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Deputy Director

Hancock County Area Plan Commission

Greeenfield, IN United States

The incumbent is responsible for performing professional planning duties including conducting studies, research, and analysis; preparing and presenting reports; reviewing development plans; communicating with land developers and builders; and providing information and advice to the public regarding the county's rules, regulations, and procedures.


The following is not an exhaustive list; the incumbent may be expected to perform duties beyond those referenced below.

Long-Range Planning

  • Facilitate development, implementation, and updates of the county's comprehensive plan, thoroughfare plan, trails plan, and other special study areas
  • Research/recommend changes to the county's subdivision control and zoning regulations
  • Prepare/present staff reports and recommendations to the plan commission and board of commissioners regarding changes to zoning maps, PUDs, and related planning documents
  • Coordinate/collaborate with local/regional agencies to identify and address development issues and trends facing the county

Short-Range Planning

  • Prepare/present staff reports and recommendations to the county board of zoning appeals, technical committee, and plat committee
  • Review development proposals for compliance with the county's subdivision control regulations, zoning code, and local procedures
  • Facilitate changes to development proposals to conform to local land use regulations
  • Review/verify complaints regarding potential zoning violations, perform site inspections, assist staff and BZA attorney with case management, represent the county in court as needed
  • Respond to inquiries and mediate concerns raised by the public, developers, builders, and interested agencies regarding local planning issues and functions
  • Research, identify, and pursue grant opportunities to help subsidize the cost of planning department functions and studies

Administrative Functions

  • Assist with receiving and assessing applications for zone changes, subdivision plats, special use permits, variances, and other proposals
  • Review construction plans for compliance with county development standards
  • Communicate and coordinate with developers and builders to revise construction plans to meet county standards
  • Coordinate the department's plan review function with local and regional agencies
  • Assist with answering phones, taking messages, and maintaining departmental operations
  • Assist with organizing and facilitating evening hearings
  • Assist with updating departmental forms, procedures, and website


The incumbent must meet the following minimum criteria for performing the required duties.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning or related field
  • Minimum two years professional planning experience or equivalent combination of training and experience

Required Knowledge

  • Principles and practices of urban planning and development
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts
  • Computer applications relating to work
  • Economic and social implications of land use regulation
  • Local, state, and federal regulations relating to community development
  • Geographic information systems
  • Standard office procedures and department software programs

Required Skills

  • Ability to lawfully own and operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to perform site inspections involving difficult, rough, and/or uneven terrain
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and complete technical documents, correspondence, reports, and other written materials
  • Ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, ordinances, and regulations governing planning and land use activities
  • Ability to use tact, discretion, and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of work
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written forms with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Sensitivity to professional ethics, gender, disabilities, and cultural diversities
  • Ability to comply with all employer and departmental policies and work rules, including, but not limited to attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct
  • Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written and oral instructions, and present findings in oral or written form
  • Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment
  • Ability to work on several tasks at the same time and work rapidly for long periods, often under time pressure
  • Ability to read and interpret detailed prints, sketches, layouts, specifications, drawings, plans, and maps
  • Ability to give public speaking presentations
  • Ability to occasionally work evening hours

Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

  • Indiana Driver's License
  • Ability to earn and maintain AICP credential within three years of initial employment


Incumbent performs duties that are broad in scope and involve many variables and considerations, often with conflicting aspects. Incumbent exercises moderate judgment in interpreting precedents, adapting and applying ordinances to individual cases and complex circumstances, and projecting the impact of decisions on area communities. Incumbent derives significant guidance from the Area Plan Director.


Incumbent performs duties according to standard department policies and procedures with work priorities primarily determined by service needs of the public. Incumbent receives general supervision with assignments guided by broad policies and/or general objectives, referring to supervisor when interpretation of department policies and programs are thought necessary. On rare occasions, decisions are made in the absence of specific policies and procedures, and/or guidance from supervisor. Errors in work are primarily detected through supervisory review and prevented through legally defined procedures, and/or procedural safeguards. Undetected errors could result in loss of time to correct errors.


Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, other county departments, county commissioners, various local utilities, surveyors, engineers, attorneys, realtors, appraisal companies, and the public for the purpose of exchanging information.

Incumbent reports directly to the Area Plan Director.


The incumbent must be able to work in a typical office environment using standard office equipment; stamina to stand or sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 25 pounds; bending, reaching, keyboarding, crouching/kneeling; speaking clearly, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate directly via telephone and virtually.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
None Selected
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$45,000 - $54,999

Contact Information

Mike Dale, AICP
111 American Legion Place
Suite 146
Greenfield, IN
United States
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