Principal Planner - James City County, VA

James City County

Williamsburg, VA United States

The James County Department of Community Development seeks an individual to perform advanced, highly-complex professional planning activities and develop, implement, and oversee various policies and procedures, staff members, and comprehensive reports and databases.


  • Provides effective supervision of assigned staff including selection, performance management, employee relations, training, prioritizing and assigning work, and other related activities.
  • Assists the Director in establishing policies and procedures for assigned area of responsibility, including developing budget and work program for the Division.
  • Works with the Director to implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives and directives of the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator.
  • Manages and evaluates long-range projects, special projects, and development proposals; oversees staff communication with media on projects.
  • Reviews, explains, interprets, and promotes compliance with established rules, policies, and procedures; drafts correspondence to property owners, developers, agencies, and others; serves as liaison for division; attends meetings and makes recommendations to committees, commissions, and elected officials.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, urban planning, architecture or related field; considerable work experience.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 30 days, a valid Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on James City County’s criteria.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban and regional planning and development; Federal, State, and local ordinances, codes, and regulations pertaining to planning, zoning, and community development; considerable knowledge in public administration and finance as related to urban planning.
  • Skill in use of computer software including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate research projects; make effective presentations in oral, written, and graphic form; organize, motivate, and supervise professional, technical, and clerical personnel engaged in planning, zoning, and community development and evaluate their work; initiate and effectively carry projects through to completion in a timely fashion and ensure that the section work program and projects meets identified County goals and objectives; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors; work as a team member

Click here for full job description. Accepting applications until 11:59PM EST on 10/09/2023. Cover letters and resumes may also be attached, but a fully completed application is required for your application to be considered.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range
$68,877 - $108,266/DOQ + Full-Time County Benefits