Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Salary: $70,000.00 to $110,000.00 /year

About Hogan Land Services:

Hogan Land Services is a full-service Engineering, Land Surveying, and Planning company serving all of California. We started with a strong desire to bring together the various disciplines required to “Get the Permit” from the local agencies. We specialize in Land Surveying, Wastewater, Civil and Structural Engineering, Planning, Permit Assistance and Violation Resolution. As we grow and add to the team, each teammate shares a common goal of helping our clients achieve their land development goals. As an employee of Hogan Land Services, you would be a part of a very special team that strives to serve our clients with the utmost professionalism by providing prompt and cost-effective services to our clients.

Hogan Land Services proudly serves California from 3 locations: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Livermore.

We offer a competitive benefits package including health benefits, retirement plan, paid holidays, and alternative work schedules.

Under limited direction, the Planning Division Manager manages the Planning Division and implements and coordinates environmental reviews, land use entitlements, ministerial permits, permit expediting, and long-range planning efforts for HLS clientele.

The Planning Division Manager supervises and participates in advanced, highly complex professional planning activities. The Planning Division Manager manages and supervises planning and permit processing staff within the organization.


Receives direct and general supervision from the Company’s principals and gives direct and general supervision to the Planning Division staff. Will exercise technical and functional direction over and provide training to lower-level staff.


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

· Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research, and analysis.

· Developed detailed scope and fee proposals for Planning related services and project.

· Manages planning related projects and client’s expectations.

· Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

· Oversees and coordinates specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies.

· Provides overall management of division-related planning issues.

· Advises on all planning-related matters.

· Assigns work to professional staff and ensures appropriate training is provided.

· Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities.

· Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.

· Handles sensitive personnel matters.

· Attends evening and weekend meetings, as needed.

· Establishes divisional operating policies and procedures.

· Plans, organizes, manages, and monitors the work activities of the division and supervises division staff.

· Coordinates assigned activities with others involved in land development and related matters within HLS.

· Establishes division goals and objectives, incorporating HLS principles and core values into division procedures and practices.

· Performs other duties and functions as required.


Knowledge of

  • Planning and development and government policies and procedures.
  • Specialization such as public policies, zoning, land use permitting.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration.
  • Local and state government procedures and practices.
  • Computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, database management, or GIS.

Expected Abilities:

· Must be innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects.

· Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments.

· Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships at various levels and to resolve complaints.

· Strong analytical skills to interpret research data and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations.

· Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials.

· Work on several projects or issues simultaneously.

· Provide effective supervision and staff management.

· Manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.

· Interpret planning and zoning programs and policies; identify and respond to client’s issues and concerns.

· Analyze site design, terrain constraints, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services.

· Conduct routine research projects, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.

· Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

· Read and understand technical drawings and specifications.

· Perform mathematical and planning computations with precision.

· Effectively represent clientele and HLS in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations, and individuals.

· Coordinate assigned activities with other HLS Divisions, as required.

· Prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written, illustrative and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

· Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

· Operate office equipment and computer applications related to the work.

· Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.

· Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.

· Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

The Planning Division Manager usually possesses a master’s degree in planning or a closely related field and at least five years of experience in the planning profession. Three to four years of supervisory experience is often required.

Licenses and Certifications

· Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.

· AICP certification preferred.

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