Planning & Building Director

The City of Healdsburg (approximate population 12,000) is located 70 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101 in the heart of Sonoma County wine country and nestled among three lush valleys. Healdsburg retains a small-town ambience in the grandeur of a European countryside while providing easy access to the amenities of a large metropolitan area. The City is now seeking a Planning & Building Director. An experienced professional with strong leadership capabilities and demonstrated expertise in community development is sought. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and creative problem solver with the ability to proactively identify and address issues on an array of topics related to the Planning & Building Department. The position requires excellent communication skills and someone who is experienced in having frequent interaction with the City Council, commissions, civic groups, and the general public, and confident when making public presentations and addressing a broad range of issues related to the community. A leader with excellent diplomacy, a commitment to public service, who is politically astute, but apolitical, will be ideal. Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position is qualifying. Typically, graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in City, Regional, or Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in planning and development, including four (4) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility, would provide such opportunity. Community engagement, private sector marketing, economic development, or planning experience and a Master’s degree in Public or Business Administration, or a related field, is highly desirable. Candidates must possess a valid California driver’s license. The annual salary range for the Planning & Building Director is $137,133 – $166,689, DOQ. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. Please contact Ms. Valerie Phillips at (916) 784-9080, should you have any questions. Filing Deadline: September 1, 2017.