Deputy Director of Planning


contact information

Oliver Quirante

job description

Los Angeles City Planning Department is actively seeking an
experienced and innovative manager to provide leadership and
help realize an ambitious vision for the City, as Deputy Director
of Planning, managing the Bureau of Operations and Engagement.


The Deputy Director of Planning is responsible for the oversight
of employees' day-to-day work as well as ensuring that critical
programs are successfully executed in a timely manner. This
position is responsible for organizing, directing, reviewing,
and coordinating a variety of departmental operations, including
developing and advancing the Department’s budget, managing
administrative functions, directing communications and
engagement, identifying and implementing emerging technologies
to support City Planning, and optimizing operations through
performance management and data analysis. It is also responsible
for overseeing services and support to diverse entities, such as the
City Council and Council Committees, the City Planning Commission,
and other decision makers and advisory boards. Although the
current opening is for the Deputy Director overseeing the Operations
and Engagement Bureau, assignments could be in the Bureau of
Citywide Planning, Community Planning, or Project Planning.  Has knowledge and experience with issues related to racial justice and equity.


— Values diversity, fosters inclusion, and demonstrates
cultural sensitivity
— Possesses skills necessary to define a direction, facilitate
change, inspire teamwork, and adapt to rapidly changing
environments and issues
— Demonstrates strong leadership abilities and superior
interpersonal skills
— Inspires and connects with emerging talent, particularly BIPOC individuals
— Communicates with excellent verbal and written
communication skills
— Employs problem-solving skills, coupled with great
analytical skills
— Collaborates and engages with an open and adaptive
management style
— Has experience in directly advocating policy positions to
executives and elected officials and possesses political acumen
— Establishes strong, credible relationships with staff and other
agencies, and handles City administrative functions with
effectiveness and precision
— Develops budgets with managerial control mechanisms
and a high-level understanding of the budgeting
and legislative processes
— Displays proficiency in technology and strategically identifies
and oversees the implementation of technological improvements
that increase efficiency and customer service
— Possesses a passion for, and commitment to, the
planning profession
— Models and motivates staff to provide high levels of
customer service
— Acts as a facilitator and catalyst for meaningful
city-process change


A bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year college or
university is required. A master’s degree in management, public
policy, public administration, urban planning, finance, or a related
field is desired.

Three years of full-time professional experience in leading,
managing, and/or directing subordinates in the operations of a
complex organization or agency, in which at least two are in an
executive or upper management or division management capacity.
Management or supervisory experience should include the
oversight of operations related to budget, administration,
external affairs, or long-range planning.


A minimum of two years of full-time paid experience with the City
of Los Angeles in a position at least at the level of Principal City
Planner, Chief Management Analyst, or equivalent, managing a staff
engaged in overseeing multiple programs.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and
three work-related references by December 1, 2021 to:

City of Los Angeles Personnel Department
Attention: Oliver Quirante – Planning Personnel Liaison
Email Resume to:

When e-mailing your application materials, please state in the
subject line: Application for Deputy Director of Planning.

In order to be considered, resumes must include: A description of
the size and function of the organizations managed; description of
your role in the organization; at least one major professional
accomplishment in which you played a key role; and any relevant
experiences or unique characteristics which could further qualify
you for this position. Upon submission of the application
documents, applicants may be asked to complete a supplemental
questionnaire. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to
the next phase of the selection process, which is an interview.

For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with
Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19
vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at:

City Planning celebrates diversity and an inclusive workplace.
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity. All qualified
individuals are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, sex,
gender identity, genetic information, religion, age, national origin,
disability, protected veteran status, or sexual orientation.