Planning Director - Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Developmental Associates

Chapel Hill, NC United States

The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, seeks a proactive and creative collaborator to be our next Planning Director. The Director will lead a team of competent and dedicated staff in responding to the community vision around growing a connected community. With an organizational culture of collaboration and teams, the Town of Chapel Hill is committed to community engagement and the Planning department plays a critical role in working with a diverse and participatory community, regional partners, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Town Council to achieve strategic goals. 

About the Department and Position: With a budget over $2M and 15.5 FTE employees, the Planning Director oversees and directs long-range planning, transportation planning, historic preservation, and current development functions for the Town. This advanced professional, administrative and leadership position, which reports to the Town Manager, is responsible for leading and directing the Planning staff in coordination with other Town Departments. The Planning Director, who appears before the Town Council, advisory boards and commissions, and public groups, represents the Manager’s interests and assists the Manager in fulfilling the mission of the department.

Among key priorities, the next Planning Director will prioritize realigning the Current Development function in line with the Complete Community Strategy currently under development while also sustaining success. Additionally, the Planning Director will scale-up the Transportation Planning function and support the continued start-up of the Long-Range Planning function.  

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field; at least 3 years of supervisory experience; extensive progressive responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides applicable knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range is $126,000 - $145,000. Base salary and compensation are negotiable based on experience and qualifications. The Town’s excellent benefits package can be viewed here.

To apply, please visit and click on the Planning Director – Town of Chapel Hill, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 11, 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on January 5 - 6, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The Town of Chapel Hill is an EOE. The recruitment and selection process are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Developmental Associates
510 Meadowmont Village Circle #299
Chapel Hill, NC
United States
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