Director of Planning

$156,322 - $190,743 yearly
  • Peckham & McKenney
  • Orinda, CA, USA
  • Feb 09, 2024
Full time Planning

Job Description

Director of Planning

City of Orinda, CA


The City of Orinda is located in southwest Contra Costa County, within 20 minutes of downtown San Francisco. Orinda is a relatively new city that was incorporated in 1985, after more than 100 years of gradual development.  The city has a resident population of 19,225 and a land area of 12.7 square miles.  Orinda is predominantly characterized by a small and charming downtown, single family residences, and rolling tree-covered hills. The city has a reputation as a well-managed and stable municipal government.  Orinda public schools are highly rated and there is an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.  The city is also served by the Orinda BART Station. To learn more about this pleasant semi-rural community in the heart of the Bay area, visit the City of Orinda’s website at and

The Orinda Planning Department has a budget of $1.29 million and 5 full-time employees in addition to consulting and contract services.  The staff is composed of two associate planners, one assistant planner, a planning technician, and a senior administrative assistant. The Director of Planning has full management responsibility for all Planning Department services and activities, including housing development, code enforcement, advance and current planning, building permits, and development review coordination with the Public Works & Engineering Department and the Contra Costa County Conservation & Development Department. 

The city seeks a veteran planning professional with a broad depth of experience and high ethical standards who brings a level of professional confidence and sound judgement that will enable them to be successful and decisive in the realm of land use planning and development in a largely built-out city, but which still has some outstanding development and redevelopment opportunities. Experience with affordable housing programs and development is also desirable.

Candidates for the Director of Planning position should have a minimum of eight years of responsible planning and zoning experience, including five years of management and supervisory experience.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration, business administration, or a related field is required. A master’s degree is desirable.

The City of Orinda offers an excellent salary and benefits package.  The 5-step salary range for this position is from $156,322 to $190,743, annually. A 3% COLA is scheduled for 7/13/2024.

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Please do not hesitate to contact Carl Cahill toll-free at (866) 912-1919, cell (650) 504-3515 or if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.  Resumes will be acknowledged within two business days.


Filing Deadline: March 8, 2024