Director of Planning & Development Services

County of Franklin

Rocky Mount, VA United States

Franklin County, in Rocky Mount VA is accepting applications for a Director of Planning and Development Services. Franklin County, known for its scenic beauty, is between Philpott and Smith Mountain Lakes along the Blue Ridge Mountains and is approximately 10 miles south of Roanoke, VA. This key County position provides strategic leadership and management of the County’s Development Services Department (Planning, Zoning, Storm Water & Erosion Sediment Control Enforcement, Building Inspections, and GIS – Geographic Information Systems). This senior level position is an integral part of the County’s Management Team and serves as professional staff support to the County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and other bodies as assigned.  This position requires a demonstrated leader who can lead and manage multiple, development program areas, including work-flow product, budgets, projects, personnel, and local government community relations. or designee.  Management and supervision is exercised over subordinate personnel.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelors’ Degree in planning or a related field and a minimum of five years of directly related and progressively responsible experience in planning, zoning and community development. Prior experience in municipal or county government is preferred. Additional education may be substituted for experience where applicable. AICP preferred.

This position requires a thorough knowledge of State statutes and County ordinances governing planning, zoning, building, stormwater, erosion & sediment control, and related development codes; thorough knowledge of planning principles and practices; knowledge of economic development procedures; general knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) is required. Excellent communication & relationship building skills with the ability to effectively communicate with public media; ability to enforce ordinances and regulations in a firm, tactful and impartial manner; ability to work both as a leader and as part of a team and to adapt work habits and procedures as necessary to accommodate the organization and the ability to utilize office software and email.


Annual minimum salary of $73,880 is Negotiable DOQE. Application & job description available at the Franklin County Government Center, 1255 Franklin Street, Suite #109, Rocky Mount, or apply online at First Review Date 11/30/2020. Open Until Filled

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Pat Barnes
1255 Franklin Street
Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA
United States
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