Planning Manager

Town of Leland, NC

Job Details

  • Job Function: Division Manager
  • Salary: $67,489 - $107,982. Hiring Range: $67,488.79-$74,741.47 DOQ/E
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 17,154
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  • Where: 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Jan 22 2018

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The Planning Manager is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and supervising planning programs, services, staff and functions. Responsibilities include administering current and long term planning work flow including permit review, project tracking and customer feedback, responding to land use inquiries, preparing and updating Town ordinances, and preparing and administering the division and Capital Improvement budgets. Work also involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Economic and Community Development Director.

Essential Job Functions

Supervises and manages all activities and programs in the Planning Division including supervising staff.

Selects, trains and manages divisional personnel; assigns, directs, and inspects the work of staff; rewards, transfers, promotes, suspends, terminates, disciplines, demotes, coaches, and counsels staff; evaluates staff performance; develops staff schedules.

Prepares advanced planning studies, plans, policies, and recommendations, either individually or as a team member, and advocates for the Town’s interests.

Serves on the Town’s Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Technical Review Committee; prepares agendas, provides case and ordinance analysis, and coordinates training.

Prepares annual budget and monitors expenditures; oversees grant administration; processes invoices.

Represents the Division on assigned committees and meetings; provides analysis of land use and ordinance requirements and project updates; advises Town Manager, Mayor, Town Council, and department heads on professional planning matters.

Serves as the Subdivision Administrator; reviews and signs plats; provides guidance to property owners and the Planning Board.

Provides professional planning services including short and long range planning, administering the Town improvement guarantee ordinance, subdivision, commercial development site plans, rezonings, annexations, amendment requests, basic GIS services, zoning certifications and related permits.

Oversees and implements the Town’s zoning and subdivision ordinances, form based codes, nuisance ordinances, floodplain ordinances and addressing protocols.

Enforces and/or supervises the enforcement of laws, rules, ordinances, resolutions, etc. regarding division responsibilities; interprets related ordinances and regulations.

Oversees the development and update of reports, plans, maps, data, and other land use related documentation.


Bachelor's degree with coursework in urban planning, public administration, or related field and considerable experience in planning including supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree with a minimum of five years supervisory planning experience is preferred.

Possession of or ability to obtain AICP certification within 2 years of employment.

Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices and procedures and governmental bookkeeping principles and practices.

Comprehensive knowledge of State laws, Town ordinances, and policies related to community planning.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of professional community planning.

Thorough knowledge of total quality management and ability to institute quality improvement in the department.

Ability to articulate a positive vision for the community and to communicate that vision to the Planning Board, Town Council, and Town residents.

Ability to translate professional planning principles and practices into effective plans and policies.

Ability to motivate and manage a staff of professional planners and technicians.

Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, clearly and effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with land owners/developers, elected officials, engineering firms, architects, surveyors, and the general public.