Director of Planning
The Planning Director performs complex professional and administrative work in directing the activities of the Department of Planning. Supervision is exercised over all Planning personnel which includes the Administrative Assistant, Zoning Administrator, Principal Planner, and Planner/Senior Planner. Interpersonal contacts are within and outside the organization, requiring a high degree of diplomacy in order to attain objectives. The Director is frequently required to make decisions that have a moderate impact on the County. It is estimated that approximately thirty (30%) of the Planning Director’s time will be devoted to supporting local and regional transportation boards and committees, and developing annual work programs utilizing local and regional/state transportation funding, therefore this position is partially funded by local revenues received from the Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA).
The Planning Director should possess a comprehensive knowledge of the advanced principles and practices of urban and rural planning as well as a thorough knowledge of economics, municipal finance, and sociology as they relate to urban and rural planning. The incumbent should possess a general knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as they relate to planning, site, and subdivision design and control; the ability to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information; the ability to prepare and present technical reports and presentations; both orally and in writing; the ability to oversee and direct the assignments and responsibilities of subordinates, the ability to handle difficult negotiations and formulate strategies to attain desired objectives; the ability to operate independently within policy and budgetary limits. Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with the public.
Bachelors’ degree required (Master’s degree, preferred, in urban planning or architecture) with at least ten (10) years of progressive, related experience including a minimum of five (5) years in a leadership role, or any combination of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Qualification for membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred. Valid Driver’s License required