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Planning Director, City of Aiken

Position Category: Planning, GIS

Position Hours:
Full time, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some evening meetings

Job Duties:
  • 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; ensures employees are instructed in correct methods and procedures; ensures employees are trained in safe operation of equipment; monitors and inspects work in progress to ensure continuity and timely completion of work.
  • 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.
  • Oversees the review process for all applications for consideration by the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Design Review Board to assure timely action, compliance with regulations, and clear explanations to reviewing boards and commissions. Meets with potential and actual applicants as needed. Approves building plans for Zoning Ordinance compliance.

  • 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 or apply online.


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