Deputy Director of Planning & Development – SJC

The City of San José Aviation Department

The City of San José’s Aviation Department is recruiting for a Deputy Director of Planning and Development to develop, manage and deliver projects in the Capital Development Program for Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC). This position serves as the primary executive manager and negotiator between the Airport and the community of Architectural, Engineering, Environmental, and Legal consultants and construction contractors. The Deputy Director works closely with support services from the City’s Public Works. He or she leads partnering activities with a wide range of stakeholders and ensures appropriate level of engagement with Airport Divisions, Airport business partners, regulatory agencies, City Departments through the life cycle of a Capital project.

In addition, the Deputy Director works closely with the FAA in capturing federal Airport Improvement Program funding and compliance with that grant program. Also, the position is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to ensure compliance with all federal regulations and policies. The incumbent is responsible for managing the Airport Master Plan including processing updates as needed, and for any work related to compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). He or she is also responsible for ensuring that all development complies with applicable FAA design standards and operating requirements; that off airport development does not adversely impact the Airport’s airspace, inhibiting the operation and growth in airline service; and for compliance with and management of environmental regulations, including the Airport’s Storm Water Pollution and Prevention Plan, working with Airport tenant co-permittees to ensure compliance with the plan.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate shall think strategically and have experience in enhancing a service-oriented work environment while planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the performance of assigned team members; establishing performance requirements and personal development targets; and providing coaching to enhance performance and continuous development of the Planning and Development team. Candidates should have a proven track record of building strong, collaborative relationships with stakeholders of all kinds, including residents, businesses, elected officials, and other professional staff. Candidates should also be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have the capacity to drive forward with high priority initiatives while managing daily workload.

Due to the extent of the potential upcoming capital program, it is desirable that candidates have experience in leadership role in large scale capital programs. Experience includes preparing RFPs, selection of design-builders, managing contracts, achieving performance metrics, and extensive stakeholder engagement in a design build project delivery model is highly desirable.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is currently $127,732 to $198,968 per year but will increase by an additional four and one-half percent (4.5%) due to a cost of living increase effective on June 25, 2022. This position also receives an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation in addition to the compensation listed above. The actual salary will be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition, the City provides an excellent array of benefits. For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or visit the searches tab at

Filing Deadline: July 10, 2022

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