Walton County, Planning & Development Director 

Salary range is: $63,496 to $108,321.

Benefits: Health insurance, Florida Retirement System, Options for Dental, Vision and Life insurance.

Deadline: February 3, 2017

How to Apply: Complete an application on our Walton County website at www.co.walton.fl.us. You may also fax a completed application to (850) 892-8590 or email it to Kelli Burgess, Admin Assistant at burkelli@co.walton.fl.us. For a candidate to be considered, a completed application along with any credentials must be submitted by the closing date of February 3, 2017.

FLSA:  Exempt                                                                                                      PAY GRADE: 20   


Under the general supervision of the County Administrator, directs and coordinates the activities and functions of the Planning and Development Services Division, including community/ neighborhood planning and development, comprehensive planning and GIS mapping, zoning, floodplain management planning development review, site inspection, permitting, and code enforcement/compliance and coordinate with County Emergency Management the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). 

The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.

•    Acts as the County’s primary professional advisor in matters of planning, development, and code enforcement. 
•    Supervises review process of all development projects and reviews staff recommendations presented to various boards and commissions.
•    Coordinates efforts between citizen groups, public interest groups, and the County Commission in matters concerning land use and County codes and ordinances.
•    Directs and advises the Code Enforcement Manager and Staff.
•    Serves as advisor and works with the Planning Commission and other applicable commissions, boards and agencies.
•    Makes presentations to the Board as necessary and as required in matters related to Planning and Development issues.
•    Directs planning review of Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) applications and Notices of Proposed Changes (NOPC) along with consistency review of technical projects. Ensures compliance and appropriate reporting of all DRI projects.
•    Leads professional planning staff in the development of and implementation of initiatives in all planning areas. Prepares reports of departmental activities and other reports based on research and study of departmental operations, as directed and/or required.
•    Responsible for the concurrency and consistency of the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code.
•    Responsible for the selection, training, performance and evaluation of personnel.
•    Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements.
•    Performs other duties as directed and required.


•    Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures relating to planning, growth management, development, building and zoning within the County and state
•    Knowledge of planning, community and economic development management practices.
•    Ability to motivate, train, direct and manage personnel.
•    Ability to maintain effective customer-oriented services.
•    Ability to make decisions, analyze complex information, and make oral and written presentations.
•    Ability to maintain effective working relationships with civic leaders, employees and the public.
•    Ability to work evenings and other nontraditional work hours as required

•    Competency in the knowledge of chapters 125, 162, 163, 380, 489, and 553, Florida Statutes.
•    Familiarity with the various building and planning related codes that are adopted by the State of Florida and by Walton County.


This position requires a degree in planning, public administration, architecture, urban design or related field.  Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in planning and community development, with five (5) years in a management/supervisory capacity.  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification preferred. A comparable amount of training, education and experience may be substituted for the minimum requirements if determined the job duties can be performed.  A valid drivers’ license is required.

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.