Planning Director- Danville, VA- 6.24.20

Name of Employer: City of Danville
Employer Website:
Job City: Danville
State: VA
Job title: Planning Director

Job Details / Description:


The City of Danville, seeks a Planning Division Director to join a team managing exciting growth and opportunity as an old mill town evolves and is implementing its vision of economic vibrancy. This is a new position. The successful candidate is customer service-focused and a talented “Jack or Jill of all trades” who has a demonstrated portfolio of success. The next Division Director can be a part of implementing a vision for economic development, affordable housing, and downtown development while supporting effective zoning and planning through the City. The Division Director will be highly visible in the community and perform difficult and complex professional and administrative work in contributing to the current and long-range planning activities for the City under the supervision of the Director of Community Development. About the Department and Position: The Planning Division plays a major role in meeting the community’s strategic goals and ensuring that new initiatives are implemented through innovative programming, funding, and creative partnerships. The Planning Division acts as staff support for the City Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the River District Design Commission, and the Commission of Architectural Review and directs the functions of the Division; serving as both the Zoning Administrator and City Flood Plain Coordinator. The Division Director will work with the Director of Community Development to engage with the community on critical planning and zoning issues, exercising skills to lead in the development of a new zoning ordinance as well as a comprehensive plan. Other important functions of the Planning Division include: providing citizens information on zoning; writing zoning code revisions and ordinances, administering grant programs and writing applications as needed; investigating and pursuing violations of the zoning code; preparing the departmental budget ($1.4M); and serving on and attending regional committees and meetings. This position supervises two direct reports with a budget of $136K and will back-up the Director of Community Development in his absence.

Job Candidate Qualifications:


Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field is required while a master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of 5-7 years progressively more responsible planning and development experience, including prior supervisory experience is required along with knowledge of building and zoning code administration and enforcement. Three or more years of relevant municipal planning experience is preferred. A valid VA State Driver’s License is required. Compensation of up to $95,000 will be offered and will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit to learn more.

How to Apply:


To apply, please go to and click on the Planning Division Director – Danville, VA link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume, but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal. Application review begins June 15, 2020. Semi-finalists will participate in a combination of virtual and face to face assessments on July 30-31, 2020. The City of Danville is an EOE. All inquiries should be emailed to Recruitment and selection services managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.



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June 24, 2020

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