Planning and Development Director

Onslow County Government
December 5, 2022
234 NW Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC
Billing Address
234 NW Corridor Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28540
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Onslow County
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Job Description

Onslow County, North Carolina seeks a Director of Planning and Development to lead the Planning Department and work with internal and external stakeholders delivering the community's vision.  With an organizational culture formally and strategically evolving to a High Performing Organization, the Planning Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator and strategic thinker who will be part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to carry out the goals of the organization.    
The Community:
There are six municipalities within the county, the largest being the City of Jacksonville, which serves as the county seat. Located in Eastern North Carolina, Onslow County enjoys a temperate climate and is bordered by Pender County to the south, Duplin County to the west, Lenoir and Jones counties to the northwest and north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Onslow County, located on the southeast coast of North Carolina, is highlighted by beautiful farmland and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The County Seat of Onslow County is Jacksonville. Onslow County has a population estimated to be 206,160 according to the latest information at this writing from the US Census Bureau; within five incorporated municipalities and unincorporated areas, and in addition, includes U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune home to approximately 37,000 Marines and sailors. Located in Eastern North Carolina, Onslow County enjoys a temperate climate where the beach is never far away.

Organization Overview: 
Onslow County has a commissioner/manager form of government. The seven members of the Board of Commissioners are elected at large on a partisan basis and serve staggered four-year terms.  The County is regarded as a fiscally responsible and well managed government. Nearly 1,250 Employees serve the citizens of Onslow County across 27 departments.  The County government provides services ranging from animal control to zoning, and support for quality public education, working with an elected Board of Education and appointed school superintendent. 

Position Responsibilities

About the Department and Position:
The Planning and Development Director reports to the Assistant County Manager with daily functions that involve the following: supporting the Board of Commissioners goals for implementation; development of information, data, mapping, and analysis; administration and enforcement of regulations for building, zoning, land subdivision, planning and preservation. The Department is responsible for preserving and enhancing Onslow County's blend of rural and urban neighborhoods; fostering quality environments; involving stakeholders in planning for the County's future; and helping the County government administer its programs and operations consistent with the community's vision for a sustainable future.  The Planning and Development Department accomplishes its work with 26 dedicated employees and a budget of $2.2 million. 
This position plays a key role in managing development projects through the coordination and administration of the County's design, planning, neighborhood, and economic development policies. This is an advanced professional, administrative and leadership position. The position is responsible for leading and directing the Planning and Development staff in coordination with other County Departments.   The Director appears before the Board of Commissioners, advisory boards and commissions, and public groups; represents the Manager's interests and assists the Manager in carrying out directives and recommendations of the Boards and Commissions and the Board of Commissioners.


The Successful Candidate: 

  • successfully builds partnerships with community, regional and inter-governmental stakeholder groups.
  • embraces and enjoys engagement in the community to clearly and proactively communicate County values and initiatives to stakeholders. 
  • excels at innovative problem solving, seeking win-win solutions while keeping strategic goals in mind.
  • communicates excellently including one on one, in small groups and public speaking to citizens, elected officials, community groups, and staff.
  • has experience establishing budgets and business plans including developing, planning, organizing, and directing all of the staff and activities to meet the established goals.
  • is knowledgeable about and will administer sound planning, land use management, and community development programs for the County.
  • has an extensive track record of successfully building and collaborating with cross functional teams, removing barriers and building bridges to achieve organizational goals.
  • evaluates existing organizational, service and staffing structures and works with the planning and inspection teams to maximize clear and coherent practices both internally and externally to meet the strategic objectives of the County.
  • an empowering leader equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees.


$99,896.67 - $129,865.67 


Education and Experience:  Qualified candidates will have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field; at least 3 years of supervisory experience; extensive progressive responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning and community development; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides applicable knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Special Requirements

Must have a valid driver's license. Establish residency within one year of the hire date is required.