Planning Director - County Government                                                               
Chambersburg, PAfranklin county



Employer Description

Franklin County is located in South Central Pennsylvania between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  The southern boundary of the County is also the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, also known as the Mason-Dixon Line.

With the diversity of Franklin County’s economic base, the residents enjoy the advantages of both urban and rural opportunities within the County.   To best serve our population of over 150,000, we want the best people working for our residents: people who want to make a difference and want to give back to their community.


Job Description

Franklin County, PA is seeking a Planning Director to manage and provide guidance for the County Planning Program and all of its components.  A successful candidate must have experience in planning, grant and project management as well as supervisory experience.  They must also have experience with state and federal programs and regulations.


  • Advise and provide guidance and technical support to the Board of Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the Agricultural Land Preservation Board, the Tax Office, and project-specific committees as well as local government
  • Oversee the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the West Nile Virus and Tick Borne Disease program, Housing Trust Fund, the Tourism Quality of Life Enhancement Grants and the Community Development Block Grant.
  • Conduct presentations and represents the views of the Board of Commissioners to government officials and the public as needed
  • Determine policies and procedures for the county planning program
  • Develop organization-wide and department-wide goals, objectives, policies, and procedures
  • Evaluate planning-related legislation and applicability to department projects
  • Oversee and evaluate the supervision activities of the Senior Planner
  • Provide guidance and final approval on personnel matters handled within the department.
  • Oversee the recruitment, employment, evaluation, and complement of staff
  • Prepare and administer the Planning Department's budget; approve purchases for the Planning Department subject to available funds; monitor expenditures for budget compliance
  • Analyze community needs and develop programs to meet these needs in accordance with established policies and available resources
  • Accountable for reporting requirements of the programs administered by the department
  • Consult and advise other county and municipal offices regarding technical issues relating to planning projects
  • Interact with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Monitor activities concerning the Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Oversee grant funds awarded by the County
  • Support municipalities for planning subdivisions, land use & maintenance
  • Travel periodically to meetings, seminars, agencies, banks, etc. as needed to perform essential job duties
  • Serve on boards and committees as requested, some of which may be outside of normal working hours



  • 4-year degree in urban and regional planning, environmental planning or related degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in planning or related professional capacity and 3 or more years of supervisory experience; or any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may also be considered.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and zoning; knowledge of regulations and laws affecting planning, development, and zoning; familiar with principles of economics, statistics, and land use; knowledge of regulations and procedures regarding environmental issues.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles of personnel management, including supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of the principles of budgeting and finance.
  • Knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and presentation abilities, including ability to edit, oversee or prepare technical reports, and  to government entities and various committees.
  • Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive or potentially controversial political situations.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of planning and county policies, procedures and practices, and be able to carry these out and to interact effectively with other departments and agencies.
  • Ability to conduct research, collect and analyze survey and secondary data develop  current programs and meet existing needs effectively.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to carry out essential job duties
  • Ability to develop grant proposals and implement research grants effectively and efficiently in accordance with local needs.
  • Self-motivated, intellectually curious with a strong work ethic.
  • Organized, team player who is considerate and able to work well with others.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License and willingness to travel as needed to complete job duties.
  • Skills and comfort using and continually learning modern software technology to improve efficiency.

Please do not call the office directly or send hard copy resumes. We carefully consider every application, but we can only accept applications made through this site.