County of Santa Barbara

The County of Santa Barbara is seeking a talented planning professional to serve as their Deputy Director of Long-Range Planning, a key member of the Department’s management team.  The position leads the Long-Range Planning Division, which oversees a budget of approximately $5 million, funded through the County’s general fund and numerous grants, and leads a knowledgeable staff of 14. Primary responsibilities of the Deputy Director include: managing long-range, regional planning initiatives including General Plan Element Updates; preparing updates to community plans, developing the Division workplan, and overseeing the daily divisional workflow; supervising, inspiring, and mentoring staff; providing policy makers with objective and balanced information to make well informed decisions; reviewing projects for general plan consistency; reviewing annexation proposals; preparing zoning and other ordinance updates; monitoring state and federal legislation; and participating in regional planning activities.  Current division efforts are focused on the update of the County’s Housing and Safety Elements and creating the County’s initial Environmental Justice Element.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s in urban planning or related field, (e.g. public administration, environmental studies/science, geography) and 2 years in project management, policy development, and leading staff in an environment that places a premium on land use and planning, or an equivalent combination to the qualifications that provides the required knowledge and experience.  A Master’s is highly desired.  The County is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range is $120,445 to $148,463 depending on experience, and qualifications, along with an excellent benefit package.  The salary shown reflects the expected range for hire, however the top of the range is $176,486 for future advancement.   

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Resumes are acknowledged within two business days.  Call Tara Schultz at (626) 644-1398 for more information. A detailed brochure is available at

Filing deadline is March 31, 2023.

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