Feb 16, 2021

Planning Director - County of Fredrick, VA

$110,000 - $150,000 yearly
  • Economic Development Curated Job
  • Winchester, VA, USA
Full time Business Attraction Business Development Business Retention Other Strategy-Planning

Job Description


Frederick County Government is seeking an energetic individual who possesses an inclusive, proactive leadership style, and the ability to quickly develop an understanding of the pulse of this community. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of success directing a local government's planning efforts, possess excellent management skills, and value a diversity of ideas in order to arrive at insightful, well-informed and balanced decisions.

The incumbent must posses strong interpersonal, public relations, and communication skills in order to facilitate the development of pragmatic, lasting solutions working with and through various officials, staff and citizens.

The Planning Director performs complex professional and administrative work in managing, planning, organizing, and directing the various aspects of the County’s Planning and Development Department. Reports  to the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors. Supervises all departmental staff. Performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

The requirements for this position include, but are not limited to, those outlined below.  All job qualifications and physical requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. It is the employer's discretion to add or change the duties or requirements of this position at any time. 

  • Prepares research, analysis, plans, ordinances and reports for a full range of planning activities;
  • Directs land use and development ordinance administration program;
  • Coordinates historic preservation efforts for the County;
  • Serves as secretary to the Planning Commission and advisor to the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors;
  • Assists the Economic Development Authority;
  • Directs the maintenance of a County Fiscal Impact Model;
  • Oversees a program to plan for transportation needs;
  • Guides the review of all development proposals as required by the County Code;
  • Directs the comprehensive planning process;
  • Instructs staff support to committees of the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and other committees as specified by the Board;
  • Oversees program to provide planning advice and assistance to the general public;
  • Directs programs to involve the public in the planning process;
  • Addresses various public and private organizations and provides planning information to the public;
  • Promotes a long-range planning vision and approach;
  • Coordinates activities with various local, state and federal agencies; and,
  • Prepares, administers and monitors department budget.


Typical Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Urban or Regional Planning or related field and considerable experience in local government planning. AICP certification is preferred.

Minimum of 8 years experience and supervisory roles in local government planning required.

Comprehensive knowledge and use of the advanced principles and practices of community planning. Thorough knowledge and use of current development practices, and local government organization. Ability to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information. Comprehensive knowledge and use of management principles and practices. Ability to present ideas effectively both orally and in writing and prepare a variety of clear and comprehensive reports. Possess strong computer, communication, leadership, and supervisory skills. Ability to effectively train and evaluate departmental staff. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with co-workers, department heads, officials, and the general public. Incumbent must hold and maintain an appropriate driver's license according to County policy.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands:

  • The incumbent must be capable of communicating verbally and in writing;
  • Walking, talking, writing, typing, stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching, sitting and gripping for long periods of time; and,
  • Incumbent may be required on occasion to perform light lifting up to 30 lbs. (boxes, files, etc.) as necessary.


This position is open until filled. Submissions will be properly vetted by Frederick County Government professionals. Interviews and reference checks will be conducted for those determined to be best suited for the opportunity. Finalists should be interviewed in Frederick County, VA during the month of February or early March 2021.

All positions are subject to a criminal background and driving record check for any convictions that relate to the job duties and responsibilities. 

The County's EEO Utilization Report has been made available at www.fcva.us/jobs.


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