apply by February 1st by completing an application and attaching a cover letter and your resume at:

Selected candidates must be available for the following dates:

·        Day one virtual interviews: February 14th

·        Day two virtual interviews: February 16th

·        Day three in-person interviews: TBD

Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:

·     Email to:

·     541-664-0376

·     866-929-WBCP (9227) – toll-free

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