Planning Manager

  • City of Grants Pass
  • Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Jun 04, 2021
Full Time Community and Economic Development Planning and Development
  • Apply By: Sep 02, 2021

Job Description

Planning Manager

City of Grants Pass, Oregon

Salary: $77,944– $98,625 DOE/DOQ



The City of Grants Pass seeks a Planning Manager (classification title: Principal Planner) to lead the Planning Division within the Community Development Department. This position will oversee a $1.2M division budget, six staff, and current and long-range planning in the city, including development and updates for all land use programs, complex planning projects, the Comprehensive Plan, and Development Code. The Planning Manager will serve as staff liaison to the Urban Area Planning Commission and oversee staffing of the Housing Advisory Committee and Historical Buildings and Sites Commission. Additionally, this position will direct consultants and oversee their projects, review and present staff reports, connect with other regional partners, and keep informed of legislative changes that may impact planning and land use in the State of Oregon. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence and political savvy, effectively lead and develop staff, breakdown silos and work effectively across other departments and divisions, keep informed of and apply for appropriate grants, leverage resources and technology to continue to improve processes and efficiencies, and engage the community to ensure they are informed on what is happening within their community and neighborhoods.


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The Planning Manager reports to the Community Development Director and oversees the Planning Division, including all current and long-range planning, with six staff, and an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million. The Planning Manager plays a critical role in helping Grants Pass (38,000+ pop.) achieve its housing and employment targets and create opportunities for high-caliber urban development services. This position will develop, update, and oversee all land use programs and projects, including complex planning projects, planning projects, the Comprehensive Plan, and Development Code.


Our ideal candidate will be an excellent public speaker who is highly customer service oriented, effective and proactive at engaging the community, and who uses their planning expertise to fulfill the needs of a diverse community. The Planning Manager will be flexible and adaptable, and effectively communicate, collaborate and advise others with competing needs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate emotional intelligence and political savvy, be well versed in a wide variety of planning principles, and bring experience overseeing complex planning projects. We are seeking an effective leader and mentor for staff who works towards breaking down silos and collaborates well with other departments and divisions.



  • Oregon planning experience
  • Master’s Degree in a related field
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certificate


HOW TO APPLY:This is an open continuous recruitment and we will be interviewing qualified candidates as they apply, SO APPLY ASAP for first consideration (we anticipate virtual interviews initially, with final interviews in person likely end of June, 2021).

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Question? Contact the recruiter, Toni Martin at:

- 541-450-6050

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