Planning Director – Chapel Hill, NC | 10.29.19

Name of Employer: Town of Chapel Hill
Employer Website:
Chapel Hill, NC
Job title: Planning Director

Job Details / Description

Town of Chapel Hill – Planning Director

The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, seeks a proactive and creative collaborator to be our next Planning Director. The Director will lead a team of competent and dedicated staff in responding to the community vision around challenges of growth. With an organizational culture of collaboration and teams, the Town of Chapel Hill is committed to citizen engagement and the Planning department plays a critical role in working with a diverse and participatory community, regional partners, the University System, and the Council to achieve strategic goals. About the

The Planning Department includes three divisions: Current Development, Long Range Planning, and Transportation Planning. The Department is responsible for promoting a strong community and vital public realm, preserving and enhancing Chapel Hill’s diverse neighborhoods, fostering quality environments, involving stakeholders in planning for the Town’s future, and helping the Town’s government administer its programs and operations consistent with the community’s vision for a sustainable future. The Planning Department accomplishes its work with 12 dedicated employees and a budget of $1.7M.

This position plays a key role in overseeing development projects through the coordination and administration of the Town’s land use, neighborhood and historic preservation, and transportation and connectivity policies and regulations. This is an advanced professional, administrative and leadership position. The Director reports to the Town Manager and works with the Office of Housing and Community to coordinate the Planning Department’s work with other initiatives in the Town. The position is responsible for leading and directing the Planning staff in coordination with other Town Departments. The Director appears before the Town Council, advisory boards and commissions, and public groups; represents the Manager’s interests and assists the Manager in carrying out directives and recommendations of the boards and commissions and the Council.

The hiring range is $85,000 – $115,000. Base salary and compensation are negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Benefit information can be found at


Job Candidate Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field; at least 3 years of supervisory experience; extensive progressive responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning and community development; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides applicable knowledge, abilities, and skills.

The Town hires with its core values in mind, seeking like-minded people to manage the present and craft the future of Chapel Hill. More information about the Town, its mission and core values of RESPECT can be found here (or cut and paste into your browser).

How to Apply

To apply, please go to, and click on the Planning Director – Chapel Hill link on the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters should be uploaded with the application.

Candidate review begins December 9, 2019.  Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Chapel Hill on January 23-24, 2020. We encourage applicants to hold these dates should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to EOE. Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.


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October 29, 2019

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