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City of Greenville
City of Greenville

Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time

$68,450.00 - $106,100.00 Annually



Job Type

Full Time



Job Number





1/31/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Description

Brief Description of the Job
Assists the Planning and Development Manager in planning, organizing and coordinating all programs, functions and activities of the Planning and Development Division. Coordinates administration of the Land Management and related ordinance requirements. Provides planning/zoning consultation and guidance with regard to development proposals, new construction, renovation projects, inquiries and complaints to Owners, Developers, Architects, Engineers, Builders, Realtors and the public. Supervises Development Planner and Zoning Official staff and monitor division processes to ensure that service delivery is efficient, effective and consistent. Secures professional development opportunities for staff and share best practice methods with design professionals. Provides outreach and education to design community and citizens on City planning and development processes and regulations. Facilitates coordination of the Planning and Development Division processes with other Divisions and Departments. Provides support to the Planning Manager and staff members in response to questions pertaining to ordinance requirements, reviews and permits. Serves as the Planning and Development Manager in their absence.

Job Duties

Essential Functions
Coordinate Administration of the Land Management and Related Ordinance Requirements (50%): Ensure compliance with Land Development Ordinance. Manage and execute the review process for permits (building, site, sign, temporary use, accessory use, conditional use, special exception, variance, and land development). Administer the review of certificates of occupancy requests, certificates of compliance, and certificates of appropriateness. Provide interpretations of ordinance requirements. Provide recommendations for complex code and ordinance changes. Evaluate, recommend or execute zoning map amendments, text amendments, final development plans, certificates of appropriateness, certificates of compliance, certificates of conformity and preservation overlay districts. Review and recommend outcome for appeals. Provide zoning verification letters.

Provide Planning/Zoning Consultation and Guidance (30%): Advise Owners, Developers, Architects, Engineers, Builders, Realtors and the public about criteria/design guidelines, ordinance requirements and city processes with respect to project proposals and design inquiries. Provide guidance to inquiries about Board and Commission processes and to complainants about zoning requirements and resolution processes. Answer questions about zoning, design guidelines, and procedures for internal and external customers by phone, e-mail, walk-in, appointment, meetings, and on-site. Evaluate preliminary site and building designs and offer suggestions for compliance with standards and guidelines. Coordinate informal review sessions with Board members and developers.

Supervise Staff (10%): Supervise assigned Development Planning and Zoning Official staff, including setting performance expectations and standards; prioritizing and assigning work; allocating staff; writing and conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; coaching, mentoring, and counseling employees; ensuring staff compliance with departmental and City policies and procedures; and maintaining safe work environment. In coordination with Planning and Development Manager and Human Resources, review and update job descriptions; participate in the hiring and selection of staff for open positions; and ensure the timely documentation and disciplining of employees consistent with Human Resources policies.

Provide Outreach and Education (5%): Provide training and educational opportunities to Owners, Developers, Design Professionals, Builders, Realtors and citizens. Ensure Board and Commission members adhere to continuing education requirements. Develop and present educational workshops.

Facilitate Coordination of the Planning and Development Division Processes (5%): Monitor Division processes to ensure that staff provide service delivery that is efficient, effective, consistent, and customer focused. Assist in the establishment of policies and procedures in the administration of the division and ensure staff training and implementation of improvement processes. Review staff work to ensure judgements and conclusions are consistent with City policy, regulatory requirements and produce reasonable outcomes that are mutually beneficial to customer and to the City. Ensure timely preparation and completion of thorough and accurate staff work for presentation to boards and commissions, planning division response to project or permit submittals and resolution of process conflicts between divisions and other departments.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements
Formal Education: Bachelor`s degree in architecture, City/regional planning or a related field is required. Master`s degree in a related field preferred.

Experience: Over six years of progressively responsible experience in city planning, zoning, or a related field with at least two years of supervisory experience is required.

Driver`s License Required: Class D South Carolina license.

Certifications and Other Requirements: Must maintain continuing education requirements for Local Government Planning and Zoning Officials and staff (SC Law Sec 6-29-1310-6-29-1380). American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.

Performance Requirements
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of city planning including addressing, zoning, subdivision, and land use regulations;
  • Federal programs and regulations Federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and standards concerning addressing, land use and public planning;
  • Regulations and procedures regarding environmental issues;
  • Development plans review and permitting processes;
  • Multi-disciplinary construction and site plan requirements;
  • City codes and ordinances and state laws concerning code enforcement activities for new development;
  • Current and long-range comprehensive and neighborhood planning practices and procedures, land use regulation and issues, housing, transportation, infrastructure, economics, physical design, public administration, engineering and finance as related to municipal planning;
  • Recent developments in the field of planning, as well as local, state and federal grant regulations and compliance requirements;
  • Principles and practices of municipal finance and budget development, administration, and accountability including funding sources impacting program and service development.
Ability to:
  • Make sound, logical interpretations of complex codes and regulations laws, and guidelines;
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate Planning and Development Services department operations;
  • Manage multiple projects and perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Make recommendations regarding planning, zoning and design issues when applicable and interpret the City`s planning and zoning codes and procedures for City officials and the general public;
  • Provide supervision, leadership, training and work direction for assigned staff;
  • Read geographic maps, development site plans, blue prints, and tax maps;
  • Communicate at a superior level verbally and in writing, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials and staff at all levels;
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; and exercise integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and make public presentations explaining technical information clearly, as needed;
  • Expertly conduct research, locate relevant information, and critically evaluate the research findings.
  • Meet continuing education requirements for Local Government Planning and Zoning Officials and staff (SC Law Sec 6-29-1310-6-29-1380).

Job Demands
Creativity and Complex Reasoning: Work requires the highest level of creative thinking, complex analysis and reasoning to originate and develop innovative program or production concepts, techniques or procedures which can have a major impact on the nature and quality of programming or operations. Situations are often unique where precedents and/or prescribed solutions do not exist. Work results affect large groups as well as the customer-base at large.

Reading: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts.

Math: Ability to apply fundamental concepts of theories; work with advanced mathematical operations methods and functions of real and complex variables.

Writing: Ability to write policies, ordinances, contracts, speeches, formal presentations, and/or technical and legal documents and correspondence.

Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids: Computer, telephone, general office equipment, architect/engineering scales, sketch paper, camera, and recording equipment. Microsoft Office Suite, purchasing software, permit tracking software, and mapping software.

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Office environment.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Occasional exposure to physical danger or abuse and angry citizen abuse.

Physical Demands
Continuously requires fine dexterity, walking, carrying, sitting, vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing. Occasionally requires reaching, handling, foot controls, bending, and twisting. Light strength demands include exerting up to 20 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, or negligible amounts constantly AND/OR walking or standing to a significant degree.

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The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.
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