County of El Dorado

About El Dorado County

The County of El Dorado is a charter county and employs more than 1,900 employees with an all funds operating budget of approximately $747.8 million. The governing body is the Board of Supervisors, which is comprised of elected representatives from each of the five voting districts.

Elevate to El Dorado

El Dorado County encompasses 1,786 square miles that range from the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Our County is 30 minutes from the State Capitol and only 20 minutes away from over one million acres of breathtaking national forest. The vast size of our County also means that our offices are spread from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe. The Planning and Building Department is primarily based at the County Complex in Placerville, but also provides services in South Lake Tahoe.

Of course, our services are not just office-based, as the County of El Dorado also maintains the famous Rubicon Trail, manages the whitewater recreation on the South Fork of the American River, educates visitors on our Gold Rush days at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, and provides many other services to our residents and visitors.

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About Our Department

El Dorado County is offering an exciting Planning Manager opportunity. The position is based in the County Complex in Placerville, California within the Planning and Building Department. Building services are responsible for permit processing, scheduling, and conducting inspections, parcel data, and building codes and policies. Planning Services is responsible for accuracy and upholding building codes and regulations for land use and development, personal and commercial cannabis guidelines and regulations, update of zoning ordinances and has a Planning Commission that is the Board of Supervisor’s advisor on land use planning.

The Opportunity

You will have the opportunity to plan, organize, oversee, coordinate, and review the work of a major unit, including long and short-term project planning, program planning and compliance, and other programs; serve as project manager for complex development applications and special projects; perform professional office and fieldwork involved in planning, zoning, and land use matters; coordinate assigned activities with other County departments and outside agencies; provide highly complex and responsible staff support to department and County management in areas of expertise; and perform related duties as assigned.

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Planning Manager is a strong leader and mentor, able to function independently on complex work products while providing sound guidance to planning and development staff. Someone with the ability to coordinate with county leaders, other departments, regulatory agencies, community groups and the public. The ideal candidate is result oriented and seeks efficiencies in process and procedures to deliver planning projects and permits in a timely manner.

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What We Offer

  • Salary: $126,2350 – $153,441 Annually
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
  • Retirement plan through CalPERS
  • Deferred compensation 457(b) plans with matching
  • Vacation starting at 10 days/year
  • Management leave of 40-80 hours/year
  • Uncapped sick leave accrual
  • 12 paid County holidays and 2 floating holidays/year
  • $40,000 life insurance provided

Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in planning or a closely related field;
Three (3) years of experience at a level equivalent to the County’s class of Sr. Planner.

Selection Process and Tentative Dates

To be considered for this opportunity, submit your application before September 13, 2023. Applications will be screened against the job specification and criteria provided by the department.

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Application deadline extended: September 13, 2023