Planning Director Position Opening

Ideal Candidate 

The Nassau County Board of Commissioners seeks a pragmatic servant leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence, passion for public service, and a high sense of integrity and ethics to become the next Planning Director. The next Planning Director should have a transparent and collaborative management style and be a team builder who is approachable and even tempered. This is a public and very visible position. An excellent communicator with individuals at all educational levels, who supports highly engaged and participatory citizen and business involvement will be successful. A charismatic professional, who is flexible and adaptable to change, has a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, is an excellent communicator, and who has the demonstrated ability to “command the room” in public sessions is highly desired. The ideal candidate should have a strong technical planning background, experience as a working supervisor, and have a thorough understanding of planning principles, theories, and current trends in the industry. Experience working in Florida local government and implementing design standards, executing small area plans, and collaborating with design professionals is a plus. The new Planning Director will have a steady presence, even while juggling multiple tasks and initiatives and the demonstrated ability to lead the Department’s direction to implement new and innovative approaches in service delivery. A candidate with strong comprehension of the fiscal implications of land-use decisions, development patterns and major infrastructure projects, as well as the ability to see the big picture and anticipate outcomes, e.g., the ability to “see around corners,” will be ideal. Strong management and leadership skills with the ability to build trust and commitment with staff to motivate and build a high-performance result driven team are highly sought characteristics in the County’s next Planning Director. The County desires a Director who is a coach and mentor to staff, encourages professional development of employees, and is committed to interdepartmental communication and collaboration.

Education and Experience

This position requires a master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a related field and a minimum of six years of experience in urban/municipal planning, some of which has been in a supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered. Local government experience in the State of Florida is preferred. AICP certification is required within one year of hire date. While not required, residency in Nassau County is strongly encouraged and will be a consideration in the selection process.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $83,134 - $126,499, with the starting salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. The County provides a comprehensive benefits program and participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS). This position is part of the FRS Senior Management Class and has a 3% employee contribution requirement. Voluntary supplemental 457 deferred compensation retirement is also available. For additional benefits information, visit:

For more information on this position contact: 

Doug Thomas, Senior Vice President Strategic Government Resources / 863-860-9314

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