Planning Director – Smithfield, NC | 4.11.18

Name of Employer: Johnston County Government

Employer Website:

Smithfield, NC

Job title: Planning Director

Job Details / Description

Salary Depends on Qualifications

Job Candidate Qualifications

Planning Director needed for one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina, population 200,000.  Located minutes from Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, Johnston County has attributes of small-town community but is accessible to major cities, cultural centers and universities.

An employee is this class plans, organizes and directs the work of a staff responsible for the planning and zoning services to provide coordinated guidance and regulation of the growth and development of the County. Work involves short and long range planning for policies and urban growth plan; conducting studies; developing community development activities; performing professional planning duties; providing administrative guidance to the department; and supervising the staff in planning and enforcing codes. Work involves extensive public contact and coordination with other departments, boards, and commissions. The role also includes developing a favorable relationship between the County and the business and commercial community. Work is administratively supervised by the County Manager and is evaluated through conferences, review of work results obtained, and adherence to the County’s plans, programs, and ordinances.

Plans, organizes and directs planning, zoning and subdivision activities; develops and recommends budget for staffing; prepares contracts and agreements.

Supervises planning studies in the community to gather data for evaluating current and future planning projects; provides technical consultation and conducts studies as needed.

Supervises staff in planning and zoning activities; recruits, coaches, trains, and takes disciplinary action according to policy; recommends hiring, salary actions and dismissal to the County Manager.

Provides research and in-put into the development of ordinances, policies and procedures for the County; develops and supervises the drafting of planning and zoning ordinances, and a comprehensive land use plan.

Administers daily activities; engages in problem solving with staff, public and other departments.

Prepares and reviews comprehensive planning elements relating to a broad spectrum of social, economic, physical and community concerns including land use, zoning, and environmental impact.

Confers with engineers, developers, architects, other agencies and the public as needed to obtain information, coordinate planning and zoning matters, and provide information regarding planning and zoning; meets with other County department heads to coordinate proposals scheduled for Board meetings when appropriate.

Participates in meetings and public hearings to explain recommendations on planning proposals; answers citizens questions concerning planning and related problems.

Coordinates planning activities with affected federal, state, municipal, regional and private agencies.

Coordinates presentations and presents information to the Planning Board, Board of Commissioners, and to the Board of Adjustment.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and zoning as it applies to the comprehensive planning process.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning processes as they pertain to the design and development of county activities, planning research, zoning, and sub-division activities, and of the socio-economic implications of the planning process.

Considerable knowledge of governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes.

Working knowledge of management techniques as applied to municipal government.

Considerable skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations.

Ability to organize, supervise and direct a group of subordinates and perform administrative functions such as budgeting and staffing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional, and City officials, and the general public.

Ability to direct the preparation of comprehensive reports and studies, and to prepare charts and maps and to interpret statistical data.

Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written forms, and make presentations.

Graduation from a college or university with a master’s degree in planning and considerable professional experience in public sector planning with some supervisory and administrative experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply

Online applications may be obtained at:

Posting closes at midnight on 4/23/2018.

Inquiries may be sent to Valerie McLamb at


Posted on

April 11, 2018

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