Principal Planner

Town of Bluffton, SC

Job Details

  • Job Function: Other; Non-Department Head
  • Salary: Salary is negotiable based upon experience.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 12,530
  • Where: 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC 29910
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Jun 20 2018

Please visit The Town of Bluffton’s website for a full job description and for application instructions


The Town of Bluffton is currently seeking a Principal Planner in their Planning and Community Development Division within the Growth Management Department which provides a full range of planning and community development services in a dynamic and growing community setting. Under the direction of the Planning and Community Development Manager, the Principal Planner participates in advanced, highly complex professional planning activities.

The nature of the work performed requires the establishment and maintenance of effective working relationships with the Town Manager, Assistant/Deputy Town Manager, Senior Staff, other Town departments and staff and the general public.

Essential Functions:

Performs and manages complex professional planning projects, research and analysis.

Supervises assigned staff (including but not limited to managing work assignments, training and development, performance management/improvement/reviews, mentoring and coaching, etc.).

Assists the Planning and Community Development Manager with fair and equitable work program delegation of regular and special projects, provides guidance and monitors deadlines.

Advises and provides professional planning guidance to various boards, Town staff, and public regarding planning issues, findings, decisions, recommendations related to development reviews, design review, enforcement activities, Comprehensive Plan, and other planning activities.

Ensures consistency between board operations to include preparation of public notices, agendas, packets, meetings, minutes, and record archiving.

Participates in development review and design to include application procedures, enforcement, and education.

The ideal candidate will possess comprehensive knowledge of:
Principles, practices, methods, and strategies in the field of urban and regional planning, to include planning, zoning and land use law; Local government political processes and operations as it relates to planning and development issues; Fundamental development codes, ordinances and code enforcement; Principles of architecture, landscape architecture, land management concepts, traffic engineering, civil engineering; Project management techniques.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required, with Master’s degree preferred, in urban and regional planning, public administration or related field; 10 years of relevant experience with extensive municipal planning experience.

Special Requirements

AICP certification is preferred.

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of South Carolina.

Salary is negotiable based on experience. EOE. We offer excellent benefits and a great place to work.