Employment Opportunities



Invites applications for the position of: Planning Director 15-06
Open Date:
September 23, 2015
Closing Date: October 30, 2015
Salary: $4,153.07 – $4,473.73 monthly

Consideration for appointment above the hiring range is dependent upon qualifications. The full salary range for the position is $4,153.07 – $6,148.13 monthly.

General Information: Lincoln County invites applications for the Director of Planning and Zoning. The Director is responsible for the overall planning, operation, and supervision of the Planning and Zoning Department for Lincoln County. The incumbent provides leadership to establish and achieve effective and strategic vision for Planning. Responsibilities include administering and enforcing county land use plans and policies, ordinances, and projects; preparing and administering grants; and supervising professional, technical, and support staff. This is an appointed position; the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners pursuant to SDCL 7-8-20.

Examples of Duties Include: Lead the department in the planning, development, coordination and implementation of Planning and Zoning as well as policies, procedures, goals and objectives. Provide direction for the department through strategic short and long-term goal setting and planning. Review and process planning submittals. Research and prepare staff reports to the Planning Commission and the County Commission. Responsible for administering the Zoning Ordinance for Lincoln County, Subdivision Regulations, Flood Plain Management Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance, On-Site Wastewater Ordinance, International Building Code, and other miscellaneous projects including Tax Increment Financing District, Road Districts, and historic preservation. Administer aforementioned ordinances by meeting with people, preparing staff reports, and making presentations to various elected and appointed boards; and coordinating projects with various county departments, cities, and state. Perform grant writing and administration on issues related to planning and zoning. Provides informal administrative support for joint jurisdiction submittals. Provides informal joint jurisdiction for county municipalities. Participates in the administration of the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization by attending monthly meetings, conducting transportation planning for defined areas, devoting staff time, and maintaining professional and effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in planning or closely related field plus five years of progressively responsible experience in county, city, regional planning. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Thorough knowledge of planning principles and practices and an understanding of the diversity of competing rural land uses. General knowledge of county government functions and state statutes affecting local government. Ability to perform complex problem solving operations. Ability to use computer screen and keyboard for extended periods of time. Ability to relate to diverse interest groups in coordination of County land use activities. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public. Ability to train and supervise employees. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous supervisory experience in a position emphasizing planning and zoning administration and budget management experience preferred. Master’s degree in urban/regional planning.

To Apply:  Submit completed application, resume and cover letter by October 30th to:
Lincoln County Human Resources
104 N. Main Street Suite 140
Canton, SD 57013
Applications available on Lincoln County’s website under “Employment” at: www.lincolncountysd.org.   Please call (605) 764-6609 for questions on application process. All applications must be postmarked by October 30th to be considered.

Lincoln County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other protected group in accordance with state and federal law. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting Human Resources at (605) 367-4337.