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$ 51,447.00 - 65,595.00


This position performs professional planning work in the administration and enforcement of design guidelines for City historic and design districts; assists in the development of long-range plans for the City, and performs related work as assigned. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.


  • Performs professional planning work in the interpretation and enforcement of the City’s design and preservation ordinance, Comprehensive and Area Plans;

  • Provides preservation and architectural advice in conformance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards;

  • Conducts independent research as required related to the Comprehensive Plan and other planning efforts;

  • Organizes and conducts public meetings and makes presentations to various groups related to City planning efforts. These meetings will require frequent evening and some weekend hours;

  • Coordinates with other City departments and outside organizations as necessary;

  • Assists with all facets of the Planning Commission, Design/Development Review Commission meetings, including meeting with applicants, writing evaluations, staffing meetings, and maintaining pertinent records from meetings;

  • Assists with the designation of new historic and design districts/comprehensive-area plans, including conducting public and stakeholder meetings to determine and evaluate citizen support, reviewing surveys, posting properties, etc.;

  • Assists in the development of long-range planning projects and programs for the City;

  • Creates and maintains GIS databases;

  • Creates and design maps for presentations and informational purposes;

  • Seeks, secures and administers grant funds for assigned projects and programs;

  • Researches, gathers, interprets and prepares data for planning studies, reports and recommendations; prepares a variety of studies, briefs and reports for decision-making and presentation purposes;

  • Participates in department marketing and public relations efforts; attends and assists in conducting public hearings;

  • Assists in coordinating assigned activities and functions with those of other City departments, County departments and outside agencies as appropriate;

  • Assists with other department functions as required, including but not limited to zoning administration within historic / design districts;

  • Uses judgement, tact, diplomacy and experience in dealing with controversial public issues and communicates well orally and in writing;

  • Performs routine administrative / clerical work as required, including entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, assembling materials, typing reports and correspondence, attending meetings, etc.;

  • Attends training, seminars, conferences, meetings, etc., to enhance job knowledge and skills; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture or closely related field;
  • Three (3) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Required to type 30 corrected wpm
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.


  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office;


The work is considered light and involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office or shop machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.


Human Resources Department 

1225 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Office Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(803) 545-3010