Deputy Planning Director

Lancaster County SC Government

Lancaster, SC United States

SALARY:                           $81,627- $96,033

DEPARTMENT:                  Planning & Zoning

OPENING DATE:               6/6/2024



Lancaster County, South Carolina is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina and the Charlotte, NC Metropolitan Area. The County is currently undergoing a transformative process through the ongoing development of a new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which the Deputy Director will have an oversight role in. The Planning and Zoning Department is seeking a Deputy Director who is adept at working in a dynamic environment that includes both urban and rural planning elements. Working in the Planning and Zoning Department is a collaborative process that requires camaraderie with teammates. Lancaster County is willing to offer a very competitive salary in order to hire the most qualified candidates.



The Deputy Planning Director will play a key role in helping direct day-to-day departmental activities, and will lead or support key initiatives. The ideal candidate will be skilled at critical analysis, negotiation, communication, mentoring, and facilitating collaboration.  Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Helps formulate organizational goals and objectives
  • Develops administrative policies and operating procedures to implement department goals and objectives
  • Provides technical expertise to outside departments and the public
  • Integrates planning principles and services into overall countywide initiatives
  • Supervises assigned staff members and assesses employee performance
  • Manages assigned program areas and prioritizes assigned tasks
  • Assesses development review and permitting procedures, and identifies improvements that achieve greater efficiency
  • Guides and collaborates with contractors, developers, design professionals, community groups, and citizens 
  • Makes presentations before the County Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and/or community groups
  • Provides ordinance interpretations and supports the ongoing UDO rewrite project,
  • Supports the ongoing Comprehensive Plan project and leads future implementation
  • Manages special projects, performs major development plan review

and manages large rezoning cases, as needed



Typical qualifications for the Deputy Planning Director may include, but are not limited to the following.  


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, or

related field

  • Minimum eight-years of experience as a planner including prior supervisory experience
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • AICP certification or ability to obtain within one year of employment
  • Thorough understanding of the principals and practices of both current, long range, and transportation planning
  • Collaborative mindset and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to form effective relationships with internal and external customers  
  • Considerable experience in employee supervision and mentoring
  • Effective communication skills:  oral, written, and public presentations
  • Considerable experience problem-solving through critical analysis
















101 North Main St Lancaster, SC 29720

(803) 416-9423

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Jennifer Bryan
101 N. Main Street
Lancaster, SC
United States
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