Project Manager

Long Beach, CA

The Housing Project Manager will be responsible for building the Housing practice, executing a business development program, forming and mentoring an in-house team, and supervising and growing an overall Housing portfolio. He or she will also work closely with Michael Baker’s Housing and Community Development team to pursue, win, manage and deliver housing element update projects for local jurisdictions

In addition to technical planning expertise, essential job duties and management responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of the projects undertaken by staff within the Housing Manager’s span of control, including adherence to project scope, schedule, budget, quality control/quality assurance, and staff utilization.
  • Management of business development activities in coordination with the Department Manager and Project Managers within the Housing Manager’s span of control, including capture planning, go/no go decisions, strategy and messaging for targeted pursuits, client outreach and marketing, teaming arrangements, proposal development and review, and interview preparation and delivery.
  • Development and maintenance of strong client relations, including monitoring client satisfaction.
  • In coordination with the Department Manager and the Office Executive, responsible for the execution of personnel management duties, including hiring, training, timekeeping approval, performance assessment, career development, retention, disciplinary action, and employment termination.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant planning experience including progressive leadership and financial management of projects and groups
  • In-depth working knowledge of California planning and housing laws, particularly related to General Plans, Housing Elements, Specific Plans and Zoning Ordinances. 
  • Work with Managers and Staff to actively grow a Housing Services Department,. 
  • Ability to develop and mentor a team of varying specializations and abilities
  • Ability to lead projects of varying size and complexities in diverse communities
  • Ability to lead business pursuits, perform client consultations, make presentations and lead varying levels of outreach programs
  • Background in leadership of Community Planning programs and projects and involvement in professional organizations
  • Successful history of leading, growing and mentoring urban planners and designers 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • AICP certification
  • Intimate knowledge of and relationships with local and regional government agencies
  • Experience successfully managing and delivering projects and programs for local government agencies in California
  • Familiarity with California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) policies and programs; experience partnering with HCD on the development and adoption of local housing policies and regulations
  • Knowledge related to the planning and delivery of affordable housing in the California context


The salary range for this position is $107,000 - $161,000 and 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.

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