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Planning Director, City of Aiken

Position Category: Planning, GIS

Position Hours:
Full time, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some evenings

Job Duties:
  • The City of Aiken’s Planning Department is accepting applications for a visionary and experienced Planning Director. Essential duties include: acting on the direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, and coordinates the short and long-range planning activities for the City; evaluates and identifies present and future community needs; establishes planning or zoning priorities. Supervises professional, administrative, and technical personnel; interviews and hires personnel; plans, schedules, and assigns work.
  • Keeps City Manager and City Council informed of Department activities; attends City Council meetings. Prepares and presents annual budget and administers funds for the Department; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budget. Meets with the public to respond to questions and resolve problems concerning planning issues regulations, and enforcement actions; performs public relations work within our community and state.
  • Serves as secretary to the Planning Commission; attends and participates in meetings; prepares memoranda and makes presentations to explain issues; assists the Commission in preparation of the draft annual Action Agenda work program; assists the Commission in the preparation of the draft Comprehensive Plan; prepares drafts of proposed ordinances and policies; maintains records on development applications and approved projects. Attends meetings of the Design Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, and other boards and commissions as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Business or Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Master's degree preferred. At least six years related experience including three years supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Valid state driver's license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record. American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.) certification is preferred

Pay Info:
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits including Health Insurance, Gym Reimbursement, Dental Insurance, Employee Health Center, Life Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Parental Leave, Sick Leave, Retirement and Tuition Reimbursement.

How to apply:
Resumes may be mailed to City of Aiken, Human Resources Department, Post Office Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.


The City of Aiken is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free work place.