Senior Planner – Long Range Focus

Johnston County Government
May 6, 2024
204 2nd Street, Smithfield, North Carolina
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The Johnston County Planning and Development Department has an immediate opening for a Senior Planner - Long Range Focus

Starting salary negotiable based on experience.

An employee in this class is responsible for professional level planning related to long range planning efforts, and other related planning functions. Work includes interpretation of plans and ordinances; analyzing data and drafting reports; research; policy development; and coordinating with partners on the development of plans and policies.  Knowledge of planning principles and practice, professional judgment and initiative, and tact and courtesy are required in the performance of duties. Work is supervised by the Planning Director and is evaluated based on conferences, review of assignments and engagement with public and Boards. 

Located in the eastern half of North Carolina and part of the Research Triangle Region, Johnston County is part of the fastest growing region of the state. Johnston County is the fastest growing county in the state with a population of 216,000 residents.

Hiring salary range is commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package available. Benefits include health, dental, vision, retirement,401k, paid holidays, sick leave, and more. To learn more, visit

Final candidates subject to pre-employment background check (includes criminal and motor vehicle records).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with implementation and development of land use related plans and policies.

  • Coordinates/leads long range planning efforts including but not limited to land use plan, transportation planning, and small area plans.

  • Administers, implements and enforces the County’s Land Use Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, and other adopted Planning documents and policies.

  • Assists with development of amendments to the County’s Unified Development Ordinance and/or the Land Use Plan consistent with state enabling legislation.

  • Conducts research, analyzes findings, and summarizes possible effects of proposed policy initiatives.

  • Supports or coordinates special planning studies; coordinates and supports meetings of focus groups to develop plans and regulations.

  • Serves on a variety of inter-departmental, and inter-jurisdictional committees and groups.

  • Works with consultants and reviews their work for accuracy.

  • May serve as a lead/supervisor to other staff, with limited supervisory requirements, consistent with a specified project or work program.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Salary Range: $61,942.49 - $105,302.22 Annually


Desired Education and Experience

  • Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in planning, and a minimum of three years experience as a professional planner which includes experience with long range planning projects such as comprehensive plans, area plans, transportation and corridor plans, and ordinance development, or some combination thereof.; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The position requires considerable knowledge of the planning process; thorough understanding of land use principles and how transportation, environment, historic and demographic trends impact an area; 
  • Proficiency in the ability to organize, schedule and lead public/informational meetings; 
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally as well as written.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of community planning.
  • Knowledge of basic governmental and administrative frameworks involved in effective planning.
  • Skill in the use of computers for compiling reports, developing presentation material, and storing and retrieving data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms and make presentations.
  • Ability to analyze planning issues and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees, officials, developers, and the general public.


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