Livingston County
  • 21-Nov-2022 to 05-Dec-2022 (EST)
  • Planning
  • Howell, MI, USA
  • 96752.16 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive Benefit Package Available- Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability, EAP, MERS Retirement Plan, 457, Wellness & Telemedicine

Livingston County was named a 2022 Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press! Based solely on employee feedback, the Top Workplace title is a badge of honor for the County. With over 700 employees serving within 18 departments, 5 elected offices, and 5 Courts, Livingston County's top priority is providing effective and efficient services that improve the quality of life for all of our residents.

About Us:

We are located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan. Livingston County consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, Livingston County has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Livingston County offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the County Administrator, this position is responsible for the overall management of the Planning Department's services and operations and developing the County's planning programs. Directs all personnel and resources of the Planning Department.


  • Retirement plan includes a 401a with up to 8% employer contribution
  • Comprehensive Medical, Pharmacy, Dental & Vision
  • Optional HSA with an employer match
  • Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Short-term & Long-term disability & Basic Life & AD&D insurance
  • Health & Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick days & 13 Holidays. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Up to $500 annual Wellness reimbursement* & $100 incentive for completing your annual physical & Health Assessment.
  • Voluntary benefits such as Pet Insurance, Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital & Whole Life policies
  • Employee assistance program

*Pro-rated based on DOH

Pay Rate Information:

The Planning Director position is a non-union, exempt position and starting pay is $96,752.16/yr. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our Non-Union Grade 14 Wage Scale. Top end of the current wage scale for this position is $122,562.75/yr.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of departmental operations including personnel, budgeting, planning, and general administration. Develops and implements departmental policies, procedures, and regulations.
  2. Assesses department operations, staffing levels, facilities, and equipment. Analyzes budgetary and resource needs, makes recommendations for improvements, and implements changes. Monitors operational costs and makes recommendations for increasing efficiency.
  3. Prepares and presents annual budget requests, administers departmental budget, and ensures that the authorized budgetary and purchasing procedures are properly used.
  4. Assigns or delegates responsibility for assignment of work, directs personnel, evaluates performance of all employees, and assures necessary training and professional development. Takes disciplinary action according to established procedures.
  5. Facilitates and performs staff analysis of amendments to zoning ordinances and master plans and determines appropriate courses of action. Assists in presenting recommendations to the County Planning Commission.
  6. Attends, facilitates, and/or participates in various meetings and committees including, but not limited, to the County Planning Commission, County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee, and Human Service Collaborative Body, and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
  7. Administers contracts with local communities for planning services and serves as a technical advisor.
  8. Conducts complex planning studies to include conducting research, organizing and evaluating data, and preparing and presenting reports.
  9. Performs special studies and projects as directed by the Board and/or County Planning Commission.
  10. Assists local communities with planning activities to include providing professional guidance, on-site inspections, site plan review, and other technical assistance. Provides customer service to other departments, outside agencies, and the general public regarding planning issues.
  11. Serves as the planning liaison with local communities to include assessing needs and coordinating services.
  12. Completes applications for grant funding. Manages and tracks awarded grant funds.
  13. Keeps abreast of legislative and regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  14. Organizes and facilitates Planning Department public participatory events and community education and communication.
  15. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • Master's Degree in planning or related field and seven years of experience as a planning professional including supervisory and management experience.
  • The County, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners certification is preferred.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Thorough knowledge of the professional public management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration and resource management and the ability to identify and implement new best practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of land use and urban planning and development, and applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of specializations such as housing, zoning, natural resources and economic development, research methods, mathematical and statistical principles related to urban growth and development and planning and zoning enabling legislation.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports, and formulating policy and service recommendations.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing and making presentations in public forums.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with County employees, contractors to the County, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Ability to assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications and GIS software.
  • Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.
  • Ability to supervise and manage staff.
  • Knowledge of budgeting.
  • Knowledge of planning & zoning regulations and legislation.
  • Skill in grant writing and administration.
  • Skill in technical writing.
  • Knowledge in managing contracts.
  • Skill in delegating work assignments.
  • Ability to analyze planning & zoning amendments.
  • Skill in facilitating public participatory events.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view, and produce written and electronic documents, and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. The employee must be mobile in an office setting, stand, sit, stoop, and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 15 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for office employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

The typical work environment of this job is a business office setting where the noise level is quiet and sometimes moderate. The employee is also required to travel to other locations and may be exposed to outside weather conditions in reviewing target sites.

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