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Land Planning and Entitlement Project Manager - Military Veterans

at Michael Baker International


Supported by more than 3,400 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration, and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges.


We create, integrate, visualize and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies to successfully plan the future of their communities or institutions. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.


Michael Baker International's well established Planning Practice in San Diego is seeking a Senior Planning Manager to secure and execute land planning and entitlement projects.

The Senior Planning Manager will join a collaboration of experienced planners, engineers, architects, and project managers dedicated to having a positive impact through effective planning. The ideal candidate will be driven, committed to excellence, and demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the communities we serve. The Senior Planning Manager's primary responsibilities include:

  • Identifying new private and public land planning, design, and entitlement opportunities
  • Positioning and securing new planning and entitlement clients and contracts, primarily in San Diego County.
  • Coordinating and processing applications for entitlements including, but not limited to, site plans, density bonus, zone change, conditional use permit, subdivision maps, site plan review, grading plans, coastal development permits, and general plan amendments.
  • Managing entitlement projects from initial due diligence to issuance of permits
  • Preparing due diligence memos
  • Mentoring junior staff, and supporting marketing and business development efforts

  • Four-year degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related discipline
  • 10 years of municipal/local/state government planning related experience that demonstrate a successive increase in experience and responsibilities
  • 5 years of active experience in entitlement applications, permit processing, due diligence and related activities
  • Knowledge of state planning and zoning laws, including CEQA
  • Strong network of developer and agency contacts, with focus in San Diego County
  • Robust involvement in professional organizations, such as APA, BIA, and ULI
  • AICP or other related professional certification or licensure
  • Knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as urban planning/design, policy planning, economic development, active transportation planning, transportation planning
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare statistical planning reports on land use, physical, social & economic possibilities, and constraints.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to accommodate moderate travel
The salary range for this position is $135,000-$162,000. This will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development
  • Generous paid time off
  • Commuter and wellness benefits
WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY: Whether you want to work in the office, at home, or in a hybrid model, we accommodate a variety of preferences. We recognize our employees face many factors when it comes to selecting the best work location, and we are passionate about providing options and flexibility.



Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO is the Law. Applicants to and employees of Michael Baker International are protected under Federal law from discrimination.


San Diego, CA

Salary Range
$135,000 to $162,000
Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting has been partnering with communities since 1940 to solve their most complex infrastructure challenges with a legacy of expertise, experience, innovation and integrity.

Supported by more than 6,000 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, security management, systems integration and intelligence solutions. Our clients include federal, state, and municipal governments; foreign allied governments; and a wide range of private development and other commercial partners.


When Michael Baker Jr. first established his engineering firm in 1940, he envisioned a company that would serve as a property surveyor or designer of roads, bridges, buildings and sewage systems, and also as a trusted, long-term partner with local communities and distant nations. His employees strove to transform communities, companies, states and even nations, adopting dual roles as both caring neighbors and innovative nation builders. Baker instilled in his employees the drive to deliver improved quality of life and the desire to make a difference.


Baker built a lasting legacy that today forms the foundation on which we continue to serve and grow. Today, we continue to leverage our collective expertise and experience to make the communities we serve better. We strive to make them safer, more accessible, more environmentally sustainable and more livable. We facilitate their transformation supported by differentiating innovation, technologies and dedicated employees. We are change agents, leading our partners around the world into the future.


Our greatest differentiator, though, is our employees who demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems. That’s why we engage our people, educate and train them, develop their careers, and invest in their futures. We give them opportunities around the world to exercise and expand their skills and expertise. We reward innovation and collaboration that lead to the best solutions for our clients. As a company, We Make a Difference.


To most effectively serve our clients, Michael Baker International is organized into three distinct business units: Engineering & Consulting; Sallyport Global Holdings; and SC3, which are described below.




The Engineering, Planning and Consulting business unit encompasses the complete life-cycle of planning, environmental assessment, engineering design, construction management, and facilities maintenance for projects in more than 38 countries on five continents. We provide a full continuum of solutions for a broad range of markets, including highways, bridges, airports, rail and mass transit systems, domestic and overseas government and commercial facilities, water and wastewater infrastructure, energy infrastructure and urban planning and development.


Professional Services – As part of Engineering, Planning and Consulting, this business unit provides high-value, differentiated engineering and professional services around the globe, including specialized construction services, cost management support and engineering support.

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