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Planning & Community Development Director


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JOB TITLE:  Planning & Community Development Director   

DEPARTMENT:  Planning, Zoning, & Community Development

Grade: 23     Exempt                          Work Schedule: Mon-Fri. Regular Office Hours

Reports to:  City Administrator   

JOB SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing work associated with Planning, Zoning, Inspections and Community Development, including city planning, and will serve as the designated manager of the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan.  This position would identify departmental goals and objectives of the city as they pertain to city planning, zoning, economic development and re-development processes.   The position works with city, county and state governments on a variety of city planning and zoning related projects and activities.  In performing the day-to-day duties of the position, the employee is expected to use professional judgment and independent discretion to identify viable projects and to unsure that such projects are completed successfully.  The position primarily works independently once tasks have been assigned.  This position is a member of the City’s management team.


  • Performs professional and technical work for the city in the area of urban planning, zoning, economic development and re-development; and researches, develops, updates, and writes plans and/or creates projects as directed by the governing authority. Provides overall direction to employee within the Department. 


  • Develops plans and implements goals and objectives of the Department; recommends and administers policies to subordinates.


  • Resolves work problems and interprets administrative policies to subordinates, other departments and to the public. Participates in the preparation and administration of the department’s annual operating budget.  Recommends budget adjustments as needed.


  • Works within the city to readily identify a variety of problems related to urban planning, zoning and economic development, re-development, transportation, grants and/or other basic municipal growth and expansion activities.  Oversees plans already in progress.
  • Identifies creative solutions and/or funding sources for a variety of issues/problems affecting the City of Grovetown.


  • Serves on various committees and councils to insure the implementation of comprehensive plans.


  • Works with all city departments in resolving issues of growth management, land use and other high impact processes including residential and business development.
  • Serves as liaison between city government and county/state/federal governments and/or private businesses as needed, composing correspondence; preparing related documentation; and representing the City of Grovetown at meetings and/or public hearings.
  • Conducts research for various primary and secondary funding sources such as state and federal funding programs, Internet websites, newspapers, newsletters, publications, etc., to identify grant funding opportunities for the city.
  • Monitors the city’s compliance with approved funding programs; prepares required reports and documents; submits same to appropriate agencies or officials.
  • Meets with elected officials and staff to receive advice and present program summaries, proposals, recommendations, and related reports; attends advisory meetings at locations inside and outside the city.
  • Coordinates regularly with City Council, the Planning and Zoning Department staff, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals to keep them advised of development of ordinances and policies, as well as recognized best practices, that affect their respective interests.
  • Plans, develops and manages future land use and transportation planning projects.         
  • Researches and collects data or generates data and other information related to    comprehensive planning.


  • Prepares comprehensive written reports and other presentation material (photographic, or other formats). Reports may include annual reports due to state and federal agencies or other interested parties.


  • Supervises, trains, manages, directs and evaluates employees who work within the department.  Works with employees to correct deficiencies.  Implements disciplinary action and termination procedures when necessary.  Participates in the recruitment of staff hired within the department.


  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Knowledge of theories, principles and practices of a variety of community services planning and zoning disciplines.
  • Knowledge of land use, environmental, transportation, historic preservation and community services, planning and related policy issues.
  • Knowledge of transportation planning theories, principles and practices
  • Knowledge of public works theories, principles and practices
  • Knowledge of planning and zoning principals, theories, strategies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of grant administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of grant eligibility requirements.
  • Knowledge of granting agency requirements.
  • Knowledge of the city governments’ projects, programs, and service needs.
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations, including DOT
  • Skill in grant writing.
  • Skill in research methodologies.
  • Skill in identifying funding sources besides taxes and fees.
  • Skill in compiling information and preparing reports.
  • Skill in operating office equipment such as a computer and commonly used computer programs, internet, GIS; calculator, copier, and facsimile machine.


  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The City Administrator assigns work in terms of general instructions.  The employee must use professional judgment and discretion in implementation of assigned tasks.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES:  The guidelines include planning principles and basic public administration practices and principles.  Additionally, city ordinances, departmental policies and procedures, relevant federal and state laws, and granting agency requirements and contract conditions provide guidance.  These guidelines require independent judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  An understanding of public administration and planning practices and principles is integral to the successful completion of the primary duties and responsibilities of this position.

COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of a wide variety of complex duties in project management, planning, and implementation, development.  The number of guidelines will be followed and the need for sensitivity to political, social, and economic factors when working with diverse groups contribute to the complexity of the work.  Independent judgment and professional discretion in the implementation of assigned tasks also contributes to the complexity of the work.

SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to effectuate the overall completion of the City’s goals and objectives.  The position works creatively to determine problems facing local jurisdictions, identify solutions, and to ensure successful implementation of such solutions.  Independent judgment is required to ensure that tasks are completed successfully and on time.  Additionally, while some programs may have detailed guidelines associated with implementation, this position must use discretion in bringing together all parties and in successfully implementing such programs.  Successful performance is integral to the overall success of the City.

PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with other city employees, elected officials, representatives from local governments, granting agencies, federal, state and local agencies, contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, manage projects, resolve problems, and provide services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table with intermittent standing or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light objects.  Some of the work is performed outdoors where the employee is exposed to dust, dirt, machinery with moving parts, and cold or inclement weather.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in an office and out in the field.  Employee may need protective clothing or equipment such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, gloves or shields.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:  The position directly supervises the City Planner, Building Inspector(s), Code Enforcement Officer(s) and Administrative Assistant.   The position does require independent judgment in implementation of assigned tasks.  In addition, the position involves managerial oversight over projects, and the employee is expected to use his/her discretion to ensure that projects are successfully implemented.


  • The position requires knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a Bachelors’ Degree in a course of study related to City of Urban Planning, Public Administration or closely related field and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position in a governmental setting. MPA preferred.
  • Three years of administrative and management responsibility is required
  • Prior experience in managing a multi-faced program in a high-level management position is desired.
  • Applicant should reside within close proximity to the City
  • Applicant will pass a background check and drug screen
  • Valid state driver’s license is required due to travel requirement of the position


  • Master’s Degree in City Planning or related field and 3 to 5 years of progressive experience in similar positions in governmental setting.


To apply, please visit  You must submit a completed and signed application, resume, and salary requirements to or mail them to David Toulson, HR Director, City of Grovetown, P.O. Box 120, Grovetown, Georgia 30813. 

Application deadline in August 1, 2024.


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