Planner II

  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jun 16, 2022
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $54,017.00 - $73,465.00 Annually USD

Job Description


The principal function of an employee in this class is to apply professional standards to planning, administration, coordination, research and implementation of neighborhood, business development, urban revitalization and related within the County. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of an assigned supervisor, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. This class is distinguished from the class of Planner I by the performance of a wide variety of more complex planning duties with less oversight, including completing projects autonomously, and the possibility of additional supervisory duties. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, Municipal, State and Federal officials, representatives of neighborhood organizations, business and community organizations and the public.

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $54,017 - $73,465 (Estimated Annual Salary)


Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Performs professional planning duties, preparing component parts of plans, policies, and programs in support of the County's goals in alignment with private development within the County.
  • Provides planning support for large-scale land development projects, including working with Council and the Planning Commission, applicants, and the public; coordinating with other departments, jurisdictions, and agencies; making recommendations; and developing and implementing County ordinances.
  • Supervises, manages, and prepares reviews, updates, and amendments to County ordinances.
  • Provides leadership and support for special projects across the County, all requiring significant coordination with other departments, jurisdictions, agencies, and non-profit groups.
  • Provides technical assistance in reviewing and presenting various development applications at meetings of County Council and various Planning Commissions and Zoning Boards within the County.
  • Administers County's subdivision regulations and subdivision regulations for various municipalities within the County.
  • Updates and facilitates six-hour planning and zoning orientation training mandatory for new employees within the Department and new board members in the County and municipalities, as well as facilitating required continuing education programs for staff.
  • Provides support to the Emergency Operations Center when requested.
  • Attends scheduled day and evening meetings and takes an active part in meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions.
  • Explains policies, procedures and regulations to the public, developers, business organizations, contractors, architects etc.
  • Prepares reports for public review, internal use or review by outside organizations, including graphics, to describe projects and program goals or activities.
  • Determines the appropriateness and validity of data for use in various projects and makes recommendations for additional data collection as needed.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, present and potential problems, and makes suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Responds to questions and comments in a courteous, timely manner.
  • Regularly communicates and coordinates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
  • May be designated to report to work during hazardous weather or emergency conditions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban or Community Planning, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, or related field, with a Professional or a master's degree preferred; and
  • 3 or more years' of directly related work experience in land use planning or a related field; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work; and
  • Must become Member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) within three years of date of hire; and
  • Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver's License indicating a clean DMV record; and
  • Within one year of employment, must complete the FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) courses required to work in the Emergency Operations Center.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Thorough knowledge of the current principles and practices involved in the planning field.
  • Thorough knowledge of land use theory, urban design, economics, government finance operations, land use law, demographics, environmental design, resource development and ecology.
  • Thorough knowledge of data gathering and research techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theory and methods for formulating land use policies and related.
  • Substantial knowledge of the methods used for citizen involvement in planning projects, research.
  • Thorough knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations regarding land use, development, and zoning.
  • Some knowledge of cartography.
  • Some knowledge of the architectural, economic, and cultural history of the County.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively with others, both orally, graphically and in writing, using technical and nontechnical language to respond to inquiries from employees and the public.
  • Skilled in operating a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting architectural and engineering designs and specifications.
  • Skilled in making public presentations on complex planning issues and programs and representing the County in a professional capacity.
  • Able to provide effective leadership, motivation, and supervision to subordinate and related support personnel.
  • Able to effectively promote team and organization building, goal development, and project follow-through.
  • Able to communicate with individuals from diverse educational and social-economic backgrounds.
  • Able to diffuse potentially confrontational situations with the public.
  • Able to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Able to analyze moderate to difficult data, interpret it, and exercise mature judgment in accordance with established department policies and procedures.
  • Able to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
  • Able and willing to quickly learn and use new skills and knowledge due to rapidly changing information and/or technology.
  • Able to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Able to work with integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
Closing Date/Time: 9/4/2022 11:59 PM Eastern

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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