Planning Manager

Planning Manager
Organization Presidio Trust
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Oct 28, 2019

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Planning Manager to join the Planning and Compliance Department in the Presidio. The Presidio Trust is a unique federal agency the manages the only national park site in the United States that has the flexibility to earn and use our own revenue. Each year we earn in excess of $100 million through our business ventures, yet we still have more buildings to renovate and new opportunities to pursue. We invest our revenue into our historic forest, dunes, streams, trails and designed landscapes, into our hundreds of historic buildings, park-wide infrastructure, into visitor programs and amenities, and into our people, to make this magnificent place come alive for our park visitors.


Our ideal candidate is an innovative, and experienced planner who is committed to public service and capable of leading teams and supervising staff. You have outstanding communications skills, strong analytical skills, and you can work effectively with a diverse array of officials, members of the public, and customers. You have experience developing both site-specific, and long-range plans and have demonstrated experience handling high-profile, sensitive and controversial situations. If you possess these skills, as well as sound and independent judgment, we want you on our team in advancing our strategic goals and guiding the transformation of the Presidio into a world class national park!


The Trust offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Applications received by October 28, 2019 will receive first consideration.


  • Performs and manages complex professional planning projects, research and analysis.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Oversees specialized planning functions such as new development proposals and land use studies.
  • Interfaces with professional and technical staff throughout the organization and assembles teams and workgroups.
  • Interacts with various councils, boards, commissions and officials in planning-related issues.
  • Organizes public engagement activities for planning initiatives.
  • Assigns work to professional staff and ensures appropriate training is provided.
  • Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly and indirectly supervises team of eight (8), which include Permitting Manager, Sustainability Manager, and their direct reports; as well as Planning team of four (4) consisting of Urban Designer, GIS Specialist, Environmental Planner, and GIS Assistant.

Required Qualifications

  • The Planning Manager/Principal Planner is required to have 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 preferred. AICP certification preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of specializations such as resource conservation, historic preservation, and sustainable development
  • Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques
  • Knowledge of municipal planning, long-range infrastructure planning and administration
  • Citizen involvement techniques and processes
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS

Desired Qualifications

  • 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 for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials.
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings when required


About the Presidio Trust Planning and Compliance Team

The Planning and Compliance Department develops and implements innovative, efficient, and inclusive plans and guidelines that advance the Trust’s mission and strategic goals, and guides the transformation of the Presidio into a world-class urban national park. This interdisciplinary team includes urban design and  transportation professionals, staff ensuring historic and environmental compliance and sustainability, GIS specialists and permitting experts. The department oversees efficient permitting and compliance processes for all building, landscape, and infrastructure projects to ensure that the Presidio’s significant history and ecology are protected, and that projects advance Trust strategic goals and the public interest.


Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.


The Presidio Trust is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive benefits package.  To apply call (415) 561-5300 (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm) to request an application package, OR download the application from our website,, and mail the application to Employee Support Services, Presidio Trust, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052