Planner – Zoning Administration
Greenville County
: $47,249.40
Closing Date: September 10, 2021

General Job Description:
Under general supervision, ensures all types of applications coming into the County’s Department of Zoning Administration are complete and accurate. Must be able to read plans and planning-related documents, ownership documents, preliminary plans, final plats, and have an innate curiosity to dig for information and ask pertinent questions. Must be able to provide superior customer service, including specific direction for missing submittal elements, and be able to prioritize and handle multiple active projects at once. Ability to interpret information quickly and accurately is important.

Essential Functions (These tasks are illustrative only; to carry out the day-to-day functions of the job, other duties may be assigned and/or performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Exercises good customer service techniques, such as listening, asking pertinent questions, effective communication and problem solving with a wide variety of customers, from elected officials to the public.
  • Manages a wide variety of applications that come into the County, so the ability to handle multiple projects at one time is required. Must be able to work relatively independently but notify supervisors of controversial issues as they may arise.
  • Manages public notice requirements for applicable projects in accordance with State regulations. May be responsible for uploading cases onto County website for public access; timeliness is critical. Other outreach or procedural duties may be assigned.
  • Assists other Staff in preparing staff reports as required, including but not limited to: outlining case history and background information for rezoning and BZA cases; preparing case graphics and rezoning/BZA reports; participating in developing other types of material for public and internal use.
  • Reviews site plans and subdivision plans of developments and related documents as required, all with varying hard deadlines.
  • Interacts with other departments (GIS, Land Development, Permitting, Roads and Bridges, etc.) to assure accurate and timely dissemination of information for cases.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings and in varying capacity, serving as a professional representative of the County. Will be responsible for creating accurate meeting notes on project status and needed submittal elements.
  • Interacts with members of the public, land developers, County and municipal officials, board and council members, superiors, and others in community planning-related areas, as required.
  • Operates a variety of automated office machines and computer software.
  • Performs other duties as required, including managing the customer desk on a regular rotation.
  • Ensures safe work methods are followed to prevent injuries.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Meets deadlines consistently with excellent time management skills and prioritization capabilities.
  • Able to see the big picture and anticipate outcomes, both positive and negative. Works to avoid negative outcomes.
  • Has working knowledge of zoning laws and planning concepts.
  • Holds working knowledge of development in the County, surrounding cities, and sub-areas.
  • Contributes positively in a team environment.
  • Possesses great attention to detail.

Minimum Requirements:
Must possess a Master’s degree in planning, geography, political science, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field; or three years’ experience in city/regional planning or zoning; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and listen. Employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with arms and hands; use hands or fingers to operate, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computer and office equipment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to focus.

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Greenville County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, disability or age. We assure you, the applicant, that your opportunity for employment depends solely on your qualifications.