Director of Planning

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Circulate San Diego
June 6, 2021
233 A Street, San Diego, California
Job Type
$90,000 - 105,000
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Colin Parent
Contact Email


Position Summary

This is a unique opportunity for a medium to senior level planning professional to join a high-profile organization and a team of collaborative and dynamic planners. This position is perfect for a lateral jump into a nonprofit, or for an up-and-comer looking to take the next step in their career to develop leadership, management, and business skills.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Planning is responsible for managing all activities and functions of Circulate’s value-oriented fee-for-service planning team. Duties include project management, planning and programmatic work, business development, and proposal writing. Our planning team delivers high quality active transportation planning and outreach services.

As a nonprofit think tank, Circulate uses advocacy, research, and planning to advance our mission of creating excellent mobility choices, and vibrant healthy neighborhoods. Our office culture is both collaborative and kind. Everyone is motivated by our mission, and a shared sense of purpose.

In addition to the competitive salary, the organization also offers generous benefits, a friendly work environment, 401(k), parental leave, sick time, and vacation. Please visit: to learn more about our organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides excellent planning service for our active transportation and community outreach clients and partners.


  1. Cultivates relationships with current and potential private, government, and non-government clients, funders, and project partners to maintain and expand a current book of fee-for-service business and grant-funded planning worth about $500,000 annually.


  1. Leads the selection, management, training, mentoring, and professional development of planning staff.


  1. Writing proposals and grants to fund projects, prepares budgets and project scopes.


  1. Represents the organization in meetings and acts as representative to a variety of public agencies, businesses, community groups and other nonprofit organizations; fosters collaborative working relationships to accomplish mutual goals and objectives.


  1. Prioritizes and allocates available project resources; reviews and evaluates service delivery, makes recommendations for and executes changes in operations where necessary; assists in developing new projects, including researching, compiling and analyzing support data.


  1. Partners with Executive Director and policy staff to identify where planning efforts and policy advocacy can collaborate to advance the overall organizational mission to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods.


  1. Develops systems and maintains records that provide for the evaluation, control and documentation of assigned projects; assists with invoicing processes, prepares a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures, directives and other materials, as required.


  1. Develops, analyzes, synthesizes and uses reports and other materials as a policy development tool; develops recommendations and reports to address community concerns and aspirations.


  1. Identifies and pursues business development opportunities to team with local planning and outreach companies and to work directly with local jurisdictions on contract projects.


  1. Utilizes software tools such as Ajera, GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office to meet organizational needs.


  1. Performs related work as required dependent on the necessary skills, experience and aptitudes, and subject to such additional responsibilities falling within the general duties of the position.

General Duties

As a member of the Circulate San Diego leadership team, the Director of Planning is expected to contribute to its overall mission, and:

  • Contribute to the friendly and collaborative work environment
  • Approach all of our work through the lens of advancing our value-oriented mission
  • Assume responsibility for following all policies and procedures
  • Attend Board, committee and other internal meetings, as required
  • Provide a high level of client service at all times
  • Project and maintain a positive image on behalf of Circulate San Diego.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree (or comparable experience) in Planning, Engineering, or other relevant field,
  • 5+ years of experience in active transportation planning, community engagement, and/or relevant field
  • Familiarity with preparing proposals for fee-for-service planning work
  • Ability to prospect and write grants to philanthropic funders
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience working with MS Office, Ajera, GIS, and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Spanish fluency a plus

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