Planning Director

Town of Summerfield

Summerfield, NC United States

OPPORTUNITY: Summerfield (pop. 12K) is seeking a qualified Planning Director for its beautiful community located in northwest Guilford County and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The town operates as a limited-services government and has excellent schools, parks, a developing trails system, and very low taxes. The Planning Director will influence a broad variety of planning work and the position offers experience in many aspects of the planning profession and includes engagement with citizens, developers, local officials, and state and regional agencies. While the position involves short-term needs, the focus is long-range planning and guiding development of a maturing and desirable community. The ideal applicant is motivated, organized, thrives in a collaborative but small-staff environment, and can think linearly and strategically. ______________________________________________________________________________

DETAILS: Summerfield’s Planning Director performs professional planning services, supervises one employee (Planning Technician/Enforcement Officer), and reports to the town manager. The position requires extensive knowledge of land-use planning and the director is responsible for effective implementation of the UDO and guiding short- and long-term planning needs. Duties involve: reviewing applications, permits, plats, and development plans; zoning interpretations; preparing planning materials for meetings; presenting cases to appropriate boards and Council, which involves some evening work; oversight of in-house code enforcement; oversight of GIS database and mapping; providing assistance to the public; and, other work as needed to deliver expected departmental services. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required with a proven ability to work effectively with both private and public sectors. Summerfield has limited services and contracts for building inspections and some environmental services. The town does not have public water and sewer and is served by wells and private septic systems. Watershed protection is enforced by planning staff with support from an engineering firm. A Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field is required, but a Master’s degree in planning or a related field is strongly preferred, with 6+ years of planning experience and a progression of increased planning responsibilities. A competitive benefits package is offered with a $66,560– $80,080 salary range, depending on experience. The town is an equal opportunity employer and the position is open until filled. Please e-mail a compelling cover letter and resume to or mail to: Town of Summerfield Attn: Town Manager POB 970 Summerfield, NC 27358

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

Contact Information

Lance Heater
PO Box 970
Summerfield, NC
United States
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