Rancho Cordova, California

Michael Baker International is a global leader in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, and Consulting professionals dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the world's infrastructure and environmental challenges. Supported by more than 3,500 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 Northern California Planning practice seeks a Department Manager. The position requires experience in preparing or participating in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for energy, infrastructure, industrial, land development, transportation, aviation or similar projects. We are looking for a leader who will collaborate with his/her counterparts at our other regional offices to provide expanded, high quality planning services to clients across California. Our Planning Services Line includes environmental planning, short and long term comprehensive planning, housing, hazard mitigation planning, federal planning, resiliency/sustainability, zoning and land use studies and more. You will be directly involved with development and implementation of a business strategy and working with and overseeing multi-disciplinary project teams, while also helping to win work and expand our project portfolio and client base.

The successful applicant will be responsible for securing, leading, managing, and executing projects involving a variety of team members in a collaborative setting. The candidate should be experienced in leading complex and controversial projects located throughout California and the West Coast.

Must have a team spirit and can-do attitude with the ability to build and maintain positive team relationships. Candidate must be able to perform work as a task leader, as well as manage budgets and schedules. Position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to present projects to clients or in public hearing sessions. Must be a self-starter with the flexibility to work both independently and within a team environment.


  • Contribute to growth of Planning and other service lines with proof of technical capabilities and processes that align and support the quality standards of Michael Baker.
  • Maintain existing client relationships, generate additional opportunities with existing clients, and develop new clients.
  • Support strategic pursuits as they may occur within the regional portfolio.
  • Coordinate with Michael Baker International's West Region Planning team.
  • Lead the development of capabilities to enable Planning West growth in Northern California counties and identify additional capabilities to support new markets and new clients including identifying strategic hires.
  • Actively partner with and support the Planning Regional Practice Lead, Office Executives, and other Department Managers across the region and state.
  • Contribute to strategic planning for Planning in Northern California Counties focused on opportunities with the State, local agencies, and private markets.
  • Contribute to management of the Planning project portfolio, client engagement, and growth strategies.
  • Ability to coach, develop, and mentor staff.
  • Leverage technical expertise to drive thought leadership by presenting at conferences, publishing research and whitepapers, and/or participating in and serving as a leader in professional associations.

  • Four-year degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Sciences, or related field, Master's degree preferred
  • 10 years experience leading a team of planning staff (Housing, Agency and Environmental)

  • The Planning Department Manager candidate must be capable of performing project technical work and providing direction and guidance to project personnel to resolve problems and ensure quality review procedures are being implemented.
  • Candidates must demonstrate an ability to perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Company policies and applicable laws.
  • Familiarity with Environmental Planning, Community Planning, Land Use Controls, Transportation Planning, GIS/Asset Management, federal, state, and applicable local laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated client engagement experience.
  • Effective communication skills, strategic thinker with initiative to help advance our multi-disciplined services.
AICP preferred but not required

The salary range for this position is $95,000- $230,000. This will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate.

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.

Rancho Cordova, California

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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