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Planning Data Services Manager - Planning Division


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Gwinnett County, historically one of America’s fastest-growing counties, and now one of the nation’s most diverse is looking to hire a Planning Manager for our Planning and Development Department.    Located approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, Gwinnett County combines the best of big-city and suburban living.  With a 2019 estimated population of 936,250 residents and an anticipated 2040 population of more than 1.3 million, Gwinnett County is currently the second largest county in the state.  Key planning-related priorities from the County’s 2040 Unified Plan include redevelopment and revitalization, alternative modes of transportation, creating activity centers and walkable/mixed use development, addressing traffic congestion on major facilities, and housing affordability.  With a comprehensive housing study and a diagnostic report addressing barriers to missing middle housing underway, assessing current and future housing needs is a major priority of the Board of Commissioners.


The Gwinnett County Planning and Development Department includes three divisions: The Administrative Division; the Development Division; and the Planning Division.  With approximately 120 employees the Department provides services related to planning, zoning, development, permits, licenses, inspections, and code enforcement.   The mission of the Department is to promote and enhance the quality of life of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses of Gwinnett County.  The Department accomplishes this mission through programs and services that encourage high quality development as well as maintenance and revitalization of existing neighborhoods.  

This Planning Manager position is within the Planning Division which manages current planning, long-range planning, and planning data services for the County.  Current planning activities include zoning administration, maintaining the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), supporting the Planning Commission, and related tasks.  Long-range planning activities include master planning, community education, and other special projects.  Planning data services activities include creating and maintaining Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, producing maps, and other special projects.


This position reports to the Planning Division Director and is responsible for the following job duties:

  • Utilizing GIS to conduct research, gather data, and analyze information to prepare reports;
  • Identifying and implementing technologies, including 3D digital modeling, to assist in the development of planning studies and analysis of development proposals;
  • Representing the department on technical committees for planning studies and projects;
  • Serving as a liaison to the Information Technology Services Department;
  • Maintaining planning and development related data and identifying data gaps and needs;
  • Overseeing the collection of field data and information on local conditions for use in planning studies and reports;
  • Conducting advanced technical analysis and researching projects, such as those related to population forecasting and future land use scenarios;
  • Providing consultation to other divisions in support of various research and analytical projects;
  • Analyzing and evaluating survey data, preparing reports, and making specific data-driven recommendations concerning planning studies;
  • Encouraging the exchange of information between county, local, regional, and statewide agencies;
  • Managing the department webpage; 
  • Supervising the work of the Senior GIS Associate; and
  • Other special projects and duties, as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Geographic Information System (GIS), Computer Science, Planning, or a related field (preferred:  Master’s Degree in Planning, Data Analytics, Mathematics, Information Technology); and
  • Five years of planning experience, including two years of supervisory experience; 
  • or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job as those listed above.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.

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