Director of Community Planning and Development

Richland County Government

Columbia, SC United States

The purpose of the class is to assist the County Administrator in coordinating various programs; assisting in the formulation of administrative policies; researching and analyzing information to allow for informed decision-making by the County Administrator and County Council; serving as a grant coordinator for neighborhood improvements and community development; planning, directing and supervising the design, implementation, administration and review of County projects and plans to ensure adequate and effective facilitation of County growth and development; overseeing the County’s zoning, land development permitting, long range planning, floodplain management, conservation and sustainability initiatives, community development, tax assessments, registering of deeds, business licenses and building inspections operations; and performing related professional, administrative and supervisory work as required. The class researches and formulates long-range goals for the organization, develops policy and position papers, and negotiates with chief administrative officers and/or elected officials.

The Community Planning and Development Department is under the Office of the County Administrator. The position reports to the Office of the County Administrator, works collaboratively with the Assistant(s) County Administrator and the Assistant to the County Administrator. The director is a member of the Executive Cabinet Team.

A Master’s degree in urban planning or a closely related field is desirable. Must possess a valid state driver’s license. Preferred certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners; may be required to obtain additional management certifications as deemed necessary by supervisor; shall be required if over inspections. Requires over ten years of experience in related field and with proven managerial responsibilities.


Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Community Development
Salary Range