Assistant or Associate Planner - Long Range

York County

York, SC United States


York County is located in the Piedmont region, between the Broad River and the Catawba River. Its diverse landscape is home to family-friendly towns/cities, a progressive urban region and lakefront communities. We are excited that you want to join our team and recognize that our employees are the foundation for our success. 


Mission Statement - York County provides quality public services in an open, efficient, and responsive manner.

Vision Statement - York County provides an environment where all citizens and businesses can thrive and succeed.



We are excited to invite you to apply to join our team as an exempt, full-time Assistant or Associate Planner position to join the Planning & Development Services Department. We are currently looking to hire either an Associate or Assistant Planner for our Planning division depending on candidate qualifications.


This position will assist in the development and maintenance of the County's long-range planning process, including evaluating, updating, and preparing those elements considered critical, necessary, and desirable to guide the development and redevelopment of York County. You will also assist in the Planning Commission in its responsibility for compliance with the South Carolina Local Government Planning Enabling Act of 1994, including the development, amendment, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for York County.


Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; occasional evenings are required for monthly Planning Commission meetings and project-based community meetings. Remote work may be available once the probationary period has been met.


Assistant Planner Salary: Pay Grade 15 - $45,522.11 - $63,730.95 per year.

Associate Planner Salary: Pay Grade 18 - $50,659.60 - $70,923.92 per year.

Pay is determined based on experience and education.


Benefits/Perks: participation in the South Carolina Retirement System, comprehensive medical benefits, sick, vacation, and 11 paid holidays plus 3 optional days or floating holidays. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates, publishes, and distributes GIS maps, plans, reports, and recommendations associated with the plans and programs of County development to public officials, agencies, utility companies, civic/educational/professional organizations, and the general public.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints, and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibilities from both internal and external customers.
  • Assists in the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives, including zoning code research and revision, pedestrian and bicycle planning, housing policy initiatives, and any other initiatives identified in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Assists in the preparation of updates to the Comprehensive Plan, including mandatory elements pertaining to population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, transportation, resiliency, and land use.
  • Conducts comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and probable future development.
  • Assists in writing grants for program and project funding.
  • Prepares staff reports concerning official map revisions, zoning ordinance amendments, subdivision and land development; and general policies and procedures to facilitate the implementation of planning elements.
  • Provides managerial and technical support to consultant teams hired to draft Comprehensive Plan updates, to prepare studies or ordinances revisions, or any other programs or initiates to implement the Comprehensive Plan goals and strategies.


Other Duties:

  • Operates a vehicle, computer, GIS system, and basic office equipment.
  • Attends training, conferences, and seminars to enhance job knowledge and skills.



Experience and Education: -

Assistant Planner Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning or related field.
  • AICP Candidate preferred.


Associate Planner Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Planning or related field plus three (3) years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years of experience.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.


Required for Both Positions:

  • Valid State Driver’s License.


Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Attributes


  • Requires thorough knowledge of principles and practices of planning, zoning, land use theory, and demographics, as well as the current literature and recent developments in the field of planning and zoning.
  • Requires knowledge of and ability to work with GIS.


Skills and Abilities/Attributes:

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize technical and statistical information and to prepare technical reports.
  • Ability to understand various rules and regulations and to clearly explain their application.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the development community, public citizens, elected officials, other government agencies, and other employees in both written and verbal formats.
  • Ability to exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate policy and programs or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions, or solutions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional manner when confronted with contentious issues or personalities.
Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Salary Range
See position description

Contact Information

Ashley Fay
6 South Congress Street
York, SC
United States
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