Advance Planning Officer

The Advance Planning Officer is an at-will management position that reports to the Planning Bureau Manager and is responsible for and oversees the operation of the Advance Planning Division by providing day-to-day direction to and supervision of the professional and support staff in the division. The successful candidate will be a highly organized professional who is experienced in environmental review, historic preservation, policy documents, general plans, specific plans, and familiar with planning and development review permit procedures and processes. The Advance Planning Officer will:

Represent the department in regional planning meetings with the Gateway Cities communities, liaise with Council offices on neighborhood and historic preservation issues.

Analyze and interpret planning data and trends for special studies on various planning programs and elements of the General Plan.

Provide professional recommendations and support to the City Council, Planning Commission, and City Management.

Research and write grants, as well as manage grant funds for compliance.

Oversee the General Plan and specific plans including preparing updates, amendments, annual monitoring, and implementation efforts.

Oversee a number of advance planning programs such as implementation and update of the Local Coastal Program, maintaining demographic data, and coordinating community and neighborhood outreach efforts.

Provide oversight and management of the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This may include preparation of environmental documents for private or public applicants with the City as Lead Agency, reviewing CEQA documents from other jurisdictions and writing detailed comment letters.

Act as staff liaison to the Cultural Heritage Commission and historic preservation community, including staffing meetings, overseeing preparation of all staff reports, and Certificates of Appropriateness that are issued on behalf of the City.

Implement Mills Act contracts and develop historic district design guidelines for 17 historic districts.

Streamline the historic designation landmark process and implement a program to designate additional historic resources on a regular basis.

Other related duties as assigned.