Date: April 2020
Job Title:   Planning Director
Salary Range: $74,068

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Summary

Under administrative direction from the Assistant County Administrator for Community Planning, Development and Public Works, plans, directs, and supervises the activities and operations of the Planning Department function of the County of Greenville. This position reports directly to the Assistant County Administrator and directly supervises Planners, Associate Planners and Zoning Staff as well Administrative staff assigned to the Division. This position serves as the Planning Commission and Planning and Development Committee staff member and as a resource for the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Policy Committee.

Essential Functions (These tasks are illustrative only; to carry out the day-to-day functions of the job, other duties may be 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.)

Manage the organizational, staffing and operational activities for Long Range Planning Division, to include but not limited to the oversight of Comprehensive Plan, Corridor Studies, Neighborhood Studies and Special Projects as assigned by the Assistant County Administrator.

Manage the organizational, staffing and operational activities for the Zoning Division, to include rezoning’s, initiation of zoning as requested by the citizens, any updates or rewrites of the Zoning Ordinance including necessary appendices. Coordinate the efforts with the consultants involved with the current rewriting of the land development ordinance, zoning ordinance and others into one Unified Development Ordinance.

Responsible for the development, updates and facilitation of the Comprehensive Plan. Ensure the Plan is developed and maintained in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws and at the directive of County Council and the Administration of County Government.

Manage the needs of the Planning Commission to include coordination of all meetings, review of agendas, commission member workshops and training and attendance at all Planning Commission meetings as the staff liaison responsible for providing the commissioners information, direction as needed, professional and technical advice. Represents the Planning Commission at various meetings and functions.

Interact with and provide professional advice to the public, elected officials, division managers, governmental officials, commission members, industrial prospects and the development community.

Ensure the components of the Comprehensive Plan are met in all divisions.

Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Perform duties in accordance with the County Operating Principles and Procedures.

Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other County agencies.

Provide a high level of customer service at all times; project and maintain a positive image on behalf of Greenville County when dealing with customers.

Continually monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and review with the Assistant County Administrator; implement improvements.

Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; develop and foster a team based environment; provide staff training opportunities; work with employees to correct deficiencies, implement and administer discipline and termination procedures.

Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for Long Range Planning and Zoning; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

Provide responsible staff assistance to the Assistant County Administrator; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Develop and review staff reports related to planning, community area plans, zoning recommendations, including site inspection evaluations; present reports to the Planning Commission, County Council and other commissions, committee’s and boards; perform a variety of public relations and outreach work related to planning activities.

Develop and manage section budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.

Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to planning programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.

Participate through attendance at and participate in professional group meetings; citizen stakeholder groups and other governmental agencies to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of planning.

Participate in the public relations activities of the Planning Division; attend various board and civic meetings and serve on committees representing the division; participate in the preparation of media releases as necessary and respond to informational requests; formulate and deliver multi-media presentations as needed.

Be conversant with the Comprehensive Plan, County Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations and their application in the development of policies, procedures and studies undertaken by Planning.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of the administration and implementation of the a comprehensive Planning Program for the County

Comprehensive knowledge of Planning techniques.

Principles and policies of  Comprehensive Plan development, Long range Planning and Zoning in addition to how it relates to the Comprehensive Plan of the County and State law.

Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.

Principles and practices of short and long range planning.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles of management, leadership and organizational behavior.

Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Plan, direct and coordinate the work of the staff assigned.

Select, train and evaluate staff

Interpret and explain County policies and procedures.

Research, analyze and evaluate public service methods and techniques.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally.

Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.

Specific Duties

Manage, lead and direct the operations, services and activities of the Planning Division

Identify and respond to community, Planning Commission, Administration and County Council issues, concerns and needs.

Develop and administer division goals, objectives and procedures in concert with Department goals and objectives.

Analyze planning requirements and policies and make recommendations for needed revisions to the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Regulations and Zoning Ordinance.

Prepare and administer the Planning budget.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Job Specifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Regional or Urban Planning or closely related field with 10 years of work experience with extensive experience at the supervisory level, or any equivalent combination of education, training  and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Membership in the American Planning Association (APA) is preferred.

Certificates and Licenses:

AICP certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment

Possession of a valid South Carolina Driver’s license, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk in neighborhoods and in the office; reach with arms and hands; use hands to operate, finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls

Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computer and various pieces of office equipment.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds such as office files, binders and small office equipment.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to focus.  Adequate vision to operate a motor vehicle and office equipment; adequate hearing to converse on telephone and in person.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in an office environment; contact with other staff, the public, elected officials and outside agencies.

This position is considered indoors in a normal office environment with little exposure to noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperatures at least seventy five percent (75%) of the time. Occasional field work required and is subject to extreme summer and winter temperature and requires working in all climate variations.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the County and employee and is subject to change by the County as its needs and requirements of the job change.

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