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Job Posting: Statewide Planning Manager

CA Coastal Commission

Statewide Planning Manager

$7,028.00 - $8,732.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The California Coastal Commission is offering an exciting opportunity to lead the agency’s Statewide Planning Unit. The Statewide Planning Unit conducts comprehensive planning, policy research, and analysis related to a wide range of coastal resource and land management issues; develops resources, policy, and guidance related to climate change, coastal resiliency, and sustainability; and coordinates with other state, local, and federal agencies on planning and policy matters. The unit is also responsible for development and implementation of staff training and professional development programs through web-based training tools.

This is a manager position with broad responsibilities for supervision and personnel oversight, managing all functions of the unit, participating in agency-wide senior staff meetings and coordination, and external communications outside the agency.

The duties of the Statewide Planning Manager will include the following:

  • Manage a team of environmental scientists, professional planners, and support staff responsible for the collection, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of information and guidance on statewide coastal planning and policy matters.
  • Manage work on emerging issues and special projects, including those related to sea level rise, climate change, sustainability, and fire prevention planning.
  • Prepare staff reports and give presentations at Coastal Commission hearings.
  • Assist with statewide coordination of the Commission’s planning and policy work across Commission district offices and units.
  • Work closely with the Commission’s Federal Programs Manager to lead and implement tasks detailed under the agency’s federal grants program.
  • Oversee the Commission’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) grants program and other LCP program initiatives including tracking, analyzing, facilitating completion of, and reporting on, statewide LCP workload related LCP certifications, updates, and amendments.
  • Coordinate and conduct local government outreach; workshops and webinars; and other communication, information, and training activities related to planning, policy, and regulatory matters.
  • Serve as a liaison with the League of Cities and California State Association of Counties (CSAC) coastal working groups.
  • Manage the Commission’s open space Offers to Dedicate (OTD) program.
  • Represent the Commission before various board and commission hearings, regional and local governing bodies and private interest groups. Participate in task forces, conferences and various meetings as needed.
  • Gather data and prepare reports on various matters related to the Coastal Commission’s mission.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Statewide Planning Manager
$7,028.00 - $8,732.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Coastal Commission is a small state agency responsible for protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean resources. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. 


The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. 


We have district offices in Arcata, San Francisco (headquarters), Santa Cruz, Ventura, Long Beach, San Diego and a small legislative office in Sacramento. 


Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Brief writing sample (5 pages or less).
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and the ability to effectively plan, motivate, and organize the work of others.
  • Knowledge of land use planning and regulatory techniques, including explicitly in terms of the Coastal Act and LCPs.
  • Ability to critically analyze information, creatively explore alternative approaches, and develop defensible policy positions.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to write accurate, complete, and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of resource protection laws and provisions.
  • Significant experience working with LCPs and CDPs.
  • Time management and computer skills including the ability to use data base management systems.
  • A background in land use planning, environmental studies, resource management, climate resiliency planning, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other local, state, and federal agency officials.
  • Rigorous in identifying issues and pro-active in problem-solving efforts.
  • Experience with environmental justice and/or tribal consultation.
  • Fast learner, organized, an excellent multi-tasker, and able to perform under pressure.
  • Experience administering grant programs.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Madeline Cavalieri
(831) 427-4866

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5433
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail