Surf City, NC 28445

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Position Description

The Town of Surf City serves an approximate population of 3,500. The town is a rapidly growing hub community situated between Wilmington N.C. and Jacksonville N.C. The town is a resort community which experiences the population drastically increased during the summer months. The Planner oversees the operations and activities of the Planning division within the Community Development Department, supervises staff, and implements plans, policies, and developmental measures in order to assure orderly growth and development of current and long-range plans for the Town.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• These duties and responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the Town.
• Formulates and communicates to Town officials and the public proposed plans, policies, developmental measures, and documents detailing present and future growth and development activities
for the Town.
• Researches and prepares ordinance amendments for the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan, and other long-term plans; present proposed amendments at Town Council
• Researches planning issues and topics pertaining to the growth and development of the Town and prepares zoning recommendations.
• Responds to inquiries from officials, committees, and the public regarding projects and programs.
• Conducts field investigations to ensure compliance with planning regulations.
• Reviews residential and commercial building permit applications for compliance with Town zoning ordinances including setbacks, landscaping, signage, and wetland protection regulations.
• Serves on the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment by preparing meeting agendas and making presentations.
• Acts as Lead for the Technical Review Committee (TRC) by preparing meeting agendas and facilitating meetings.
• Work with Code Enforcement Officer on zoning ordinance interpretations and violations.
• Performs tasks to maintain the Tree City USA Certification for the Town.
• Performs Site Plan review and Subdivision review.
• Collects a variety of statistical data and prepares reports and maps on topics which may include census information, land use, tax base data, and occupancy rates.
• Maintains GIS database; uses GIS for analysis, map creation, and data management.
• Produces and maintains interactive online maps for Town staff and the public.
• Develops and maintains professional working relationships with relevant local, state, and federal agencies.
• Manages the departmental social media accounts.
• Appraises damages resulting from natural disasters.
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Financial and Budgeting Responsibility:
• Employee works in conjunction with the Building Inspector to prepare the annual budget for the Community Development Department.
• Assesses System Development fees for Water/Sewer.

Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional-level planning experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above is required.

Licenses and Professional Certifications:
• NC Driver License
• Certified Zoning Official (preferred)
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification (preferred)
• Certified Floodplain Manager (preferred)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of civil engineering, planning, growth management, finance and budgeting, statistics, and public relations principles; coastal planning issues; applicable laws and regulations; property zoning and registration requirements; code enforcement; GIS applications; state and county zoning and land use laws; NC Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) requirements; National Flood Insurance Program and Pender County floodplain regulations; building permit processes; general landscaping techniques; basic construction practices; architectural history, styles and designs; Federal Emergency Management policies and procedures; and damage assessment techniques. Skilled in using computers and applicable software; working effectively with various boards and councils; organizing work; preparing and giving presentations; facilitating meetings; analyzing information; writing technical documents and reports; collecting, evaluating, and compiling data; reading and interpreting maps; coordinating multiple projects; administering grants; maintaining effective work relationships; monitoring and directing staff; and communication interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Ability to represent the Town in a professional and respectful manner while interacting with a diverse set of individuals within the workplace and the community.

Working Conditions:
The employee is generally subject to inside environmental conditions having the lighting, temperature, and noise of an open-floor-plan office environment. The employee is also exposed to outdoor conditions when conducting site visits and may be frequently exposed to weather elements including rain, wind, varying temperatures, etc.

Physical Requirements:
Work is performed within an office environment, primarily behind a desk, and frequently includes the operation of a computer. The employee must read and write, and interact with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee may move about within the facility to access file cabinets, documents, office machinery, and other equipment. Travel is often required to outside job sites in order to perform the duties described above, as well as to attend meetings, trainings, events, and other business activities. Persons in this position frequently lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 10 lbs. They also occasionally move objects weighing up to 20 lbs., and sometimes, but rarely, up to 50 lbs. Additionally, work may require bending, climbing, carrying, crawling, kneeling, reaching, or stooping.

Type: Full-time