Orange County, Virginia
Planning and Development Services Director
Salary: DOQ

Deeply rooted in American history, Orange County, Virginia is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. With a population of more than 37,000, the county encompasses 355 square miles ranging in elevation from 175 to 1,200 feet above sea level. With its quiet lifestyle and friendly feel, it has achieved an enviable balance of modern amenities, easy accessibility to work and recreational opportunities, a multitude of health and public services, and points of interest—in every direction.

Orange County is a dynamic mid-sized county. The governing body is the Board of Supervisors, which establishes policies for the administration of the County. Orange County Planning and Development Services Department is responsible for current and comprehensive planning, Building and  Development Services, Inspections, Code Enforcement, and enforcement of the County’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. The Director of Planning and Development Services is a newly created position designed to improve and enhance the functions and responsibilities of the development process in Orange County.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of expertise in planning and development, along with exceptional leadership skills in building and motivating a team to meet and exceed high standards for service, efficiency, and accountability. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, government, or a closely related field. A master’s degree in planning, urban planning, or regional planning is preferred, along with an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation and/or a Certified Virginia Zoning Official/ Administrator designation. A minimum of five years of local government experience in planning and development management is required. Experience leading a planning department in a smaller jurisdiction or a division of a larger government entity will be considered. The selected candidate should have demonstrated experience and knowledge of development review, planning, code enforcement, land use regulation, and effective supervisory practices. Experience working with projects of various sizes is a plus. The new Director should be technologically savvy in development-related software, including advanced use of GIS resources, and have a keen understanding of E&S control, and stormwater and floodplain management.

Please apply online here

For more information on this position contact:
Kurt Hodgen, Sr. Vice President
Strategic Government Resources