Georgetown County Planning and Code Enforcement
POSITION: Senior Planner
GRADE: 138
STARTING SALARY: $53,757 – $65,290 (DOQ)
DEPARTMENT: Planning
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
DATE: 01/15/21

SUMMARY:  Georgetown County, population 63,000, is conveniently located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston on South Carolina’s cost.  Its county seat is the state’s third oldest city.  Georgetown, SC was recently named “America’s Best Small Coastal Town” by USA Today.  The County has a team of approximately 700 full and part time employees who are dedicated to serving the needs of the growing population.

The Senior Planner position provides an opportunity for the ideal candidate to join a small team of planners in a collaborative environment to guide and participate in all facets of the planning process.  The Planning Department serves a wide variety of populations in the County from the growing resort area of the Waccamaw Neck to the rural, farming and timber areas in the western portion of the County.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB:  Georgetown County is seeking an advanced-level professional for the  position of Senior Planner.  This position provides a meaningful opportunity to be instrumental in the update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, draft revisions to codes and regulations, develop special area plans and review development proposals.  The Senior Planner will perform a variety of planning functions requiring the application of well-developed verbal, graphic, written and analytical skills, as well as knowledge and skills in land use, zoning, transportation and site plan review.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Multi-disciplinary Collaboration and Leadership: Candidates will work in a collaborative environment that includes property owners, developers, engineers, architects, and other planners as well as representatives from other County departments.  Excellent interpersonal skills are required for facilitating relationships with both internal and public exchanges.

Communication:  The position requires excellent communication skills in a variety of settings including presentations to elected officials and board members and communication with the public including applicants and community groups.  Effective verbal, written and graphic communication are important for this position.  The ability to prepare and present reports for technical or administrative purposes is a must as is the use of demographic information, GIS and other relevant data as necessary to recommend policy changes and recommendations.  The candidate must be able to present complex and technical information in a clear and concise manner to various groups.

Research:  Analytical and research skills are required including attention to detail.  Conducts technical research, studies and prepares statistical reports for presentation to other County staff as well as Planning Commission and County Council.

Awareness of planning principles, current practices, information sources and trends in the field of planning. Keeps informed of current trends in the planning field, including legislation, court rulings and professional practices and techniques.

Works under limited supervision of Director of Planning and Code Enforcement.  Must be able to work independently, exercise professional judgement and problem solving and be able to prioritize multiple work assignments.  May provide limited supervision of subordinate staff in performing operational duties or special projects.

Leads or assists with Comprehensive Plan updates, code amendments and other long-range planning studies.  Conducts research and prepares statistical reports needed for such plan updates.  Presents proposed amendments to public, appointed and elected officials for approval.

Assists with grants for infrastructure and community development which may include writing, monitoring and reporting as needed.

Works in regional program areas specifically dealing with transportation and community development plans and projects.

Performs current planning functions such as rezonings, site plan reviews, plat reviews, etc.

Provides customer assistance and responds to informational requests.

Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field with five years’ experience in local government planning, or any equivalent combination of educational or work experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  High level of computer skills and a valid SC Driver’s License required.

Qualified Applicants may apply in writing through the closing date to  Human resources Department, P O Box 421270, Georgetown, SC 29442.  E-mail: humanresources@gtcounty.org