Planning Director/Manager

The City of Bakersfield is conveniently located in the center of beautiful California, and at just 116 miles north of Los Angeles, Bakersfield is the gateway between Southern and Central California. With a population of just over 376,380, Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California and is Kern County’s regional center for industry, government, transportation, retail trade, medical services, and oil field operations. With an extremely affordable cost of living and great accessibility to the rest of the State, Bakersfield is predicated to be one of the fastest growing cities over the next decade. The City is currently seeking a Planning Director/Manager to oversee the operational activities of the Planning Division within the Community Development Department. The ideal candidate will have strong management potential, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and will be pragmatic and pro-growth. This position requires a service-minded individual with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with people at all levels. An individual with business acumen who is politically savvy, yet apolitical, will be ideal. At minimum, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Public or Business Administration, City or Regional Planning, Urban Planning, or a related field, and have five (5) years of professional planning experience in a governmental agency, including two (2) years of supervisory experience. Additional post-graduate education in the above-mentioned areas may be substituted for the planning experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two (2) years. A Master’s degree will be considered equivalent to two (2) years of the required experience. While not a requirement, membership with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred. Candidates with demonstrated experience in economic development, grant writing, and administration and experience presenting to and working with a planning commission will also be valued. The annual salary range for this position is $111,306.96 – $135,299.76, DOQ. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. Please do not hesitate to call Ms. Valerie Phillips at (916) 784-9080, should you have any questions. Filing Deadline: September 15, 2017