City of Madera is seeking a Planning Manager. The Planning Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the work activities of department staff and acts as Secretary for the Planning Commission. The Planning Manager will interpret the General Plan, zoning, and subdivision ordinances; develop division goals; manage and lead department staff; develop the department budget; make presentations on planning issues for the City Council and Planning Commission; and develop positive working relationships with the public and community groups, other government agencies, and staff. The ideal candidate should possess a strong understanding of modern principles, practices, and techniques in current and advanced planning. They should demonstrate proactive and effective administrative and management skills, coupled with excellent oral and written communication abilities. A personable, positive, humble, and approachable demeanor is crucial, as is the ability to collaborate effectively with other staff and officials. The candidate should bring experience in mentoring staff in professional skills and process evaluation, and be hands-on, willing to address day-to-day issues within the department.