Job Posting

Job Opportunity Notice

Announcement Date: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Closing Date: Friday, December 29, 2017

Title: Director Office: Planning and Community Development
Salary: $66,000 - $79,000 Grade: 43




Under limited supervision, directs the operations and administration of the County's Planning and Community Development Department including Planning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement and Zoning. Develops and implements policies, programs, practices and procedures and exercises independent judgment and initiative in the management of assigned divisions. Works with County staff and Elected Officials to develop short and long range plans to maintain and enhance the delivery of services to the County's residents. Reports to the County Administrator or designee.


Exercises direct responsibility for, and supervision of, all functions related to planning, including land and utilities management, community development, and master/supplementary plan preparation. Serves as liaison for County's local and regional community development activities; develops and maintains effective working relationship with State and regional partners. Oversees implementation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; ensures staff maintains readiness for Federal audit; gains working knowledge of Federal regulations; approves draw down requests for funds; assists staff in selecting projects and identifying priorities for Council approval; reviews and approves reports to Council, HUD, and the public. Investigates, responds, and reports on citizens and elected officials' inquiries and complaints. Supervises the work of Division staff and other subordinates for completeness and accuracy. Manages staff in performing operational duties as well as special projects. Seeks Federal and State funding and technical resources via the Grants Program for infrastructure and community development. Coordinates the department's interaction with and assistance to other County departments, governmental and private agencies, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the public. Develops organization and methodology for projects, determines data to be compiled and technical techniques to be used. Provides technical expertise in area of specialization to other plannefs and government officials. Gathers, analyzes and evaluates data in connection with planning projects. Prepares comprehensive reports on planning projects and makes recommendations. Attends meetings with government officials and c izens to explain plans. Makes formal public presentations. Prepares and manages the department's annual operating budget.


Performs other duties as required.


It is the responsibility of each employee to comply with established policies, procedures and safe work practices. Each employee must follow safety training and instructions provided by their supervisor. Each employee must also properly wear and maintain all personal protective equipment required for their job. Finally, each employee must immediately report any unsafe work practices or unsafe conditions as well as any on-the-job injury or illnesses. Every manager/supervisor is responsible for enforcing all safety rules and regulations. In addition, they are responsible for ensuring that a safe work environment is maintained, safe work practices are followed and employees are properly trained.


Requires a Bachelor's degree (graduate degree preferred) in City or Regional Planning or closely related field and five years of management level 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 valid SC Driver's License required.


Phvsical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate an automobile, drafting tools, video and photography equipment, and a variety of automated office machines which includes computers, printers, calculators, copiers, etc. Must be able to exert up to twenty pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to ten pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Work requires walking and standing to a moderate degree. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of ten to forty pounds. Data Conception:Requires the ability to cornpare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things. Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants. Includes receiving assignments and!or directions. Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentations, manuals, reports, records, building and zoning codes and documents, etc. Requires the ability to prepare business letters, reports, planning and zoning documents, etc., using prescribed fonmat and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style. Must be able to speak with poise, voice control and confidence. Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to apply influence systems in providing staff leadership; to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire DIRECTOR, PLANNING & COMMUNJTY DEVELOPMENT knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information. Verbal Aptitude: Requires !he ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical and/or professional languages including County Planning, Building Codes and Zoning Regulations. Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide; to determine percentages and decimals; and determine time and weight. Must be able to use practical applications of statistics. Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape. Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using automated office equipment; to operate motor vehicles, etc.. Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have good levels of eye/hand/foot coordination. Color Discrimination and Visual Acuity: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color; requires the visual acuity to determine depth perception, peripheral vision, inspection for small parts; preparing and analyzing written or computer data, etc. Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than giving or receiving instructions: Must be adaptable to performing under minimal levels of stress when confronted with an emergency. Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear).


Knowledge of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the methods, policies, and procedures of the Department as they periain to the performance of duties of the Planning and Community Development Director. Has knowledge of the principles of organization, planning, development, and implementation of responsibilities. Has knowledge of City and County ordinances, codes, and regulations as they periain to the duties and responsibilities of the position, and is able to ensure the implementation and enforcement of same. Has comprehensive knowledge of the advanced principles and practices of urban and regional planning. Has thorough knowledge of the geography of the County including roads, streets, subdivisions, and zoned areas. Has thorough knowledge of economics, finance, and sociology as they apply to planning. Has thorough knowledge of the current literature and recent developments in the field of urban planning. Has general knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation and design reviews. Has knowledge of how to develop and administer plans for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the department. Is able to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information and to prepare and present technical oral and written reports. Has knowledge of the documentation and records, which must be completed and maintained as required by the County. Is able to develop and administer long-term goals for the department as necessary in the promotion of effectiveness and efficiency. Is able to prepare and conduct performance appraisals of subordinates and to provide instruction and direction to employees. Has knowledge of and is able to apply the termir10Jogy used within the field. Is able to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising subordinates in such areas as assigning and reviewing work, maintaining department standards, and coordinating activities. Is able to keep abreast of changes in codes, ordinances, and regulations. Is able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies, and the general public. Is able to effectively express ideas orally and in writing. Quality of Work; Maintains high standards of accuracy in performing duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains quality communication and interaction with intra- and interdepartmental personnel, and any external entities with whom position interacts. Quantity of Work: Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively in a manner to produce a quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations. Dependability; Assumes responsibility for completion of assigned funclions. Completes assigned work within established deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards, and prescribed procedures. Maintains accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas. Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides sufficient notice to upper management with respect to vacation time and leave requests. Initiative and Enthusiasm: Exhibits an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates appropriate and acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction. Judgment; Exercises analytical•judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identification of alternative solutions to issues or situatioJls. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advisement where appropriate, and researches issues, situations, and alternatives prior to exercising judgment. Cooperation: Accepts supervisory and managerial instruction and direction, and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences is justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies and procedures, etc.. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation both intra- and interdepartmentally. Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and co-workers for mutual benefit Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships both intra- and interdepartmentally, and with external entities with whom position interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions, and complaints in order to establish and maintain good will. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image. Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion for work elements, and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Safety and Housekeeping; Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards, to include regulatory entities. Ensures such standards are not violated. Planning: Plans, coordinates and utilizes information effectively in a manner to improve activities and production. Knows and understands expectations regarding such activities and works to ensure such expectations are met. Develops and formulates ways, means, and timing to achieve established goals and objectives. Effectively and efficiently organizes, arranges, and allocates manpower, financial and other designated resources to achieve such goals and objectives. Oraanlzing: Efficiently organizes own work and that of subordinates as well. Ensures personnel under charge understand what results are expected of them, and that each is regularly and appropriately informed of all matters either affecting or of concern to them. Staffing: Works with upper management, where appropriate, to select and recommend employment of qualified personnel. Personally directs the development and training of personnel under charge, ensuring their proper induction, orientation, and training. Leading: Provides a work environment which encourages clear and open communications. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effective leadership, as well as the application of such principles to functions under charge. Provides adequate feedback to personnel under charge concerning their performance in terms of excellent satisfactory, or lacking. Commends and rewards personnel under charge for outstanding performance, and takes timely and appropriate disciplinary action as necessary. Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward achievement of established goals and objectives. Controlling: Establishes and maintains a work environment which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates, audits, and controls manpower and financial resources efficiently and effectively. Coordinates, audits, and controls the utilization of materials and equipment efficiently and effecUvely. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of established standards, methods, and procedures. Delegating: Assigns duties and responsibilities as necessary and/or appropriate to meet goals, enhance abilities of personnel under charge, build their confidence, and assist them in personal growth. Establishes and maintains confidence in personnel under charge to meet new or additional expectations. Decision Making: Exercises discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of action affecting functions under charge. Recognizes when a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not foster the desired result. Moves decisively and explicitly to develop and implement alternatives. Creativity: Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of functions under charge. Employs imagination and creativity in the application of duties and responsibilities. Is not adverse to change that supports achievement of goals and objectives. Human Relations: Strives to develop and maintain excellent rapport with personnel under charge. Listens to and considers their suggestions and complaints, and responds appropriately. Establishes a work environment to promote and maintain mutual respect. Policy Implementation: Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of policies regarding functions under charge and the function of the organization. Adheres to all policies in the discharge of duties and responsibilities, and ensures the same for personnel under charge. Policy Formulation: Maintains current knowledge of changes in operating philosophies and policies, and routinely reviews such policies to ensure any changes in philosophy or practice are appropriately incorporated into functions under charge. Recognizes and understands the relationship between operating policies and practices and morale and performance. Strives to ensure established policies enhance same.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.