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18 Jul 2022

Full-Time Planning Director or Planning Manager

City of Solvang – Posted by ryanwbcp Solvang, California, United States

Job Description

Flex Hire Opportunity*

Planning Director


Planning Manager

City of Solvang


Planning Director Annual Salary: $110,463 – $138,082 DOE/DOQ

Planning Manager Annual Salary: $101,568 – $126,963 DOE/DOQ


*The City has flexibility to hire either a Planning Director or Planning Manager depending on candidate experience and qualifications.


The City of Solvang seeks a Planning Director or a Planning Manager (Director/Manager) who will direct the City’s current and long-range planning services and bring a depth of experience in permitting, land use planning, public planning, and related policies and procedures, including NEPA, CEQA, and environmental laws, codes, and practices. Along with having this technical knowledge, the Director/Manager 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 maker. Being flexible to change, results oriented, and knowledgeable about the functions and processes of municipal organizations is highly important. This position will report to the City Manager and oversee the Planning Assistant, contracted building services, and an approximate budget of $500,000. The Planning Director/Manager will also oversee the daily operations for the Planning Division and serve as the City’s expert for planning. They will work on many exciting projects, including the update of the comprehensive general plan, which will set a path for City development and characteristics that will guide the Planning Division over the next 20 years. If you’re looking to be a part of a unique community that is known for and economically reliant on its authentic Danish architecture, apply for this position today!


See the full recruitment brochure:


The Director/Manager oversees the Planning Division, including an Assistant Planner and a budget of approximately $500,000. They have general oversight of planning and building contracts while also serving as key staff member for the Planning Commission and Design Review Committee. This position manages the long-range, current planning, and general plan, acts as the primary staff representative for the Division, and prepares policy statements on sensitive issues for consideration by the City Manager, Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, and the City Council. They are responsible for the reviewing and processing of all development projects as well as all other applications requiring planning and building permits. They will serve Solvang’s small yet engaged community and develop a city plan that promotes public health, safety, comfort, and good welfare for residents and City employees alike.



The ideal candidate should have a background in land use planning, public planning, and related policies and procedures, including NEPA, CEQA, and environmental laws, codes, and practices; experience with general plan and plan elements (zoning, subdivision, and environmental regulations); and public administration experience including budgets, program planning, evaluation, and the public hearing processes. They will have excellent communication and relationship-building skills, as much of this role involves collaborating with City departments, councils, boards, commissions, engineers, architects, and other key stakeholders. The successful candidate will understand the unique nature of the City’s Danish heritage and work to preserve these features while moving the City forward.


Background and Education:

  • Five years of professional planning experience, including several years of experience leading others and managing business programs and functions; and
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field


  • Master’s degree in planning or public administration
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License


Salary and Benefits:

Planning Director Annual: Salary $110,463 – $138,082 DOE/DOQ

Planning Manager Annual: Salary $101,568 – $126,963 DOE/DOQ



For first consideration apply by AUGUST 12th by completing an application and attaching a cover letter and your resume at:


Secure the dates:  Interviews will take place virtually on August 26th and in-person on September 9th

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:


The City of Solvang is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

Job expires in 71 days.

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